Daniella's Den


Rehabilitative Day Program for Youth

Our Story

Why Daniella’s Den?

Daniella Pardes was a fun loving, spunky child until anorexia hijacked her at the age of 13. After a 3 month hospitalization, Daniella was not healthy enough to return to a school structure nor to the friends whom she loved. However, there was one place that she found refuge - Ofer’s Kalbia (therapeutic dog kennel) on Moshav Ora. While she had little ability to love and care for herself, she had an endless supply for the dogs. Every morning without exception, she would spend 3 hours lovingly caring for them. In her protected kingdom, she knew what each dog needed, she took charge, even instructing the vet. After a few months, it was time to integrate Daniella back into society. Her mother, Hadassa searched for a therapeutic program which could absorb, protect and at the same time mainstream her back into her world. She never found one suitable to her needs. On December 11, 2017 at the tender age of 14, Daniella took her own life. Daniella’s Den is designed to provide for other teens suffering from emotional issues, that essential, rehabilitative stepping stone integrating the element of animal-assisted therapy - which Daniella sorely needed and never had.

What is Daniella’s Den?

A rehabilitative day center, Beit Daniella aims to provide psychiatric post-hospitalized youth with a short term protective, therapeutic program that empowers them with the necessary skills to transition successfully back into their families, schools and communities. Appreciating the central role of family, Beit Daniella also helps parents to understand, contain and deal with their child. Situated in a natural setting with an emphasis on animal-assisted therapy, Beit Daniella seeks to strengthen the healthy self to meet and negotiate the non-healthy self, in an environment which fosters responsibility and wellness.

Who will attend?

Non-denominational youth, 12 to 18 years old. Although there are many group homes and dormitories for emotionally challenged youth, we seek to open a professional day facility which keeps these teens at home - empowering the child AND empowering the family to absorb the child, with all of the difficulties involved. Initially, Daniella’s Den will serve youth who are transitioning from hospital to school structures. Daniella’s Den is NOT for youth with: severe mental illness who require hospitalization, special needs; at-risk youth without a family support system, criminals or those who pose a threat or harm to others.

How will it be funded?


Scholarships available for those who qualify


Government Ministries, Jerusalem Municipality, Non Profits


Income from dog training and kennels goes to funding operations *


Private, Foundations

* Will be implemented after the pilot

About Us

Our Team

Dr. Hadassa Jakobovits Pardes, Mother Hen, Founder, Co-Director
Hadassa holds a Phd in Theoretical Computer Science, and an MBA. Her professional experience working in multi-million dollar hi-tech startups and directing the NATO Science Program for Information Security at NATO headquarters in Brussels, provided her with the understanding of what it takes to bring a project from vision to reality. That professionalism combines with her deep personal drive to provide a much-needed refuge and rehabilitative center for Jerusalem’s struggling youth.
Sarah Malka Eisen, Co-Director
Sarah Malka’s multi-faceted career combines education, public relations and activism. With a specialty in adult education, she taught at Shappel’s, Mayanot and MaTaN. As a Public Relations professional, Sarah Malka took little known organizations which she believed in and put them on the map. From promoting the welfare of disadvantaged children to economic empowerment for Haredim, Sarah Malka brings vision, passion and conviction to the goal of social change.
Prof. Yoav Kohn, Psychiatrist
Prof. Yoav Kohn, MD is Director of the Donald Cohen Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Department, Jerusalem Mental Health Center, Eitanim Psychiatric Hospital. He is a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Hebrew University-Hadassah School of Medicine, where he served as Chair of the Department (2013-2017). Prof. Kohn earned his MD at Hebrew University-Hadassah School of Medicine and trained as an Adult and Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at Hadassah Medical Center. Dr. Kohn is serving Beit Daniella in its establishment and will be guiding Beit Daniella’s staff throughout within the context of Beit Daniella’s partnership with Eitanim Hospital.
Dr. Rachel Bachner-Melman, Clinical and Research Advisor
Dr. Rachel Bachner-Melman is a Clinical Psychologist specializing in the research and treatment of eating disorders. She is a Senior Lecturer in the MA Clinical Psychology Program of the Ruppin Academic Center, and Founder and Director of "Koli, the Jerusalem Center for Recovery from Eating Disorders". Dr Bachner-Melman and has published over sixty peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and presents regularly at conferences in Israel and abroad. She is a member of the prestigious Eating Disorders Research Society, Director of Outreach of the (international) Academy for Eating Disorders (AED), and President of the Israel Association for Eating Disorders.
Dr. Noga Ben David, Psychologist
Ofer Biton, COO, Director of Animal-Assisted Therapy
A pioneer in dog therapy in Israel, Ofer began his work in this field in 2005, establishing a school for dog therapy and training at Bar Ilan University. Currently he is the head of the department for dog therapy and training at Campus Broshim, Tel Aviv . In addition to being a senior dog therapist himself, Ofer trains therapeutic staff of programs country wide and consults for dog kennels and therapeutic institutions alike.

