Director, Robbie Sassoon received his Bachelor’s in Psychology from Yeshiva College and his MSW from Wurzweiler School of Social Work. Before Crossroads, Robbie has led programs for Jewish youth including at the Riverdale Jewish Center, S.A.R. Academy, Camp Moshava, and Bnei Akiva, as well as facilitated innovative programming on substance abuse, parenting, and teens at risk. He is an innovator — bringing together creativity, an entrepreneurial spirit, and administrative experience with his love of working with youth. Robbie made aliyah in 2008, when he led the English Division at Lander Institute to create a vibrant community for Anglos pursuing an education in English in Israel. Robbie became the director of Crossroads in May of 2010 and in his role has spearheaded key new programs including Crossroads’ crisis hotline and Mobile Unit. His influence has expanded Crossroads’ reach and increased the quality of its services.
Crossroads Theater Shed Artistic Producer, CB Davies moved to Israel in 2003 when he was 16 years old from New Jersey. He studied Government at IDC with a background in conflict resolution and trained in theater in NYC. He has been teaching drama at Crossroads since 2017. He has been very involved in the JET community having acted, produced, and designed for over 20 productions in Jerusalem. He believes in developing skills and bringing people together through the arts.
Social Worker, Mimi Tepper made Aliya from Dallas, Texas to Jerusalem in 2021. Mimi received a Bachelors and Masters in Social Work at the University of Texas Arlington (UTA). Mimi is also a licensed Social Worker through the State of Texas. As a student, Mimi worked at a middle school for kids at risk and poverty stricken, she provided individual & Group therapy as well as assisted them with basic social needs.In addition, whilst counseling at the school Mimi specialised and headed therapy for the LGBTQ community. Throughout her Masters, Mimi completed her training at a psychiatric facility in Denton, Texas where she continued working there as a program therapist in the in-patient and out-patient programs helping individuals while in crisis. She also worked at Denton County MHMR in the Mobile Crisis Overnight Team where Mimi would assess the intensity of crisis per individual and determine the level of care. Mimi joined the Crossroads team in 2021 as a social worker.
Social Worker & Community Engagement, Reuven Hyman made Aliyah from Teaneck, New Jersey with his wife in 2013. After finishing his Bachelor of Art’s, Reuven completed his Master’s in Social Work with a specialization in Community Organization and Administration. Before joining Crossroads in 2016, Reuven worked in various professional leadership capacities in the not-for-profit sector. His extensive professional experience encompasses program planning and development, financial resource development, organizational development and strategic planning.
Social Worker & Programing and Chasmonaim Coordinator, Gavi Lankin grew up in Highland Park, New Jersey. After completing her B.A. in English literature and Gender Studies, she earned her M.S.W. from Hunter College, graduating with a certificate in Mental Health practice. As a student, Gavi worked at a Public Middle School in Bronx, NY, with a caseload of clients from disadvantaged homes. She also completed a placement at North Central Bronx Hospital, providing therapy for adults with Mental Illness. After graduation, Gavi worked on the administration for NJ NCSY, focusing on mentorship and training of staff members, and programming. Before her aliyah in 2017, she worked for two years in Promesa’s Outpatient Psychiatry clinic, working with adults and young adults. Before joining as a Crossroads social worker in 2018, Gavi completed a year of Family Therapy training, at the Family Institute in Neve Yerushalayim.
Art Therapist, Miles Reading grew up in Australia and later settled in Boston, where he received a B.F.A. from Massachusetts College of Art with a concentration in Art and Community Education. Miles worked as a high school art teacher at Cambridge Ridge and Latin and Arlington high school. In Israel, he attended Yeshiva Aish Hatorah, and has worked at Nesiya, Emmunah Ve’omanut, Young Judea, Musrara, and Retorno Rehabilitation Facility as an art therapist. Miles is a certified PhotoVoice facilitator and teaches aspiring therapists how to integrate the creative arts, specifically art therapy, into their practices. Miles began working at Crossroads in 2010 as a street outreach art program leader, and more recently joined the staff of social workers. Miles lived for a year in a mud hut, tracked lowland mountain Gorillas and now resides in the Old City of Jerusalem with his wife and children.
