The Israeli Center for Legal Guardianship - The Fund for Care for Wards of the State

Who We Are

The Israeli Center for Legal Guardianship was established in 1977 as a nonprofit public trust by the Director-General of the Ministry of Justice. The Center’s mission is to make decisions pertaining to personal needs and property management for individuals who have been determined by a Family Court Judge to be incapable and unable to act for themselves. In 1995 the Center received an additional appointment as a Representative Payee (Rep Payee) of social benefits for those entitled to a pension from the National Insurance Institute who have nobody else serving in that capacity.

Who We Serve

The Center has an active census of 4,800 court-appointed cases, making it the largest agency of its kind in the country. Coming from all age groups and backgrounds, its clients, who become wards of the state, include:  


  • Individuals suffering from physical or mental illness, either living in the community or institutionalized.

  • Older adults suffering from functional decline and unable to access their rights, resulting in inadequate care and an impaired quality of life.

  • Minors who cannot legally represent and care for themselves.


The Center, as guardian, is oftentimes the sole body caring for those whom exploitation, neglect, and “falling through the system” are conceivable situations given the characteristics of this vulnerable population.


What We Do

The Center, through five service centers throughout the country, provides professional, reliable, and compassionate services, with the utmost transparency and with a ‘quality service delivery’ approach. Its nationwide multidisciplinary staff attends to the wards’ social, financial, health, nursing, legal, and property-related needs. The wards’ best interests are at the forefront of decisions made on their behalf.


Services include but are not limited to:

  • Conducting regularly scheduled home visits by case managers to assess and address personal welfare and unmet needs.

  • Arranging for in-home or other support services.

  • Managing the individual’s fiduciary affairs which include income, expenditures, and resources.

  • Securing, coordinating, and maintaining the individual’s benefits and entitlements.

  • Ensuring that the client’s living environment is safe and secure.

  • Arranging for and coordinating medical care.

  • Retaining lawyers for impoverished wards in need of legal assistance and advocacy.






Steering Committee of the Center

  • His Honor, Justice (emeritus) of the National Supreme Court, Theodore Or

  • Her Honor, Justice (emeritus) of the District Supreme Court, Yaffa Hecht

  • Advocate Yael Maimon, Ministry of Justice


The Board of Directors includes the Chair, David Brodet, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Bank Leumi, who served as the State Budget Director and Director-General of the Ministry of Finance, Judge Theodore Orr, Judge Yaffa Hecht. Others on the Board are representatives from the Ministries’ of Justice and Social Affairs and Social Services and other professionals well versed in legal and social issues. 

The CEO, Dr. Zeev Friedman, has decades of leadership and management experience in social services.



How Can You Help?


As a nongovernmental and nonprofit organization, the Center’s only guaranteed income comes from the fees collected from the wards, calculated based on a sliding scale payment structure determined by the Ministry of Justice’s Director- General and approved by Family Court. Your gift will help to support the ongoing services of the Center, as well as enable us to improve and create even more programs to benefit our wards.



The Israeli Center for Legal Guardianship is an Israeli charitable organization that donations can be made to by contacting the following:



Ne’eman Foundation

Address: 75 Lisa Crescent

Thornhill, ON L4J 2N2



Israel and Great Britain

Contact Yoav Shafiz, Executive Assistant

Email: yoavs@apotropus.org

Tel: +972 (2)-6490000 Cell: +972 (54) 8125408 Fax: +972 (2)-6795040

Management Headquarters

Technological Park, Building 1/C, Jerusalem 96951


United States

The Center is on the approved list of the PEF Israel Endowment Funds, a 501(c) 3 organization, tax ID number is 13-6104086.


All contributions must be in US dollars made payable by check (donations must be over $25) to PEF Israel Endowment Funds, Inc. Please add in the memo your recommendation for the use of the funds to benefit The Israeli Center for Legal Guardianship. Unfortunately, PEF does not accept credit card donations.

Please mail your check and recommendation to:

PEF 317 Madison Avenue, Suite 607 New York, NY 10017 USA