Shana Aaronson

Executive Director

Shana holds a Bs. in Psychology, as well as certification and training in educational guidance counseling, abuse prevention, and IFS Therapy. Her experience began with mentoring at-risk youth within several programs. She was assistant director at Tzofiah, a residential, therapeutic home for adolescent girls where she supervised staff, co-facilitated DBT group sessions, and coordinated Tzofiah’s administrative needs.

She became the social services coordinator for Magen Child Protective Services, supporting families where children had been physically and sexually abused, then case manager and Magen’s executive director.

Shana volunteers as Jewish marital law coach and birth assistant for women with histories of sexual and physical abuse. She lives with her family in Mateh Yehuda, Israel

Rachel Jacobs

Project Manager, HR, Business consultant

Rachel holds a BA in business management and a MA in organizational consulting. She has worked as an organizational consultant in a variety of institutions, including the Israeli police. She founded a non-profit that offers support for underserved populations and halfway housing for at-risk teens.

Additionally, she worked as a manager of a mental health clinic for at-risk youth, specializing in treatment of teenagers in the chareidi community.

Rachel lives with her family in Bet Shemesh.

Ester Horovits

Clinical director
Esther Horowitz has a Bachelor of Arts degree in special education and a Master of Arts degree in music therapy from Bar-Ilan University. She specializes in providing support to parents, children, and teens who have experienced sexual abuse.
With extensive experience in both therapeutic and administrative aspects of trauma treatment, Esther has made significant contributions to the field. In the past, she founded and skillfully managed the highly regarded “Meital” center in Beitar Illit. Currently, she is undergoing specialized training in couple, family, and sex therapy at the Rotem Center.
Esther and her family currently reside in Jerusalem.

Cigal Gabay

Intake and Assessment Manager

Cigal holds a BA in Education from the University of Western Ontario and a Masters in Education with a special education and educational psychology focus from McGill.

Cigal is certified in Family Systems Therapy, working for many years in education and counseling sex abuse safety for children, in Canada and then Israel through the Ministry of Education. Cigal lives with her spouse and children in Bet Shemesh.

Shimon Bell

Investigations and Advocacy Coordinator

Shimon made aliyah as a child and served in the IDF’s Netzach division as a combat medic. He holds a BA in Behavioral Sciences and Psychology from Ariel University, post-graduate training in criminal profiling, and has completed his internship in the Abarbanel Psychiatric Hospital.Shimon is currently completing his MA in Clinical Criminology at Bar Ilan University.He lives with his spouse in the Jerusalem area.

Odeya Harush

Investigation Director and Coordinator

Odeya holds an associates degree in criminology from the Beis Barel College. She is currently completing her BA in Social Science at the Open University, and has completed continuing education courses in psychology with Prof Yaron Ziv. Before joining the Magen team, Odeya worked as a mentor with at-risk youth. Odeya lives with her daughter in Jerusalem.

Rikki Weiss

Investigation Director and Coordinator

Rikki holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminology from John Jay College in NYC. She worked with at-risk youth and with people struggling with addictions and is passionate about social justice. Rikki recently completed her MSc in Global Crime, Justice and Security from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. She currently lives in Bet Shemesh

Yakov Sela

Director of public and media relations
Yakov holds a BA in media studies and an MA in law from Bar Ilan University.
Yakov began his advocacy on Magen’s behalf in 2018, shortly after the organization supported him in publicizing his own story of abuse. Since that time, Yakov has led all the strategic media work for Magen, and supported hundreds of Magen’s clients in bringing their stories to the public through TV and print media in every channel in the country, as well as many international forums and platforms.
Outside of his work at Magen, Yakov works as as a media and strategic consultant to law firms and politicians.

Gila Rabin

Mental Health Services Case Manager

Gila holds a BSW from Bar Ilan University, and a Masters of Social Work with a concentration in Rehabilitation and Mental Health. Gila’s previous work included providing psychodynamic therapy through the Natan Rehabilitative Hostel, and later providing therapy and case management for clients with mental disabilities, abuse histories, difficult family situations, and anxiety through the Ministry of Welfare.

Since 2015, Gila has worked with the Natan Siud Community Rehabilitation Services Center, where she provided case management services for 250 clients +, and then as the center’s supervisor, overseeing case management and responsible for training and new employee supervision. Gila lives in Raanana with her family.

Mikee Soussan

Director of Educational and Research Programs

As a teenager, Mikee Soussan began speaking publicly on abuse in the Orthodox Jewish community, and so began her career as an advocate. At 16, she made aliyah from New Jersey, and served as an officer in the IDF for three years.

Mikee earned a joint BA in clinical psychology and criminology, where she made the Dean’s list and graduated with distinction. She was the recipient of the prestigious President’s Scholarship, and has begun working towards a joint MA and Doctorate degree in Forensic Criminology with a focus on forensic interviewing techniques, planning to further her career in the field of trauma research. Mikee lives with her family in Bet Shemesh.

Chana Barzel

Office Manager

Chana was born in London and moved to Israel in 1995 to live in a small village in the Shfela area.
Engaged in the field of office management for over 10 years during which she worked at Maccabi Health Services, A. Shenhav Engineering and Appraisals Ltd., Tazpit Real Estate and Arnon Rond Consultants Ltd.