On October 21, 2015, Jordan River Village was invited to speak at the United Nations by the Permanent Mission of Israel to the United Nations. The program entitled “Bridging the Gap – Social Inclusion for Youth with Disabilities” was organized by Israel’s youth Ambassador and focused on how providing programs for children with sicknesses and disabilities of every background is a powerful way of promoting a shared society within Israel.
“In order for a society to flourish and thrive it must embrace all of its members.” – Ambassador David Roet, Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations
“Programs like Jordan River Village are a catalyst not only for the success of Israel’s national future but for our collective future as well.” – Yarden Holzer, Israel’s Youth Ambassador to the United Nations
“There is compassion and the real connections between the staff members and the children from different worlds who come together to make the world a better place. It is a perfect example of our ability to build and promote beautiful things together.” – Yakir Sternin, Camp Director Jordan River Village
“Bringing together camper living with serious illnesses is a very powerful way to promote a shared society and the Village does this by creating cultural awareness and helping campers create strong lasting friendships. Our campers and volunteers leave the Village and become ambassadors of peace in their communities, in Israel and in the world.” – Gail Androphy, Executive Director, American Friends of Jordan River Village