Kol Koreh is a non-profit organization (NGO) founded by parents and professionals who sought to fill a sorely needed niche in Israeli special education: empowering children with dyslexia, speech and language disorders, and other specific learning disabilities with the tools to succeed in the classroom and beyond. Kol Koreh accomplishes these goals by providing professional information and advice, offering on-site intervention, and aiding parents to access qualified service providers in the community. We service both Israeli students and bilingual children for whom English is their primary language.
Sarah Goldstein earned her MSEd, with a focus on Learning Disabilities, at Hunter College’s School of Education in New York City. As a licensed teacher both in New York State and Israel, she has taught many students in both parts of the world. Her experience ranges from teaching students of varying abilities and ages. Prior to aliyah, Sarah was always intrigued by Kol Koreh’s astounding accomplishments and its unique role to make learning accessible to everyone. On top of creating virtual lessons for the Kol Koreh Virtual Learning Center, Sarah teaches English in a local school in Beit Shemesh, and currently resides in Ramat Beit Shemesh with her husband and children.
Vanessa received her bachelor’s degree in Health Science, with an emphasis in Health Promotion at San Diego State University. Vanessa has worked on a number of public health issues. She then went on to incorporate her background with agencies that advocated for the elderly population. In 2006, Vanessa and her family made Aliyah. During their first year of Aliyah, one of their children had learning issues that went undiagnosed, camouflaged by the Aliyah experience of dual languages. In seeking proper help for her child’s learning needs, Vanessa became increasingly aware of the limitations in academic support for these children in the educational system. Vanessa was longing for better support and recognition for these children’s learning needs. She came in contact with Kol Koreh and was impressed and relieved to find an organization that was addressing this crucial situation. She became an active member of the organization and recently was appointed it’s Chairperson. Vanessa resides in Beit Shemesh with her husband and six children.
Leah Haber earned her doctorate in psychology from George Washington University in Washington, DC. She is delighted to be involved in Kol Koreh’s crucial work advocating for and educating the children of our community with dyslexia and other language based learning difficulties. Leah made Aliyah 10 years ago with her family. She maintains a private practice in Ramat Beit Shemesh where she lives with her family.
As Dena was researching alternative education options for one of her children, recently diagnosed with dyslexia, she discovered Kol Koreh. She was amazed at the scope of the organization’s offerings, and the crucial role it plays in the lives of families dealing with dyslexia. Dena quickly became active in Kol Koreh, and is honored to serve on its board. Dena works in the field of social media and online marketing. She made aliyah with her family in 2010, and lives in Ramat Beit Shemesh with her husband and three children.
Originally from the New York area, Lisa made Aliya with her family in 2010 to Bet Shemesh. Lisa has a law degree from Cardozo School of Law. She has spent the last several years as a stay-at-home Mom. Recently Lisa has become involved with Kol Koreh and has trained to help students with dyslexia to read and write successfully. She is currently working with several students and finds the work very fulfilling.
Shira Schijveschuurder has extensive experience working with a wide range of special needs children since she was 16, including both working in special needs institutions and mainstreaming. Shira has also worked with teenage girls at risk. Shira lives in Ramat Bet Shemesh, where she is fully occupied by her wonderful children!
Elisha has a degree in political science. A retired colonel following a long service in the Israeli Air Force where he held a variety of senior positions in the fields of management, command, and human resources. Since retiring from the Air Force, Elisha is involved in many community projects and various business functions. Elisha Volunteers at “Kol Koreh”- bringing with him extensive management experience and the “Sabra” culture.