The Health Ministry, whose main functions have for the last four decades been
carried out in several rented buildings in Jerusalem, is moving to a new
12-story office building at the edge of the Romema quarter at the western
entrance to Jerusalem.
The headquarters and minister’s office have been lodged
since the early Seventies in an apartment house in the San Simon quarter’s Rehov
Ben-Tabai, while other offices are in Rehov Rivka in the Talpiot quarter and in
King David Street. The new building, whose adjacent twin has been allocated to
house much of the Welfare and Social Services Ministry, has 800 underground
parking spaces for the Health Ministry's employees.
The staffers initially
declined to move until they were ensured a bonus for "getting used to" the new
place and parking spaces for all. To mark the move, directors-general who have
worked in Ben-Tabai gathered together this week to bid farewell to the rented
premises and be photographed.