About the project
Beit Zusman is a multi-service center for the deaf and hearing-impaired located next to the Hattie Friedland School for the Deaf. Beit Zusman was established in 2004 to provide a user-friendly, state-of-the-art environment for Jerusalem’s adult deaf and hearing-impaired population, estimated at 5,000. Beit Zusman provides services to individuals age 17 and up, including social work, psychological support, speech therapy and employment assistance, and houses the Bekol advocacy organization. The 2-story, light, open facility was designed by architect Ze’ev Druckman to emphasize the sense of sight, which is essential for communication among the hearing-impaired. The $1.5 million project was undertaken by the Jerusalem Foundation, the National Insurance Institute and the Rehabilitation Department of the Jerusalem municipality. The Foundation has since supported personnel and activity costs.