Our Staff

Yaacov Goodman

Founder & Director

After spending 17 years in Kollel while simultaneously running youth programs in his neighborhood, and interacting with educators to further his  understanding of chinuch habanim, Rabbi Goodman launched the Yedidim Mentoring Program with the encouragement of Gedolei Yisroel in 2004. As Founder and Director of Yedidim, Rabbi Yaacov Goodman initiated and oversees the...

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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

Yerushalayim Case Manager

Hailing from Manchester England Yehuda made aliya in 2005. As a Yedidim veteran of many years Yehuda has helped many young adults grow and flourish within their Yeshiva setting. Yehuda holds a BSW from Bar Ilan University and has joined the Yedidim staff as its Yerushalayim case manager. He has...

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Yehuda Aronson

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

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.

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

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. 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