President Rivlin choose to open the new school year at Mayanei Hayeshua hospital
Reuven Rivlin, the Israeli president, went to celebrate the first day of school for the ultra-Orthodox along with Deputy Health Minister Ya’acov Litzman at Mayanei Hayeshua’s inner school.
The school was established a few years ago in order to provide the hospitalised kids the proper education and ensure that when the children are discharged, they won’t be behind in their studies.
Special classes have been arranged in the children and Psychiatry wards of the Mayanei Hayeshua Medical Centre in Bnei Brak, staffed by the best teaching staff.
During his visit, the president met with children who have been hospitalised for long periods of time. While the hospitalised children are not forced to study during their stints in Mayanei Hayeshua, many of them choose to study because they want to feel included, as well as keep up in school.
“Whoever wants to learn, comes,” said Prof. Mordechai Ravid, who heads the hospital. Even children who are admitted to hospital for very short periods, come to the classroom, he said. Separate classes are arranged for female patients at the hospital.
Rivlin visited first at the Paediatric department and then went to see Mayanei Hayeshusa’s mental health Centre, a psychiatric hospital specifically built for the benefit of the ultra-Orthodox community.
The centre has separate inpatient divisions for men and women, a daycare department, outpatient clinics, and will soon inaugurate the new Paediatric inpatient department, including a special Eating Disorders Unit.
There, Rivlin met with Dr. Moshe Rothschild, who founded the psychiatric hospital 28 years ago, along with Prof. Israel Strous, who heads the department, and Dr. Rosalind Landau, co-chair of British Friends of MHMC.
Each of them told him about the significant change in attitude in the ultra-Orthodox community toward mental illness, which previously carried a stigma and public embarrassment for many families.
In the last week of November 2019, Professor Rael Strous, the South African-born medical director of Mayanei Hayeshua’s Mental Health Centre, and professor of psychiatry at Tel Aviv University’s Faculty of Medicine, was in London for a busy round of meetings and events organised by the British Friends of Mayanei Hayeshua.