About Us

Leadership

Board of Directors 

Elliot B. Pasik is a trial and appellate attorney in private practice at 366 Pearsall Avenue,

Cedarhurst, Long Island, N.Y. 1 15 16, (5 16) 37 1-2800, where he specializes in serious personal injury and general commercial litigation. He is a graduate of Clark University, Worcester, Mass. (B.A.); and, Yeshiva University's Cardozo School of Law (J.D.). He additionally studied at Yeshiva Ohr Somayach, Israel. He is a member of the Education and the Law Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. He is president and co-founder of the Jewish Board of Advocates for Children, Inc. (JBAC). In 2005, he wrote letters to New York State legislative leaders, resulting in the passage of legislation authorizing nonpublic schools to fingerprint and background check their prospective employees. He is also the original proponent and drafter of two Resolutions of the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA), which endorse mandatory child protection laws for New York's nonpublic schools. He and his wife and six children reside in Long Beach, Long Island, N.Y. He may also be reached at efbasik@,aol.com.


Perry Schafler, LCSW-R, is a licensed clinical and certified school social worker, and a

certified chaplain. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago (B.A.); Yeshiva

University's Wurzweiler School of Social Work (M.S.W.); Hebrew College (M.A.); and

C. W. Post, Long Island University (P.D., School Administration). He has semicha

(rabbinic ordination) from Rabbi Dr. Moshe Tendler of Yeshiva University. He also

holds state certification in school and district supervision, and served as principal of a

specialized yeshiva high school for teens with substance abuse addictions. 

He is a past Director of the Hillel Foundation at the University of Wisconsin; former Rabbi of Congregation Bachurei Chemed of Long Beach, and of the American Congregation of Austrian Jews in Manhattan. He is an active member of the Yeshiva Counseling Network, and one of the founding members of the Orthodox Union / Board of Jewish Education Safe Schools Committee, where he was involved in developing uniform substance abuse education, prevention, and intervention policies and procedures for the recently formed Safe Schools Yeshiva Network. He currently provides school social work services in yeshiva elementary and high school settings.

He also maintains a private practice in Long Beach and Hewlett, Long Island, N.Y.. He resides in Long Beach, with his wife and four children.


Dr. Vivian Skolnick, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst in private

practice for thirty years, specializing in psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, and marital

therapy. In her early practice, she was head of the withdrawal program of the State of

Illinois Drug Program (co-sponsored by the University of Chicago). She is a board

member of Nefesh International, the network of orthodox Jewish mental health

professionals. Dr. Skolnick is on the faculty of the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis.

Her papers have been published in professional journals, and she is the author of a soon to-be published book, Biblical Path to Psychological Maturity - Psychological Insights Into The Weekly Torah Readings ". Dr. Skolnick has been deeply involved in child abuse prevention in Illinois and nationally.


Rabbinical Committee

Rabbi Mark Dratch served as a congregational rabbi in Stamford, CT for 22 years. He

is currently chairman of the Task Force on Rabbinic Improprieties of the Rabbinical

Council of America (the RCA is the world's largest orthodox rabbinic organization,

constituting more than 1,000 modern and centrist orthodox rabbis); and is a former RCA

vice-president. He is a member of the Clergy Task Force on Abuse, Jewish Women

International; a member of the Jewish Advisory Committee of the FaithTrust Institute;

and a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Religion and Abuse. He teaches at Yeshiva University in New York City. He is the founder of JSafe: The Jewish Institute

Supporting an Abuse-Free Environment. The JSafe web site contains many articles

authored by Rabbi Dratch addressing the Jewish view on children's rights, abuse, and

related issues.


Rabbi Chaim A. Wakslak, Ph.D., holds rabbinic ordination from Yeshiva Torah

Vodaath, Brooklyn, and has been the spiritual leader of the Young Israel of Long Beach

synagogue (Long Island, N.Y.) since 1985. Rabbi Wakslak holds a Ph.D. in clinical

psychology from Hofstra University, and is currently Clinical Director at HASC Center

in Brooklyn. In addition, he is a consultant to the N.Y.S. Department of Education, and

the N.Y.S. Department of Disability Determinations. He has previously served as

Clinical Director and Administrator of the Brunswick Physical Medicine and

Rehabilitation Hospital in Amityville, N.Y .; and served as a psychologist at Bais

EzralOhel. Rabbi Wakslak received a Medallion Award for rabbinic service at the 1998

Centennial Dinner of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America. The first

meeting of JBAC (then known as the N.Y.S. Yeshiva Parents Association) was held at

the Young Israel of Long Beach, and covered by the New York Jewish Week (Friedlin,

"Yeshiva Parents Want Their Say", Feb. 26,2006).


