In the world today, there are millions of children without a home. It is one of the most striking tragedies of our time. Without access to basic necessities, without access to a warm bed, or running water, millions of children are left to fend for themselves. It is a cruel, vicious way to grow up.
In Jewish history, some of our greatest heroes have been orphans or grew up with adoptive families or in foster homes. The greatest teacher in history, Moses, was raised in a foreign household. Even the great prophetess Esther (pictured above) was an orphan.
We have the power to stop this crisis. We can do so much to brighten the life of a child, to give him or her a safe environment to grow, to learn, to love. Join YATOM: The Jewish Foster & Adoption Network in the mitzvah of loving vulnerable children.
To see how you can help, contact us at YATOM613@gmail.com
Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz
Founder & President
Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz is the Founder and President of YATOM (Jewish foster and adoption network),
the President & Dean of the Valley Beit Midrash (Jewish pluralistic adult learning & leadership),
the Founder & President of Uri L’Tzedek (Jewish Social Justice),
the Founder and CEO of Shamayim (Jewish animal advocacy),
and the author of 19 books on Jewish ethics.
Newsweek named Rav Shmuly one of the top 50 rabbis in America
and the Forward named him one of the 50 most influential Jews.
Caron Blau Rothstein - Program Manager - Caron is a seasoned Jewish professional committed to meeting community members where they are and helping to facilitate their Jewish journeys. Her career has spanned both coasts including twelve years of living, studying and working in Baltimore and currently living and working in Portland, Oregon since August 2007. Her work has ranged from creating hands-on volunteerism programs to running Jewish and interfaith parent education series to operating a community mikvah and planning a large scale intergenerational trip to Israel. She and husband Ari are the proud and devoted parents of three wonderful sons who are slowly but surely leaving the nest. In her spare time Caron is devoted to reading, Zumba, yoga, the kitchen and her rescue dog Seymour.
Anna Abramyan - Finance Manager - Anna Abramyan holds a B.S. in Economics & Trading and a M.S. in Economics & Finance. She worked as a COO/Finance Manager at a jewelry company for 7 years in Moscow before moving to New York City with her family 5 years ago. In New York, she was taking courses on the basis of accounting in Intuit, and now she is a certified ProAdvisor. Her career as Accountant/full charge bookkeeper spans across different fields including but not limited to pharmaceuticals, HVAC, E-commerce, and non-profit.
David Lilienfeld is a Senior Investment Analyst at Three Bridges Capital, a global investment manager based in New York. In addition, he serves as Director of Corporate Development & Strategy for Ameelio, a nonprofit focused on disrupting the prison telecommunications industry by decoupling incarceration and profit. David is also active as a Volunteer Mentor with Y Tu Tambien, a program focused on increasing access to higher education for Latinx & 1st-gen students. Previously, David worked in Investment Banking at Macquaire Capital in New York and in European Public Affairs for Novartis AG in Brussels. A graduate of SAR High School, he holds a BA in History, with distinction, from Yale University and an MPhil in Political Thought from the University of Cambridge. Outside of work, David is a passionate fan of the Grateful Dead and an avid squash player.
Mike Morrison is a practicing trial attorney in Chicago, Illinois. He is married and has three children. He enjoys spending time with his family, golfing, traveling and playing basketball. Mike obtained his undergraduate degree from Northern Illinois University, where he studied on a four-year athletic scholarship. Mike played Division I Men’s Basketball for four years and was the team’s co-Captain in his senior year. Mike was awarded the NIU Men’s Basketball Team’s Heart Award in 2003, which is given to the player who demonstrates the most inner drive and determination. He received his J.D. from The John Marshall Law School in 2006. Mike was included on the 2016 Emerging Lawyers Magazine list for Product Liability Defense Law and on the Illinois Super Lawyers-Rising Stars list for 2011.
Rabbinic Advisory Committee
Rabbi Ruven Barkan
Rabbi Cari Bricklin-Small
Rabbi Nate Crane
Rabbi Braham David
Rabbi Diana Gerson
Rabbi Lisa Goldstein
Rabbi Dr. Yitz Greenberg
Rabbi Jarah Greenfield
Rabbi Andy Koren
Rabbi Julie Kozlow
Rabbi Igael Gurin Malous
Rabbi Toby Manewith
Rabbi Roly Matalon
Rabbi Anat Moskowitz
Rabbi Haviva Ner-David
Rabbi Rayzel Raphael
Rabbi Dr. Simcha Raphael
Rabbi Yerachmiel Shapiro
Rabbi Susan Silverman
Rabbi Elyse Wechterman
Rabbi Lina Zerbarini