Beit Issie Shapiro is Israel’s leading organization in the field of disabilities. The American Friends of Beit Issie Shapiro (AFOBIS) are dedicated to supporting Beit Issie’s mission in the United States.

Support from our American Friends impacts the quality of lives of children with disabilities and their families throughout Israel. Your support enables Beit Issie to share and leverage the innovative therapeutic services and programs developed by Beit Issie through their network of collaborations, research and training.




American Friends of Beit Issie Shapiro

is running in the 2015 New York City Marathon

Visit our marathon page! 

Please click here for Marathon Entry and Sponsorship Levels! 


American Friends of Beit Issie Shapiro is one of over 250 non-profit organizations selected by New York Road Runners as a participating charity in the 2015 New York City Marathon. We have been provided with 10 guaranteed entries in the Marathon as a way to raise funds and also through further fundraising efforts from the runners and their supporters.

Our participation in the 2014 Marathon was a success thanks to the efforts of our TEAM AFOBIS runners who helped us raise over $115,000!  The NYC Marathon is an excellent opportunity for AFOBIS to raise funds to support the innovative treatment programs at Beit Issie Shapiro in Israel.

Every year parents of children with severe disabilities bring their children to Beit Issie Shapiro in Ra’anana. They arrive feeling alone, often afraid and always uncertain and anxious about their children’s future. They come to Beit Issie because of the organization’s reputation throughout Israel as a center of excellence that unlocks the world to these children focusing on their ability and potential.

These parents know their children will receive the most cutting edge treatments and therapies because Beit Issie Shapiro is the leader in innovation of programs, services, therapies and training that improve the lives of children with disabilities in Israel.

Recognized by Midot (Israel’s Charity Rating Service) as the Best Not-for-Profit in Israel, and selected by the State of Israel to represent it at the United Nations on Disabilities, BIS also innovates in affecting Israeli society to better accept the full inclusion of people with disabilities.

The American Friends of Beit Issie Shapiro is a U.S. based organization supporting the work of Beit Issie Shapiro in Israel.    

Please contact the AFOBIS office in New York for further information at or 212 -586-2464






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For further information or sponsorship opportunities

please call the American Friends of Beit Issie Shapiro

at 212-586-2464 or contact us via email at





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American Friends of Beit Issie Shapiro Los Angeles Gala

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American Friends of Beit Issie Shapiro honored

Gloria and Harvey Kaylie/Dr. Michelle Shapiro

At the Humanitarian Award Celebration

October 17, 2013 | 6:30pm | New York City

Chaired by Ruvan & Shelley Cohen and Josh & Lizzy Trump, the Humanitarian Award Dinner celebrated Beit Issie Shapiro’s unique and innovative work for children with disabilities. Supporters from New York’s business and social community gathered for an evening of heart-warming tributes, poignant testimonials, and festive entertainment.

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