TANI BURTON M.S.W
Clinical Social Worker
Senior Member of Faculty
Tani Burton is a clinical social worker and logotherapist with over a decade experience with individual, couples and family therapy. Tani has worked in various agency settings with a broad spectrum of clients, from children to elderly. He has presented at national conferences and audiences on topics of sexual abuse and community interventions. In recent years he also trained in the treatment of sexual offenders while cofacilitating forensic therapy groups at Shalom Banayich, an organization created to deal with the phenomenon of sexual abuse in the charedi community.
SANFORD LANDA M.S.W
Clinical Social Worker
Senior Member of Faculty
Sanford is a substance abuse specialist and a Certified Prevention Professional (CPP). Sanford earned his M.S.W. from Columbia University School of social work, in addition to a Master’s degree in public health from New York University. A practitioner and educator in the fields of mental health and substance abuse for over 30 years. Sanford is a member of the Academy of Addictions Studies and a licensed training professional for the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse. He co-authored “Brief Therapy with Alcohol and Other Drug Abusing Clients” and “Motivational Interviewing with the Substance Abusing Client.”
Dr JUSTIN RESNICK
Senior Faculty Member
Dr. Resnick received his PhD in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University Chicago. He studied marital and family therapy at the Chicago Center for Family Health, where he first caught the fire of “strengths and resilience.” He brings over 15 years’ experience as a psychologist and psychotherapist. Alongside his private practice in Jerualem, Dr. Resnick is a passionate instructor of individual and couples counseling skills to graduate students in several religious training programs in Jerusalem, where he spreads the fire of the “strengths” approach. He also works in the Jerusalem public school system with teachers, children and parents. He has a secret love for the martial arts.
Dr Yael Solomon
Senior Faculty Member
Yael Solomon, M.S.Ed., Ph.D., earned a master’s in school psychology from Queens College and a doctorate in clinical psychology from the Eisner Institute for Professional Studies. She has worked as an educational consultant in the Israeli school system with a special focus on crisis and trauma response, providing staff training as well as intervention with trauma survivors and their families. She has extensive experience in working with at-risk adolescents, most recently collaborating with Kav L’Noar to create SOUNDBYTES, an intensive therapeutic summer program for at-risk adolescent girls. In addition to consultation with non-profit organizations in the Jerusalem area, she maintains a private practice working with adolescents and young adults.
Expressive Art Therapist
Member of Faculty
Miles grew up in Australia and later settled in Boston, where he received a B.F.A. from Massachusetts College of Art with a concentration in Art and Community Education. Miles worked as a high school art teacher at Cambridge Ridge and Latin and Arlington high school, and is an active member of Abstraction Made Elementary (AME), an organization which brings together children, professional artists and community. In Israel, Miles, attended Aish Ha Tora Yeshiva, and has worked at Nesiya, Emmunah Ve’omanut, Young Judea, and Musrara Schools, and also currently works at Retorno Rehabilitation Facility as an art therapist. Miles worked in therapy placements in Creedmore Psychiatric Hospital in Queens, The Jewish Living Center in Manhattan, and The Children’s Cancer Ward in Indians State Hospital. Miles began working at Crossroads in 2010 as a street outreach art program leader, and more recently joined the staff of social workers. He now resides in the old city of Jerusalem with his wife and children.
Sarah Beth Solomont M.A
Expressive Arts Therapist
Sarah Beth received her Masters degree in Expressive Arts Therapy from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1997. Since making Aliyah in 2003, Sarah Beth has been using her creative gifts to facilitate psychological healing and deeper self-understanding by means of art, play, and other forms of self expression. She has worked successfully with individuals and groups; of children, teens and adults; including organizing and co-facilitating interactive theater programs for Anglo teens and their parents. Sarah Beth has led several training workshops in Expressive Arts Therapy for NEFESH and the Family Institute at Neve Yerushalayim. Sarah Beth is a graduate of the Family Institute at Neve Yerushalayim, and is currently training to become a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner. Sarah Beth maintains a private practice in Ramat Bet Shemesh, Jerusalem and Chashmonaim.
