Our mission is to clarify mental and emotional health resource options for members of the Jewish community

How We Got Started

In 2001 Rabbi Sendy Ornstein recognized a void in the area of mental health. In the process of assisting people with their medical needs, he came across many individuals in need of care who struggled to navigate the mental health world. His idea was simple; to create an organization where people can ask for references to psychiatrists and psychologists, similar to what was already being done in the medical world.

He reached out to a number of senior mental health professionals who had been working within the frum community for many years to float the idea. The response he received was overwhelmingly negative. He was told that in our community, no one would use such an organization. Undeterred, he went ahead and started Relief. In 2003, Rabbi Binyomin Babad joined the staff, and that year, Relief assisted over 500 people. In the following year, that number doubled. A need was filled and the response was overwhelming.

Where We Are Today

Since 2001, Relief has provided services to over 100,000 individuals. The rate of incoming new cases has accelerated every year we’ve been in operation, with over 10,000 new cases in the past year alone. We have opened nine local branches in four countries, on three continents. Our database includes over 3,000 professionals from a wide range of disciplines, as well as numerous treatment facilities and organizations all over the world.

Our Team

Sendy Ornstein

President Relief Resources

Benjamin Babad

Director Relief Resources

David Kessner

Director of Operations

Motti Rapoport

Director of International OperationsDirector Relief Toronto

Devorah Levinson

Director of Eating Disorders, adult referral specialist
  • Tristate Region

Devora Follman LCSW

Liaison for Higher Levels of Care

Menachem Lowy

Director
  • Relief Monroe

Yehoshua Berger

Adult referral specialist
  • Tristate Region

Yitzy Faivushevitz

Adult referral specialist
  • Tristate Region

Ephraim Weingot

Adult referral specialist
  • Tristate Region

Riki Schwartz

Director of Children Services, Child Referral Specialist
  • Tristate Region

Arielle Benisti

Child referral specialist
  • Tristate Region

Shaindy Bodenheimer

Child referral specialist
  • Tristate Region

Daniel Berman

Director
  • Relief California

Yisrael Slansky

Director
  • Relief Maryland

Yitzchok Abramczyk

Director
  • Relief Montreal

Shlomo Katz

Referral specialist
  • Israel

Jonny Ross

Director
  • UK

Medical Advisory Board

JOHN T. WALKUP M.D.

Vice Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Director, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • New York-Presbyterian Hospital / Weill Cornell Medical Center

ELLIOT S. GERSHON, M.D.

Professor and Chair, Department of Psychiatry; Professor of Human Genetics
  • University of Chicago

MICHAEL JENIKE, M.D.

Professor of Psychiatry
  • Harvard Medical School
Director Psychiatric Neuroscience Program
  • Massachusetts General Hospital

MICHAEL LIEBOWITZ, M.D.

Director, Anxiety Disorders Clinic
  • New York State Psychiatric Institute
Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
  • Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

GLENN HIRSCH, M.D.

Medical Director
  • New York University Child Study Center
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
  • New York University School of Medicine

PHILIP J. WILNER, M.D.

Vice President and Medical Director of Behavioral Health
  • New York Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell Medical Center
Executive Vice-Chair, Department of Psychiatry
  • Weill Medical College of Cornell University

CATHERINE BIRNDORF, M.D.

Program Director, Payne Whitney Women’s Program
  • New York Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell Medical Center
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
  • Weill Medical College of Cornell University

DAVID PELCOVITZ, PH.D.

Director of Psychology
  • North Shore University Hospital
Clinical Professor of Psychiatry
  • New York University School of Medicine

KATHARINE L. LOEB, PH.D.

Professor, School of Psychology , PhD Program in Clinical Psychology
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University

MICHELLE FRIEDMAN, M.D.

Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry
  • Mount Sinai School of Medicine

EDNA B. FOA, PH.D.

Director, Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety; Clinical Professor of Psychiatry
  • University of Pennsylvania

CHARLES A. KAUFMANN, M.D., D.F.A.P.A.

Clinical Professor of Psychiatry
  • Columbia University