Who we are

Who we are

Eshel is Israel's social research and development incubator, tasked with developing comprehensive responses to the complex challenges faced by Israeli society with the aging of its population. 

Eshel is the association for the planning and development of services for older adults and their families in Israel. Eshel brings together and serves as an "honest broker" between government ministries, prominent stakeholders, and professionals involved in the care of older adults. In partnership, these groups work to ensure older adults live independent, satisfactory and dignified lives, while easing the responsibility of care on the family and welfare/health systems. Many of the roughly 950,000 individuals aged 65+ living in Israel benefit directly and indirectly from a rich variety of services and programs designed and developed by Eshel.  

Eshel functions under the auspices of the Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), an American based NGO, which provides relief, rescue and reconstruction services to Jewish and non-Jewish clients around the world.