Beit David is a home for life within the community for women with special needs. Beit David provides them with the care of a multidisciplinary, professional staff in a warm, safe and loving environment.
We believe that every one of our residents is a distinct individual who deserves to be encouraged, empowered and guided in a supportive environment and in the community.
The Beit David residence was established some 45 years ago by a group of parents, educators and benefactors, with the aim of advancing care for individuals with developmental disabilities in Israel.
The residence was founded by Rabbi Dr. Yaakov Landman, who moved to Israel from the U.S. with a daughter who had been diagnosed with developmental disabilities. He headed the organization until his death in 2004.
In 1972, Rabbi Dr. Landman and a group of parents opened a residence for teenagers in a rented building that had once served as an elementary school in the Maoz Zion neighborhood of Mevaseret Zion, outside Jerusalem. The residence began with 12 young girls. It steadily gained a reputation for dedicated, warm and professional care, and numerous parents chose its services for their daughters.
Over the years, Beit David has adapted to meet the changing needs of its residents, as well as the standards and requirements of government agencies. In 2014, Beit David changed its status from “residence” to “service provider in the community” as part of a complex reorganization process. This change required the adaptation of Beit David’s services to new guidelines, by building comprehensive programs for providing services in the community and completely differentiating its service areas: residence, supervised work and day care.
Today, Beit David’s administration works in full partnership with Israel’s Welfare Ministry to develop and provide a range of services for women with developmental disabilities, and to furnish them with a home for life.
The range of services falls into three basic clusters: community living, supervised work and a day center.