• Administrative Staff
  • Elise Slobodin, Interim Executive Director
    Elise Slobodin

    Interim Executive Director

    Elise Slobodin, MSW, is a passionate advocate for all vulnerable and marginalized populations. She comes to SJCC after 20 years at UJA-Federation of New York’s Caring Department, most recently as Director of Strategy and Operations, where she and the Caring team made strategic grants to address human service needs in New York, Israel and the former Soviet Union. Prior to UJA, Elise launched volunteer and community services programming at the 14th Street Y of the Educational Alliance, and also worked at the New York Association for New Americans (NYANA) helping resettle Jewish refugees from the former Soviet Union and other populations. Elise received her Bachelors in International Studies from University of North Carolina and her Masters in Social Work from Yeshiva University.

  • Liba Shakhman
    Liba Shakhman

    Administrative Officer/Executive Assistant

    Liba came to the United States from Ukraine. She has over 18 years of experience working with the director/executive director including administration, operation of the different agency programs and coordination of ESL Program. Liba holds a B.S. in Speech and Communication and an M.S. in Education with an emphasis on Administrative Leadership. She is a licensed notary public and Best Plus Certified for ESL programs. Her main goal is to be effective in her assistance to adults and children.

  • Case Workers
  • Anna Gorodestsky

    Anna has been working at SJCC since February 1992. She graduated from Odessa State University, Ukraine and has a Masters Degree in Teaching. Anna works predominantly with our immigration clients. For those eligible she helps with a wide range of immigration issues. Anna loves art, literature, architecture and traveling. She speaks Russian, Ukrainian and Polish.

  • Yeva Yarusskaya

    Yeva has worked at SJCC for 17 years. She holds an MSW from Adelphi University. She speaks both Russian and English to better serve her clients. She specializes in advocacy to help our clients.

  • Inna Zozulya

    Inna has been at SJCC since 2015 after doing her MSW internship at the agency. She got her MSW degree at Fordham University. Inna is from the Ukraine. She Now helps older adults in practical ways and works specifically on SJCCs Holocaust Survivor programing.

  • Bela Raykina

    Bela came to New York from Minsk, Belarus 27 years ago and joined Shorefront JCC in 2001.
    She earned her diploma from Foreign Language college in Minsk. Bela speaks English, German, Russian, Belorussian and Yiddish.
    She received social services education at the Institute for Children and Families in New York, and has also received training certificates from Department for the Aging.
    Bela runs SJCC’s Homebound case Management program and helps clients
    in their homes with all the services that they would be able to obtain in our office.

  • Magdalina Friedman

    Magda came to the United States from Ukraine in 1977. She has a Masters Degree in Language and Literature from Uzhgorod University. Magda speaks Russian and English and is able to help SJCC clients with translations.

  • Food Pantry
  • Leah Mikhli

    Food Program Coordinator

    Leah manages every aspect of SJCCs two food pantry locations. Leah orders all of the food items for the pantry based on the likes and needs of our population, as well as manages volunteers and food distribution to the needy. She screens, enrolls and recertifies clients for FS(SNAP), using Access NYC and the city POS systems. She emigrated from Ukraine in 1974 and speaks Russian, Yiddish and Ukrainian. She holds a Bachelors of Science degree, majoring in Psychology, from Brooklyn College, and has extensive experience in advocating for mentally disabled individuals. She also has experience in home care services.

  • Albina Ashkhatsava

    Food Pantry SNAP Enroller/Volunteer Coordinator

    Albina came to the USA from Ukraine more than 20 years ago. She earned her diploma from Commerce College in Kiev.
    Within a short time of moving to the United States she found a position at Safico USA, Inc warehouse.
    After working at SAFICO Albina was ready for a different field and became a Program Assistant at FEGS Human Services System.
    Albina joined SJCC in 2016 in the Food program department as a Food Pantry SNAP Enroller/Volunteer Coordinator and provides ongoing support to our team of volunteers.
    Albina assists the Food Program coordinator and helps run the Client Choice Pantry program.

I came to the US in 2011 from Uzbekistan and started ESL classes at SJCC in 2012. I first became a home attendant and because of the skills I learned at SJCC I was able to help my clients navigate situations in English. I was then able to take a course to become a hair dresser. I now work at a salon in Manhattan. This is all because of the ESL classes I was able to take at SJCC.