The therapeutic relaxation garden, which was established for postpartum women, combines aesthetic and therapeutic elements that provide an atmosphere of calm, relaxation, optimism, and inner connection - an additional component of the complementary health services offered to women in the first days after birth.
The garden was established at the initiative of Hillel Yaffe Medical Center’s medical team and with the financial support of JNF Holland.
The dedication ceremony for the garden took place on June 18, 2018, in the presence of Professor Moshe Kon, President of JNF Holland; Mr. Freddie Rosenberg, JNF Holland CEO, representatives of KKL-JNF Israel, the management of Hillel Yaffe Medical Center, and the staff of the medical center’s maternity ward.
Karine Bolton Laor, KKL-JNF Director of International Relations and Conferences, emceed the ceremony. “Birth is an exciting event, and new mothers need time to rest and recover,” she said. “The garden will provide the new mothers with a pleasant place to recover physically and mentally and form the first bonds with their babies.”
Dr. Mickey Dudkiewicz, Director of Hillel Yaffe Medical Center, thanked JNF Holland for its generous contribution and KKL-JNF for its participation in establishing the garden. “We believe that nature plays a highly significant role in the recovery process and in our patients’ physical and mental health,” he said. “We see this place as a ‘green lung’ - a necessary thing for the health of public whom we treat.
Professor Moshe Kon, President of JNF Holland, said: “We are happy about the cooperation that created a garden that is not just a garden, but a bit of Paradise. As a physician, I understand the importance of a calming, healing environment, and I am proud of the result. We intend to contribute, in the future, to the establishment of a green lung at the hospital entrance.”
Michal Manheimer, Director of Fundraising and Development at Hillel Yaffe Medical Center, said: “I would like to thank you, JNF Holland, for having chosen to contribute to this special and exciting project.”
Freddie Rosenberg, KKL-JNF Holland CEO, said: “Every year, we donate six million shekels to projects in Israel in the fields of water, agriculture, and the environment, particularly in the Arava region. The special project of establishing a therapeutic garden for postpartum women charmed us, and we decided to donate 1.5 million shekels to it so that women who had just given birth would have a place of quiet and relaxation.”
KKL-JNF World Chairman Daniel Atar was unable to attend the ceremony, but sent his greetings to the attendees. “I do not see this garden, and KKL-JNF’s investment in hospitals throughout Israel, as a donation, but as taking responsibility. Taking social responsibility is a never-ending mission, a challenge to be worked on anew each day. I feel privileged that the organization I head has taken part of this community work, part of the responsibility for the country, upon itself.”
After the welcoming remarks, the recognition sign was unveiled andlater on, the participants planted a tree as a symbol of health and renewal.
After the tree planting, the attendees gave gifts to one another. Dr. Mickey Dudkiewicz gave Professor Kon a photograph of the therapeutic garden, and the representatives of JNF Holland gave the hospital representatives a touching gift: a chestnut from the famous chestnut tree that Anne Frank look out over from the attic where she lived in hiding and wrote her diary during the Holocaust.
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