Meet Lotem,
the leading organization in Israel
guiding trips and activities
for people with disabilities.

Our Journey

1993

Establishment of the association

The association was established to allow
travelers with disabilities an educational, empowering
and equal travel experience. The association's activities
focus on trips in the north of the country.

1995

"Emek HaShalom" farm

An educational ecological farm where
experiential and accessible activities on nature,
environment and traditional agriculture are held.

2002

"Emek HaShalom" farm

An educational ecological farm where
experiential and accessible activities on nature,
environment and traditional agriculture are held.

2011

Lotem Jerusalem Center

The association expanded its activities to the Jerusalem area, the Judean foothills and desert.

2015

"Nagish Lehakir" Center

A visitor center that exposes groups and organizations to
the importance of accessibility in various areas of life
and provides basic tools for making service and content accessible.

2017

Excellence Award from "Shalom Fund"

The award was given to the association as a token of appreciation for the development of services and initiatives in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities.

2019

South Lotem Center

The association expanded its activities to the southern region - the Negev, the Arabah and the Eilat Mountains.

1993

Establishment of the association

The association was established to allow
travelers with disabilities an educational, empowering
and equal travel experience. The association's activities
focus on trips in the north of the country.

1995

"Emek HaShalom" farm
An educational ecological farm where
פעילויות חווייתיות ונגישות בנושאי טבע,
סביבה וחקלאות מסורתית.

2002

"Emek HaShalom" farm
An educational ecological farm where
experiential and accessible activities on nature,
environment and traditional agriculture are held.

2011

Lotem Jerusalem Center
The association expanded its activities to the Jerusalem area, the Judean foothills and desert.

2015

"Nagish Lehakir" Center
מרכז מבקרים החושף קבוצות וארגונים לחשיבות הנגישות בתחומי החיים השונים ומקנה כלים בסיסיים בהנגשת שירות ותוכן.

2017

Excellence Award from "Shalom Fund"
The award was given to the association as a token of appreciation for the development of services and initiatives in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities.

2019

South Lotem Center
העמותה הרחיבה את
פעילותה לאזור הדרום –
הנגב, הערבה והרי אילת.

Our Team

Amos Ziv
Founder and CEO of the Lotem Association

Retired Major with a background in business administration and management experience. In 1993 he launched and established the Lotem Association. Since then, he has served as its director. As part of his position, Amos initiated the construction of the accessible path in the HaShofet River and the establishment of the Biosphere Reserve in Ramat Menashe Park. He was also a partner in the accessibility team of the Old City Basin in Jerusalem, as well as the team that promoted legislation for accessibility in open areas in the Equality Commission for People with Disabilities in the Ministry of Justice.

Vered Sabag
VP of Education, Director of Nagish Lehakir Center

Vice President of Education at the Lotem Association and has been managing the Nagish Lehakir Center for the past six years.
She has been working in the Lotem Association for over 20 years in various management positions. Specializing in cognitive accessibility and developing customized training programs for various groups and people with special needs.
Engaged in training and accompanying many centers in their accessibility process, Vered is a lecturer and professional guide of museums and tourist sites for people with cognitive impairment and accessibility in general.

Lee Zucker Cohen
Director of Training and Development

Lee manages training and development at Lotem - trips, classes and Emek HaShalom Farm. She loves the outdoors and adventures. Lee believes in the human spirit and that everyone deserves to live a full life.

She holds an MA in labor studies from Tel Aviv University with completion from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and a MA in history from Hebrew University. She brings to Lotem a wealth of experience in managing associations and non-profit organizations in Israel and the USA.

Hani Hameiri
Manager of Emek HaShalom Farm

For 30 years she has been involved in education, training and program development for children and adults in various settings. For over 10 years, Hani has been managing the Emek HaShalom Farm of the Lotem Association. She specializes in cognitive accessibility and developing customized training programs for groups with special needs.

Tzvika Tzemah Bar
Training Center - Lotem North branch

Tour guide for 36 years. Tzvika specializes in guiding trips for children and adults with special needs and disabilities,

as well as in storytelling and treating at-risk youth through journeys and nature trips.

Sorin Hershko
Chairman of the Association

Sorin has a BA in sociology, is a programmer and the owner of a software company. He fought in the Entebbe counter-terrorist hostage-rescue operation, where he was seriously wounded and has been confined to a wheelchair ever since.
As someone intimately familiar with the difficulty of accessibility in nature sites, Sorin was enlisted to lead the Lotem Association and help provide children and adults with special needs the opportunity to venture out into nature in an accessible way.

Almog Mehatzri
Outdoor Education Manager
Almog previously served as a soldier instructor in Lotem’s North branch, and has been working for over a decade at the association.
She has experience in training and writing training systems tailored to populations with special needs and accompanying and managing teams.
She graduated with a BA in psychology and communication and an MA in psychodrama. Almog believes in the healing power of nature in connection to the human soul.

Us by the numbers!

41 אלף
people guided annually
270
class groups
2,200
Excursions and nature days a year
65
staff members
15 אלף
מבקרים בחוות עמק השלום בשנה
30
Accessibility sites and museums
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