About Us

Yad Chessed, which means “hand of loving kindness,” was founded in 1989 to help Jewish families and individuals in need. We support clients across Massachusetts by alleviating economic distress and providing ongoing support to help them reach financial stability.

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide emergency financial assistance while working to preserve the dignity of each individual client. The money we provide for basic needs – such as food, clothing, shelter, and utilities – gives our clients security and allows them to get back on track.

Our Financials

Please feel free to download our most recent audited financial statement and our Form 990.

Professional Staff

Meggan Levene, Executive Director

Meggan Levene is a mission-driven leader and experienced coalition builder with over 10 years of experience working at the intersection of the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Most recently, Meggan served as Chief Marketing and Development Officer for a national advocacy organization. Previously, she served Founder and Executive Director of a nonprofit sparking next-generation philanthropy and led corporate social responsibility for the largest health insurer in Massachusetts.

Meggan is a long-time volunteer and organizer in the Boston Jewish community. She sits on CJP’s Strategic Israel Engagement Task Force and served on the Commission for Caring and Social Justice. In 2014, Chai in the Hub named Meggan as one of the 18 most influential Jewish young professionals in Boston. She is also involved in the broader community as an elected Brookline Town Meeting Member.

Emily Cooper, Case Manager

Susan Barron, Case Manager

Susan Barron joined Yad Chessed as a case manager in January 2013. She previously worked at an adoption agency, at the Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters, and for Project Connect, helping parents of children with behavioral and emotional disturbances. She graduated from Columbia University with a master’s in social work.

Deborah Freed, Case Manager

Deborah joined Yad Chessed as a case manager in 2009. She has experience as a hospice social worker and a sexual assault crisis counselor and has worked with ex-offenders. She worked at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in the Center for Violence Prevention and Recovery. She also worked at BIDMC’s Center for Cognitive Neurology. She received her Bachelor’s at Wesleyan University and a Masters in Social Work from Simmons

Natasha Mitlina, Case Manager

Board of Directors

Neal Karasic, President
Liana Brodsky
David Farbman
Sandra Fisher
Michael J. Goldberg
Janet Goldenberg
Jacklyn Liberman
Ed Musmon, Treasurer
Susan Podziba
Lori Silver, Vice President
Sandy Remz
Joyce Wertheimer, Clerk

Robert Housman, Emeritus