Dr Daniel Sullum
Daniel Sullum M.D. is an American and Israeli board certified psychiatrist with over 25 years of experience.A graduate of Cornell University with a bachelor degree in psychology. Dr. Sullum attended Hahnemann University in Philadelphia, Pa. for both his medical degree and psychiatric residency. He has completed certification from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in both general and geriatric psychiatry.
Dr. Sullum resided in the Lehigh Valley of Pennyslvania for over 14 years, at which time he maintained both a private psychiatric practice and active professional community affiliations. He was an attending psychiatrist at St. Lukes Hospital, Bethlehem, Pa., where he treated patients on the in-patient psychiatric unit, provided consultative services on the medical /surgical wards and taught medical students and residents. At St. Lukes Hospital Dr. Sullum served on the Medical Ethics Committee.
Dr. Sullum was a psychiatry consultant to the Vitalistic Therapeutic School, a center for special needs children, and a consultant at Gracedale, the Northampton County Nursing Home. During his years in Reading, Pa., Dr. Sullum worked for St Joseph Medical Center. He was the Director of the Inpatient Senior Behavioral Unit. In addition, he worked at the out-patient psychiatric clinic and continued to teach medical students, residents and physician assistants.
Gershon Swimmer MSc.
Member of Faculty
Gershon Swimmer MSc., earned a master’s degree in clinical sociology from the University of North Texas and is a graduate of the Barney School of Business at The University of Hartford. Gershon completed his post graduate training at the The Family Institute of Neve Yerushalayim and maintains a private practice in Jerusalem working with individuals and couples. Gershon has worked with a wide array of client issues and has extensive experience in working with addictions and 12 step programs. His background also includes a 25 year successful multi-industry and entrepreneurial career devoted to establishing relationships and managing people.
From the beginning her professional journey, Ta’ir Wasserman has been passionate about bringing couples a true understanding of what a fulfilling intimate life can entail.
Ta’ir studied clinical psychology at the VU university in Amsterdam, and after moving to Israel, went on to receive her Kalla teacher and Balanit certificates from the Rabbinate of Israel. In addition, as a part of the therapeutic team at Hidabrut, she has been teaching couples to incorporate Torah values into their existing relationship.
Since then she has continued working as both a Family and Marital Counsellor as well as a Sexual Health Counselor after receiving certification from the Department of Further studies at Bar–Ilan University. She serves the community by helping couples understand their intimacy and guides them towards a more understanding, intimate and satisfying relationship.
Aside from her practice, Ta’ir lectures groups of community workers on sexuality. Ta’ir had also created the “Dollit” doll, used by therapists, hospital staff, and kalla-teachers in sex education and counseling.
Ta’ir Wasserman, her husband, and their six children live in Petach Tikvah.
Dr Jacob Freedman
Dr. Jacob L. Freedman is a board-certified psychiatrist in both American and Israel. After completing his training as an award-winning Chief Resident at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Freedman made Aliyah with his wife and children. Dr. Freedman is known for his inspirational talks in the community, his popular column in Mishpacha Magazine, and his new book—Off The Couch—in collaboration with Menucha Publishers. He can be most easily reached via his website: drjacoblfreedman.com
Dr Avidan Milevsky
Avidan has over 20 years of experience specializing in the broad application of cognitive behavioral interventions for multiple client difficulties. He is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Ariel University and psychotherapist at Wellspring Counseling in Bet Shemesh, Israel. His clinical research has produced over 100 conference presentations, more than 25 papers in peer-reviewed journals, and 6 books including Will I Ever be Happy Again, Understanding Adolescents for the Helping Professional, and Sibling Issues in Therapy. He has lectured to audiences in the United States, Canada, South America, Europe, and the Middle-East on various topics including cognitive behavioral interventions for individual and family issues, parenting, sibling relationships, and the intersection between spirituality and mental health. Learn more about his work at
Dr David Ribner
Dr David S. Ribner earned his BA, Smicha (Rabbinic Ordination), MS (history) and MSW degree from Yeshiva University and his doctorate from Columbia University. He is the founder and director of the Sex Therapy Training Program, School of Social Work, Bar-Ilan University, Israel and is certified as a sex therapist in Israel and the U.S. He is in private practice as a sex and marital therapist in Jerusalem, has authored some 40 articles and book chapters and writes and lectures extensively on cultural sensitivity and sexuality.