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 over 1,800 calls and made hundreds of referrals since it 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.

Meet Our Team

Rabbi Chaim Helman

Director, Co-Founder


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.

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.

Mrs. Tova Herskovic

Case Worker


Originally from Pittsburgh, Mrs. Tova Herskovic, recently moved to Cleveland from New York with her family. She is accredited with an MSW in substance abuse from Long Island University, as well as a CASAC-T. Tova's professional experience includes working for a private clinic where she counseled young children as well as adolescents and adults with personality disorders and severe mental illness. Tova has also been working for Project Extreme with teens at risk in various roles for 7 year, which include working as a therapist in Camp Extreme, house manager for women’s transitional home and Program Coordinator for Project HOPE. Tova has also worked in partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient settings for patients with severe mental illness and addictions as a therapist and group facilitator. Tova will be working in Naaleh doing referrals and case management for our clientele. She is looking forward to working to support our Jewish community.

Mrs. Esther Rochel Lubling

Program Manager


Mrs. Esther Rochel Lubling is a native New Yorker who joined the Cleveland community, with her family, via Jerusalem. During her tenure in Israel she honed both her professional skills and further developed her passion for helping others through various technology positions, teaching opportunities and mentorship roles. Esther Rochel utilizes her IT experience in varied office support roles, including bookkeeping, graphics and tech support. She is an integral part of Naaleh's expansion and outreach, coordinating programs and events, writing the newsletter, and managing ad campaigns. Her many talents include grant-writing and reporting, and she has ensured Naaleh has received a number of significant awards. On a personal level, Esther Rochel's interpersonal skills and warm demeanor enable her to coordinate volunteers and support groups with sensitivity and tact.

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.

Need help finding a referral? Are you looking for a support group? Don't know where to turn? Mental health issues are incredibly treatable.

Reach out to Naaleh today.
You are not alone.

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