Sanhedria’s professional staff works with municipalities around the country and their departments of social services, as well as treating psychologists, psychiatrists and physicians. In addition to our in-house social workers, psychologist and art therapist, each child has a case worker assigned to him via the local municipality from where he was referred.

Mrs. Nechama Shapiro
Mrs. Nechama ShapiroEducational Director
Mrs. Nechama Shapiro has been the Educational Director since 1996. She previously served in Jerusalem’s municipality for seventeen years as director of educational programs for disadvantaged youth and ran seminars in impoverished neighborhoods on effective parenting skills. Mrs. Shapiro, the beloved mother figure to all, meets with each child, his social worker and parent/s and monitors their absorption as well as their physical, academic and emotional welfare. The Educational Director also administers the professional and therapeutic staff.
Arye Miller
Arye MillerDirector of Therapeutic Programming
Arye Miller, a native Jerusalemite, served in the Israel Defense Forces in the framework of the Hesder program, where he learned at the prestigious Yeshivat Hakotel. He earned his BA in Social Work at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and subsequently completed a Masters Program at Bar Ilan University in Clinical Social Work. Prior to joining Sanhedria in 1999, Mr. Miller worked for ten years as a social worker for children and adolescents for the Ministry of Health. Today, Mr. Miller supervises and coaches Sanhedria’s therapeutic programming and personnel. He also heads the therapeutic department at the Summit Institute in Jerusalem a center for young adults at high risk with disabilities and psychiatric disorders.
Yoel Nuriel
Yoel NurielPsychotherapist
Yoel is a ninth generation Jerusalemite. He is a graduate of Yeshivat Har Etzion and served in the IDF’s tank unit. Yoel earned his BA in Jewish Philosophy and an MA in Social Work from the Hebrew University. He also has certification from Bar Ilan University. In his treatment of Sanhedria’s children, Yoel uses the highly successful play therapy technique that enables them to bring their inner world to surface as their feelings of anger, pain, rage and disappointment are identified. Our children’s orbit is a painful, tumultuous existence and empowering them with skills to cope with their distress is a valuable tool they will have for life.
David Vaknin
David Vaknin Social Worker
David is a native Israeli who spent some childhood years in South America when he parents were stationed there by the Jewish Agency. David earned his Bachelor’s degree in Social Work at a division of Bar Ilan University in 2012 at which time he gained employment in a youth hostel in Kfar Yeladim. David has been at Sanhedria since 2012 and is the Social Worker for our two teen divisions. David earned his M.A .in clinical Social Work from the Hebrew University.
Professional Programming
Professional Programming
Afternoon activities include an array of creative opportunities such as carpentry and music classes, swimming and martial arts. A special education teacher works with the children daily, both in intimate groups and on one-on-one, helping them with their homework assignments and preparing for tests. In addition, there is a program with the participation of The Hebrew University which sends its best to advance our children in reading comprehension, math and English language skills. The kids are also provided with art and music therapy.