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Mendel has been working in mental health and youth crisis support for over ten years now – running programs in Israel, Canada, Australia, the USA and now back in his hometown of Manchester.


Most recently, he ran Aliya Youth for three years in Australia and has now launched this service for the youth of our diverse Jewish community in Greater Manchester.

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Shmulie Simon

Boys co-ordinator 

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Francesca has always been active in the charity sector.  She began her work with Chabad Lubavitch over four years ago, working for Chabad Community Care, and is now supporting Aliyah Youth as well.

“Making people happy is what brings a smile to my face.”  Always putting others first is how Francesca lives her life, and she loves to help bring out the best in people.

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Esther voluntarily gives her time to run the Girls’ Recovery Program. With vast experience in this field and strong networking skills, Esther works tirelessly to access mentoring, coaching and guidance for the young women who need it most.

Esther’s passion and genuine care for the girls’ wellbeing have made a huge impact on those needing this support within the community.  Thanks to this program, they now have the tools to overcome life’s challenges in a healthy, productive and safe way.

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Dev Simon

Girls' Program Co-ordinator

Dev is the girls program coordinator and  has  brought in a whole range of fun and exciting activities from creative arts to recreational nights and trips.


Her fun and energetic personality has really opened up the girls division and forged many trusting relationships with the girls. Dev has a wide array of experience with crisis cross  various areas of support the girls need.

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Trustees & Advisors

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Chairman & Trustee

Raymond ran one of Manchester’s leading law firms for thirty years, and he has kindly come out of retirement to chair our charity.

With vast experience in people-management, the Law, and his flair for diplomacy and leadership, Raymond is a natural fit as our Chairman.  His calm, down to earth approach together with his passionate vision for Aliya Youth have been the driving force for the charity since its inception.

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Safeguarding and Compliance Officer

Through his career in Engineering Consultancy, Michael has considerable experience in project management and regulatory procedures. 


His pragmatic approach and diligence benefit the charity beyond measure.


In his spare time, Michael is also involved in Holocaust education and remembrance.

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Shlucha and Co-Director of Chabad Lubavitch, Rochel has co-founded a number charities supporting children and young adults.

Rochel has an open heart, an open home and is the proud mother of 13 children KNH.  Her sensitivity, empathy and attention to detail are a huge asset to the Aliyah Youth team, especially when dealing with fragile situations.



Clinical Advisor and Consultant Lead

Dr Friedman qualified in Medicine in London before training in Psychiatry in Oxford and Nottingham.  He was appointed as Consultant Psychiatrist for Leicestershire hospitals in 1990, where his remit included psychiatric emergencies and self-harm services.

Dr Friedman’s key areas of interest are around the psychological aspects of physical disease, perinatal mental illness, neuropsychiatry, childhood sexual abuse and cancer.

Former Chair of the Comprehensive Local Research Network and Deputy Lead for the Heart of England Mental Health Research Network,  Dr Friedman generously gives his time and expertise to the charity.

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