Beit Daniella

Rehabilitative Day Center for Youth

in memory of Daniella Pardes

Empower. Rehabilitate. Integrate.

עברית English

Tzur Hadassah, Israel
Registered Charity 515920163

Our Story

Why Beit Daniella?

Daniella Pardes was a fun-loving, spunky child until anorexia hijacked her at the age of 13. After a three month hospitalization, Daniella was not healthy enough to return to a school structure nor to the friends whom she loved. However, there was one place where she found refuge, and that was at Ofer’s Kalbia (a therapeutic dog kennel) on Moshav Ora. While she had little ability to love and care for herself, she had an endless supply for the dogs. Every morning without exception, she would spend three hours lovingly caring for them. In her protected kingdom, she knew what each dog needed, how to take charge, and she even instructed the vet. After a few months, it was time to integrate Daniella back into society. Her mother, Hadassa, searched for a therapeutic program which would absorb, protect and mainstream her back into her world. Unfortunately, she never found one suitable to her needs. On December 11, 2017 at the tender age of 14, Daniella took her own life. Beit Daniella is designed to provide for other teens who are suffering like her, that therapeutic, rehabilitative stepping stone.

What is Beit Daniella?

A supportive and potentially life-saving recovery day center for youth who are struggling with mental health issues including eating disorders, Beit Daniella empowers youth with the vital skills to transition back into their families, schools and communities. Appreciating the central role of family, Beit Daniella also helps parents understand and support their child during this time of need. Situated in a natural setting with an emphasis on animal-assisted therapy, Beit Daniella seeks to strengthen the healthy self to meet and negotiate with the unhealthy self in an environment that fosters responsibility and wellness.

Who attends Beit Daniella?

Beit Daniella serves non-denominational youth between the ages of 12 to 18 who are struggling with mental health issues including eating disorders, who need a short-term, non-traditional structure for rehabilitation. Although there are many group homes and dormitories in Israel for at-risk youth, there is a dearth of professional day facilities which enables youth to live at home while attending to their mental health needs. This structure empowers the child and the family to absorb the child with all of the difficulties involved. Beit Daniella is NOT for youth with severe mental illnesses that require hospitalization, special needs, at-risk youth without a family support system, criminals or those who pose a threat or harm to others.

About Us

Our Team

Dr. Hadassa Jakobovits Pardes, Founder and Director
Hadassa holds a Phd in Theoretical Computer Science, and an MBA. Her professional experience working in multi-million dollar hi-tech startups and directing the NATO Science Program for Information Security at NATO headquarters in Brussels, provided her with the understanding of what it takes to bring a project from vision to reality. That professionalism combines with her deep personal drive to provide a much-needed refuge and rehabilitative center for Jerusalem’s youth.
Sarah Malka Eisen, Director of Strategic and Project Development
Sarah Malka’s multi-faceted career synthesizes education, public relations and activism. With a specialty in adult education, she taught at Shappel’s, Mayanot and MaTaN. As a Public Relations professional, Sarah Malka took little known organizations which she believed in and put them on the map. From promoting the welfare of disadvantaged children to economic empowerment for Haredim, Sarah Malka brings vision, passion and conviction to the goal of social change.
Dr. Noga David, Clinical Psychologist
Dr. David earned a PhD in psychology from Bar Ilan University. A clinical psychologist and a certified clinical supervisor, Noga works at Hadassah Hospital and has a private practice in Jerusalem. At Hadassah, Noga specializes in youth suffering from trauma, running Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) groups and overseeing the DBT program for youth and their parents. Noga also works as a clinical supervisor, overseeing psychology students from the Hebrew University.

