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20 Years of Smiles

Starting in 2003 Akim-Jerusalem has been holding an annual fundraising trek to improve the quality of life of individuals with intellectual disabilities.

Miles for Smiles is an opportunity to challenge yourself and impact the lives of Akim-Jerusalem’s beneficiaries. The trek is an annual declaration to them and their families that they do not walk alone – we ALL truly care.

How does it work?

Each trekker pays a registration fee and commits to raise through sponsorship or other means a specified minimum amount.

Registration can be done online through this website or by contacting us directly.

All donations to Akim-Jerusalem are tax - deductible.


Akim-Jerusalem, an Israeli non-profit founded in 1951, has a wealth of experience in assisting individuals with intellectual disabilities and their families.

Its mission is to develop, advance, and enhance the quality of life of Jerusalem’s intellectually challenged youth and adult population. Akim-Jerusalem offers comprehensive leisure-time activities, vocational training and therapeutic and residential services to 160 residents and some 200 families in the community. Serving people of all ages, ethnicities and levels of functioning, the organization is run by professionals overseen by board made up of parents and public representatives.

Akim-Jerusalem’s efforts are supported by the Israeli government and by friends like you. The governmental support covers the basics. You ensure that the beneficiaries of Akim-Jerusalem gain so much more: increased therapeutic intervention and an altogether better quality of life.


With your help they can reach their full potential and fulfill their dreams.

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