Our Staff

"Our foundation is based on the roots of Team Leaders."

Rabbi Yaacov Goodman

Founder & Director

As Founder and Director of Yedidim, Rabbi Yaacov Goodman initiated and oversees the extensive programs of the Yedidim Mentoring Program. Rabbi Goodman ensures the organization’s continuing high level of success and quality programming. What started with a handful of teens now comprises some 500 participants and 200+ mentors, making Yedidim the...

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Rabbi Yaacov Goodman

Mr. Shai Climer

Executive Director

Serving as Manager, Mr. Climer is charged with overseeing the running of all programs and the organization as a whole. Mr. Climer has joined Yedidim after many years of experience in managing high level non profit organizations internationally. Mr. Climer earned a BSC degree in Marketing Management from Touro College...

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Mr. Shai Climer

Rabbi Tzvi Lazar

Assistant Director

As assistant director of Yedidim, Tzvi Lazar commandeers all branding and marketing for the Anglo-focused mentoring and tutoring program. Starting off as a mentor, Tzvi quickly climbed the ranks, becoming the coordinator of the Neve Yaakov branch of Yedidim. In his role as assistant director he has been integrally involved...

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Rabbi Tzvi Lazar

Rabbi Faivel Adelman

Director, Yedidim L’tzeirim Boys

Serving as Director of Yedidim L'tzeirim, Rabbi Faivel Adelman oversees all operations of the Yedidim L’tzeirim Mentoring Program for boys. Helping to develop the program in 2006, after witnessing the struggles endured by Anglo children growing up in Israel, Rabbi Adelman took the initiative to launch a uniquely designed curriculum...

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Rabbi Faivel Adelman

Mrs. Shana Pogrow

Director, Yedidim L’tzeirim Girls

Serving as the director of Yedidim’s girls mentoring program, Mrs. Pogrow is charged with the coordination and counseling of mothers and mentors, and serves as a liaison with schools, and develops new programs throughout the region’s communities. With a wealth of experience in helping young women to grow and reach...

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Mrs. Shana Pogrow

Yerachmiel Blumenfeld

Social Worker

Born in Canada 1972 and made Aliya in 1978,Rabbi Yerachmiel Blumenfeld resides in Telzstone Kiryat Yearim, married and father of 8 had studied in "Yad Aharon" and "Mir" Yeshivas. Holds a B.A in Social Work, Rabbi Blumnefeld has 16 years of experience working with children at risk. In addition to him...

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Yerachmiel Blumenfeld

Yehuda Aronson

Social Worker

Rabbi Binyamin Kory was born in Jerusalem and has lived there ever since. Currently married and father of 5, he studied in the “Meor Hatalmud” Yeshiva in Rehovot. He holds a certificate in teaching as well as an M.A. in Educational Consulting. Rabbi Kory joined Yedidim...

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Yehuda Aronson

Yossi Breuer

Social Worker

Yossi Breuer

Malka Labell

Social Worker

In her role as a case manager for the girls division of Yedidim, Mrs. Malka Labell supervises the mentors and is available for them at all times, giving guidance as issues arise within the mentoring relationship. She also serves as a liaison between the mentors , the parents , and...

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Malka Labell

Chava Lederer MSc

Social Worker

Mrs. Chava Lederer holds a Master's in Sociology & Family Mental Health, and completed her post-graduate training as a family therapist at The Family Institute of Neve Yerushalayim. She is certified as a trauma therapist (EMDR) and group therapist. Mrs. Lederer works privately as a psychotherapist and offers...

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Chava Lederer MSc

Rina Klein M.A.

Social Worker

In her capacity as case manager/supervisor, Mrs. Rina Klein works closely with the mentors as well as with parents and schools. A licensed psychologist and family therapist, Rina has spent many years working in the Israeli schoolsystem as well as providing therapy for individuals and families. She has specialized post-graduate...

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Rina Klein M.A.

Robyn Kanichowsky

Social Worker

Robyn Kanichowsky

Ora Leah Lauer

Social Worker

Ora Leah Lauer

Yael Zucker

Social Worker

Yael Zucker

Mrs. Malki Ninio

Mentoring Supervisor & Consultant

Mrs. Malki Ninio is a professional consultant for Yedidim’s social workers and directors. Her twenty-five years of experience stands her in good stead to help guide Yedidim through its most difficult cases. Malki, who holds a MSW, has worked in both the public and private sectors. Presently, she serves as Yedidut...

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Mrs. Malki Ninio

Rabbi Yisroel Yitzchok Apter

Director of Resource Development

Yitzhak is primarily charged with recruiting and vetting capable mentors for Yedidim L'tzeirim. In addition, he oversees numerous external projects for the organization. For one, Yitzchok supervises service operatives for Yedidim, working with state officials to identify children who would benefit from the program’s services. In addition, he works with...

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Rabbi Yisroel Yitzchok Apter

Shmuel Kaufman

Relationship Manager

Shmuel Kaufman

Mrs. Aliza Ehrman

Bookkeeping Department & PR

Aliza works with the accounting department, overseeing billing and receipts for the main Yedidim office. She also organizes all the paperwork and payments for the Yedidim L’tzeirim Program. Her dedication and diligence gaurantee that all the books are accurate and up to date. Besides for her schooling as a bookkeeper,...

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Mrs. Aliza Ehrman

Mrs. Nechama Lazar

Office Manager

Nechama’s ability to multitask ensures the smooth flow of all operating systems between the different offices of Yedidim and its many programs. The myriad responsibilities under her jurisdiction run smoothly due to her organized nature and her professional training as an office manager. The fact that Nechama has been a...

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Mrs. Nechama Lazar

Mrs. Barbara Goodman

USA Office Manager

As manager of the Yedidim’s American office, Barbara oversees and tracks all accounts and banking in the United States. She is the address for all Yedidim activity stateside as well as the official contact person there. With a BA in economics and her extensive involvement in community work, Barbara has excellent...

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Mrs. Barbara Goodman