In 2010, Ofer established the first therapeutic dog kennel in Israel inside Mesia, a facility for teens at risk. His dog kennel services teens at risk within and outside the institution as well as clients who are emotionally and physically challenged. In addition, Ofer services the child and adolescent psychiatry department at Hadassah Hospital and other facilities.

Board of Directors

Dr. Hadassa Jakobovits

Chair, Founder Beit Daniella

Lea Melamed

Leumit Health Services Dietician

David Lewis

VP Sales & Marketing Nanonics Imaging Ltd. CEO, InZiv

Aliza Inbal

Director Pears Program for Global Innovation Tel Aviv University

Karen Ickovics

Professional Mom

Beth Newmark

General Partner Emmaleh Student Housing

Vicky Berglas

Director Midreshet Moriah

Raphael Guz

Auditor, Beit Daniella Accountant, Deloitte Israel

Iris Stark

Accountant CPA, Founder and Executive Partner Stark and Stark

Advisory Board

Prof. Elliot M. Berry MD, FRCP
Professor Elliot Berry graduated from the University of Cambridge, UK with distinction in medicine. His principal interests are the bio-psycho-social problems of weight regulation from obesity to anorexia nervosa, and the benefits of the Mediterranean diet; his laboratory research investigates the effects of nutrition on cognitive function. From a synthesis of this work he evolved and published the concept of the to understand how people cope with life stress and chronic diseases in general, and food insecurity in particular. Berry has published over 270 articles and chapters in books. He has been a visiting scientist at MIT, a distinguished visiting scholar at Christ’s College, Cambridge and a visiting Professor at Yale University. Dr Berry has been a consultant for the WHO, the World Bank and the Serbian Government in Public Health and Nutrition. He was the Director of the Braun School of Public Health & Community Medicine (2003-6) and Head of the WHO Collaborating Center in Capacity Building in Public Health (2007-2013). Berry was a consultant at FAO, Rome (2013-4) where, following his development and publication of the Global Nutrition Index, he worked on indicators for food security and sustainability. Berry is currently involved as co Editor in Chief of a three volume Encyclopaedia on Food Security and Sustainability (Elsevier) and a-Specialty Chief Editor for Nutrition and Environmental Sustainability as part of Frontiers in Nutrition. These responsibilities align well with current membership of the United Nations Multistakeholder committee on Sustainable Food Systems, as part of the 10 year Framework Program.
Dr. Jennie Goldstein, MD
Dr. Goldstein earned her medical degree from the State University of New York Downstate College of Medicine, and is a U.S. board certified adult and child and adolescent psychiatrist. Prior to her aliyah, she served as director of the Child and Adolescent Day Hospital at Zucker Hillside Hospital in New York.

Dr. Goldstein maintains a private practice in Neve Daniel, Gush Etzion. She has lectured at Tel Aviv University’s Sackler Medical School, for organizations including Tzohar, Kav L’noar, Shalva, and Torah in Motion, and at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists. Dr. Goldstein also supervises other therapists and provides in-service training to school faculties. She is a member of a team of professionals working to increase education and awareness about sexual abuse within communities in Israel, and is a consultant at the Trauma Treatment Center of Sderot, working with families affected by terrorism and war on the Gaza border.
Prof. Yoav Kohn, MD Eitanim Hospital
Prof. Yoav Kohn, MD is Director of the Donald Cohen Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Department, Jerusalem Mental Health Center, Eitanim Psychiatric Hospital. He isa Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Hebrew University-Hadassah School of Medicine, where he served as Chair of the Department (2013-2017). Prof. Kohn earned his MD at Hebrew University-Hadassah School of Medicine and trained as an Adult and Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at Hadassah Medical Center.
Dr. Ayelet Meltzer, MD Hadassah Hospital
Dr. Ayelet Meltzer is a senior physician in the Unit of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Dept. of Psychiatry. Hadassah Hospital. Director of Day program. Dr. Meltzer represents Hadassah Hospital in our steering committee.
Uri Pinus, MSW
Uri Pinus is a Psychotherapist and Senior Clinical Social Worker specializing in the field of severe pathology in adolescents and Mental Health Services development. A veteran in the field for over 30 years, he is one of the founders of the Israel Association for Eating Disorders, a former secretary and treasurer. Uri was involved in the development of several Mental Health services for adolescents in Jerusalem and was the Director of the Adolescent Psychiatric Day-Treatment Unit in Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem from 1997 to 2014.
Michal Chatab Cohen, Adv. MA
A lawyer by training. Michal holds a Master’s degree in gender studies, which she completed cum laude. Michal also attended the Educational Leadership Program at the Mandel School of Educational Leadership, which included courses in: sociology, philosophy, education, Judaism, as well as instruction and management. In her law career, Michal specialized in the field of personal status, and worked in the State Attorney’s office. Thereafter, Michal spent 10 years working as a legal adviser in the Ministry of Welfare. In this role, she managed adoption cases, legal proceedings regarding child abuse, guardianship of people with special needs and children at risk.

