amaliah, which means "God's Work" in Hebrew and Arabic, builds partnerships, stability, and prosperity in the Middle East and throughout the world, through the power of medical care, education and food security.
While taking a group of tourists to visit to Yad Vashem, Israeli-American businessman and philanthropist Moti Kahana first realized his Romanian family was murdered by their own government of Romania, and not the Nazis.
Moti arranged the visit of Senator McCain to visit Syria and meet with opposition leaders.
Kahana founded Amaliah, a nonprofit organization named after his mother, to establish a “Safe Zone” on the Israeli border, as a model for the rebuilding of Syria.
Moti Kahana brought Dr. Kamal al-Labwani, one of the most prominent members of the Syrian Opposition, to Israel to attend the International Conference on Counter-Terrorism. Dr al-Labwani was one of the first to promote no-fly zones in Southern Syria.
Funding his own humanitarian work for the last five years, Kahana realized he would be more effective with the help of a small team in New York. A short video about Amaliah’s efforts bringing in Syrian civilians to Israel for medical treatment went viral, garnering over 10 million views, which brought worldwide awareness to Amaliah's work and to Israel's efforts to help their neighbors despite their history.
The inspiration behind Amaliah:The Garden of the Righteous Among the Nations at Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem.
Vowing ‘Never Again,' Kahana set out to rescue the Syrian people from their own government, providing them with SIM cards to document atrocities with their phones. His humanitarian work continued, smuggling the last Jews from Aleppo and safeguarding ancient Judaica in Damascus synagogues, forming numerous connections with Syrians, both Jewish and Muslim.
Moti Kahana used his own personal funds to run Amaliah from 2010 through September 2016