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We see ourselves as committed to social change. From the youngest child through to the most elderly citizen, we respect each and every person and the power residing in their common strength.
1. Programs for special population sectors: the cognitively challenged, special needs and disabled populations, youth at risk in all sectors of Israeli society, prisoners, battered women and their families, recovering drug addicts, the elderly and many more. Unfortunately, women, children and the elderly are more at risk, yet most do not have the financial means to finance self-defense classes in order to learn the basic skills with which to defend themselves both physically and emotionally.
El Halev decided to provide self-defense classes to these groups at subsidized prices so that they, too, can defend themselves when necessary. We believe that acquisition of self-defense and personal safety skills will bring back feelings of resourcefulness and develop in workshop participants additional qualities, such as strengthening of self-confidence, self-control, discipline and patience, which will assist them in all areas of life. We see our contribution as accompanying them throughout their lifetime.
2. Project NOAM - Women, Strength, Involvement: NOAM is a project run jointly by El Halev, Emun and Peace x Peace, integrating the advancement of women, multi-culturalism, self-defense, empowerment and community involvement. The overriding aim of the project is to contribute to the creation of a social climate of equality of opportunity and mutual respect among different social groups, with the emphasis on women. All women are vulnerable to injury to body and dignity, irrespective of religion, race, sexual preference or political outlook. A multi-cultural project such as Project NOAM, reflects the equality between women and gives them and the communities to which they belong, the appropriate tools for coping. The guiding principle of the project is the encouragement of new viewpoints and the recognition of the differences between individuals and groups as a potential source of empowerment and renewal.
Fifteen women from different population sectors, who demonstrate leadership capabilities and are actively involved in their communities, participate in each session of the project. During the course of a year, the women acquire a wealth of knowledge in self-defense, teaching and public relations skills. The women then serve as representatives within their respective communities working towards raising awareness of the importance of self-defense by putting into practice the skills they have learned. At the same time, the women of the group get together in order to share successes and challenges that they have faced in the field and receive feedback. The principles of personal experience, attentiveness and joint learning lie at the core of this process.
In addition, we hold by the following principles:
1. All El Halev activities are bound by the principle that every woman, irrespective of religion, nationality, color, status, lifestyle, sexual preference, age or health has the right to learn how to defend herself and safeguard her boundaries.
2. Our activities are financially accessible: many of our students pay subsidized prices and we ensure a payment schedule suited to the financial situation.
3. We are expanding the option for women to learn during the morning hours by way of a babysitter who will be available at a subsidized price.
4. El Halev ensures good employment conditions for all its' staff and does its' utmost to create employment opportunities for women specializing in the martial arts and self-defense disciplines, with the aim of serving as an example of the way to treat instructors in the field.
5. All El Halev centers are currently undergoing a process of becoming environmentally friendly. We would be happy to hear any suggestions regarding improvement in this area.