Board of Advisors
After graduating from the Cardoza School of Law, Leah Klein began her career in the state attorney’s office in the eleventh judicial circuit of Miami Dade county. She worked her way up through the office, and in 1999 began working in the Domestic Crimes Unit, specialising in intra-familial sexual offences, attempted murder, and homicide.
in 2007, Leah was named division chief of Domestic Crimes unit, responsible for all misdemeanour and felony domestic violence cases in Miami Dade County, overseeing approximately 8-10 thousand new cases a year, as well as maintaining a Homicide case load. In 2015, she was named division chief of the Human Trafficking unit as well.
Throughout her career, Leah had the opportunity to sit on numerous committees involving law enforcement and with community partners in the areas of sexual abuse and domestic violence. There, among her numerous other responsibilities, she worked to devise and implement strategies to improve victim services and law enforcement response. She frequently lectured in those forums, as well as at many local universities and schools.
Additionally, Leah served as the president of the board of directors for RASG Hebrew Academy in Miami Beach FL, and serves as an advisory board member to NCSY’s Southern Region.
Board of Advisors
Dennis Brown MA, NCAC II, CSAT has been an active addictions treatment provider in the field of counseling for the past 30+ years. Initially he served as Director for the Chabad Residential Treatment Center of which he has continued his work serving as the Executive Director of The NESS Outpatient Counseling Center, Inc. in West Los Angeles since the year 1996.
Dennis has been enthusiastically recognized over the years not only by other professionals in the field, as well by the communities that he serves as one who places emphasis and empirical value on focusing on treating the “whole person”. Within his scope of practice treating addictions of substances and behaviors, Dennis will tell you that he has discovered that people who are trapped in the cycle of sexual, drug, alcohol addictions have lost a sense of intimate contact with their very own identity, that is, it is of the utmost to address the entire person. Simply changing a behavior without looking at the lifetime of feelings and life scripting that accompanies it has the potential to leave people feeling empty, lost and alone. He is well known throughout the community at large for his professionalism, confidentiality and ethically sound tactics and approach. Dennis Brown has continued to offer his support to any and all who has sought out his assistance. Dennis in sort has served as an artisan between the communities and the ideas that even within the tightest communities there can be found loose threads that have a need to be rewoven.
Rabbi Chaim Drizin
Rabbi Chaim Itche Drizin, MA, LMFT is a licensed marriage and family therapist living in Aventura, Florida. He combines Narrative Therapy with ancient Torah wisdom and Kabbalistic & Chassidic thought. With his family practice and as an educational consultant for numerous private schools, he has helped hundreds of people learn how to communicate with their children and spouses in a more successful and productive way.
Dr. Ken Druck
Ken Druck, Ph.D., has earned countless accolades as an author, speaker, community leader and human rights advocate over the past 40 years. Although Ken’s distinguished career began in clinical psychology, he shifted his focus to executive coaching, organizational/family business consulting and community building. Called upon in the aftermath of tragedies, such as 9-11, Columbine, Sandy Hook and Boston, Ken is frequently sought as a expert in overcoming adversity, resilience and traumatic loss. He has been a lifeline and inspiration to countless bereaved families worldwide, has appears regularly on national television (CNN, ABC News, Larry King Live and Oprah), gives trainings/workshops and writes for major social media outlets worldwide.
In 1996, Ken’s life changed dramatically when his 21 year old daughter died tragically while studying abroad. Ken put his career aside and founded The Jenna Druck Center. Ken, his loyal staff, Board and volunteers have honored Jenna’s life and spirit by developing the highly-acclaimed, award-winning Families Helping Families (helping bereaved families who had lost a child) and Spirit of Leadership (leadership development of teen girls) programs. To date, the Center has directly helped over 7,500 bereaved families and trained over 18,000 young women.
Ken Druck is the author of “The Secrets Men Keep” and “How to Talk to Your Kids,” “Healing Your Life After the Loss of a Loved One” and latest, “The Real Rules of Life: Balancing Life’s Terms with Your Own.” Druck Enterprises Inc. (www.kendruck.com) and The Jenna Druck Center (www.jennadruck.org) are both based in San Diego, California.
Pattie Fitzgerald is the founder of SafelyEverAfter.com and is nationally recognized for her work as a Child Safety Educator, Children’s Advocate, and author.
For over 15 years, Pattie has facilitated workshops, seminars and classroom lessons throughout the United States, educating parents and children of all ages with vital life skills to protect kids from sexual predators and abduction. By focusing on the issue of “tricky people” instead of stranger-danger, Ms. Fitzgerald teaches the most effective and meaningful strategies for keeping children safe. She is also a former preschool teacher and a former court appointed Child Visitation Monitor.
