About the project
Zichron Menachem (In Memory of Menachem) is the Israeli association for the support of children with cancer and their families. The organization was founded by Chaim & Miri Erantal after they lost their son Menachem to leukemia. Zichron Menachem seeks to improve the quality of life for children with cancer and to enable each family to cope with the demands of the illness. The organization originally provided programs, all free of charge and staffed largely by 250 volunteers, including hospital visits, outings, holiday celebrations and home assistance from its base in Givat Sha’ul. The Jerusalem Foundation supported various activities, including a camp program that brings children to museums, amusement parks, cultural events, and overnight trips, and created a computer center and other facilities at that location. It also supported a guest house in the Bayit Vegan neighborhood operated by the organization for families who need accommodations when bringing their children to Jerusalem hospitals for treatment. In 2003, Zichron Menachem completed construction of a day care center to provide a permanent home for its convalescent services. Dozens of young patients who need to be isolated while undergoing chemotherapy stay at the center, where they receive medical attention, and can participate in numerous therapeutic, educational and recreational activities.The Jerusalem Foundation supported construction and purchase of equipment for the $3 million facility, including the Celia & Leslie Gluck Youth Club, the Dr. Silvain Brunschwig Education Wing, the Larry & Leonore Zusman Medical Wing, and the Leonore Zusman Music Center.