Naaleh is a non-profit organization focused on strengthening the emotional and mental well-being of the Cleveland Jewish community.

Who We Help

Naaleh has fielded close to 3000 calls since we began in 2014. We help people struggling with: Anxiety, Depression, grief, OCD, marriage conflict, abuse, addiction and a variety of other challenges.

How We Help

Referrals

Naaleh helps people navigate the process of finding a mental health professional that best suits their particular needs. All calls to Naaleh are strictly confidential. We work to match within your insurance plan.

Support

Naaleh offers support groups that are facilitated by community based professionals which create a safe space for mutual understanding, support and strength.

Advocacy

Naaleh can assume the additional role of liaison between mental health providers, clients, family members and Rabbonim in a supportive and sensitive way.

Education

Naaleh is committed to providing educational opportunities to the community. These have included open panel discussions, events and school presentations that proactively strengthen mental and emotional wellness as well as reduce stigma associated with mental illness.

Leadership

Rabbi Chaim Helman

Executive Director


Rabbi Chaim Helman is a native Clevelander and a well-known friend of the community. In 2004, Chaim joined the Beachwood-University Heights Community Kollel, where he gave classes and volunteered his time to mentor teens in local Jewish day schools. He was hired by the Jewish Family Experience to be the Director of Teen Programming which he developed and led for several years. His weekly “Cholent and Parsha” JFX class is still a favorite for many of his closest adult and teen students who come for his weekly wisdom and wit. Most recently, Rabbi Helman co-directed the Yeshiva High School, motivating students in their Torah learning and preparing them for post-high school yeshivos and future life experiences. At the end of 2013, community leaders approached Rabbi Helman and described the need for a mental health referral service for the Cleveland Jewish community. Under the guidance of several community activists, Rabbi Helman spearheaded the initiative with determination and drive – and Naaleh was born in 2014. In his capacity as Director of Naaleh, Rabbi Helman has built relationships and gained the confidence of many mental health professionals, Rabbis and community leaders in the Cleveland area. With sincere empathy and utmost confidentiality, Rabbi Chaim Helman guides Jews from diverse backgrounds to a mental health professional that best suits each individual situation.

Daniel Solganik, MSSA, L-ISW-S

Director of Behavioral Health Services


Daniel Solganik MSSA, L-ISW-S has spent the last fourteen years working in various roles in the mental health field. In 2007 Daniel began working in residential treatment at Bellefaire Jewish Children’s Bureau. After receiving a MSSA from Case Western Reserve University in 2013 Daniel accepted a position at Beechbrook as a school based clinical therapist. In addition to Daniel’s full-time position, Daniel also acted as the Team Leader for the boy’s group at Atidenu. Daniel played an important role in helping boys learn to understand and appreciate themselves, their families, their religion and their community. In 2015, Daniel joined the private practice, Jay Berk and Associates. In this role Daniel has provided individual and family therapy both in person and over Tele-health. For the past three and a half years Daniel has been employed at Ohio Guidestone as a supervisor in the Outpatient counseling program.
In Daniel's role at Naaleh, he provides supervision to staff, gives guidance on complex cases, assists in program development, provides trainings, and ensures compliance with legal and clinical standards of the industry. Daniel uses his therapeutic connections as well as past experiences when considering our client’s needs, treatment goals and personal preferences. Daniel is enthusiastic about using his skills and experience to assist the members of the Jewish Community through his work at Naaleh.

Michelle Bernstein, MSW, LISW-S

Clinical Director of Naaleh Counseling Solutions


Michelle Bernstein, MSW, LISW-S is a graduate of the Wurzweiler School of Social Work. She has close to 20 years of professional experience practicing in private and public schools, large hospital systems and hospice care, home care and private practice. Michelle has worked with child and adult clients in both individual and group settings. She has a broad range of clinical experience working with clients in the following areas: depression, anxiety disorders, chronic illness, grief and bereavement, behavior/ discipline and parenting challenges, relationship issues, stress and anger management, ADHD, and developmental disabilities. Michelle utilizes a variety of treatment modalities and techniques to help her clients reach their personal goals. In her current role as Clinical director of Naaleh Counseling Solutions, Michelle directs the agency’s outpatient clinical services. She is responsible for providing clinical supervision and facilitates staff training. In addition to overseeing the day-to-day operation, Michelle collaborates with schools and with board of directors, in order to develop new programs in schools and in the community at large.

