As the year 5779 drew to a close, a new Bayit Cham center in Beitar Illit was inaugurated, joining the other centers spread out all over Israel. Bayit Cham in Beitar houses yet another branch of the Benafsheinu treatment center for adult survivors of sexual trauma and serves as a vocational rehabilitation center for “Shacharit” supported and transitional employment services. Soon to come at Bayit Cham, Beitar: a public mental health clinic and more, staffed by professionals including psychiatrists, psychologists, clinical social workers, diagnosticians and consultants who are tops in their field.
An inspiring inauguration ceremony was held last week, attended by Beitar mayor Rabbi Meir Rubinstein, MK Rabbi Michael Malkieli, public figures and other senior officials. The city’s Sephardic chief rabbi Rabbi Yaakov Tufik Aviezri was honored with affixing a mezuzah. The rabbi congratulated Bayit Cham’s dedicated staff for their good work, headed by director Rabbi Arie Munk.
Beitar Illit Mayor Rabbi Meir Rubinstein added: “When I saw Bayit Cham providing services throughout Israel, I was jealous. I felt that there in Beitar, we are missing out – we didn’t have services to meet our needs. I knew badly they were needed in this town and how much you could help us. You have now responded to our needs and it is nothing less than lifesaving. I personally pledge to continue to be your ambassador and to assist you in every way I can.”
MK Malkieli said, “I am always excited to help Bayit Cham. I do not know of many organizations that work so professionally and devotedly as you do. I’ve been following Bayit Cham’s activities from my very first day in politics and am continually amazed each time anew. I am just sorry that in Israel, not enough emphasis is placed on [the importance of] your activities.” In his remarks, Bayit Cham director Rabbi Arie Munk thanked all those who partnered and assisted in establishing the new center.