Meet Our Team

 
Rabbi Mike Friedman
M.Ed, LPC

Wellness Rabbi and Cofounder

at Nafshi

Rabbi Michael Friedman, M.Ed., L.P.C., attended CES/JDS, the largest non-denominational Jewish Day School in the US where he sang in their inaugural a capella group and was co-captain of his Varsity Basketball Team.  He completed a B.A. at the University of Maryland, where he co-founded a human rights organization to oppose the brainwashing of child soldiers around the world.   He studied Talmudic law and Jewish Philosophy in Yeshiva Darche Noam/David Shapell College of Jewish Studies and completed a Bachelor of Talmudic Law at Ner Israel Rabbinical College.  He has rabbinical ordination from the late Rabbis Gedalia Dov Schwartz and Zalman Nechemia Goldberg, zt'l, two great spiritual luminaries of the generation.  Friedman holds a Master’s of Education in Counseling from the University of North Texas at Dallas. He has worked as a community rabbi, Jewish educator, and mental health therapist in Dallas, TX.  He served as the Dallas Chapter Coordinator for Yachad - The National Jewish Council for Disabilities, and  taught Judaic Studies in Conservative, Reform, Reconstructionist, and Orthodox institutions.  He is a licensed mental health therapist with specialized training in obsessive thinking, compulsive behavior, infertility, and relationship attunement.  He has facilitated intergroup dialogue at the Jewish Community Center of Dallas and spearheaded a "Faith and Friendship" initiative between Black and Jewish communities in the US with a focus on Collective, Intergenerational Trauma.  He has published articles in Dallas Jewish Monthly and Mental Health Match.

Nikki infuses her creativity in everything she touches. Born in Chicago, she graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a B.S in Mathematics. Nikki then continued on to Johns Hopkins University where she received her M.A.T in Secondary Education.  She has been teaching high school mathematics since 2007, including teaching in public school in Baltimore as well as Akiba Yavneh Academy of Dallas. She also founded her own art business, Nicole Friedman Studio, where she creates original paintings, resin Judaica, and teaches others as well.

Nikki is passionate about personal growth and Jewish thought, loves the creative and visual arts, yoga, meditation, reading tons of blogs on nutrition and healthy eating, and tries to learn something new from everyone she meets. Nikki is married to Rabbi Mike Friedman and lives in Ramat Bet Shemesh, Israel, with their children.

 
Nikki Friedman

M.A.T

Creative Director and Cofounder

at Nafshi

 
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A native Texan, David Rachman attended Pearce High School, and then continued with his undergraduate studies in Finance and Marketing at the University of Texas in Austin.

After working in the business world for several years, he had an opportunity to begin working with individuals with Autism in ABA therapy. This led to a shift in career and returning back to the University of Texas at Dallas to receive his Master’s in Neuroscience and Cognition, interning at the non-Pareil Autism institute and working in the University's Development of Social Cognition Autism Lab.

The Summer before graduating he spent time learning in Shapell’s Darche Noam Yeshiva in Israel, and returned after graduating to learn in Bircas HaTorah in the Old City of Jerusalem. He has been inspired to keep up his Talmudic studies on a daily basis and maintains a close relationship with his Rabbis. 

When Nafshi began, David experienced Jewish meditation for the first time and became an avid follower of the meditation groups. He kept up his practice and this helped him become more conscious and aware and enhance his wellness. He presently works as the Nafshi Coordinator connecting individuals with wellness groups that can be of benefit to them.

David Rachman
Nafshi Coordinator
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Beth is the Program Director and Clinician of Breast Cancer Support at Jewish Family Service (JFS) since 2007.   She is a breast cancer survivor herself.  At JFS, she facilitates support groups for women survivors of cancer and provides individual counseling for women and couples. 

 

A few years ago, Beth became a registered yoga instructor.  Through JFS, she now facilitates a meditative yoga therapy for women at the JCC, as well as chair yoga with a laugh therapy component.

 

Beth obtained her BA at Texas A & M University in College Station with her junior year abroad in Israel. She obtained her MS at University of North Texas in Denton. 

 

Beth, together with her husband, began her journey to return to her Jewish roots after they became married.  They were married ten years before having children.  She and her husband consider parenthood a personal miracle in their lives.  They are blessed to have twin daughters and a son. 

 

In her spare time, Beth likes to cook and entertain guests on Friday nights, shop with her girls, and hang out at home just being a mom.

Beth Broodo
MS, LPC, RYT
 
Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb

Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb, one of the foremost leaders in Jewish life in North America and worldwide, is Executive Vice President, Emeritus of the Orthodox Union, following more than seven years as Executive Vice President.  In that role, he combined the skills of pulpit rabbi, scholar, and clinical psychologist to provide extraordinary leadership to the organization and to Orthodox Judaism worldwide.

 

Rabbi Weinreb received his rabbinic ordination in 1962 from the Rabbi Jacob Joseph Yeshiva in New York and served as spiritual leader of Congregation Shomrei Emunah in Baltimore for 13 years, building the congregation from 160 to more than 400 families before coming to the OU. In addition, he has a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Maryland and served as a psychotherapist for mental health organizations for many years while also maintaining a private practice. His positions included roles as school psychologist for Prince George’s County Public Schools in Maryland and as Chief Psychologist of the Potomac Foundation for Mental Health.

Rabbi Weinreb continues to travel extensively, and to write essays and commentaries for a wide variety of resources.

Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb
Rabbinic Advisor

Board of Directors

 

Sarah Graubard

Gail Herson

Dror Yahalom

David Zoller

Meet our board