Pattie’s lesson plans and curriculum are now used in schools and child-care organizations throughout the country, and she is the author of two highly acclaimed children’s books: “No Trespassing-This Is My Body!” and “Super Duper Safety School”.
Her work has been featured on Dateline NBC, Good Morning America, The Today Show, ABC World News Tonight, MSNBC, CNN, and the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN).
Professor Benny Forer
Benny Forer is a veteran criminal prosecutor with experience prosecuting cases ranging from narcotics offenses to gang murders to complex white collar crime. Currently, as a member of the prestigious High-Tech Crimes Unit, his job focuses on complex technologically based crimes. Benny is also a Professor at the University of Southern California (USC) within the Viterbi School of Engineering, where he teaches Cyber & Privacy Law to undergraduate students. He is also a member of the School’s Advisory Board, where he assisted in creating curriculum and degree programs focused on Information Technology.
Additionally, Benny is an experienced lecturer, lecturing on matters pertaining to being a District Attorney. Topics include criminal justice, criminal procedure, privacy concerns, constitutional issues, sex crimes, complex fraud and white collar offenses. Finally, Benny is an ordained Rabbi, having recently received smicha-Rabbinical Ordination-from HaRav Tauber, a world recognized Jewish Legal Authority. He lives and works in LA.
Dr. Mark Horowitz
Dr. Mark Horowitz is a board certified physician who has been practicing medicine for almost 20 years. He has a private practice in Los Angeles County and is the Medical Director of Coast Dermatology. He is considered an expert in the field of cutaneous medicine and surgery. In addition to treating patients Dr. Horowitz is involved in research and continued medical training of other physicians.
Dr. Horowitz has been involved in many charitable organizations over the years, but none of them are as near and dear to him as Jewish Community Watch. As a physician he believes that the health and well being of our children is the single most important endeavor one can be involved in.
Dr. Horowitz currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife and 5 children and is active in the Orthodox Jewish community.
Rabbi Moshe Soloveichik
Rav Moshe Soloveichik is the Rabbi of congregation Beth Shalom Ahavas Achim. In addition to Smicha, he has a BA in sociology. Rav Soloveichik is also on the board of The Jewish Advocates for Children in Chicago and is extremely involved in his community. He is the Rabbinical Adviser of the community’s Shomrim group in Chicago, which among other responsibilities, observe the relationships between adults and children to mitigate the risk of abuse.
Rav Soloveichik is also the President of Merkaz Rabbanim of Chicago and serves at its Beis Din.
Rabbi Elchonon Tauber
Rabbi Elchonon Tauber was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, where he attended the Vienne Yeshiva in Williamsburg and the Shaar Yosha Yeshiva in Boro Park. From 1973 to 1979 he pursued advanced studies at the Bais Medrash Gevoha Kollel in Lakewood, New Jersey, after which he relocated to Los Angeles, California, being chosen to be part of a select group where he spent the next eight years in intensified Torah study at the renowned Chassidiishe Kollel.
Rabbi Tauber is well versed in a broad range of areas of Jewish scholarship – from the practical to the esoteric – and has attained higher rabbinical ordination in “Dayanus,” or Jewish judgeship. In 1984, he was appointed “Dayan” (judge) at Congregation Bais Yehuda, from where he has been rendering Halachic opinions and decisions for the greater Los Angeles Jewish community ever since. A resident of Hancock Park, Rabbi Tauber is often asked to sit on the rabbinic panels of many of the city’s most complex Din Torahs (Jewish court-cases) – most commonly involving questions relating to the societal changes of modern times. While Rabbi Tauber seeks, as much as possible, to confine his sphere of authority to the local community, his input and rulings are nonetheless constantly being sought by laymen and community leaders from throughout the world.
Rabbi Tauber’s greatest passions, however, remain learning and teaching Torah. In addition to the classes he lovingly gives at JETS (Jewish Educational Training Services), he delivers daily “shiurim” (intricate Torah study courses) and lectures throughout Los Angeles in Jewish mysticism, Talmud and Jewish law.
Mr. Zalkin is currently an associate with The Zalkin Law Firm. The Zalkin Law Firm is a leading, nationwide law firm specializing in the representation of survivors of childhood sexual abuse in civil lawsuits. Mr. Zalkin has experience prosecuting institutions such as the Catholic Church, Boy Scouts of America, Jehovah’s Witnesses, summer camps, and public and private schools among others. Mr. Zalkin holds a BA in History with a minor in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles, as well as a JD from the University of Southern California.