The development of mother and infant welfare centers in Israel, 1854-1954 Academic Article uri icon


  • HE Hebrew words tipat halav mean “a drop of milk.” To Israelis, the phrase also names a network of mother and child health services. Tipat halav provides a shorthand term for the concept of mother and child social welfare a service that all Israelis today expect as a part of the national health care system. The source of the phrase, as well as the services themselves, was a milk distribution system created by a collaboration of two charitable Zionist organizations in the s, the Federation of Hebrew Women, and Hadassah, the women's Zionist organization of America. Building on a foundation of earlier efforts, these two organizations struck on the idea of milk distribution as a way both to address a basic need in Palestine-Jewish communities and to draw women to their clinics for medical assistance and guidance. These westernoriginated programs had an uphill battle against …

publication date

  • January 1, 2000