About us

Board of Directors and Staff

Board of Directors

dar-lubashJeremiah Lubasch, MDPresident: Born in Argentina, Dr. Lubasch studied medicine at the University of Buenos Aires. In 1977 he came on Aliyah and today lives in Haifa with his wife. They have 6 children and 7 grandchildren. Dr. Lubasch served in the navy and was promoted to rank of major. In 1989 he founded the Haifa Center for Children with Learning Disabilities. For close to 30 years he directed the Center – today called Arugot, on a voluntary basis, while running his medical practice at the same time. For many years he was involved with the Haifa-Boston Connection and served on the Haifa Council for Volunteerism.

Board of Directors

Ya’akov Vizel, Director

Daniel Hofner, Secretary

Eli Hartman, Treasurer

Elimelech Knepelmacher

Audit Committee

Yerucham Spiegel

Alex Weis

Association Members

Jeremiah Lubasch – President

Shimon Una

Amram Ben Sher

Nathan Cohen

Shmuel Edelstein

Moshe Kanner

Shmuel Weintraub

Shimon Shimonowitz CEO


Pnina Berkowitz Professional Director; a partner in the vision of establishing the center pnina@arugot.org

Naomi Adler Bookkeeping naomi@arugot.org

Ruth Kaniel Director Public Relations & Resource Development, Grant Writer ruthie@arugot.org

Efrat Demri PR, Marketing, and Resource Development pr2@arugot.org

Ita Shulman Office Manager office@arugot.org

Hindi Cooperman Health Services Liaison hindi@arugot.org

Nechama Hoch Director Day Care Center maonarugot@gmail.com

Mirit Levy– Director and Supervisor, Special-ed Preschools; mirit@arugot.org

Shoshi Segal Secretary ganim@arugot.org

Assessment and Therapy Center

Dr. Gail Suskin – Coordinator of Therapeutic Staff, including students, Dance/Movement Therapist, Snoezelen Room and Trauma Specialist.

Emotional Therapists

Aliza Karvan – Clinical Supervisor

Micki Schwartz – Animal Assisted Therapist & Educational Counselor

Chaya Handelsman – Psychodrama Therapist

Avia Ohana – Movement Therapist

Hodaya Vagner – Art Therapist

Avital Kranz – Movement Therapist

Bosmat Plotnik – CBT Coaching

Chani Reizner – Psychodrama Therapist

Riki Evron – Clinical Social Worker

Shmuel Wiener – Animal Assisted Therapist

Esti Baum – Art Therapist

Einat Green – Art Therapist

Inbal Klein – Art Therapist

Ruchama Kessler – Art Therapist

Rachel Dezdak – Psychodrama Therapist

Avigail Mazuz – Art Therapist

Edva Solomowitz – Art Therapist

Orit Har Shefer – Movement Therapist

Rachel Tedbredowitz – Psychodrama Therapist

David Wolf, MA Social Worker

Remedial Teachers Leah Avritcher, Hodaya Hofman,

Paramedical Staff

Speech Therapists – Luda Verozoshchev, Raya Havlin, Ester Reuveni, Yifat Eizenkot, Perle Mate

Occupational Therapists – Orit Gaspar, Revital Givon, Ztipi Elboim, Orli Demri, Ztipi Klein

Preschool Teachers

Tobi Hartman, Batel Morino, Sara Blumenthal, Rivki Yisraeli, Shifri Braun


Roni Eren


Call: Jewish Child’s Day – Ph. No. 



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