This is a special room that is a multi-sensory stimulation room. This special room was first developed in the Netherlands in the 1970s. The first place to open such a room in Israel was at the Issy Shapiro Center in Raanana around 20 years ago. Today, there are 300 such rooms in Israel, in different hospitals and in various treatment centers. The Snoezelen room is lined with white mattresses and contains many sensory stimulation equipment such as a colorful bubble pillar, color-changing optical fibers, mirror ball ,a water mattress, music bells and more The purpose of the Snoezelen room is to provide a calming and relaxing environment for the child, an environment that enables a child to forget that he is in the hospital This special room helps reduce the level of anxiety and stress that most hospitalized children experience. It provides a sense of control that the child loses once he is in the hospital. The Snoezelen is a pleasant , relaxing environment which enables the staff to work with a child or prepare him for a medical procedure together with his family


In a music room equipped with a variety of musical instruments such as percussion instruments, string instruments, electric drums, a karaoke system and more. Children are able to receive emotional help through music.
Music therapy allows unique work to be done on both a physical and a mental level.
The very fact that a child is admitted to a hospital puts him in a state of stress. Music therapy gives the hospitalized child tools to deal with his condition. Successful musical experiences help a child regain control, independence and security. Music is also a tool used to help distract the child from his pain. Music therapy can cause a change in the child's behavior, in his emotional state and improve cognitive level.
Music can help a child feel safe while undergoing a therapeutic process. The treatment includes listening, singing, improvisation, composing, music and conversation. In addition, music therapy allows the child to connect with the therapist and enables him to express himself in nonverbal ways.

This classroom is for hospitalized children and adolescents(children and adolescents who are hospitalized in the surgical department and the internal department) between the ages of 8-18 years old. The hours that the classroom is opened are the same as the hours of the young division classroom. The main goals of the educational staff are to help the child cope better with his illness and the hospitalization experience. Another goal is to help the child with his schoolwork in order to prevent the child from falling behind in his studies.
The teachers and the volunteers from the national service teach each child individually, according to his / her needs, choice and learning materials. If needed they create materials and enrich the studying with different activities.
In addition, the teachers meet with children who are about to undergo surgery in order to explain the process that they are about to undergo. The child is given emotional support and answers to his concerns and questions. It is believed that providing information reduces anxiety and provides a sense of control.
In the classroom there is a library full of books for different age levels and for different types of populations. There are many types of games, puzzles, cards and are able to learn robotics. The children are able to borrow books and a game to use later in the evening. The educational staff encourages the hospitalized children to spend their time in the classroom. Being in the classroom and not in bed has a positive effect on physical recovery and on the ability of the child to cope better with the illness and its treatment.

Children and toddlers come to this class before undergoing medical examinations that require anesthesia or sedation. Some of the tests are related to gastro-endocrinology - a medical field that deals with the digestive system, eating disorders and problems with the liver.:
In the classroom, the children undergo preparation for the test. Osnat, an art therapist and the school staff, prepare and accompany the children before and after the examination, focusing on the feelings of the children. Attention is also given to all of the family members who are accompanying the child. This approach is one of the principles of "Child Life", a method which aims to support children and their families in medical situations which can cause anxiety, stress, or fear.
The class is uniquely designed with sensory stimulation elements that provide a feeling of calmness and enables the child to relax before the medical examination. A book describing the medical examination is also read to the child and there are also movies from "Kav-Or" describing the medical procedure. The school staff creates games that can also be played with the child. Dream Doctors medical clowns also assist the children.
Our main goal is to provide children with a positive experience while in the hospital and accompany them emotionally.
Head Doctor of the Department: Professor Dan Turner.

Young Division Classroom (pre-school and first and second grade):
This classroom is mainly for hospitalized children(children who are hospitalized in the surgical department and the internal department) between the ages of 3-7 years old. The classroom resembles many other Young Division classrooms. There are many games and toys in the classroom. There are different pretend play areas such as a kitchen area, a doctor's area, a carpenter area. There is a reading corner with many books in different languages. There is also a petting area where children can play with the different animals that we have in the school. The classroom also has computers.
Many activities take place during the day: arts and crafts, music, cooking and baking, storytelling and more. The children also learn similar topics to what is being taught in regular young division classrooms. We try to give the child a feeling that he is in a normal environment, taking part in normal activities. This enables the child to cope better with his illness. The teachers also meet with children who are about to undergo surgery in order to explain the process that they are about to undergo.
The classroom is open almost every day from 8:00 in the morning till 6:00 at night. Friday till 11:30 and Saturday the school is closed.