Sabrina Stempel

Director of Programs and Marketing, Office Manager


Mrs. Sabrina Stempel joins Naaleh as the Director of Programs and Marketing and Office Manager. In 2012, after completing her bachelor’s degree from Charter Oak State College, she founded Baby Sleep Train, a pediatric sleep consultancy. Her passion for helping the community, combined with her experience in management, marketing, and client-confidentiality, makes her an integral addition to the Naaleh team. Sabrina’s ability to anticipate needs, prioritize tasks, and handle multiple responsibilities with grace and precision is instrumental in maintaining a well-functioning office environment. Her entrepreneurial spirit fuels her drive to get new programming and projects off the ground. Sabrina is a collaborative team player, always ready to lend a helping hand and contribute to the overall success of Naaleh’s mission of improving mental healthcare within the Cleveland Jewish community.

Rabbi Nosson Kielski

Boys Teen Mentorship Coordinator


Nosson was born and raised in the Netherlands. After receiving his Rabbinical ordination in Israel, he moved to Ithaca, New York to teach Jewish Law and Philosophy at Cornell University and be the campus Rabbi for Jewish students. He married a native Clevelander and moved to Wickliffe, Ohio where he teaches Math and History in Telshe Yeshiva. Nosson is truly one of a kind. Whether gutting and rebuilding houses or fashioning custom cabinetry, his loving, non-judgmental demeanor and empathic listening ear has made him a magnet for his high school students to turn to with any and all of their problems. He has also been known to engage addicts and other teens with nowhere else to go and provide a warm loving environment for them to be understood. After joining Naaleh’s team to pilot our boys’ mentorship program he has encountered tremendous success. He is helping some boys complete GEDs; he is picking up boys at a moment’s notice, and taking them for healthy enjoyable social outings to help battle their cravings and reduce their risk of drug relapse; and he has been teaching boys life skills such as carpentry, tiling, plumbing and basic construction. Nosson’s approach is founded on the belief that every person has natural gifts and abilities and by exposing these strengths and nurturing them, self-esteem is soon to follow as is a pathway to a brighter future.

Rebbetzin Riki Abrin

Girls Teen Mentorship Coordinator


Naaleh would like to welcome Rebbitzen Riki Abrin, who recently joined our team as the Girls Teen Mentorship Leader. Riki (Liff) was born and raised in Jerusalem, where she lived her entire life before moving to Cleveland in September of 2017. Riki is friendly, compassionate, and easy to talk to, serving as a role model to all those around her. She is the Rebbitzin of the flourishing Bais Avrohom Shul in Beachwood, and we are lucky to have her in Naaleh. Riki provides guidance and support for High School aged girls, both in and out of school, and welcomes the assistance of volunteers in the role of a teen mentors. Mentors develop supportive friendships with the teens, with the goal of building their confidence and supplying a listening ear and soft shoulder in a non-judgmental environment. The girls can express themselves freely and experience a healthy outlook. Naaleh believes that early detection of social, academic, and familial issues, coupled with healthy mentorship and positive reinforcement, will certainly alleviate and taper the development of future more serious concerns.

