• Administrative Staff
  • Larisa Boas, SFJCC Executive Director
    Larisa Boas

    Executive Director

  • 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 was the breadwinner for my family. I was a truck driver but for a long time I experienced severe pain in my leg. The pain turned out to be cancer and I was not able to return to my job. We soon fell behind on our rent and started getting threatening eviction notices. I had heard about SJCC from a friend and stopped in to see if there was anything they could do to help my family. I was connected with an attorney who helped me in court and stay our eviction. I the worked with my case manager to apply for emergency financial assistance to help pay the rent arrears. We also were able to get food assistance through the food pantry. Without SJCC we would not have been able to get through this challenging time in our lives.