Professor Jacob Frischberg is the head doctor of the children's Nephrology Department.Children who come to this department are children who suffer from acute or chronic kidney disease or who are after a kidney transplant
Activities in the Classroom:
Every child's illness, especially chronic and severe illnesses, affects the child's development, his learning ability and concentration. It disrupts the normal course of life: emotionally, socially and cognitively. Personal attention and a range of educational and enriching activities can help children cope with the consequences of the disease and the intensive medical care.
The main goals of the educational staff are to teach skills that will enable the child to cope with the disease, to lead a healthy lifestyle, to give them a positive experience while being in the hospital and to help them acquire an education.
Most of the children who come to this classroom are children who have been coming for years, therefore it is important to always have new and different activities. There are many games and books in the classroom. There is a computer and an ipad in the classroom. The children play, read and do art projects. They learn about their disease and how to take care of themselves. We help the children with their studies. Some work with our music therapist or animal therapist.
"Tikva and Marpa"(Hope and Healing) are an organization which helps children who are being cared for in the dialysis or nephrology unit. They send volunteers to work and play with the children. They help organize birthday parties, outings and different activities for the children and their families.

A. Reducing learning gaps that are caused because the child is hospitalized or needs to receive treatment periodically.
B. Assisting, nurturing and maintaining skills.
C. Helping to motivate the child maintain a learning continuity that was interrupted due to hospitalization
D. Providing emotional support and tools to cope with the disease in order to reduce anxiety and enable the child to receive information that is suitable for his age. Books, pictures and different objects are used when preparing a child for invasive surgery or other types of treatments.
The Children who are unable to get out of bed are worked with by their bedsides. Children who are able to get out of bed or who are not hospitalized, are encouraged to come to one of the six school classrooms (educational activity spaces), together with a parent. The staff is in contact with the child's school and continues to provide educational help at home in cases where a child is unable to go to school. The help is given through an organization called Kadima-Mada-Shvilim.
The educational staff works together with the hospital staff: doctors, nurses and social workers Staff meetings are held regularly in all of the children's departments concerning the different children and their needs.

Pediatric Dialysis Unit Shaare Zedek is the largest pediatric dialysis unit in Israel. A professional and skilled team of doctors and nurses under the supervision of Prof. Jacob Frischberg cares for all the children with terminal kidney failure. The children come from all over Jerusalem and also from areas that are under Palestinian Authority. While receiving dialysis treatment, teachers and therapists work and play with the children.
What is Dialysis?
A patient requiring dialysis suffers from life threatening kidney failure. The dialysis machine partially functions in place of the kidney and helps the patient control a life-threatening condition. The treatment takes about four hours and needs to be done at least three times a week. The dialysis unit operates six days a week. On Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday there is a morning shift and an evening shift. On Mondays , Wednesdays and Fridays there is only one shift.
The Educational Staff:
During the patient's stay in the unit, he receives emotional support and help with his schoolwork. Each child is worked with individually and each child has a personal file with a program built especially for him, taking into account his age, his personal needs, strengths and abilities. The child receives help with his schoolwork so as not to fall behind. He learns how to develop motivation, how to study on his own, how to gather information and how to manage his time. He learns about his disease and how to take care of himself in order to be able to live a healthy life. The staff helps the child relax and develop positive thinking. The educational staff looks ways in which the patient can be assisted by those around him - staff, family, friends and his school. We are in contact with the child's school. We invite them to visit the unit where we provide them with information about the disease and the special needs of the student. Contact is maintained with the school during the child's illness. The organization Kadima Mada provides educational help for children who are at home and unable to go to school.
Dialysis patients receive music and animal therapy in order to enable the child to cope with the disease and with the treatment. The therapists deal with the child's fears, anxieties, their feelings of low self-image and body image. They deal with the child's feelings of rejection, of coping with uncertainty and coping with the long expectation of receiving a kidney transplant.

The School for Children at the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem is recognized and officially owned by the Jerusalem Educational Administration and the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport. It is a religious school, with 7 classes and 17 staff members including a principle, vice principle, special education teachers, music, animal and art therapists, a counselor-psychologist and a secretary.
We also work with medical clowns from the Dream Doctors Association, students from different colleges and universities, volunteers and girls from national service. The staff in the school also helps train students from different universities and colleges who are specializing in fields such as special education and different types of therapy.
The school provides an educational solution during holiday vacations and during most of the summer vacation.
Hospitalization of a child causes great anxiety both for the parents and for the child himself who is not in his normal environment and has almost no control or say in matters that concern him. We believe that our school is a place where the child feels that he is finally back in a normal, natural and healthy environment. Our approach attributes great importance to the parent's involvement with the educational, nursing and medical staff .Our approach emphasizes the importance of both a healthy body and a healthy soul. Therefore during a child's hospitalization we try to help the child deal with social, emotional and educational, difficulties.