Therapists

Joseph Steiner, Ph.D, LISW-S


Mendy Greenberg MNO, MSW, LSW


Rabbi Raffi Glickman MSW, LSW


Beryl Greenberg, MSW, LSW


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Joseph Steiner Ph.D, LISW-S. is a licensed clinical psychologist. He trained at Fielding Graduate and Case Western Reserve Universities. He has been in practice for over 45 years at various community mental health centers, the last 18 at Signature Health before retiring. Joseph has held adjunct professor and clinical instructor positions with Case Western Reserve and Cleveland State Universities, among others. He specializes in mood disorders, depression, grief, anxiety disorders and ADHD. Joseph uses cognitive behavioral, family, relational and other therapies as needed.
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Mendy Greenberg MNO, MSW, LSW, comes to Naaleh with a wealth of background experiences that he uses to run the Naaleh billing department, and support clients from diverse backgrounds. Mendy completed his dual Masters’ degree at Case Western Reserve University, while interning at Naaleh as a clinical intern and billing specialist.  During his internship, Mendy helped Naaleh to obtain it’s OHMAS certification and assumed the role of the Director of Billing; all while completing his second-year clinical internship at Ohio Guidestone.  Mendy, a native of Cleveland, spent four years learning in Israel at Yeshiva Tiferet Jerusalem (TJ) and the Mir Yeshiva. Mendy is passionate about giving back to the community, supporting his clients with evidence-based treatment and therapy that is individualized to every client's needs. He is experienced in treating those with ADD/ADHD, anxiety, social phobia and oppositional defiant disorder.
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Rabbi Raffi Glickman MSW, LSW, comes to Naaleh with a wealth of background experiences that he uses to support clients from diverse backgrounds. He holds a bachelor's degree from Yeshiva University in Psychology. While at Yeshiva, Raffi completed his first Masters's degree in Jewish Education and his Semicha through the Gruss Kollel in Jerusalem. Raffi has been involved as Rebbe and mentor while he has lived in Cleveland, at the Fuchs Mizrachi School. Most recently, Raffi has completed his Masters in Social Work from Case Western Reserve University with a certificate of completion in Trauma-Informed Practice. Raffi is passionate about his work, supporting his clients with evidence-based treatment and therapy that is individualized, to meet the client's needs. He has experience in treating those with addiction, working with both substance abuse and non-substance abuse addictions, as well as ADD/ADHD, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, compulsive disorders, and anger management/oppositional defiant disorder. Raffi is currently accepting clients that are in junior high school through adulthood.
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Beryl is a devoted professional who earned his masters degree in social work from LIU in 2018. He has since become an invaluable member of the Amudim team, starting as an intern and consistently excelling as a clinical case manager. His unwavering dedication to assisting individuals in challenging circumstances is fueled by his passion for making a difference.  Specializing in supporting survivors of sexual abuse and individuals grappling with addiction, Beryl has a profound understanding of the mental health landscape. As a clinical case manager, he provides invaluable assistance to those affected, going above and beyond to ensure their well-being.  Recently, Beryl has expanded his expertise by assuming the role of a therapist at Naaleh Cleveland, primarily working with children and teenagers navigating various life difficulties. With a compassionate and empathetic approach, he fosters a safe and nurturing environment, guiding his clients towards growth, healing, and overall well-being.  Beryl's commitment to making a positive impact in the lives of others is evident through his extensive experience and unyielding dedication. Combining his professional skills with genuine care for his clients, he offers comprehensive and effective support to individuals facing diverse mental health challenges. Beryl's profound impact leaves a lasting imprint on those he serves, empowering them to overcome adversity and thrive.

