Our Team

Our Care Management team shares a passion for working with seniors, decades of experience advocating and coordinating services on their behalf, and extensive knowledge of costs, quality and availability of resources in Israel that support aging in place.  



Sharon Beth-Halachmy // CEO 

Sharon is responsible for the leadership, management and growth of B’Lev Shalem. She is an experienced attorney with a commitment to social change, and brings to B’Lev Shalem sophisticated business and legal expertise, a deep understanding of the wide range of issues affecting the elderly, and a commitment to advocacy on their behalf. Sharon holds a B.A. in Psychology from Claremont McKenna College and a J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law.



Karen Levine // Clinical Director

Karen is a practiced social worker and care manager. Her experience includes positions at the University of Chicago Hospital in Cardiology and Heart Transplant, and running her own care management practice based in Modiin. Karen holds a B.A. in Sociology from Brandeis University and a graduate degree in social work from the University of Chicago.



Avigail Buiumsohn // Care Manager, Aliyah Specialist

Avigail has over 20 years of working with older adults in Israel, most recently as the Aliyah Specialist for Retirees at Nefesh B’Nefesh. Past positions include Director of a Day Care Center for the Elderly, and a Social Worker at the Maccabi Rehabilitation Center at Tel Hashomer Hospital. Avigail has extensive knowledge regarding the Israeli healthcare and social welfare system, and is fluent in Hebrew and English. She holds a BA in Psychology from SUNY at Albany and an MSW from Yeshiva University.



Rachel Green // Care Manager

Rachel is Care Manager and Speech Therapist , with many years of care management experience. She has dedicated her career to working with older adults and their families, and is particularly skilled at navigating the Israeli medical and bureacratic system. Rachel holds a B.A. in speech language pathology from Yeshiva University and an M.A. in speech language pathology from Montclair State University..



Kaila Shimshak // Care Manager

Kaila is a licensed Social Worker and Care Manager. Kaila’s past experience includes serving as the Director of Social Services at a 273-bed nursing home in New Jersey, a position with the National Jewish Council for Disabilities, and work in a psychiatric rehabilitation treatment program. Kaila holds an MSW from the Wurzweiler School of Social Work and BA in Sociology from Stern College, and is a licensed Master Social Worker in in NY State.



Deborah Ackermann-Erlanger // Registered Nurse

Deborah Ackermann-Erlanger consults for B’Lev Shalem in her capacity as a nurse, with expertise in palliative care. Deborah is a registered nurse in both her native Switzerland and Israel. She has specialty training in anesthesiology and holds a masters in palliative care, communications and ethics from the University Institute Kurt Bösch (IUKB) in Sion, Switzerland. Deborah has practiced in many difference settings and in various fields including oncology care and psychiatric care. 



Karen Lerner // Alzheimer and Dementia Specialist

Karen is clinical social worker with a specialty in Alzheimer’s and dementia, and has a private practice supporting families with a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Karen holds a Master’s degree in social work from Columbia University.




Stacey L. Gordon, LCSW

Stacey is a clinical social worker, family mediator and certified Care Manager, with over two decades of experience in providing home and community-based services to older adults and their families. She is the founder and owner of ElderOptions, New York/Chicago a geriatric care management and consulting firm, established in 1998. Stacey is an an Adjunct Professor at the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration, teaching courses on Aging. She also writes about issues concerning Aging and Caregiving, and is proud to be a regular contributor to the Huffington Post on these topics.