In September 2006, Michal began working at JDC. For three years she served as assistantdirector and worked alongside Dr. Rami Sulimani. After this time, she wanted to work more closely to the field, and requested to be transferred to work with children with special needs. In her new position, Michal developed many programs for families of children with special needs, amongst them - Family Centers for Families of Children with Special Needs. This program has since been adopted by the Ministry of Welfare and operates in dozens of communities around the country. In 2017, JDC opened a unique division for families. Within this framework, Michal continues to develop programs for families across Israel. Michal draws on her extensive experience developing pilot programs for the Joint, in developing Beit Daniella’s innovative program. In addition to her work at JDC, Michal is a yoga instructor under the methodology of B.K.S. Iyengar. She is also currently studying for a Master’s degree in Movement Therapy at David Yellin College.
Nissim Smadja, BSW, MA
Currently serving as a Supervisor at Chasut Hanoar* , Nissim managed institutions for teens at risk and is one of the leaders in developing and actualizing professional training and supervision for professionals dealing with that population. A social worker and management consultant by training, Nissim has combined both disciplines in his extensive work with teens at risk, culled from 30 years of experience in the field.
Nissim has developed and promoted innovative programs and creative initiatives for Teens at Risk such as The Martef - an innovative theater for teens at risk and the therapeutic dog program at Mesila- a high risk facility for teenage girls.
Nissim teaches at the Kibbutzim College of Education, Technology and the Arts and at Campus Broshim, Tel Aviv University . He trains and guides staff and organizations in various therapeutic and educational fields, under the auspices of the Colleagues Program of the Mandel School for Educational Leadership.

*Chasut Hanoar is a wing of the Israeli Welfare Ministry which oversees youth at risk mandated by law to live outside their home in specialized facilities.
Rae Adler, MSW
Ms. Adler graduated from Yeshiva University with a Masters in Social Work and has worked in the field for over 35 years, primarily in the area of community development. She has worked in Canada, the U.S., and the UK with immigrants, the elderly, adolescents, mental health, bereavement and fertility issues. Rae has used her extensive experience in advising organizations in their systems development, supervising professionals and volunteers, and working with interdisciplinary teams. Ms. Adler has a particular interest in developing innovative therapeutic services in the community.
Carolyn Cohen, Msc (LSE), CQSW, MBACP (Accred), AMBICA
Carolyn Cohen is a Social Worker, Psychotherapist and Infertility Counsellor. Carolyn has worked in both Statutory (Hospital, General Practice, Social Services) and Voluntary settings with individuals and couples in London, UK. Since 1998 Carolyn has been the Honorary Executive Director, Principal Social Worker and Psychotherapist in a UK charity, Chana; that supports couples and individuals with their challenges of infertility.

Carolyn has a private practice working with individuals or couples concerned with trauma, complex trauma, historical abuse and neglect, anxiety, depression, relationship issues. Carolyn works within a Humanistic Integrative theoretical framework with a strong emphasis of Internal Family Systems Therapy.
Rabbi Avraham Kannai

Beit Daniella acknowledges the kind sponsorship of the Meitar Law Firm, Tel Aviv

Jerusalem Marathon

In a show of spontaneous community support and initiative, friends of Daniella z’l and her sisters joined together to run in the Jerusalem Marathon on Friday March 9th in support of Beit Daniella. To our delight, 135 runners signed up!

At Pasta Night the night before the Marathon, Hadassa Pardes poignantly shared her deep personal motivation to creating what did not exist for Daniella-thus embracing and healing so many other young people currently struggling with emotional issues. Ofer Biton, Daniella’s dog therapist, shared his experience working with Daniella touching on what makes animal assisted therapy so effective and Sarah Malka Eisen updated the crowd on our practical progress in bringing Daniella’s Den from vision to reality.

The most exciting news:

Our lead runner - Cousin Beatie Deutsch, a mother of 5 young children,took first place in the Women’s Category, running 42K in 3 hours, 9 minutes and 48 seconds!

This was Beatie’s 3rd Marathon, and first time in the particularly challenging hilly, Jerusalem course. " Daniella’s memory and the prospect of creating Beit Daniella-a haven for other teens suffering as she did-inspired me to run my fastest ever!"

In the past,Beatie placed 6th in the half marathon of the Tel Aviv Marathon on February 23, 2018. Last year, she ran the Tel Aviv marathon while 7 months pregnant. (Don’t worry it was with the blessing of her father who is an OB-GYN :) ). Daniella’s Den is SO PROUD of Beatie and we look forward to sharing many more exciting runs in the future!

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