Crossroads Theater Shed Artistic Director, Eliana Sanders made Aliyah from Teneck, New Jersey to Chashmonaim when she was 12 years old. Throughout the years, she developed her theater skills: She is a trained medical clown, studied theater in Aspaklaria, and was the creative director for the arts in Camp Stone in which she wrote, produced, and directed the summer production. Having graduated from Bar-Ilan University with a BA in Special Education and English Literature, Eliana is a passionate believer that theater can have a profound impact on one’s life in and out of the classroom.
Social Worker & Outreach Coordinator, Daniel Sasson made Aliyah in 2003 from his hometown Miami. After completing his army service, he earned his B.A. in Social Work at Bar Ilan University in 2019. As a student, he worked with a variety of different people in the Social Services Department in Jerusalem. He then worked as a therapist and group facilitator at the “Yad Sarah” Family Center in Jerusalem. Daniel joined Crossroads in 2019.
Social Worker & Job Center Coordinator, Mira Schneider grew up in Toronto, Canada. After completing her B.A. in Humanities Studies from York University, she earned her M.S.W. from Wurzweiler, graduating with a certificate in Trauma Informed Practice. As a student, Mira worked at the Tachana L’briut Hanefesh, a mental health clinic in Jerusalem, providing individual counselling for people suffering from mental illness. She also completed a placement at Darkaynu, counselling young adults with special needs, while teaching a weekly social skills workshop to assist in their integration into adult life. In Toronto, Mira worked as an NCSY advisor, creating lesson plans for teenage students, while providing emotional support. She was also part of an multidisciplinary team in an out-patient care program at Baycrest hospital, creating weekly educational programs for clients and communicating client needs to family members. For the first two years following aliya, Mira worked as as a madricha in a seminary – working closely with post-high school students, providing emotional support throughout their year in Israel. Mira joined the Crossroads team in 2019.
Clinical Supervisor, Anna Simon grew up in the Philadelphia area and earned her B.A. in Humanistic Studies from McGill University in Montreal, and her M.S.W. with a clinical focus from the University of Pennsylvania in 1999. Prior to her Aliyah, Anna interned at the Horsham Clinic’s adolescent and child psychiatric day hospital and worked for two years in the counseling office of Jewish Family and Children’s Services of Greater Philadelphia while also serving as a school consultant for two Jewish Day schools under the auspices of JFCS. After moving to Israel in 2001, Anna was one of the initial members of Crossroads staff, and worked as a Crossroads social worker from 2002-2005. Since 2005, Anna has established and maintained a private clinical practice specializing in young adults, trauma, anxiety, depression, and acting out behaviors. She has also been a member of the clinical staff of Mercaz Givanim, the Counseling Center for the Binyamin Regional Council. Anna returned to Crossroads in 2011 as a Clinical Supervisor.
Social Worker & Assistant Director, Natan Sorensen was born in New York, and his family made aliyah in 1994. Since then he has been based in Jerusalem. Growing up in Jerusalem, and experiencing what it’s like to be an immigrant English speaker in Israel, allowed Natan to become especially attuned to the experiences of English speaking young adults in Israel. Natan earned his B.A. in religious studies from Bard College, and his M.S.W. from Yeshiva University’s Wurzweiler School of Social Work. Natan began his career at Crossroads as a student intern during his first year of social work studies. He spent his second year of internship with the Jerusalem Mental Health Clinic, an outpatient clinic where he worked with adults living with mental illness. Natan joined the Crossroads staff in 2017.
Before finding his place in the field of social work, Natan worked as a video production assistant in Hawaii. He also spent time volunteering in an orphanage in Ethiopia, and with a sea turtle rescue project in Costa Rica.
Artists on Natan’s iTunes playlist right now: Koffee, Migos, Khruangbin, Tupac, Teebs, Tycho and Lusine.
Clinical Supervisor, Orli Tveria was born in Los Angeles, made aliyah in high school, received a Bachelors in social work from Hebrew University, received a Masters in social work from Bar Ilan University, and is a certified CBT therapist. Orli started working at Crossroads in 2004 in various positions including social worker, program and volunteer coordinator, assistant director. At the present, she supervises social workers and students and has a private practice in Jerusalem.