As a cornerstone project for Hadassah Australia, Goshen is based on the pioneering work of Professor Frank Oberklaid, founding director of the Centre for Community Child Health at The Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne. Goshen’s approach has become widely recognized as making a real difference to early childhood development and children’s wellbeing in Israel. 

Goshen’s current focus on positive parenting is providing support and reaching more people across the country in three ways:

  1. Positive Parenting Website
  2. The planned Empowering Parents, Empowering Communities (EPEC) project, and
  3. “Travel Together - Play Together”, a campaign on Jerusalem’s Light Rail network



Goshen’s “How You’ve Grown” Website

Positive Parenting in the Wake of COVID

Goshen’s Positive Parenting “How You’ve Grown” website is one of the most extensive information websites for parents in Israel. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Goshen has helped parents through this uncharted crisis by providing reliable, up-to-date information on coping with high stress, anxiety, social distancing and children’s escalating behavioural and developmental difficulties.

Translated into English, Amharic, French and Russian in order to serve Israel’s diverse immigrant populations, all the articles and 15 animated videos were distributed across different social media channels.


Empowering Parents, Empowering Communities

Goshen is developing a strategic plan, and raising funds, to bring the British-based program, Empowering Parents, Empowering Communities (EPEC), to Israel. This community-based “peer facilitators” program trains local parents to run early childhood parenting groups and parenting focused services. The program, for low-income families, is underpinned by strong research and practice evidence that demonstrates it has a significant impact on child, parent and family outcomes.

“Travel Together - Play Together” Jerusalem Light Rail Campaign

Goshen recently launched a citywide poster campaign in Hebrew and Arabic that encourages parents to use train travel as quality playtime with their children.

The campaign slogan is: The best game for your kids … is you!

The colourful posters give parents great ideas on entertaining and engaging with their children while travelling through Jerusalem. Thousands of parents shave seen these posters and Goshen is looking to expand the campaign nationally.

Goshen was conceived by Hadassah Australia to address developmental and behavioural problems as well as treatment of chronic illnesses in young children. Many of the conditions observed in adult life such as diabetes, heart disease and mental health problems, begin in early childhood.

Donate to The Goshen Appeal to support Israeli children’s health

8 March 2022

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