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Yad Chessed
440 Totten Pond Road #401
Waltham, MA 02451

(781) 613-3413

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Executive Director

Nancy J. Kriegel

Nancy began as Executive Director in December of 2019. Previously, Nancy worked at Combined Jewish Philanthropies overseeing efforts to strengthen area Jewish Day Schools. Nancy was also one of the founders and co-president of Gateways: Access to Jewish Education. Before dedicating her career to Jewish communal service, Nancy was a practicing attorney with degrees from Boston College Law School and the University of Pennsylvania.

Associate Executive Director, Social Worker

Deborah Freed

Deborah joined Yad Chessed as a case manager in 2009 as Yad Chessed’s first professional staff member. Deborah has worked as a hospice social worker, sexual assault crisis counselor, prison release counselor, and professional studio artist. She worked at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in the Center for Violence Prevention and Recovery and the Center for Cognitive Neurology. She received her BA at Wesleyan University and her MSW from Simmons School of Social Work.

Director of Operations

Annie Fortnow

Annie started as Director of Operations in August 2023 after receiving her MA in Jewish Professional Leadership and Social Impact MBA from Brandeis University as a Wexner Graduate Fellow/Davidson Scholar. Annie has worked at a variety of Jewish organizations, including UMass Hillel, the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, and as a Board Fellow at Yad Chessed. She is passionate about supporting the Jewish community and helping to building a more equitable Jewish future.

Social Worker, Bilingual (Russian-English)

Katya Udin

Katya is one of the members of our Social work team and is our bilingual case manager. Prior to joining Yad Chessed in 2021, Katya worked at Jewish Family & Children Service (JFCS) for 14 years assisting clients with financial hardship such as housing, food, utilities, and providing resources needed. Katya came to USA from the former Soviet Union in 1989 and is the daughter of a Holocaust survivor.


Robert Housman

In 1989, Robert established Yad Chessed so he could help his neighbors struggling in Boston’s Jewish community. In the early years, he ran it by himself, with help from his wife Sue, as he worked full-time as a computer programmer. Robert noted, “People in the Jewish community didn’t realize that there were Jews who didn’t have enough food, who had trouble paying their rent. There was a need that wasn’t being met, so I started Yad Chessed.”

President, Board of Directors

Lori Silver

Lori is the General Counsel of Partners In Health, a global health nonprofit that provides healthcare for the poor with operations in ten countries. She previously served as Director of the Anti-Poverty Initiative at Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP), as General Counsel of Decisions Resources Group, and as a lawyer for the Office of the General Counsel at Harvard University. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Stanford University.

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2024 Board Officers

Lori Silver (President)

Janet Goldenberg (Executive Vice President)

Jacob Teich (Treasurer)

Robert Housman (Founder Emeritus)

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2024 Board of Directors

Daniel Black, Kathy Cohen, Daniel Friedman, Paul Furer, Neal Karasic, Rebecca Kotkin, Ed Musmon, Sandy Remz, Cheryl Nissenbaum Sanders, Susan Shanske, Linda Skolnik, Susan Steinhardt, Shani Winton.