In addition, Noga trains professional staff at Hadassah and at other organizations in the area of mental health such as the Meital center for treatment of child and youth victims of sexual abuse and she teaches enrichment courses for mental health professionals at the Haruv Institute.
Dr. Rachel Bachner-Melman, Clinical Advisor on Eating Disorders
Dr. Rachel Bachner-Melman, Founder and Director of "Koli, the Jerusalem Center for Recovery from Eating Disorders"  is a Clinical Psychologist specializing in the treatment and research of eating disorders. She is a Senior Lecturer in the MA Clinical Psychology Program of the Ruppin Academic Center and the Master of Social Work program of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Dr Bachner-Melman and has rich clinical experience in treating eating disorders, has published over sixty peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and presents regularly at conferences in Israel and abroad. She is a member of the prestigious Eating Disorders Research Society, Director of Outreach of the Academy for Eating Disorders, and President of the Israel Association for Eating Disorders.
Aviva Miller, Clinical Social Worker
Aviva Miller has an MSW from the Wurzweiler School of Social Work, a continuing education diploma in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and is a clinical supervisor for social work students. Aviva has worked in a variety of therapeutic institutions for children at risk, focusing on goal oriented intervention plans for social and emotional regulation and adaptation. At Beit Daniella, Aviva plays an important role in empowering and guiding parents. In addition, Aviva has dabbled in the world of marketing, grant-writing, and development for nonprofits. Her experience in these areas have brought great added value to Beit Daniella.
Hodaya Cohen, Educational Director
Hodaya has a BA in Special Education and Literature from Efrata College in Jerusalem. Hodaya brings with her teaching experience from a wide range of unusual educational structures: From Reishit, a primary school in Gush Etzion which specializes in integrating special education students with normative students and from the Learning Center of the School for the Arts in Jerusalem. Teaching at the learning center of Eitanim Psychiatric Hospital introduced Hodaya to the challenge of educating youth with a mental health profile. At Beit Daniella, she masters the art of therapeutic education coordinating teaching staff as well as teaching herself.
Ofer Biton, Director of Canine Assisted Therapy
A pioneer in dog therapy in Israel, Ofer began his work in this field in 2005, establishing a school for dog therapy and training at Bar Ilan University. Currently he is the head of the department for dog therapy and training at Campus Broshim, Tel Aviv. In addition to being a senior dog therapist himself, Ofer trains therapeutic staff of programs country wide and consults for dog kennels and therapeutic institutions alike.

In 2010, Ofer established the first therapeutic dog kennel in Israel inside Mesila, a facility for teens at risk. His dog kennel services teens at risk within and outside the institution as well as clients who are emotionally and physically challenged. In addition, Ofer services the child and adolescent psychiatry department at Hadassah Hospital and other facilities.
Chen Helmer, Director of Equine Assisted Therapy
Chen holds a Masters Degree from the Hebrew University in Occupational Therapy for Mental Health. She is currently writing her doctorate on the Effects of Therapeutic HorseBack Riding. She is an advanced instructor for therapeutic riding from the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH). Trained in group instruction, Chen works as an occupational therapist specializing in riding at Havat Harei Yehuda and at Eitanim Psychiatric Hospital.


Noam Frimer

Tal Picar

Idit Orenstein


Ileel Kornfeld

Noam Moyal Melumad

Tziporah Brussel

Social Work Interns

Hadassah Fidler

Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Yeshiva University

Hodaya Tzur Bankowitz

Michlelet Tel Chai

Staff photos courtesy of our very own Ezra Hexter, an alumnus of Beit Daniella and an awesome photographer

Pre-Opening: Developing our Therapeutic Model

Board of Directors

David Lewis

VP Sales & Marketing Nanonics Imaging Ltd. CEO, InZiv

Lea Melamed

Leumit Health Services Dietician

Aliza Inbal

Director Pears Program for Global Innovation Jerusalem Institute for Policy Research

Karen Ickovics

Professional Mom

Raphael Guz

Accountant Deloitte Israel

Advisory Board

From Left to Right: Ofer Biton, Director, Israeli Center for Canine Assisted Therapy (Staff); Rae Adler, MSW ; Sarah Malka Eisen Co-director (Staff); Hadassa Pardes, Founder (Staff); Prof. Yoav Kohen, Director of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Department, Eitanim Psychiatric Hospital; Dr. Yana Umansky, Director תחנה לבריאות הנפש,קרית יובל Dr. Ayelet Meltzer, Director, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Clinic, Hadassah Hospital, Dr. Noga David, Clinical Psychologist, Hadassah Hospital(Staff), Nissim Smadja, Supervisor, Chasut Hanoar, Ministry of Welfare

All Jerusalem hospitals with adolescent psychiatry departments are represented on our steering committee:
Prof. Yoav Kohn, Eitanim Hospital
Prof. Yoav Kohn, MD is Director of the Donald Cohen Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Department, Jerusalem Mental Health Center, Eitanim Psychiatric Hospital. He is a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Hebrew University-Hadassah School of Medicine, where he served as Chair of the Department (2013-2017). Prof. Kohn earned his MD at Hebrew University-Hadassah School of Medicine and trained as an Adult and Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at Hadassah Medical Center.
Dr. Ayelet Meltzer, Hadassah Hospital
Dr. Ayelet Meltzer is a senior psychiatrist in the Unit of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Dept. of Psychiatry. Hadassah Hospital. Director of Day program. Dr. Meltzer represents Hadassah Hospital in our steering committee.
Prof. Elliot M. Berry
Professor Elliot Berry graduated from the University of Cambridge, UK with distinction in medicine. His principal interests are the bio-psycho-social problems of weight regulation from obesity to anorexia nervosa, his laboratory research investigates the effects of nutrition on cognitive function. Berry has published over 270 articles and chapters in books. He has been a visiting scientist at MIT, a distinguished visiting scholar at Christ’s College, Cambridge and a visiting Professor at Yale University. Dr Berry has been a consultant for the WHO and the World Bank. He was the Director of the Braun School of Public Health & Community Medicine (2003-6) and Head of the WHO Collaborating Center in Capacity Building in Public Health (2007-2013).
Dr. Jennie Goldstein
Dr. Goldstein earned her medical degree from the State University of New York Downstate College of Medicine, and is a U.S. board certified adult and child and adolescent psychiatrist. Prior to her aliyah, she served as director of the Child and Adolescent Day Hospital at Zucker Hillside Hospital in New York.

