To support the rehabilitation of Israel’s wounded veterans and to improve their quality of life.
To be a national charity in the UK devoted to raising awareness and funds for Israel’s wounded veterans and victims of terror.
Beit Halochem literally means ‘House of Warriors’. It was established in the wake of the War of Independence (1949), with the purpose of providing the 3,400 soldiers disabled with all their needs towards the long process of their rehabilitation. Today, more than 51,000 members are given a new lease of life at our facilities in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa and Beer Sheva.
Beit Halochem, meaning ‘House of Warriors’, was established to look after wounded Israeli veterans and to provide them with a rehabilitative infrastructure where they receive respite and the opportunity to regain the dignity and quality of life they deserve. The organisation also looks after civilian victims of terror attacks. Today, the 51,000 Beit Halochem members are given a new lease of life at our four Rehabilitation Centres based in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa and Beer Sheva. They remain members of the organisation for the rest of their lives. With help from donors, a fifth and final Rehabilitation Centre is being built in Ashdod. This new facility will accommodate 6,700 veterans, together with their families, this amounts to more than 14,500 people.
The Beit Halochem Centres provide a blend of exceptional rehabilitative services including physiotherapy, hydrotherapy and chiropractic treatments conducted along-side social and specialised sport options, educational programmes and a vast range of creative activities. Sport is an effective means to foster positive health and wellbeing, social inclusion and community building for people with a disability. Whether as recreation or something more competitive, there’s a reason why sports are recommended for both able bodied and disabled individuals: because they help one feel as though they’re a part of something. It’s where many important social skills are learned, including acceptance of the disability, support of comrades, and the value of competition.
Research has revealed that the more the veterans participated in sport after they were injured, the significantly better their quality of life was. A large number of veterans who have taken on new adaptive sports at Beit Halochem have gone on to achieve Paralympic success in wheelchair tennis, wheelchair basketball and swimming.