• Melabev opens 4 day centers directed by Leah Abramowitz – a first in Jerusalem for dementia care.
  • Prof. Arnold Rosin initiates the Geriatric Institute (now called the Institute of Aging) in coordination with Shaare Zedek Medical Center to offer the first in-service courses in Israel for professionals in elder care.
  • Melabev offers support groups for family caregivers of dementia patients.
  • Melabev receives ESHEL (JDC) Prize for outstanding innovative services


  • Melabev translates The 36 Hour Day, a classic text for caregivers, into Hebrew.
  • Melabev establishes the first and only home care service for Alzheimer’s patients and their family caregivers.


  • Melabev is awarded the Jerusalem Municipality Prize for Volunteerism.
  • Melabev opens the first program for Russian speaking dementia patients.
  • Volunteers Arleen Eidelman and Rachel Sachar produce the video, “Dance Therapy and Dementia: Activating Alzheimer’s Patients.”


  • Melabev opens the first and only Memory Club in Israel for people with mild memory and cognitive decline, for Hebrew, English and Russian speakers.
  • Melabev staff writes and publishes, with ESHEL, the first editions of their books, Avoda Im Holei Alzheimer’s and Working with Alzheimer’s Patients, ed., Rakel Berenbaum.
  • Melabev receives Clore 50th Anniversary Prize for Helping the Most Vulnerable in our Society.
  • Melabev Occupational Therapist, Yehudit Lange, develops, applies and tests Savion—the first and only computer software for dementia patients.
  • “A Memory Club for Elderly Persons Suffering from Moderate Cognitive Deterioration and Memory Problems,” a study by Perla Werner, PhD., concludes that activities of the Melabev Memory Clubs forestall decline in dementia patients.


  • Melabev is awarded the Jerusalem Prize for Good Citizenship.
  • Melabev develops Snoezelaan (multi-sensory room) for the elderly demented.
  • Melabev receives the Leonore and Larry Zusman – JDC-Israel Award for Excellence in the Field of Human Services.
  • Friends of Melabev initiate their Annual Virtual Dinners. Norton and Rachel Wasserman and Fran and Bernie Alpert lead the first Annual “Don’t Forget Us” Walkathon.
  • Melabev introduces palliative activities for dementia patients in their own homes – the first and only Home Hospice for Alzheimer’s patients in Israel, with support from UJA-Federation of New York


  • Melabev opens a day center in Beit Shemesh – the first Melabev center outside Jerusalem – with support of Partnership 2000 of the Jewish Agency and the Arison Foundation.
  • Melabev is awarded the Israel Gerontological Society Award for Activities on Behalf of the Elderly.
  • Melabev receives the Glickman Prize of ESHEL for Home Hospice Care.
  • Geriatric Institute inaugurates the Geriatric Study Tour in English for local and overseas professionals in elder care.
  • Melabev is awarded the Amal Award for Melabev Volunteers.
  • Leah Abramowitz, Melabev founder, is named “Yakir Yerushalayim” [“Worthy of Jerusalem”], the capital’s highest civic honor (2008).
  • Melabev completes new premises for English speakers, under the supervision of Motti Zelikovitch, new Director-General.
  • Prof. Arnold Rosin, Melabev founder, is also named “Yakir Yerusahalyim” [Worthy of Jerusalem] (2010).
  • Research and Evaluation Unit formed.
  • “At Home with Melabev” reaches northern and central Israel.

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