Tel-Aviv’ Beit Halochem (named after the late Mark Poran) The first Beit Halochem Center was inaugurated in 1974 at Tel-Aviv’s Afeka neighborhood. It was built on seven acres of land allocated to the Zahal Disabled Veterans Organization by the late Yehoshua Rabinovitz, then mayor of Tel Aviv. The principal contribution for the Center was provided by the Aktionskomitee “Pro-Israel” of Switzerland.
The 10,000-sq.-meter complex includes a multipurpose gymnasium, classrooms, treatment rooms, rest accommodations, culture halls, cafeteria, massage and hydrotherapy unit, shooting gallery and 350-seat auditorium.
The 5.6 acre grounds are surrounded by flower beds and well tended lawns and include outdoor playing courts and an Olympic-size swimming pool.
About 5,600 Zahal disabled veterans, living in the country’s central region, are active members in Tel Aviv’s Beit Halochem. Including their immediate families, the overall number of participating members comes to 14,000.