Meet our team

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Rabbi Goodman

Founder & CEO

Rabbi Goodman attended a yeshiva in Israel at age 19 and hasn’t looked back since.
Determined to have his children acclimate to Israel, he took great pains to navigate the language, bureaucratic, and cultural differences in Israel. Rabbi Goodman always believed in the transformative impact that a mentor can impact a child’s life and made sure that each of his eight children had a mentor in Israel.


Rabbi Goodman feels fortunate to have lived in Israel all these years. He brings his years of experience and passion for his cause to help families achieve their dream lives in Israel. Rabbi Goodman lives in Yerushalayim and is a proud father and grandfather of children and eineklach who are lucky to have been raised and born in Israel.

Rabbi Yaacov Goodman

Founder & CEO

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WE make this happen!

Rabbi Faivel Adelman

Program Support and Development

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Shana Pogrow, MSW

Director of Parental Guidance Center

After heading the girl’s mentoring program and contributing to its incredible success, Shana was charged with the task of building up the EPIC Parental Resource Center. Shana provides aliya guidance and school referrals, continuously communicating and following up with families and schools. She also puts her social work credentials to use, guiding and offering therapy for parents in the program.

Shana’s warm, caring personality and 30 years+ of experience in the helping profession serve as a tremendous asset to Epic Families. She feels fortunate to enable parents to be their healthiest selves—allowing them to raise happy, healthy families.

Shana had a Bachelor's degree in education and counseling and a Master’s in social work. Shana lives in Ramat Beit Shemesh with her family.

Shana Pogrow, MSW

Director of Parental Guidance Center

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Malka Labell, MSW

Director of Girls Mentoring Program

After several years of working as a case manager, Malka has been charged with becoming the director of the Girl's Mentoring Program. Malka assesses each family’s needs, matches them up with mentors, and provides continuous guidance to families and their assigned mentors. Her wealth of experience with children and adults helps her navigate the complex needs of each family with empathy and understanding.
Malka received her master’s from UNT and a Family Therapy Certification from Neve Yerushalayim. She lives in Beitar Elite with her 7 children.

Malka Labell, MSW

Director of Girls Mentoring Program

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Rabbi Shmuel Falk, LMHC

Director of Boys Mentoring Program

As the director of the boy’s mentoring program, Shmuli assesses each family’s needs, matches them up with mentors while providing continuous guidance to families and their assigned mentors. His warmth, dedication, and deep concern for everyone contribute to the warm and caring atmosphere that defines Epic Families.
Shmuli feels fortunate to be part of a humble organization that does great things. He tries to live up to Epic Families’ mission of being there for people in times of need while showing genuine care and support.
He was certified as a clinical and mental health counselor at the Path Center in Jerusalem. Shmuli was born and bred in the UK. He’s been living in Israel with his wife and family for the past 13 years.

Rabbi Shmuel Falk, LMHC

Director of Boys Mentoring Program

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Malki Ninio, MSW

Mentoring Supervisor & Consultant

Malki is a professional consultant and supervisor for EPIC Families’ social workers and directors. She draws upon her twenty-five years of experience to help guide EPIC Families through their most difficult cases.
Malki is a sought-after social worker who has served in the public and private sectors for many years.

Malki Ninio, MSW

Mentoring Supervisor & Consultant

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Yerachmiel Blumenfeld, MSW

Mentoring Supervisor & Consultant

Yerachmiel came to EPIC Families to work as a case manager, after earning his social work degree and working successfully with children at risk for 16 years.
With his expert training and experience, he is extremely suited to be a supervisor and consultant for the Boy’s Mentoring Program.
Yerachmiel can’t but help others. He sits on the Kiryat Yearim local council and works with youth and families In addition to that Rabbi Blumenfeld has served as a MDA and Hatzala Paramedic volunteer for over 15 years
He currently resides in Telz-Stone with his family.

Yerachmiel Blumenfeld, MSW

Mentoring Supervisor & Consultant

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Tzvi Lazar

COO

Starting off as a mentor, Tzvi quickly climbed the ranks, ultimately becoming the coordinator of the Neve Yaakov branch of EPIC Families.
In addition to ensuring that everything in the EPIC offices and programming is running smoothly, his role as COO includes increasing the program’s scope and reach of services and activities via cooperation with national and international organizations. He accomplishes this by creating awareness of the program among government and municipal bodies.
He currently lives in Ramat Beit Shemesh with his three children.

Tzvi Lazar

COO

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Rabbi Chaim Silverstone

Director of Development and Programming

Using his background in business management and outreach, Rabbi Silverstone devotes his day to ensuring EPIC Family's many programs run smoothly. He is grateful to be able to use his talents and experience to benefit such a necessary and valuable organization.
Rabbi Silverstone Received semicha from Ohr Somayach and CBT training in Jerusalem, after which he spent several years involved in outreach in the US. After making aliyah he spent several years in business before returning to his passion of helping people through workshops and private practice.
Today Rabbi Silverstone lives in Jerusalem with his growing family

Rabbi Chaim Silverstone

Director of Development & Programming

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Aliza Ehrman

Bookkeeping Department

Aliza uses her bookkeeping and accounting skills to make sure that EPIC Families runs smoothly and efficiently. Her dedication and diligence ensure that all books are accurate and up to date. Aliza feels lucky to be a part of such a wonderful, caring organization.
Besides her schooling as a bookkeeper, she is also a skilled graphic artist and has added a special touch to the many PR facets of Yedidim.
She lives in Pisgat Zeev with her three children.

Aliza Ehrman

Bookkeeping Department

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Helen Moore

Secretary

Helen has worked in many secretarial and managerial positions, including running a local branch of Yad Sarah for over 30 years. Helen helps ensure that the organization runs smoothly and efficiently from behind the scenes.

Her warmth, patience, and communication skills add that special touch to every interaction.

Helen feels fortunate to work with such a wonderful team of people and to contribute to such a worthy cause.
Originally from England, Helen’s been living in Israel with her family for over 30 years.

Helen Moore

Secretary

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Barbara Goodman

USA Office Manager

With a BA in economics, Barbara oversees and tracks all accounts and banking in the United States. She’s the official contact and address for all activities in the US.
Her extensive involvement in community work, excellent organizational skills—and natural penchant for chesed make Barbara the ideal person to keep the organization running smoothly abroad.
Barbara lives with her husband in North Miami Beach and they frequently travel up north to stock up on nachas from their children and grandchildren

Barbara Goodman

USA Office Manager