Our Leading Staff
Yehuda Kohn, the director and leader of the children at Bet Elazraki since 1991, is everyone´s father, and the spirit of the home. Yehuda is a trained educator and administrator. He devoted his entire life to working with children and youth at risk.
After serving as a rabbi, educator, and vice principal of the Technological College at Sitrin Youth Village for adolescent boys, he was sent to Brazil by the Department for Diaspora Education & Culture and the Zionist Organization, and then later, in 1991, to Bet Elazraki Children´s.
Yehuda and his wife, Riki, raised five beautiful children of their own, and 180 children from the home. Yehuda´s door is always open to every boy and girl. They are his entire universe. Yehuda is not just a manager and director in his daily routine he wears several "hats". He always plays the part of the kind, compassionate, loving and devoted father, but sometimes he must also be a strict educator who instills values and draws the lines, but mostly Yehuda is the person who gives the children hope. His ability to alternate between these roles while continuing to be loved and respected by the children is astounding.
Yehuda´s motto is always "give them the best”. Whether it´s the most scented fabric softener to fill the children´s homes with a wonderful fragrance, or the most suited tutors and teachers, no matter what the cost, Yehuda only provides our children with the very best. Yehuda´s work at the children´s home is never-ending, uncompromising and unfailing. "You can always give more”, Yehuda likes to say.
Four major functions work alongside Yehuda. They are responsible for the learning, stability and order, emotional-therapeutic, household and hygiene of the children. These four subdivisions provide the children at the home an organized, high-quality life.
Beni manages all scholastic activities at the children´s home
with great skill and professionalism. His extensive experience in teaching and
special education and his many years at Bet Elazraki speak for themselves. Beni
is responsible for the tutoring program, he is in charge of all the private
teachers and he closely monitors the achievements and progress of every child.
Furthermore, he is responsible for organizing and operating the children´s home
Our children come from terribly disoriented, unstable backgrounds, therefore, it is imperative to the children´s proper development that the home is run with utmost order and stability. Chana is responsible for this stability. She orchestrates the orderly schedule at the Home, so that everything is run like clockwork. She ensures every task is performed according to plan and every promise is fulfilled on time.
Riki is a compassionate, loving, and devoted mother to all our children. She makes it her responsibility to run the household, and she makes sure hygiene is kept, that each child has a clean bed and suitable clothing that always smell good. We all love her very much.
Orly, our own certified social
worker, is responsible for the entire therapeutic and emotional developmental process of all the children in our home. Naturally, this task is crucial to the proper care of
"children at risk" who have undergone the traumatic experiences our
children have suffered. Orly, joined by her expert team of social workers,
psychologists, and therapists, take care of every aspect of our children´s
emotional and mental well-being. She also manages all ties the children have
with their families.