Bet Shemesh child development center to close for lack of funds

A popular child development center will close down in Bet Shemesh next month due to a lack of cash, administrators said on Thursday in a letter blaming the city’s government.

Merkaz Rakefet, which provides services such as occupational, physical and speech therapy to around eighteen hundred children annually, lashed out at Mayor Moshe Abutbul (Shas) after he vetoed providing the non-profit institution with any portion of funding given to the city by the national government during a committee meeting Wednesday morning.

Although Bet Shemesh receives more than NIS 400,000 annually the center, which is financed by a combination of private donors and payments from health funds, does not receive any of it, director Ziva Shapira told The Jerusalem Post.


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