Welcome to Jerusalem,
home to HCS- Health and Community Service Center.
HCS was founded in 1983 to meet a real and underestimated need in Israel.
Cavities and tooth decay are prevalent problems among disadvantaged families who simply can't afford the cost of private dental care. We at HCS are doing what we can to improve this situation by making quality dental care accessible to everyone.
Now celebrating its third decade, HCS has expanded to serve all of Jerusalem and beyond with its trademark goal of care with compassion.
The Health and Community Service Center Jerusalem was established by Rabbi Bernard Moses Casper, a former Chief Rabbi of South Africa.
HCS provides subsidized dental care to large families, new immigrants and the elderly. In addition HCS offers free dental care to individuals in donor sponsored programs - such programs include Ethiopian teenagers and youth at risk, Arab children from East Jerusalem, the elderly as well others who are not included in the government basket of dental health care services.
HCS operates two centers with a total of seven dental chairs. A team of highly skilled and experienced dentists. hygienists, technicians and dental assistants treat thousands of patients each month. Of these, nearly one-third receive significant subsidies.
Many HCS patients, who include junior and high school students, soldiers, National Service volunteers, new immigrants and the mentally challenged are referred by municipal social workers.
Regular external evaluation of the HCS quality care is provided by the Hadassah School of Community Dentistry and by the Dental Department of the Israel Ministry of Health which certifies and supervises the HCS clinics.
Over 30 percent of Israeli seniors live below the poverty line. In Jerusalem, the country's most deprived city, the older population is extremely disadvantaged. The Jerusalem Municipality’s Department of Social Services currently serves nearly 24,000 senior citizens, representing one third of the city’s elderly population.
The need for geriatric dental care in Israel is rising. The over 75 sector of the population is rapidly expanding, and as people keep their teeth longer, their requirements for specialized and expert dental treatment is growing.
The HCS Smiling for Posterity Program with support from the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation in Baltimore offers comprehensive dental care to needy senior citizens. Our patients, faced with rising food, utility, and transportation expenses, simply could not otherwise afford to make what are – for most of us – routine visits to the dentist.
Of particular importance, HCS employs a dental technician specializing in dentures and operates a fully equipped, state-of-the-art laboratory for fabricating, fitting, and modifying dentures and other appliances.
In collaboration with the East Jerusalem branch of the Jerusalem Municipality’s Department of Social Services HCS is also addressing the dental problems of the city’s Arab children by providing free dental treatment at our PEF clinic in its Bridging the Gap program. In addition HCS promotes equality, tolerance and co-existence by creating positive experiences between Arabs and Jews.
HCS initiated Embracing the Future- a revolutionary orthodonture program for teens.
"I didn't find the world desolate; and just as my fathers planted for me, so do I plant for my children." (Talmud Tractate Ta'anit 23A)
Health and Community Service Center