Dr. Goldstein maintains a private practice in Neve Daniel, Gush Etzion. She has lectured at Tel Aviv University’s Sackler Medical School, for organizations including Tzohar, Kav L’noar, Shalva, and Torah in Motion, and at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists. Dr. Goldstein also supervises other therapists and provides in-service training to school faculties. She is a member of a team of professionals working to increase education and awareness about sexual abuse within communities in Israel, and is a consultant at the Trauma Treatment Center of Sderot, working with families affected by terrorism and war on the Gaza border.
Jay Pomrenze
 Jay Pomrenze worked at Bankers Trust Company for 26 years where he was a member of the firm's Management Committee. With the sale of Bankers Trust to Deutsche Bank in June 1999, Pomrenze joined Kelly Doherty to form their investment vehicle Caymen Partners. Jay began the next phase of his life in Israel. With degrees in finance and theology, Jay has served on various nonprofit and for-profit Israeli company Boards and is a founding Partner of Clarity KCPS, a global Israeli based Asset Management firm. He and his wife Huti are active in charity projects through their family Foundation.  
Joseph Gitler
 Joseph is a graduate of Yeshiva University and Fordham University Law School. After making aliyah in 2000, he worked for three years as Director of International Sales & Development for a family software business. He founded Leket Israel in 2003 after witnessing significant food wastage in Israel at a time of rising poverty. Joseph’s vision and steady hand have led the organization from a simple, one-man operation to Israel’s largest food rescue organization.  
Prof. Pesach Lichtenburg
Prof. Lichtenburg is the former Head of the Department of Psychiatry at the Hebrew University, with more than 20 years of experience in managing a psychiatric hospital department. He is the founder and CEO of Soteria-Israel, an innovative group home alternative to psychiatric hospitalization.
Edna Texler, Special Education Supervisor, Jerusalem and Jerusalem district
Edna holds a BA in Special Education and an MA in Educational Administration. From 1996 to 200, Edna was a lecturer and a didactic instructor of Special Education at David Yellin College.

From 2007-2015, she served as the principal of Alonim Junior High and High School- for students with learning disabilities. Currently, she supervises 16 special education programs in Jerusalem and in the Jerusalem District. Amongst those, she supervises the school at Eitanim Psychiatric Hospital as well as the school at Retorno, a drug rehabilitation facility for youth. She is responsible for nine local authorities: Mateh Yehuda, Abu Gosh, Har Adar, Mevasseret, Giv'at Ze'ev, Ma'aleh Adumim, Ma'aleh Ephraim, the Jordan Valley and Megillot. In Jerusalem, she is in charge of special education for all the secular public schools.
Edna is advising the education program at Beit Daniella.
Michal Chatab Cohen
A lawyer by training. Michal holds a Master’s degree in gender studies, which she completed cum laude. Michal also attended the Educational Leadership Program at the Mandel School of Educational Leadership, which included courses in: sociology, philosophy, education, Judaism, as well as instruction and management. In her law career, Michal specialized in the field of personal status, and worked in the State Attorney’s office. Thereafter, Michal spent 10 years working as a legal adviser in the Ministry of Welfare. In this role, she managed adoption cases, legal proceedings regarding child abuse, guardianship of people with special needs and children at risk.

