Rachie Karesh, LCSW
Rachel Karesh, LCSW, holds a Masters degree in Social Work from Yeshiva University’s Wurzweiler School of Social Work. Rachie has worked and excelled in Social Work over the past 15 years. Her experience includes working as a social worker in a therapeutic post high school program for at-risk teens, providing mental health support and mentorship at Meor HaTorah Seminary in Israel, working as a school social worker at Hillel Torah North Suburban Day School, and working as the camp social worker at Moshava Wild Rose.
For the past 10 years, Rachie has worked as the Clinical Director at Madraigos Midwest. She has developed a full-service organization that provides children, teens, and young adults with prevention, enrichment and intervention services. Rachie was instrumental in the building and opening of the Mozes and Helen Stern Counseling Center at Madraigos Midwest and was responsible for all assessments, counseling, and crisis intervention of the teens referred to the Counseling Center.
Rachie now serves as the Executive Director of Madraigos Midwest. In her new role, she is responsible for designing, developing and implementing strategic plans for the organization. As well, she manages the day-to-day operations of the organization including staff relationship management, collaboration with the Board of Directors of Madraigos, all in an effort to reach new heights and help even more families in more comprehensive ways.
Lynn Shyman, LCSW
Lynn is a psychotherapist with certification in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She was formerly the Director of Counseling Services in the Skokie Center of Jewish Child and Family Services where she provided clinical supervision, staff training, and administrative oversight.
Lynn also works with children and families in the midst of divorce and other family challenges. As a trained divorce mediator, Lynn has been a referring member of the Mediation Council of Illinois. Lynn looks forward to working with the staff starting in August 2020 working in the Mozes and Helen Stern Counseling Center.
Shuli Tsadok, LCSW
Shuli Tsadok, LCSW, received her masters in social work from Yeshiva University’s Wurzweiler School of Social Work. Shuli completed her first year of her internship training in Israel. Shuli spent her second year as an intern at Madraigos Midwest. Under the guidance of Madraigos Midwest, she worked as a clinician in Arie Crown Hebrew Day School and Ida Crown Jewish Academy where she provided individual counseling and educational programming for students. After finishing her Masters degree, Shuli continued working in Ida Crown Jewish Academy as the school social worker for seven years. Shuli worked with students on an individual basis and also taught the Barry and Harriet Ray Steps to Healthy Living Curriculum. Shuli re-joined the Madraigos staff in July 2017 as a Clinician for our Mozes and Helen Stern Counseling Center. Shuli is looking forward to expanding her role at Madraigos as the new full time Clinical Director.
Shira Berkowitz, LCSW
Director of School Based Services and Clinician
Shira Berkowitz, LCSW, graduated from the Jane Addams School of Social Work at The University of Illinois and Chicago. While in school, Shira founded and directed a mentorship program in Hanna Sacks Bais Yaakov, Chicago. She then moved to New York and worked at Ohel Children’s Home and Family Services as a social worker in the Preventative Care Department.
In 2003, Shira joined The SAFE Foundation as a Prevention Skills teacher for their Project SAFE School Program, then became Director of the Program in 2010. While working with Project SAFE, Shira also served as the School Social Worker in Magen David High School for a number of years. In March of 2019 the Proejct SAFE School Program changed hands, and Shira became the Program Director of both Darcheinu and Our Path SEL under Amudim. In the summers Shira works at Camp Nageelah Midwest as the camp Social Worker. Shira also maintains a private practice for young adults.
Shira returned to Chicago in July 2015 where she lives with her husband and 6 children. She joined the Madraigos Midwest team as the Director of School-Based Programs, working to implement the Barry and Harriet Ray Steps to Healthy Living Curriculum in all the local participating Jewish day schools. In her position at Madraigos, Shira works with each school to tailor-make a curriculum that fits with their schedules and their unique needs as a school community. She is responsible for the training and consultation with all of the teachers/guidance staff and implementing the Madraigos prevention classes in the schools. She also sees adolescent clients as a clinician in our Counseling Center.
Rabbi Yechiel Bresler – MMHC
Assistant Director of School Based Services and Clinician
Yechiel Bresler is originally from St. Louis, MO. He spent two years in Yeshiva in Sha’alvim in Israel, after which he studied at Yeshiva University. He recently completed his Master’s in Mental Health Counseling from Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology. For the past 2 years, Yechiel has worked in 2 Modern Orthodox Boys High School’s Guidance Department’s on the east coast. He was also previously Rabbinic Intern at Rinat Yisrael, a Shul in Teaneck, NJ. Yechiel and his wife Davina served as the OU-JLIC Fellows at Rutgers for one year as well.
Yechiel is joining the Madraigos team, Septemeber 2019, as a Clinician and a facilitator for our Steps to Healthy Living curriculum. In addition to his work at Madraigos, Yechiel is the Assistant Rabbi at Congregation KINS in West Rogers Park. Yechiel moved to Chicago this summer with his wife Davina and their two sons; Tani and Tzachi.
Manager of Operations
Aimee came to work for Madraigos in Sept of 2018. Before that for twelve years, Aimee owned and operated a children’s Designer Consignment store in Highland Park called Principessa. Aimee closed the doors of her own shop of 12 years and began working for Madraigos Midwest as their Manager of Operations. She has a Bachelor’s from Tulane University and majored in English and Jewish Studies. Aimee is married to her husband Andy for 26 years and has a freshman daughter Chloe at Michigan State University. In her free time she is active in Hadassah and currently sits on their National Young Leadership Council.