Executive Staff


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Dr. Avidan Milevsky Executive Director

Dr. Avidan Milevsky is the Executive Director of The Family Institute. He also serves as Research Scientist and Senior Lecturer at Ariel University. Dr. Milevsky is the former interim Rabbi of Kesher Israel the Georgetown Synagogue in Washington, DC. Additionally he was founding chair of the Psychology Department at Touro College South and was a visiting professor at The Hebrew University in Jerusalem. His research on families, well-being, and spirituality in psychotherapy has produced over 100 papers, 25 peer-reviewed papers, and 6 books.

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

Dr. Yisrael Levitz is the founding dean 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.

Deena Mendlowitz Clinical Coordinator

Deena Mendlowitz earned an M.S.W. at Wurzweiler School of Social Work and a graduate degree in Assessment and Counseling at the Institute of Child Study at the University of Toronto. She worked in a wide range of social service agencies prior to making Aliya and completed postgraduate training in Family Therapy at the Family Institute of Neve Yerushalayim. She served on the faculty of the Masters program in Clinical Sociology at the Center of Foreign Studies. Deena is currently the Clinical Coordinator at the Family Institute and maintains a private practice in the Beit Shemesh area.

Rivkah Menkes Administrative Coordinator

Rivkah Menkes is the Administrative Coordinator of the Family Institute. She is a  graduate who trained at the institute for many years, after earning her Master’s degree in Clinical Sociology from the University of North Texas. Her role at the Family Institute includes the coordination of Professional Development Programs, along with a full range of key administrative functions. She maintains a private practice in Jerusalem.