Prof. Marsha Kaitz, Director

Marsha Kaitz, PhD,  is a professor in the Department of Psychology, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel. Her research interests focus on the mother-infant relationship and maternal behavior.  She has been a principal investigator on research grants aimed at learning about the effects of maternal anxiety on infant and child development. She also is co-principal investigator on a NICHD grant aimed at the study of the intergenerational transmission of trauma as a result of exposure to terror. Marsha founded Mom2Mom in 2000, modeled after the Visiting Moms project, Jewish Family and Children Services, Boston, USA.

Naomi Tessler, Coordinator

Naomi Tessler, BSW, is a social worker, breast-feeding counselor, and coordinator of Momto Mom. After joining Mom2Mom in 2003 as a volunteer, she was hired as a coordinator of the home-visiting project and in 2008, founded the Mom2Mom playgroup in Jerusalem.

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Miriam Chriki, Coordinator

​Miriam Chriki, MA is a developmental psychologist and coordinator of Mom2Mom. Miriam has carried out research on differences in maternal and paternal behavior during the early postpartum period and has evaluated new intervention techniques for very young children with sensory and regulation disturbances. In parallel to coordinating Mom2Mom, Miriam works with young children with early signs of risk or pathology, including autism, and their families.

Smadar Brand, Coordinator

Smadar Brand, is a mother to five wonderful children and happily married. She is a gynaescopolist, a Doula, and a motion therapist. She has vast experience in mentoring women and women groups. Smadar was a founding member of Mom2Mom Binyamin and now serves s a Coordinator in Jerusalem-heading the growing branches of Mom2Mom all over Israel. 

Sheer Singer, Administrative Coordinator

Sheer Singer, is a current student at the Hebrew University for a BA in Psychology and Social Work. She was born in the USA and moved to Israel in 2013. She works as the administrative coordinator at the office of Mom2Mom.

Alysa Silberman, Coordinator

Alysa, who has a master's degree in rehabilitative psychology, is a graduate of a course for the training of psychosocial therapists in the field of fertility, from the Puah Institute.
She began her career at Mom2Mom as a volunteer and in 2019 joined the team as a coordinator.

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