Clinical Staff


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Dr. Yisrael Levitz Founding Director, Couple's Unit Coordinator

Dr. Yisrael Levitz is the founding director of the Family Institute of Neve Yerushalayim. He is a Clinical Psychologist, ordained Rabbi, and Professor Emeritus of Yeshiva University's Wurzweiler School of Social Work, where he held the distinguished Bennett Chair in Pastoral Psychology and headed the school's Psychopathology and Human Behavior departments. He was a practicing psychologist for over three decades as well as director of the South Shore Psychological Center in Woodmere, New York. Dr. Levitz is a Board Certified Diplomate in Marriage and Family Therapy, a Fellow of the Academy of Family Psychology, and a noted lecturer on a wide variety of psychological and Judaic topics.Dr. Levitz was instrumental in training rabbinic students and designing the Pastoral Counseling program at Yeshiva University's Rabbinic Seminary. He was appointed Director of Supplementary Rabbinic Studies for the Bella and Harry Wexner Rabbinic Program at Yeshivaís rabbinic seminary, and developed its pioneering program in pastoral counseling, conflict resolution, and communication skills for rabbis. He has recently published a book with Dr. Abraham Twerski entitled A Practical Guide to Rabbinic Counseling (Feldheim Publishing). He continues to train and instruct young rabbinic students and their wives at Yeshiva University's Gruss Institute in Jerusalem.

Barbara Reicher Sexual Abuse Unit Coordinator

Barbara Reicher, a graduate of Tel Aviv and Bar Ilan Universities, is a certified Family Therapist and supervisor. Her career has focused on treating children and families struggling with issues of abuse. Prior to her appointment as Coordinator of Pinat HaYeled Children's Center at the Family Institute, she was clinical director of the Israeli Association for Child Protection (E.L.I.). She is considered one of the foremost national experts in Israel on treating child sexual abuse, including both child victims and children with sexual behavior problems.

Joan Kristall Clinical Supervisor, Group Unit Coordinator

Joan B. Kristall, LCSW-C, earned a master’s degree in social work at the University of Denver and received a certificate in trauma treatment from the Institute for Advanced Psychotherapy Training and Education in Baltimore, MD. Prior to her recent aliyah, she was Clinical Coordinator for the Shofar Coalition, a collaborative community program for survivors of childhood trauma. Currently she leads the Certificate Program in Group Therapy Training at the Family Institute and maintains a private practice in Jerusalem and Efrat.

Fran Ackerman Senior clinical supervisor

Fran Ackerman, M.S.W., has worked directly with the pioneers of Family Therapy in the United States Drs. Murray Bowen, Salvador Minuchin, and Carl Whittaker. She is a former faculty member at the Ackerman Institute for the Family in New York City, the Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic, and the School of Social Work at Hebrew University. Her published work focuses on the clinical application of Bowen Family Systems Theory. She maintains a private practice in Jerusalem.

Miriam Timsit Clinical supervisor

Miriam Timsit earned her M.S.W. from Adelphi University. She is a Clinical Supervisor at both The Family Institute and Machon Shiluv in Jerusalem. She was also a Clinical Supervisor at Hebrew University's program in Family Therapy. Miriam maintains a private practice in Jerusalem.

David Levinstein Clinical supervisor

David Levinstein earned an M.S.W. degree from Bar Ilan University, studied family therapy at the Barkai Institute in Tel Aviv, and completed an advanced training program at the Israel Psychoanalytic Society. For more than 20 years he has been affiliated with the Shiluv Family Therapy Institute in Jerusalem, as therapist, supervisor, member of the teaching staff, and clinical coordinator. He is a Clinical Supervisor at the Family Institute of Neve Yerushalayim and maintains a private practice in individual and couples therapy in Jerusalem.

Rachel Ackerman Clinical supervisor

Rachel Ackerman earned an M.S.W. from The Wurzweiler School of Social Work, completed post-graduate training in Family Therapy at the Ackerman Institute for the Family in New York City, and trained in clinical supervision at Hebrew University. She previously worked as a faculty member at the Center for Foreign Studies and was the Clinical Coordinator of The Family Institute at Neve Yerushalayim. Rachel is currently teaching and supervising family therapists at The Family Institute and is in private practice in Jerusalem.

Stacey Leibowitz-Levy, Ph.D. Trauma Unit Coordinator

Stacey Leibowitz-Levy Ph.D. is an experienced psychologist with wide ranging skills and expertise in the areas of trauma, anxiety, stress, and adjustment issues in adults and children. She has extensive experience in the training and supervision of mental health professionals in trauma work. Stacey was a board member of the South African Institute of Traumatic Stress Studies (SAITS) and has run self-care and supervision groups for trauma practitioners working with war veterans, refugees and torture survivors. She participated as an expert panel member in the development of the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR) intervention model for torture survivors. She worked as an academic at the University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg, South Africa) for twelve years and has publications in in the trauma field. Stacey recently made Aliyah with her family to Ramat Beit Shemesh.

Marci Jablinowitz Adolescent Unit Coordinator

Marci Jablinowitz earned her Masters degree in Clinical Sociology from the University of North Texas and completed the Postgraduate Clinical Internship Program at the Family Institute of Neve Yerushalayim. She also completed a sub-specialty in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy at Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem. She has worked with a variety of clinical populations including adolescents, women with post-partum depression and victims of domestic violence. She is currently the Clinical Supervisor of both the Domestic Violence Unit and Adolescence Unit at the Family Institute and maintains a private practice in Jerusalem.

Bruchie Coopersmith Pinat Hayeled Children's Unit Coordinator

Brochie Coopersmith completed Postgraduate training in Family Therapy at the Family Institute of Neve Yerushalayim where she received extensive, specialized training in psychotherapy with children and their families. In addition to being the assistant coordinator of the Pinat HaYeled Children's Center, she maintains a private practice in Jerusalem.