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

Herb Tobin, Interim Executive Director

Herb’s career has focused on working with Jewish communal organizations and educational institutions to help with strategy, fundraising and programs. Herb has also served as the interim director of development at Hillel: the Foundation for Jewish Campus Life; Boston University and Yale University Hillel Foundations; and the David Project, Boston.

Prior to establishing Herb Tobin Consulting in 1999, Herb was a fundraising executive with two Boston-area medical centers, and several Jewish federations. An ordained rabbi, he holds a doctorate in theology from Boston University’s School of Theology.

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