We both worked at the Jerusalem Municipality, Department of Public Health. We were both in charge of supervising the “Kidum” project from 1977 to 1980. The program focused on Early Child Intervention and parent-child relationship, in order to enable each child to reach his/her full potential and foster early school success. Our goal was to teach play activities that stress sensory motor, cognitive and social experiences appropriate for the child’s developmental age and to enhance the parent’s skills how to promote the child’s learning. The program was implemented in 30 Maternal and Child Health Centers called “Tipat Chalav”. We trained professionals and volunteers with various professional backgrounds.
The quality of Dr. Rivka Bertisch Meir’s teaching was most impressive. She was organized and concise and conveyed important information coherently and clearly. She was always pleasant to the audience and eager to answer questions and clarify where necessary. Her teaching is outstanding and holds the attention of the audience since she is energetic, fluent and succeeds in integrating examples and clinical illustrations into her lectures, an ability which is essential in any field of instruction.
As a professional she was always respectful and caring for colleagues, patients and staff. One of her characteristics was her honesty and sincere interest for people, inspiring them to collaborate and commit in each step of the tasks assigned.
Dr. Rivka Bertisch Meir always acted professionally in a very conscientious way. Since I met her she displayed a very responsible and ethical professional attitude.
In spite of the distance, we continue our professional collaboration and friendship until the present time. I have to confess that I truly miss her because I never worked with somebody so creative, bright, motivated, enthusiastic and friendly.
On both a personal and professional level, I can warmly recommend Dr. Rivka Bertisch Meir for any position for which she is being considered.
Professor Shula Parush
School Chair and Director of Graduate Studies
School of Occupational Therapy
of Hadassah and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem