Rabbi Dov Silver is Executive V. P. of Madraigos Midwest and founder of the Madraigos organization. With offices in New York and Chicago, Madraigos provides a wide array of innovative programs and services designed for teens and young adults who are unable to cope with the everyday challenges of life. Rabbi Silver has worked extensively with struggling teens for the past 20 years. He effectively guided and mentored thousands of teens and young adults and often sought after for guidance from other communities nationwide. Madraigos Midwest has been established and overseen by Rabbi Silver and the Board of Directors since its inception in September 2009. His direct involvement with the Board of Directors and staff of Madraigos Midwest has proven essential to the stability and growth of this premier resource for the Chicago Jewish Community.
Rabbi Jerry Lob, Psy.D received his Smicha (Rabbinical Ordination) from Beth Medrash Govoha in Lakewood, NJ, in 1984. Rabbi Dr. Lob was a high school rabbi teaching courses in Talmud and Jewish Philosophy at Ida Crown Jewish Academy from 1987-1993. After receiving his Doctor of Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology in 1993, he became the School Psychologist at Ida Crown Jewish Academy until starting his private practice in 1998. Rabbi Dr. Lob is a nationally renowned lecturer on the topics of marriage, parenting, relationships, education, Jewish Philosophy and psychology.
Rabbi Dr. Lob has been the Clinical Supervisor of Madraigos Midwest since its inception in September 2009. He makes certain that the clinical assessments and crises are handled with the utmost clinical professionalism. Additionally, he facilitates the weekly Parent Support Group.
After spending 3 years studying in Israel, Yankie graduated from Touro College with a major in Psychology. He continued his education at the Wurzweiler School of Social Work and earned his Master’s in Social Work.
After 3 yrs of successful work at TOVA Mentoring Program, in which he became a supervisor, Yankie took his skills, training, and experience working with teenagers to The Yatzkan Center, then in Mount Vernon, NY. The Yatzkan Center was a drug and alcohol rehabilitation treatment facility servicing Jewish adolescents from around the world. Yankie was a Primary Counselor of the program and engaged the residents in individual therapy as well as group therapy.
In August 2006, Yankie moved to Los Angeles to become the Clinical Director of Adolescent Services of Aish Tamid of Los Angeles. He played a vital role with all Aish Tamid programming and services including designing and developing Pardes Academy and Aish Tamid’s Teen Drop-In Center. Yankie was also the school-based therapist in YULA Boys High School for Aleinu. Additionally, he was a Board of Behavioral Sciences registered Associate Clinical Social Worker in the state of California.
Yankie and his family moved to Chicago in August 2009 upon accepting the position of Clinical Director of Madraigos Midwest. He is responsible for the oversight of all clinical and programming services of Madraigos, including assessing and evaluating cases of teens and young adults, providing support, referrals, case management, therapeutic mentoring, prevention programs and crisis intervention. He brings his experience of establishing and running effective recreational programming and implements those principles in Madraigos Midwest.
Rachel Karesh, LCSW, holds a Masters degree in Social Work from Yeshiva University’s, Wurzweiler School of Social Work. Having lived in Israel for a number of years, Rachel worked as intern social worker at both Shaarei Tzedek Hospital and Tikva, a therapeutic seminary for kids-at-risk. Upon finishing her internships, she was approached to be part of the administrative team of Meor Hatorah Seminary in Israel, to serve as the individual responsible for the mental health of the students. She worked there for two years until she returned to Chicago.
Since her return, Rachel served as the school social worker for Hillel Torah North Suburban Day School in 2009-2010. Additionally, she has worked as the camp social worker at Moshava Wild Rose for the past 6 years. She is now working as the clinical director for the girls division at Madraigos Midwest and is responsible for developing and seeing through the girls’ program. She has created prevention programming for girls both in and out of schools. Additionally, she is responsible for the assessments, case management and crisis intervention of our referred teens.
Rabbi Dovid Sukenik has served as Administrative Director at Madraigos Midwest since March of 2012. The majority of his education and work experience has been in the Chicago Jewish community, of which he has been an active part since 1998. After completing his Bachelors’ degree in Judaic Studies and Semicha (rabbinic ordination) at Hebrew Theological College, Rabbi Sukenik stayed on at the College working in the development office writing grant proposals and creating promotional literature. In 2008 he joined the Skokie Community Kollel as Program Director. There his responsibilities included program development and implementation, public relations, fundraising and teaching. In his present role at Madraigos, directing administration, fundraising and public relations, Rabbi Sukenik is glad to be able to use his organizational and communication skills and experience to help the community in a most meaningful way.