In the presence of rabbis, public figures and representatives of the Israeli Health Funds (HMOs), a new and spacious full-service Bayit Cham Mental Health Clinic was inaugurated in Beit Shemesh.
Among those in attendance were the rabbi of Ramat Beit Shemesh, Rabbi Moshe Tuvia Dinkel; Deputy Mayors Rabbi Shmuel Greenberg and Rabbi Yeshayahu Ehrenreich; former Mayor Rabbi Moshe Abutbul; City Council members Rabbi Yisrael Silverstein and Rabbi Yitzchak Elmaliach; Rabbi Moshe Schlesinger, Maccabi Health Fund’s Director of Marketing for the Orthodox Sector; Rabbi Moshe Rosengarten, Clalit Health Fund’s Jerusalem District Director of the Orthodox; Yair Rhett, Leumit Health Fund’s Director of the Judea Region/Beitar; Dudu Yashar, Maccabi Health Fund’s Regional Director; Bayit Cham Director Rabbi Arie Munk; department heads of Bayit Cham’s various divisions and others.
The clinic will provide the public with the best care, staffed by top professionals in their fields including: pediatric and adult psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, clinical social workers, therapists and social workers with expertise in establishing disability rights helping clients receive allocations for rehabilitation services.
Menachem Berkowitz, Bayit Cham clinics’ director, addressed the audience, detailing services that will provided at the clinic and emphasized the productive cooperation between Bayit Cham and the relevant municipal departments as well as Israeli HMOs.
Rabbi Moshe Tuvia Dinkel, Rabbi of Ramat Beit Shemesh, said, “Bayit Cham and the Munk family are the perfect match. This place is very important and exceedingly crucial. We all know that a person’s psyche also needs peace and healing; this is the place to heal people. We hear about so many trials, difficulties and challenges that people are going through these days, people suffering for years without knowing that it is possible to be healed, that their suffering is treatable. Now Bayit Cham has moved to this new facility and expanded and I bless them with all my heart that G-d will help them and grant them success to be good emissaries that we should no longer suffer.”
Bayt Cham director Rabbi Arie Munk remarked, “We operate many different divisions. In our vocational rehabilitation division alone we accompany more than 1,200 people in 64 cities throughout the country at the work places every day. The clinic that we are opening today is a significant upgrade as compared to previous clinic in this city. At the this branch we will be able to shorten the waiting list, increase treatments and expand the staff of top professionals for the benefit of Beit Shemesh residents.”
Former mayor Rabbi Moshe Abutbul, who has always stood at Bayit Cham’s side, shared, “It is exciting to such beautiful things that continue to develop and flourish in this city. These are things that we worked on during the previous term and the results are here for us to see today. I had the privilege of accompanying Bayit Cham’s development. They do wonderful and exciting things. The cooperation between Bayit Cham and the HMOs will lead to continued prosperity for the city’s residents. “
Rabbi Shmuel Greenberg, Deputy Mayor of Beit Shemesh said, “I have been accompanying Bayit Cham in the city in recent years. You have succeeded in saving many families. You have helped many patients and we need you. In the coming years, the Beit Shemesh population will grow to 350,000 and we must have Bayit Cham in this city. Together with all the members of the city council, I will stand by Bayit Cham.”
Beit Shemesh Deputy Mayor Rabbi Yeshayahu Ehrenreich likewise extended his greetings: “I would like to congratulate Bayit Cham on the important initiative and the expansion of the clinic. We will try our best to continue to assist you with all the Municipality council members and will be the address you can turn to for all your needs. Your work is an integral part of the city’s health system, which is constantly expanding.”
Rabbi Moshe Schlesinger, Maccabi Health Fund’s director of marketing in the religious sector, praised Bayit Cham, headed by Rabbi Arie Munk, for work promoting mental health and expressed his hope for continued beneficial cooperation.