Beit Natan is the Jerusalem-based cancer support, advocacy and resource center serving individuals throughout Israel as they cope with cancer. Beit Natan’s pluralistic programs provide guidance and support at every stage of cancer diagnosis and treatment as an essential compliment to medical treatment. All Beit Natan programs are supervised by psycho-oncologists, psychologists and social workers, and promote recovery while enhancing quality of life for those diagnosed with cancer, and for their spouses and families.
Beit Natan was founded in 1995 by Chaya Heller, z”l. Chaya became aware of the lack of support services and access to information for individuals with cancer when she set out to help a friend who had been diagnosed with cancer. She founded Beit Natan, in the name of her grandfather Natan, beginning with the Lev Rachel Helpline.
Although initially focused on increasing awareness of breast cancer and encouraging early detection among haredi women, along with providing support services to women coping with breast cancer, it quickly became apparent that additional services were necessary to serve the needs of a broader population. Beit Natan has grown to include a wide variety of programs, serving individuals in Israel who have been diagnosed with cancer, and their families.
Beit Natan Cancer Support Services
The Lev Rachel Helpline – Telephone helpline manned by specially trained recovered cancer patients.
Support Groups and Workshops – Ongoing programs focusing on a variety of topics.
Therapeutic Retreats for Recovery – One-day and three-day programs designed for those coping with cancer, providing recreation, education and enrichment.
Therapeutic Retreats for Recovery for Couples – Three-day retreats for couples in which one spouse is coping with cancer, designed to uplift, educate and enhance the marital relationship.
Careers After Cancer – Beit Natan’s groundbreaking program that assists individuals as they return to the workforce following cancer treatment.
Margoa Mini-Vacations for Couples and Families – Opportunities to take a brief vacation and recharge, away from the stresses of everyday life.
Treatment Companions – Trained volunteers accompany cancer patients to treatment at the Shaare Zedek Oncology Daycare Center, alleviating the stress and boredom of the appointments.
The Tomchim Volunteer In-Home Hospice Visitation Program – Trained volunteers assist and support the chronically ill and their families.
Volunteer Training – Training programs and seminars for Beit Natan volunteers.
Chossen Resilience Training: A Day of Strength – Skill-building and support program for professionals and volunteers who confront grief and pain in their work with the chronically ill and in other difficult situations.