JNF Canada invites you to join us in creating a healing environment in the Jerusalem Hills THERAPEUTIC COURTYARDS AT THE EITANIM PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITAL


The Eitanim Hospital is on Mount Eitan in the Jerusalem hills, approximately 10 km west of the capital city.


The Jerusalem Center for Mental Health includes the hospitals of Eitanim and Kfar Shaul, which serve the one million residents of Jerusalem, Beit Shemesh, Ma’ale Adumim and Mevaseret Zion and the Jerusalem corridor communities. The center comprises three separate hospital complexes and mental health stations throughout Jerusalem and its environs that treats a variety of mental disorders in people of all ages. Treatment includes all the conventional therapies, family therapy, individual and group psychotherapy, and art and occupational therapies. The center has a day care unit, a preschool unit, a center for treating drug abuse and co-occurring disorders, a center for the treatment of children and youth, and a ward for the treatment of autism. The center focuses on learning and renewal, and is characterized by multidisciplinary teamwork. The center is affiliated with the Hebrew University – Hadassah School of Medicine, and participates in the teaching and accreditation of medical students, as well as those in the fields of psychology, social work, occupational therapy, art therapy and nursing.

Project Rationale

Currently, the outdoor spaces for patients at the Eitanim Psychiatric Hospital are highly inadequate. There is a lack of seating, recreational opportunities, green space and is very poorly maintained. A new, pleasing space would allow patients to spend more time outdoors where they can clear their minds, enjoy nature, play basketball or board games. Studies have shown that therapeutic spaces for mental health patients can significantly reduce the amount of time spent in hospital.


JNF Canada, along with KKL-JNF in Israel, is planning a comprehensive landscape development project for the Eitanim Psychiatric Hospital, one of the facilities of the Jerusalem Center for Mental Health, whose patients are residents of the Jerusalem District

There are two distinct projects:

Therapeutic Courtyard for Men

This project involves developing the area adjacent to the men’s ward, which will be equipped with seating areas, board game tables and a basketball hoop. The project will also open up the vista to the Jerusalem hills and create more physical space for the patients. The therapeutic courtyard for men will be developed on an area of 65 sq. m., adjacent to their living quarters. Project components include the installation of tables with built-in game boards, (such as backgammon and checkers/draughts), pouf seating and part of the area will be constructed for playing basketball. Other elements include roofing, flooring and stairs, outdoor furniture, concrete work and walls.

Therapeutic Courtyards for Women

This project involves developing two areas—an outer and inner courtyard—adjacent to the ward for women. The project will open up the vista to the Jerusalem hills and create more physical space for patients. The creation of pleasant, shaded leisure areas and varied seating corners with poufs and tables will also be included. The therapeutic courtyards for women involve the development of two areas, both adjacent to the women’s living quarters: an inner courtyard on an area of 70 sq. m. and an outer courtyard, 155 sq. m. (Total size: 225 sq. m). Project components include differently designed seating areas surrounded by a rich array of vegetation, poufs, tables, and garden chairs. Development will also include roofing, flooring, stairs, gardening, planting, a lawn, outdoor furniture, bedding construction, fences and gates.

Be Proud
• Provide a space where patients can connect to nature and get fresh air
• You will receive appropriate recognition for having made this project possible

Be a partner
• Create a pleasant and enjoyable outdoor venue for treatment and leisure
• Provide a therapeutic, open air nature space for physical and mental health
• Create more physical space for patients and improve the hospital ambiance