Rabbi Allen Schwartz, M.A., is spiritual leader of Congregation Ohab Zedek, located in

the Upper West Side neighborhood of Manhattan, since 1988. He is an alumnus of

Yeshiva College and received his Master of Arts degree in Bible, Rabbinics and Halacha (Jewish law) from Yeshiva University's Bernard Revel Graduate School, where he continues to work on his doctoral thesis on Rashi's methodology. Rabbi Schwartz was granted rabbinic ordination from the University's affiliated Rabbi Isaac Elchanan

Theological Seminary. He currently holds the Raymond J. Greenwald Chair in Jewish

Studies at Yeshiva University, where he has taught since 1983. Rabbi Schwartz serves

on the executive board of the Rabbinical Council of America and has also served as

President of the Council of Orthodox Jewish Organizations of Manhattan's West Side.

Rabbi Schwartz also teaches the seventh and eighth grades at Manhattan Day School. He has lectured extensively for the Board of Jewish Education of New York at many

schools. Rabbi Schwartz has published curricula on Biblical themes for Jewish day

schools nationally. Ir, March 2007, Rabbi Schwartz's synagogue hosted a forum

addressing the child abuse problem that was co-sponsored by the Union of Orthodox

Jewish Congregations of America, and the Rabbinical Council of America. Rabbi and

Alisa Schwartz have six children and three grandchildren.


Executive Committee

Moshe Fessel, Esq. is the owner and moderator of Five Towns Shuls (FTS) and Five

Towns Jewish Community (FTJC) Yahoo groups, which boast 15,000 subscribers. Mr.

Fessel created the sponsorship program for FTSIFTJC, raising thousands of dollars for

Rofeh Cholim Cancer Society. He is a graduate of Columbia Law School, and has

worked as an attorney at Sullivan & Cromwell, LLP from 2001 through 2008.


Rifka Finkelstein


Eli Greenwald


Judith Guedalia Ph.D, Director of Shaare Zedek Medical Center's Neuropsychology Unit, applies her psychological and neurological training to understanding how physiological dysfunction affects behavior in order to provide psychotherapy for patients with or without neurological problems, including clients exhibiting emotional trauma, anxiety, depression, parenting and family issues, stress, children of divorce, self-esteem, patient adjustment to neurological or cognitive problems, adjustment to chronic illness, family adjustment to and coping with a member's illness and adjustment to developmental disabilities. As a Senior Medical Psychologist, Dr. Guedalia, is also a member of the ER (Emergency Room) Trauma Staff in times of Mass Community Events (MCE, or ARAN the Hebrew acronym) and has acquired much experience in the treatment of Acute Stress and Trauma.  Dr. Guedalia is a licensed EMDR (a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy intervention) Therapist and is in the process of completing the requirements to be a supervisor of other EMDR therapists.  Dr. Guedalia is the founder and co-chair of Nefesh Israel, the Israeli branch of the NEFESH International Organization the Networking Association for Orthodox Mental Health Professionals.  She has published in peer review journals in both Neuropsychology and the Judaism and Mental Health.  She is also a regular columnist for The Jewish Press, the American's Largest Independent Jewish Weekly.

Doron Katzin


Maury Kelman, Esq. received rabbinic ordination from Yeshiva University's Rabbi

Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. He is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in

Toronto, and has pursued graduate studies in Jewish philosophy and English literature. He is the former Assistant Rabbi at The Jewish Center, West 86th Street, in Manhattan; and the former Rabbi and founder of Kehillat Morah in Jerusalem. He is the Chairman of Kedma, a Jewish student organization in Israel and the United States; and he oversees an adult education program at Congregation Ohab Zedek, Manhattan. He has worked as an attorney at a prominent Manhattan law firm. He currently works for an investment firm.


 

Dr. Nachum Klafter, M.D., is Director of Psychotherapy Training at the University of

Cincinnati Psychiatry Residency Training Program. Dr. Klafter received his M.D. from

the State University of New York at Buffalo. He completed his specialty training in

psychiatry at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, where he also served as Chief Resident. Dr. Klafter maintains a private practice in psychoanalytic

psychotherapy and psychoanalysis. He is the Vice President of the Cincinnati Hebrew

Day School Board. He is an active member of the Nefesh International network of

Orthodox Jewish Mental Health Professionals. Dr. Klafter's interest in child advocacy

comes from his experiences as a psychotherapist and psychoanalyst, through which he

has learned in intimate detail the tragic long-term impact of child sexual abuse on its

victims. He resides in Cincinnati, Ohio with his wife and four daughters.

 

Brachie Neugarten MSW


  

Chaim Shapiro, M.Ed., holds a Master's degree in Education from Loyola University,

Chicago, and finished all but his dissertation in the Institutional Leadership and Policy

Studies Ph.D. program at the University of California, Riverside Graduate School of

Education. He has 14 years of progressive experience in Jewish education and

administration. He resides with his wife and daughter in Woodmere, Long Island, N.Y.

 


Jeffrey Singer Ph.D


Mark Weiss


 

 



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