In September 2006, Michal began working at JDC. Michal developed many programs for families of children with special needs, amongst them - Family Centers for Families of Children with Special Needs. This program has since been adopted by the Ministry of Welfare and operates in dozens of communities around the country. In 2017, JDC opened a unique division for families. Within this framework, Michal continues to develop programs for families across Israel. Michal draws on her extensive experience developing pilot programs for the Joint, in developing Beit Daniella’s innovative program.
Nissim Smadja
Currently serving as a Supervisor at Chasut Hanoar* , Nissim managed institutions for teens at risk and is one of the leaders in developing and actualizing professional training and supervision for professionals dealing with that population. A social worker and management consultant by training, Nissim has combined both disciplines in his extensive work with teens at risk, culled from 30 years of experience in the field.
Nissim has developed and promoted innovative programs and creative initiatives for Teens at Risk such as The Martef - an innovative theater for teens at risk and the therapeutic dog program at Mesila- a high risk facility for teenage girls.
Nissim teaches at the Kibbutzim College of Education, Technology and the Arts and at Campus Broshim, Tel Aviv University . He trains and guides staff and organizations in various therapeutic and educational fields, under the auspices of the Colleagues Program of the Mandel School for Educational Leadership.

*Chasut Hanoar is a wing of the Israeli Welfare Ministry which oversees youth at risk mandated by law to live outside their home in specialized facilities.
Carolyn Cohen
Carolyn Cohen is a Social Worker, Psychotherapist and Infertility Counsellor.  Carolyn has worked in both Statutory (Hospital, General Practice, Social Services) and Voluntary settings with individuals and couples in London, UK. Since 1998 Carolyn has been the Honorary Executive Director, Principal Social Worker and Psychotherapist in a UK charity, Chana; that supports couples and individuals with their challenges of infertility.

Carolyn has a private practice working with individuals or couples concerned with trauma, complex trauma, historical abuse and neglect, anxiety, depression, relationship issues. Carolyn works within a Humanistic Integrative theoretical framework with a strong emphasis of Internal Family Systems Therapy.
Rabbi Avraham Kannai
Rabbi Kannai studied at Yeshivat Hesder Har Etzion for 9 years, went on to the Hebrew University to complete a multidisciplinary BA in Arts and Psychology and then an MA in Clinical Psychology. Rabbi Kannai was a research fellow in Merkaz Shalem and served as an Academic Editor of the book “Moses of Freud. ” He also worked as a psychologist in Herzog psychiatric hospital and at Ezrat Nashim. Currently he serves as the therapeutic director of six Bayit Cham mental health clinics as well as working in private practice. Rabbi Kannai also teaches at Herzog College in the areas of Psychology and Education. In the past, he was as a Rosh Kollel (Head of a Community Talmudic Academy) of Torah M’Tzion in Memphis Tennessee. For the past 10 years, he has served as a community Rabbi of the Synagogue “Mitzpeh Ramot”, in the Jerusalem neighbourhood of Ramot.

Our Partners

As we are a grassroots organization, our partners are especially important to us. In record time, Beit Daniella has won the confidence and support of a wide range of partners.

As we are catering to a particularly vulnerable population, our medical partners insure that we maintain the highest standard of medical responsibility. Our corporate partners, enable us to run our organization with corporate productivity and professionalism. Our professional partners keep us in the know with regards to the latest research and methods. Our government partners supply us with the real-time needs as well as knowledge of the existing services available. In this way we can be maximally efficient in targeting exactly what is missing for Israeli youth struggling with mental health issues. Our nonprofit partners inspire us and guide us with their extensive knowledge and years of experience in successfully catalyzing social change in Israel.


Eitanim Hospital

Hadassah Hospital


Meitar Law Firm, Tel Aviv


Jerusalem Municipality

Jerusalem Ministry of Education


The Israeli Centre for Canine Assisted Therapy


Non - Profit


Hasimta Athletics

Our Program

Nature as Healer

Beit Daniella is situated in Harei Yehuda Horse Stables at the edge of the Sansan Nature Reserve. Our youth are entrenched in nature- within our pastorale grounds or on daily nature walks with the dogs. Planting, gardening and eating the fruits/vegetables of their labor, Beit Daniella students blend seamlessly with their ecosystem and are active players in its growth and development.

Learning Center

Under the supervision of Project Hila - a Ministry of Welfare sponsored independent studies program, Beit Daniella runs a learning center tailored to students who were not able to attend school regularly due to mental health challenges. In addition to teaching core curriculum subjects and closing knowledge gaps in advance of their re-entry to the school system, the center prepares each student individually towards his/her matriculation exams where relevant. The learning center’s main objective is to bolster learning skills and build the student’s confidence in his/her ability to study, succeed and transition back into school structures.

Therapeutic Kitchen

Our students prepare their own fresh, healthy meals from scratch, under the guidance of Chef Ofer Biton, Co-manager of Beit Daniella. Cooking is not only a basic life skill that promotes independence, it contains within it a critical element of self care. Students with eating disorders who struggle with anxiety and fear connected to food, are exposed to and coached in normative eating habits in a supportive environment.

