Previously a teacher for the hearing impaired and writer of a dictionary of medical terminology, Miriam has devoted the past 30 years of her life to advocating for people with physical challenges together with her husband Professor Zerem Freier, Founding Director of the Paediatric Department at Shaarei Tzedek Hospital. Miriam and Zerem live in Jerusalem and have 5 children and 12 grandchildren.
David Mizrachi Transportation
David is Shalheveth’s devoted driver whose daily support of all who make use of Shalheveth’s accessible van service is deeply appreciated. As David says “Shalheveth is my second home, I consider these people my family”. David lives in Jerusalem with his wife and 5 sons.
Cynthia Schlachter Resource Development Consultant
Cyndy grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. A former Childbirth Education Teacher, Cyndy has spent the past 25 years in the non-profit world in a number of different roles. She has three children and lives in Modiin. Cyndy made aliyah to Israel 30 years ago. She has a BA in Psychology and Botany and a Masters in Public Health.
Haim Kozochovitz Volunteer Counsellor
Haim has an MSW from the Hebrew University, worked as a social worker in Hadassah Hospital and taught “Coping with Physical Disabilities” at the Social Work School of the Hebrew University. Haim contracted polio as a child and as a result of his declining health had to retire early. He volunteers extensively at Shalheveth, especially in the field of relationship counselling, as well as at The Centre for Independent Living. Chaim lives in Jerusalem and has 5 children and 3 grandchildren.
Dani Givoli is a graduate of the Masters Program in Social Work at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In addition to being Shalheveth’s social worker he also works in the fields of rehabilitation and psychotherapy. He has worked with Shalheveth’s autonomous living in the community project since its inception in 2003 and feels privileged to assist the tenants that live in Shalheveth’s apartments and to work with such a unique and special team.
Hadassah studied Special Education at David Yellin College in Jerusalem, specialising in educational work with individuals with severe physical disabilities. She taught at the Ilanot School in Jerusalem and has worked with Shalheveth since 2010. She works with each individual, adapting to their desires and ability, to locate suitable employment opportunities and identify appropriate and desirable leisure activity. Hadassah lives in Maale Michmash with her husband and 4 children.
Hadassah Diner Vocational Empowerment Coordinator
Hannah Keren (Feuchwanger) Volunteer Counsellor
Hannah assists in coordinating the tenants’ committee of the building (Vaad Bayit) and offers a shoulder to lean on and day to day guidance to each and every individual living in the Shalheveth apartment complex. A board member, she taught biology to high school students for many years and lives in Jerusalem.