The Keren - Vocational Rehabilitation Centers in Israel is a public trust founded by the Israel Ministry of Welfare & Social Services, in 1964, with the aim of providing people with disabilities and employment barriers support and guidance in attaining long-lasting gainful employment.
For this purpose, the Keren has, in the four decades since its inception, set up vocational assessment and rehabilitation units throughout the country, from Peki'in in the North to Eilat in the South, and has established reputable expertise in the field of vocational rehabilitation.
Today, the Keren is the largest organization in Israel in the field of vocational rehabilitation. It caters to approximately 14,000 people annually, through 16 assessment and rehabilitation centers, 47 units of supported employment and sheltered work enclaves, 4 youth centers providing a head start to teenagers (16-21), and 4 computer aided training, education and communication centers broadening horizons and creating access to mainstream work for a population once dismissed as permanently homebound and excluded from employment.
As leaders in the field of vocational rehabilitation, the Keren is well aware that a large majority of people with disabilities and employment barriers in Israel have yet to find working opportunities that meet their basic social and economic needs. Many of them are under the poverty line, being either unemployed or underemployed.
It is our belief that changing this reality is crucial.