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

Nathan Cohen

Alex Weis

Association Members

Jeremiah Lubasch – President

Jacob Vizel, Director

Eli Knepelmacher

Nathan Cohen

Eli Hartman

Daniel Hofner


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

Efrat Demri Deputy CEO efratd@arugot.org

Naomi Adler Bookkeeping naomi@arugot.org

Ruth Kaniel Director Public Relations & Resource Development ruthie@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

Margalit Leibowitz Director of Preschool Network pr3@arugot.org

Mirit Levy– Supervision and ABA specialist 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

Orit Har Shefer – Movement Therapist

Rachel Tedbredowitz – Psychodrama Therapist

David Wolf, MA – Social Worker

Tamar Arbel – Movement Therapist

Hodaya Levy – Psychodrama Therapist

Gili Keren – Emotional Therapist

Remedial Teachers Leah Avritcher

Paramedical Staff

Speech Therapists – Luda Verozoshchev, Raya Havlin, Ester Reuveni, Dana Lipcan

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

Preschool Teachers

Tobi Hartman, Leah Rosenberg, Sara Blumenthal, Rivki Yisraeli, Shifri Braun


Roni Eren


Call: Jewish Child’s Day – Ph. No. 



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