Our Staff

Our Staff

When you visit Atideinu, one of the first things that you will notice the level of engagement and passion of our staff.

These highly-educated professionals are wholly committed to the growth and enrichment of our children.

As a staff, our goal each and every day is to provide the children of the community with the skills they need to thrive socially and emotionally.

Meet our Staff

Chana Perel Handler, MSW, LISW-S

Founding Director

Chana Perel received her Master’s in Social Work in 2010. Over the past 10 years, she has worked with many populations and demographics, including families and children, geriatrics, community and school-based therapy, outpatient and foster-care treatment, corrections and inpatient Mental Health. Chana Perel has a passion for helping children and young adults become the very best version of themselves. She firmly believes in the importance of self-actualization – helping people develop their own sense of identity, self-worth and purpose.

“I feel humbled and fortunate to be part of such a revolutionary program that imbues young people with everything needed to thrive in life. Atideinu is a pioneer in the field of self-discovery and self-actualization and I’m so excited to be a part of its development and expansion.”

Chana Perel

Shira Schwarzmer

Program Director

Shira comes to us with 10 years of experience in the education field. Of those 10 years, Shira spent 8 as an intervention specialist for children who needed extra support in the classroom setting. Shira balances her warm and engaging demeanor with a clear understanding of how to effectively run a group in a way that brings out every child’s unique qualities and helps them shine as an individual. Shira single-handedly created all of the activities for our 3-year curriculum and is an invaluable part of Atideinu. We are delighted to welcome her back as she heads into her 4th year in this role, after a one-year hiatus.

"Working at Atideinu is not just my job; it's my hobby, my self-care and an integral part of my life."

Shira

Rina Radcliffe, BA in Special Education

Alumni Director

Rina received her BA from Cleveland State University in 2013 and has been teaching in Hebrew Academy of Cleveland for the past several years. A born and bred Clevelander, Rina has a passion for helping young people develop skills early in life. In addition to Rina’s teaching experience in all different settings with multiple demographics, she was an alumni advisor herself in the alumni program’s first year. Rina combines her talents in every area with her teaching and alumni advisor experience to create and run an amazing alumni program for Atideinu graduates.

"Atideinu gives me the amazing opportunity to have a positive effect on young people."

Rina

Tova Herskovic, MSW

Clinical Lead

Tova has a Master’s in Social Work and many years of experience working in the education and mental health fields. She loves being a part of the growth and development of children of all ages. Having worked extensively with teenagers for several years, Tova particularly values early intervention. When Tova first heard about Atideinu, she was excited by the idea of empowering young children. Her multi-dimensional experiences and clinical perspective have added another dimension to the capacity of our staff.

“Atideinu holds a special place in my heart. I am honored by the opportunity to be part of this unique family. I appreciate how it blends my love for Torah, my passion for education, and my drive to help build skills that help kids develop their best self.”

Tova

Tova Holstein, MA

Operations Manager

Tova Holstein has recently joined us as Operations Manager, with over 15 years of experience in administrative and office work. Assisting the director, Tova’s behind-the-scenes efforts and preparation make the smooth running of the program possible. She has also completed a Master’s Degree in Counseling, making this the perfect match both for her office skills and passion for programs that promote emotional and behavioral health.

"I feel privileged to work for such an important, life-changing program. Coming to work at Atideinu is one of the best parts of my day."

Tova

Devorah Cohen

Team Leader

Devorah’s passion for working with children, combined with her experience in many diverse social and educational venues, make her a core Atideinu staff member. Devorah has experience working at the Hebrew Academy of Cleveland, Yeshiva Darchei Torah of Far Rockaway, Torah Academy for Girls and The Friendship Circle.

Her warm and understanding manner enables her to create strong and nurturing relationships with everyone around her. Devorah is currently pursuing an advanced degree in the field of Behavioral Health.

“I’m excited about being a team member at Atideinu and helping them fulfill their crucial mission.”

Devorah

Gendy Moskowitz, MHC

Team Leader

Gendy joins us after a recent move from New York to Cleveland. She has a masters degree in mental health counseling and nearly 20 years of experience in the mentoring field. Gendy has mentored individuals who were going through various life experiences and helped them learn how to make informed and healthy decisions about themselves, their relationships and their futures.  Gendy’s strong sense of compassion, combined with her experience with mentoring and counseling, makes her excited to join Atideinu and help children develop skills that will help them thrive throughout the rest of their lives.

"I am looking forward to being a part of the Atideinu team and watching the children grow and thrive."

Gendy

Cheryl Frank, LPC, AT

Team Leader

Cheryl has a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology, Mental Health Counseling, and Art Therapy.  She has worked in a variety of populations, including residential treatment, in-home, and school settings. She has also managed the psychiatric care of individuals and has been involved in program development. Cheryl‘s experience working with teenagers has solidified her belief about the importance of early intervention. Cheryl is excited to contribute her multidisciplinary experience and creativity to the Atideinu team.

"I am blessed to be able to join the Atideinu team. This unique and innovative program changes lives. I'm honored to have the opportunity to contribute to this endeavor."

Cheryl

Shani Zuckerman

Team Leader

Shani recently joined the Atideinu team. She is finishing her master’s degree in speech-language
pathology and has experience working with children in a variety of settings. Her sensitivity and
creativity enable her to connect with children of all ages. She appreciates the collaborative atmosphere
of Atideinu and she is such a positive addition to the Atideinu team!

"I've heard amazing things about Atideinu and I look forward to taking part in its mission."

Shani

Daniel Solganik, LISW-S

Team Leader

Daniel has over ten years of experience working with families and children in a wide variety of settings. Daniel has worked in residential treatment, foster care, schools, homes and outpatient settings.

In addition to his Team Leader position in Atideinu, Daniel works at a private practice and is a Supervisor in a non-profit Social Services agency in Cleveland. When Daniel joined Atideinu in 2015, he brought a spark and energy to the group that instantly made him a loved and valued team member.

"Atideinu is a unique and amazing place where 'good' kids, who are doing well, get appropriate, focused, supportive and Jewish attention. Having been part of this amazing program for a couple of years, I can clearly recognize the impact it has on helping develop these terrific young people. This program is an amazing asset to the children it serves, the schools these kids go to, the families they are part of and to the future of our Jewish community."

Daniel

Yehoshua Klein

Team Leader

Yehoshua is completing his Bachelor’s Degree in Behavioral Science and has more than three years of experience working with parents and educators to help children thrive in a classroom setting. Yehoshua has also mentored many children over the years and currently doubles as an Alumni Advisor to an Atideinu graduate.

Yehoshua’s insightful perspective assists Atidienu’s children with their social and emotional development.

 

“Being able to offer insight and advice to the kids is more than a perk of my job, it’s a privilege and I love every moment of it.”

Yehoshua

Praise for Atideinu from an Educator

“I applaud Atideinu for its positive affect on my fourth grade students. Through guided discussions and honest group activities, plus loads of fun, the girls are taught to nurture their strengths, build social connections, and thus acquire self-esteem.

I believe ages 10-12 are the optimal time to build these skills so that the girls will be able to confidently navigate the teenage years. Atideinu’s proactive approach is the preventive measure that is 100% better than trying to seek a cure for more complicated problems that could arise.”

Selma Hellman

Teacher in Hebrew Academy of Cleveland

Sponsorship Opportunities

As you can imagine, attracting and retaining talent of this level requires a significant financial commitment.

Please consider donating to keep our staff thriving and growing!