The Shalem Foundation’s 2015 awards ceremony took place at the Performing Arts Center in Ashdod on November 19, 2015

The awards and prize ceremony was held on Thursday, 19.11.2015, at the Performing Arts Center in Ashdod. Attendees included: Mr. Haim Katz – Minister of Social Affairs and Social Services, Mr. Haim Gaash – Shalem Foundation Chairman and Mayor of Pardes Chana Municipality , Mr. Shlomo Dolberg – CEO of the Local Government Center, Mr. Eliezer Evlon – Social Affairs and Social Services Ministry Director, Mr. Gideon Shalom – Senior Vice Manager, Director of the Division for persons with Intellectual Disability, the Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services , as well as people with intellectuals and their families, members of the media, and more.

The Ceremony awarded prizes in different categories to organizations, companies, activists, media and culture personnel, all whom excelled in their work to promote the population of people with intellectual disabilities, to remove barriers and prejudices and promoted integration into the community.

Every year, The Shalem Foundation assists the development and inclusion of people with developmental disabilities. It awards prizes and celebrates excellence in a variety of organizations and individuals, in a variety of categories, for work to promote people with intellectual disability in the community.

Riva Muskal, CEO of the Shalem Foundation said: "Every two years we have the privilege to grant awards to those working throughout the year to promote the status of a person with intellectual disability and community integration. We are working on all fronts to improve the quality of life and the integration of people with intellectual disabilities, all in order to lower social barriers and enable them to express and realize their full potential in all areas of life, employment, art and more. We hope that all the prize winners will serve as an example to us all".

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