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.
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
Michael J. Goldberg
Ed Musmon, Treasurer
Lori Silver, Vice President
Joyce Wertheimer, Clerk
Robert Housman, Emeritus