Canine Assisted Therapy

Through their interdependent relationship with the therapy dogs in Beit Daniella’s kennel and through direct responsibility for their care, Beit Daniella’s students learn unconditional love and acceptance, trust, empathy, responsibility, hygiene and healthy daily routine.

Group Therapies

Mental health challenges are isolating, especially in the socially vulnerable age of adolescence. As such, Beit Daniella is a great believer in the power of the group - to reflect, support and sometimes challenge the individual. In addition to daily group sessions, Beit Daniella provides weekly sessions in DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy) and in Eating Disorder related topics. As DBT has been proven particularly effective in emotional regulation amongst teens , Beit Daniella runs DBT skills groups to cultivate independence in emotional regulation.

Equine Therapy

The warm relationship between human and horse is legendary. Through the direct and immediate action-response dynamic between rider and horse, youth understand the implications of their actions and learn to control their own responses to stimuli from the outside. The freedom through discipline in dealing with this large, majestic animal, results in an exciting, renewed sense of self confidence and competence.

Family as Primary Partner

In recognition of the family’s critical role in the process of healing and rehabilitation, Beit Daniella staff supports and guides parents in containing and supporting their struggling children. In addition to ongoing individual guidance, a weekly DBT skills group is provided to arm parents with the necessary skills to help their children cope with extreme emotional states at the same time as they preserve and maintain their own balance and most effectively respond to their child.

Health Care in the Community

As Beit Daniella is a transition facility, one-on-one psychotherapy, psychiatry and nutritionists (where relevant) are outsourced to the students’ local community clinics. This ensures consistency of individualized care before and after the student’s stay at Beit Daniella. At the same time, our staff maintains direct communication with all outside health care providers for effective case management.

Community Integration

Beit Daniella’s staff works with each student on an individualized personal plan which involves gradual integration into community life-school, youth groups, friends, leisure activities. The staff accompanies the students in implementing the plan and in meeting the inevitable challenges that arise along the way. Beit Daniella’s ultimate goal is to direct the students towards a full family and community life, with and in spite of their mental health challenges.

About Beatie Deutsch

“I started running three years ago as way to get back into shape and reclaim part of myself. Now I am the Israel national champion in half and full marathon. I never imagined I'd end up on this journey but I am currently pursuing the Olympic dream and hope to represent Israel in 2020. If you have been following my own running journey and want to show your support...donating to Beit Daniella is the best way to do it. People have sometimes asked me what is the connection between Beit Daniella and running and the word I would use is empowerment. Running has empowered me in so many ways, it has allowed me to uncover strengths I never realized I have. The goal of Beit Daniella is to provide a safe and empowering space for teens who are struggling and give them an opportunity to discover their unique gifts. When I think about my cousin Daniella and her story, what saddens me most is that she was so incredibly talented and yet she couldn't appreciate her strengths, she only saw her flaws. She wanted so badly to reintegrate into life after hospitalization, but there was no place for her to go, no place that would absorb, protect and empower her to mainstream back into her world. With your generous donation and support. Beit Daniella will fill that void, and prevent other precious children from suffering the way Daniella did.”

Beatie has taken the world by storm, not only by shattering limits in her short, 3 year running career but through the winning attitude that drives her forward. She is a role model of physical and emotional balance, and we are so proud to have Beatie representing Beit Daniella.

Beatie in the Press
Stay tuned for Beatie’s Upcoming Website Launch for the comprehensive press listing. For now, here’s a taste of Speedy Beatie!

Runners World Jan. 24, 2019
Israeli Morning News: TV Interview (Hebrew) Jan. 6, 2019
Ynet News, Jan. 7, 2019


If it takes a village to raise a child... it takes a (Global) Village to save a child.

We suffered, we struggled, we dreamed, we fought..and we were blessed. In one and a half years, Beit Daniella has been transformed from vision to reality...with and through YOU!

We can’t continue without you. Fuel youth who are struggling desperately.
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Checks can be made out to Beit Daniella and sent to:

Beit Daniella
c/o Pardes
13 Maale Oranim
Jerusalem 97276
Name Number
Bank Mercantile Discount Bank Ltd 17
Branch Ramot 742
Account בית דניאלה בע"מ (חלץ) 80249533
Bank Name Mercantile Discount Bank Ltd
Branch Number 0742
Branch Name Ramot
BIC Code Bardilit
Number IBAN (23 Digits) IL380177420000080249533
Currency of the Account New Israeli Shekel
Beneficiary’s Name Daniella’s Den Ltd (CC)

Registered Charity 515920163

Contact Us

+972 55 551 5788

Havat Harei Yehuda, Tzur Hadassah

Beit Daniella, ℅ Pardes, 13 Maale Oranim, Jerusalem 97276