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 Yeshiva University’s 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, M.S.W.
CLINICAL DIRECTOR, CLINICAL SUPERVISOR
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 Master’s program in Clinical Sociology at the Center of Foreign Studies. Deena is currently the Clinical Director of The Family Institute and maintains a private practice in the Beit Shemesh area.
Fran Ackerman, M.S.W.
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. In addition to being a Clinical Supervisor at The Family Institute, she maintains a private practice in Jerusalem.
Rachel Ackerman, M.S.W.
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.
Micha Belzer, M.S.
Bracha Coopersmith, M.S.
CLINICAL SUPERVISOR, CHILDREN'S UNIT COORDINATOR
Dr. Zev Ganz
Marci Jablinowitz, M.S.
ADOLESCENT UNIT COORDINATOR
Joan B. Kristall, LCSW
Dr. Stacey Leibowitz-Levy
TRAUMA UNIT COORDINATOR
David Levinstein, M.S.W.
Rivkah Menkes, M.S.
ADMINISTRATIVE DIRECTOR, CLINICAL SUPERVISOR
Barbara Reicher, M.S.W.
SEXUAL ABUSE UNIT COORDINATOR, CLINICAL SUPERVISOR
Miriam Timsit, M.S.W.
Aviva Zahavi-Asa, MSW, LCSW