The Israeli Hug Center at Rodeph Sholom was founded after October 7th as a way to offer support in Hebrew to all Israelis living in NYC temporarily or permanently. The community opened its doors to displaced Israelis who came to NY and needed a safe place for psychological support and connections to other services in the community.
Today, The Hug Center continues to be a home for all Israelis in NYC, including those who are not Rodeph Sholom members. The Center provides social service in Hebrew to Israeli families, parents and individuals who live in NYC. We are more than ever committed to support every Israeli who is in need. We know that the current situation in Israel continues to impact Israelis in NYC directly and we thrive to meet every emotional need.
Erela Nornberg, LMFT, MA, MSc.
Erela holds a master’s degree in Marriage and Family therapy and a master’s degree in psychology. Erela holds a certificate from the IPTAR psychoanalytic institute in child and adolescent psychotherapy.
Erela has more than 20 years of experience working with children in educational settings as well as with families in need. She currently works at the Jewish board as a supervisor for clinical consultants who support the administration of children services. She is licensed in NY.
Maya Lev Miller, LMSW.
Maya is a social worker holds a bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Tel Aviv University specializing in social rights and policy change. Comes to New York with a background of social action in Israel and experience working in social services departments in Israel with individuals, families, and communities.
For more information please email Erela Nornberg or Maya Lev Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fridays | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
5 sessions: FEB 9, FEB 16, MAR 1, MAR 8, MAR 15
$40 per parent/child for each session
$175 per parent/child pair for all 5 sessions
Mom’s Morning is a weekly group for new Israeli mothers and their children under age 1. Sessions are led by a social worker and early childhood specialist, and conducted entirely in Hebrew.
Support Group for Israelis with Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Naama Tokayer
Thursdays | 6:30 – 7:30 PM
8 sessions: FEB 8, FEB 15, FEB 29, MAR 7, MAR 14, MAR 21, MAR 28, APR 4
A support group for Israelis impacted by the current situation in Israel led by Dr. Naam Tokayer, Clinical Psychologist. Conducted entirely in Hebrew.
Building Parent-Child Relationships Based on Mindfulness Principles
Thursdays | 7:30 – 8:30 PM
3 sessions: FEB 15, FEB 29, MAR 14
$100 per adult
Moving to a foreign country can bring a multitude of difficulties, struggles, and new challenges between parents and children.
In this 3 sessions workshop, parents will learn mindfulness tools that can promote:
- Healthy management of tensions and conflicts
- Positive open communication
- Developing resilience in a multicultural environment
- Personal growth for each member of the family
The workshop is suitable for parents with children of all ages.
Led by Relationships Coach Dr. Maya Avinadav and conducted entirely in Hebrew.
New Place, New Behavior: Creative Arts Group for Israeli Children in Relocation
Thursdays | 5:30 – 6:15 PM
8 sessions: FEB 15, FEB 29, MAR 7, MAR 14, MAR 21, MAR 28, APR 4, APR 11
$335 per child for all 8 sessions
Creative Art group in Hebrew for Israeli kids in relocation to support cultural adjustment for kids in kindergarten to 3rd grade.
We offer 8 weekly creative arts therapy group sessions for 4-6 participants, designed for children who have recently moved from Israel with their families. This provides them with a weekly opportunity to connect with others who share a similar background, creating a safe space to playfully explore feelings and aspects of moving and cultural adjustments through creativity, improvisation, and games, conducted in both Hebrew and English.
Play group enhances exploration and understanding of emotions, enabling individuals to navigate challenges and difficulties through the medium of play.
Option for first trial session at the cost of 50 dollars.
Led by Mor Waksman, creative art therapist: https://nycpeaceofmind.com