Founder and Director
Rabbi Aryeh Leib Joseph
Rabbi Joseph is a well-known community activist in the Cleveland community. He was motivated to found Yesh Tikvah when he saw firsthand how the prohibitive costs of therapy prevented many from getting crucial help they needed. Rabbi Joseph is imbued with a strong sense of mission and is passionate about achieving his goal: to promote emotional stability and health for individuals and families facing mental health challenges.
Rabbi Joseph is also trained and very knowledgeable in the parameters, eligibility criteria, and availability of Government programs and funding. He actively assists eligible candidates in obtaining Medicaid coverage.
Dr. Mendel E. Singer PhD MPH
Associate Professor, Case Western Reserve University, and Vice Chair for Education.
Dr. Singer is Associate Professor and Vice Chair of Education in the department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio, and has served on the faculty since 1995. He is a well published researcher with over 50 publications in peer-reviewed journals, and has been funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health and other Federal and national funders. He is an internationally reputed expert with many publications in comparative and cost effectiveness research.
Dr. Singer serves on the advisory board for Jewish Family Services’ Families-at-Risk division, and has been active with their Know Abuse program which educates teens about healthy relationships. Dr. Singer also began the Jewish Community Health Initiative at CWRU, to help Jews lead healthier lives.
Susan has practiced health care law for thirty years, and has a wide range of experience with non-profits and health care. She has authored numerous law review articles and monographs; her published works include "Ohio Health Care Provider Law," which is used by health law attorneys across the state. Susan is a fellow of the American Health Lawyers Association, and has received numerous recognitions and awards.
Susan is very sensitive to the needs of individuals suffering from mental illness, and is a Member of the Board of Hugs 4 Families.
Board of Directors
Dr. (Michael) Meir Pollack
Dr. Pollack was born and raised in New York City and received his medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University.
Dr. Meir Pollack is a resident of Beachwood Ohio with his wife and family for the past 15 years. He is a clinical gastroenterologist, currently at the Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Pollack understands how vital an organization like Yesh Tikvah is to the community, especially in regards to raising a family in today's society. We are happy he has agreed to serve as Yesh Tikvah’s chair. With his leadership of Yesh Tikvah we are certain that we will assist even more people to afford mental health services.
Mrs. Suri Goldman
Mrs. Goldman is Director of Sales and Marketing, CenStar Energy in Ohio. She is actively involved in the Cleveland community, serving on the Board of Directors of the Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland, Montefiore, JECC, and Hebrew Academy of Cleveland; she is also a volunteer for Bikur Cholim. Suri is energetic, enthusiastic, and always willing to help for a worthy cause.
Mrs. Chaya Gitty Kohn
Mrs. Kohn has been teaching adolescent girls for over twenty years. With her years of experience and insight into the emotional needs of her students and their families, Mrs. Kohn is acutely aware of the vital role played by Yesh Tikvah. Chaya Gitty volunteers in assisting the senior Jewish population, as well as for Bikur Cholim. However, her paramount accomplishment is being a very involved mother to her nine children.
Rabbi Avi Meystel
Rabbi Meystel is the Director of Development at the American Academy of Facial Aesthetics and is the CEO of STATDDs. He is the Vice President of The Cleveland Torah Center. Avi is very sensitive to the needs of individuals requiring mental health services.
Rabbi Eli Dessler
Rabbi Eli Dessler serves as Financial Director of the Hebrew Academy of Cleveland and is responsible for meeting the school's annual budget. He also is on the Board of the Cleveland Jewish News. Rabbi Dessler’s family is well known for their broad-ranging activities on behalf of the greater Jewish community in America and abroad; Rabbi Dessler gives unstintingly of his very busy schedule for this important cause.
Mrs. Jessica (Chavi) Cohen
Jessica Cohen is the Managing Director of Community Relations for the Jewish Federation of Cleveland. She most recently worked as the Senior Director of Grants and Foundation Relations at Friends of Breakthrough Schools where she oversaw the network's portfolio of community, corporate, and family foundations and government grants, and directed advocacy efforts for the network. Mrs. Cohen has also served on the staff of U.S. Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy and the Government Relations Committees of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland and Menorah Park. She is currently a member of the Cleveland heights Planning Commission Citizens. Mrs. Cohen received her undergraduate degree from Harvard University. She brings a wealth of expertise and practical knowledge of the non-profit world in Cleveland to help out for this worthy cause.
Rabbi Naphtali Burnstein
Rabbi Burnstein serves as Rabbi of the Young Israel of Greater Cleveland, located in Beachwood. He is on the Rabbinic Board of Cleveland Kosher and is a member of the Vaad HaChinuch of the Hebrew Academy. He is held in high regard in the community, and his sagacious counsel is sought by a broad spectrum of individuals and institutions alike. Rabbi Burnstein is particularly attuned to the challenges in marital harmony faced by many in the community.
Rabbi Boruch Hirshfeld
Rabbi Hirschfeld is the Dean of the Torah Life Institute and serves as Rabbi of the Ahavas Yisrael Shul in Cleveland Heights. His guidance is sought on virtually every halachic and communal issue within the Cleveland community; he has gained national acclaim and recognition for the clarity and depth of his halachic rulings. Rabbi Hirshfeld is actively involved in assisting couples with resolving conflict and maintaining healthy and productive marriages.
Mrs. Marilyn S. Berger Ed.M., M.A.
Marilyn S. Berger is a Psychology Assistant who has worked in a private practice in clinical psychology practice for the last twenty five years. She does individual therapeutic work with children, divorce mediation and psycho-educational evaluations. Mrs. Berger holds degrees from Princeton, Rutgers and Cleveland State Universities.
Under the auspices of the Orthodox Mental Health Professionals of Cleveland, Mrs. Berger recently organized a five session training seminar for the Orthodox Rabbinate on issues related to mental health.
Marilyn is highly respected in the community for her professionalism and devotion to the welfare of her clients and their families. She has played a pivotal role in the founding and development of Yesh Tikvah.