NA’AMAT provides a range of vital services to support all families in Israel, regardless of social group, ethnicity, or religion. Offerings include daycare centers, including those with extra support hours, a life-saving domestic violence shelter, counseling services, and women’s rights and empowerment centers. At NA’AMAT, we believe that strong families are the foundation of a healthy, vibrant society, and we are committed to providing the resources and support necessary to help them thrive.
We accept women from all social groups, ethnicities and religions. We accept citizens and non-citizens, including refugees. When women reach our shelter, it can be a turning point. It can be the beginning of a new and better life.
Director, NA’AMAT Center for Women and the Family, Tel Aviv
Women’s Empowerment and Rights Centers
In addition to services provided by a network of 22 Legal Aid bureaus, Women’s Rights facilities are in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and Haifa, with two Women’s Empowerment Centers in Karmiel and Sderot, where NA’AMAT’s lawyers, social workers, therapists, and counselors service over 9,000 women in need annually, addressing topics such as:
- Work-related issues
- Career advancement
- Domestic violence
- Pre-marital and parental agreements
- Family relations
- Single parenthood
- Special needs families
- Economic and financial counseling
- Workshops and support groups
- Mental health
The two Empowerment Centers in Karmiel and Sderot additionally offer educational programs on childbirth, eating disorders, prevention of osteoporosis, family planning, menopause, and nutrition. There are also individual and group therapy programs for post-natal and menopausal women and support groups for cancer patients and their families.
Domestic Violence Shelter, Counseling, and Prevention
Established in Tel Aviv in 1993, the NA’AMAT Center for Women and the Family was the first women’s shelter in Israel. Dedicated staff and volunteers ensure residential services for up to 30 residents and their children at a time, while up to 1,500 women and men receive counseling each year, including free legal advice. NA’AMAT is dedicated to helping families struggling with domestic violence re-enter Israeli society stronger, with better mental and physical health, and access to resources for success. As more than 200,000 women in Israel are exposed to domestic violence each year (i24 News, 2022), these services are critical. The center also offers a special “Abba Program” aimed at fathers who want to improve their parenting skills, need grief counseling, or who want to stop the cycle of violence in their own family.
Day Care Centers supporting family wellness
Essential to the health of families is the availability of safe, enriching day care for preschool age children. NA’AMAT is the largest provider of childcare services in Israel. Our 153 centers welcome 12,000 pre-school boys and girls a year, ages 0-3, into a warm, nurturing learning environment in which they develop the skills needed to succeed in school and in life.
Employing innovative programs and the latest educational trends and materials, a dedicated and caring staff of certified professionals supervise activities which emphasize individual attention and, where needed, appropriate testing and intervention along with confidence-building group activities.
NA’AMAT also offers 18 centers (“Daycare Plus”) for children who have been abused, traumatized by terrorism, or have come from homes afflicted by poverty and other difficult family situations. Specially trained counselors, teachers and psychologists work with these young and innocent victims to help them feel safe and secure. These centers have longer hours to accommodate working parents and provide three meals a day, and children can be up to six years old.
Support Family Services in Israel
At NA’AMAT, we believe that strong families are the foundation of a healthy, vibrant society, and we are committed to providing the resources and support necessary to help them thrive.