Yocheved Davidowitz, LPC, INHC


Ariella Dowek, LPCC-S, MS


Ahuva Blatter, LPC


Fraidy Lowenthal MSW, LSW


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Yocheved Davidowitz, LPC, INHC got her master’s degree in counseling psychology from Adler University in Vancouver BC. Yocheved is a certified nutrition coach and has advanced trauma training. At Naaleh, Yocheved works with adult women on a variety of issues specializing in anxiety, relationship concerns, as well as emotional eating. She is the author of the book “I’ll Start Tomorrow” and continues to teach and lecture widely. Yocheved is the host of A Deeper Conversation, the Podcast for Jewish Women.
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Ariella's passion for building relationships and helping others is what has brought her to Naaleh. She excels at connecting with her clients and uses her strong sense of intuition to truly understand their predicament. She holds a master's degree in mental health counseling and an LPCC-S license. Her recent work experience at JFSA in a financial literacy program as well as at YDT as the girls’ high school counselor have led her to specialize in working with older teens, adults, and most recently, couples, after extensive training in Emotionally Focused Therapy. In addition to her clinical work, she is trained as a kallah teacher.
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Ahuva Blatter, LPC, is a licensed clinical counselor. She graduated from Bellevue University. She works with children of all ages in group and clinical settings. She utilizes play-based CBT, child-centered and other modalities to meet each specific client’s needs. Ahuva enjoys using play and creative art modalities to engage her young clients. Ahuva’s goal with her clients is to help them become the best they can be so they can succeed at home, school, and with their friends.
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Mrs. Fraidy Lowenthal MSW, LSW is a licensed social worker, currently practicing at Naaleh. Fraidy was inspired to pursue a degree in social work, while teaching high school girls. She saw her students’ need for a professional and supportive relationship. Fraidy began her college education at Daemen College in Amherst, New York. She currently works with children and adolescence in the areas of anxiety, depression and PTSD. Fraidy enjoys building a therapeutic relationship with her clients and developing their self-esteem via a strengths-based approach. Fraidy is currently developing her skills to be able to use a person-centered approach in the treatment of her clients.

Cheryl Frank LPCC, AT


Michal Stavsky, MSW, LSW


Yehoshua Hoffman Psy.D.


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Cheryl Frank LPCC, AT is a graduate of Ursuline College. She is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and Art Therapist who specializes in working with behavioral and emotional issues in children, teens, and adults. She has advanced training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), treating a variety of diagnosis including ADHD, Anxiety, Depression. Cheryl has extensive experience providing mental health services in varied settings, including out-patient clinics, residential treatment, and school-based therapy, treating children, adults and families. She uses multiple modalities, including creative art interventions as an approach that allows clients to develop a strong sense of self and begin to explore their world in a more creative hands-on way, aiding in the development of strategies to cope with life ‘s challenges. Cheryl believes it is essential to meet people where they are at to effectively bring about growth and positive, long-term change.
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Michal Stavsky, MSW, LSW, earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and art from Yeshiva University and a master’s degree in social work from Cleveland State University. Her current work as a school counselor at Hebrew Academy of Cleveland’s girls’ elementary school, has deepened her desire to improve the well-being of children of all backgrounds. Although Michal works with people of all ages, she is currently focused on seeing children and adolescents presenting with anxiety, depression, ADHD, trauma, family difficulties, and low self-esteem. She utilizes a diverse range of evidence-based therapeutic modalities, including Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy, as well as mindfulness techniques, motivational interviewing, and art. This versatility allows her to address the unique needs of individuals using a holistic approach. Michal’s warm and empathetic nature creates a fun and safe environment in which individuals can explore their emotions and experiences openly, in a judgment-free space.
Whether your child is struggling with school difficulties, coping with anxiety, facing family challenges, or navigating troubles with friends, Michal provides tailored tools and skills to support their unique needs and to ensure they feel heard, and empowered.
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Yehoshua Hoffman Psy.D., is a clinical psychologist. He obtained his degree from the Graduate School of Professional Psychology at the University of Denver. He moved to the Greater Cleveland area in 2021 where he completed his internship and residency at the Cleveland VA. His areas of specialty include adjusting to traumatic life changes, substance abuse disorders, and process addictions.  He has experience facilitating both group and individual therapy. He enjoys using a combination of CBT, ACT and Motivational Interviewing to support his clients through their individual journeys.

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Dr. Shlomo Koyfman

Board Chair


Avrohom Meystel

Treasurer


Bryan Farkas

Secretary


Faith Blau

Director


Yoel Goldman

Director


Avigayil Malcmacher

Director


Rabbi Avrohom Adler

Director


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