Daniella Pardes was a fun-loving, spunky child until anorexia hijacked her at the age of 13. After a three 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 where she found refuge, and that was at Ofer’s Kalbia (a 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 three hours lovingly caring for them. In her protected kingdom, she knew what each dog needed, how to take charge, and she even instructed the vet. After a few months, it was time to integrate Daniella back into society. Her mother, Hadassa, searched for a therapeutic program which would absorb, protect and mainstream her back into her world. Unfortunately, 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 who are suffering like her, that therapeutic, rehabilitative stepping stone.
A supportive and potentially life-saving recovery day center for youth who are struggling with mental health issues, Daniella’s Den empowers youth with the vital skills to transition back into their families, schools and communities. Appreciating the central role of family, Beit Daniella also helps parents understand and support their child during this time of need. Situated in a natural setting with an emphasis on animal-assisted therapy, Beit Daniella seeks to strengthen the healthy self to meet and negotiate with the unhealthy self in an environment that fosters responsibility and wellness.
Daniella’s Den is designed for non-denominational youth between the ages of 12 to 18. Beit Daniella serves youth who are struggling with mental health issues who need a short-term, non-traditional structure for rehabilitation. Although there are many hostels and dormitories for such youth, we seek to open a professional day facility which keeps the child at home. This structure empowers the child AND the family to absorb the child with all of the difficulties involved. Daniella’s Den is NOT for youth with severe mental illnesses that require hospitalization, special needs, at-risk youth without a family support system, criminals or those who pose a threat or harm to others.
Beit Daniella is located in Havat Harei Yehuda Horse Stables in the picturesque Judean Hills. This beautiful natural setting is an ideal setting for emotional healing. The Harei Yehuda riding stable is located in Tsur Hadassah, about 15 minutes by car from Jerusalem, Beit Shemesh and Gush Etzion.
The stable is situated at the edge of the Sansan nature reserve and is close to many of attractive hiking and riding trails in the Judean mountains, including the Begin park, Nahal Katlav, Ein Kobi, Ein Mata, Wadi Fukhin and the Soreq stalactite caves.
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Beit Daniella acknowledges the kind sponsorship of the Meitar Law Firm, Tel Aviv
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
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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If it takes a village to raise a child...
it takes a (Global) Village to save a child.
We need each one of you to join us in creating a therapeutic day center to contain, embrace and heal youth who are struggling desperately
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