Changing children’s lives through dental care

Volunteers at the Trudi Birger dental clinic provide free dental care to the city’s underprivileged children. In the 1980s, Holocaust survivor Trudi Birger decided to set up a free dental clinic in Jerusalem to help underprivileged children who had no …

Changing children’s lives through dental care

Volunteers at the Trudi Birger dental clinic provide free dental care to the city’s underprivileged children.

In the 1980s, Holocaust survivor Trudi Birger decided to set up a free dental clinic in Jerusalem to help underprivileged children who had no access to dental care.

Today the clinic carries out over 15,000 treatments a year and is the largest of its kind in Israel. Whether it’s ultra-orthodox children, new immigrants, or Palestinians from neighboring communities, the children receive the best possible care by a team of dentists from Israel and abroad who volunteer their time and skills.

The emphasis, however, is not only on treatment, but also education. “We believe that what we do here is changing the quality of life of a child,” says Dr. Moti Moskovitz, director of Dental Volunteers for Israel.