Staff

Key Employees
Ethan Kahn
Ethan Kahn, CPA
Executive Director
P: 718.875.6900 x 1132
Email

Ethan has been Executive Director of Pesach Tikvah since February 2023. Ethan is known for his dedication and knowledge in helping community related initiatives throughout his career as a non-for-profit advisor and specialist. He has influenced non-for-profit agencies throughout the broader New York and New Jersey communities with his professional guidance and acumen. In addition to providing audits and tax services, he brings significant experience and knowledge in working with nonprofit organizations through operational, financial, and compliance related issues.

In addition to being an auditor by trade, he became a go-to professional for many nonprofit related tax issues. These skills have shaped his positive reputation amongst his peers and clients. As an overall approach, he focuses on guiding and developing others in a professional yet friendly manner.

Ethan’s community involvement includes advising Boards of Directors, providing presentations to the Not-for-Profit sector, and publishing articles relating to critical issues facing the Not-for-Profit Industry. He also moderates and participates on panels directed towards the nonprofit sector and works with groups of leaders to address issues facing our industry and to provide clear resolutions. Ethan graduated from Touro College.

Ethan’s professional industry credentials include memberships such as:
AICPA
NYSSCPA – Not-for-Profit Committee
NYSSCPA – Tax Exempt Committee
Interagency Council of Developmental Disabilities Agencies, Inc.
New York City Coalition for Children with Special Needs
New York State Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare
The Coalition for Behavioral Health

Dr. Joseph Hershkowitz
Rabbi Joseph Hershkowitz
Director of Development
and Community Relations
P: 718.875.6900 x 113
F: 718.875.6999
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Rabbi Joseph Hershkowitz joined Pesach Tikvah in 1988 as director of development and community relations. Being the parent of a developmentally disabled child, Rabbi Hershkowitz has a unique advantage when it comes to connecting with those in need of Pesach Tikvah's services. His exceptional personality combined with his ability to get things done, have earned him a well deserved nomination on Good Fortune's top twenty list of Orthodox Jews who have made, and continue to make, a mark in a variety of endeavors.

With his strong will to make a difference in the lives of children with developmental disabilities, Rabbi Hershkowitz personally started some of Pesach Tikvah’s innovative programs. The annual Orlando trip was the brainchild of Rabbi Hershkowitz, and he continues to make this trip possible each year. He is the driving force behind the children’s after school program, as well as the summer day camp at Pesach Tikvah.

Mrs. Katz
Ms. Brenda Katz, LCSW
Director of Pesach Tikvah
Continuing Day Treatment
Program
P: 718.875.6900 x 118
F: 718.855.4660
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Brenda Katz is a graduate of Yeshiva University's Wurzweiler School of Social Work. She began working in the Pesach Tikvah Continuing Day Treatment Program in 1991 and became the program director in 1999. Ms. Katz's responsibilities include staff supervision, NYC and NYS audit preparation, individual therapy, case management and chart review. Her warmth has added a special touch to the program where she has created genuine connections with the people she helps.

Mrs. Shindler
Mrs. Chanie Shindler
Director of Pesach Tikvah's
Women's Community Residence
P: 718.782.3900
F: 718.782.2749
Email

Chanie Shindler has been the director of Pesach Tikvah's Women's Community Residence since 2000. In her years as the residence director, she has transformed the residence from a cold residential setting to a warm home-like environment for the women in her care. Working tirelessly on securing government grants, as well as private donations, Mrs. Shindler has been instrumental in giving the women a special place to live. She arranges trips and special activities, and is personally involved with each and every consumer. Specially trained in state regulations, Mrs. Shindler has consistently attained near perfect annual state audits.

Mr. Israel Tropper
Mr. Israel Tropper
Manager & QIDP
at Pesach Tikvah's
Women's Community Residence
P: 718.782.3900
F: 718.782.2749
Email

Israel Tropper joined the staff at Pesach Tikvah's Women's Community Residence in 2002. He worked with the special needs population since 1988, holding numerous managerial and supervisory positions. Mr. Tropper is AMAP certified and is a SCIP-R instructor. He is trained in quality assurance and state regulatory compliance for OPWDD residential and community based programs. Mr. Tropper is responsible for staff training and is an OPWDD incident investigation coordinator.

Mr. Zalman Kotzen, LCSW
Mr. Zalman Kotzen, LCSW
Director of Pesach Tikvah's
Geriatric Services
P: 718.875.6900 x 141
F: 718.875.6999
Email

Zalman Kotzen is a Clinical Social Worker licensed in New York and New Jersey. Originally from South Africa, Mr. Kotzen completed his Masters in Social Work at Wurzweiler School of Social Work in 1989. Mr. Kotzen oversees home-based and clinic-based geriatric mental health services, the distribution of emergency funds on behalf of the Claims Conference, and the activities of a network of volunteers. He has been involved in the development of innovative programming for this population, including a Supportive Community Program, and others. Mr. Kotzen also provides clinical supervision to a number of the agency's social workers. In his spare time, he lectures at Touro College.

Mr. Joe Bistricer
Mr. Joe Bistricer
Director of Pesach Tikvah's
Community Residences
P: 718.486.5800
F: 718.486.6078
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Joe Bistricer earned his bachelor's degree at Ner Israel Rabbinical College (NIRC),and then continued his liberal arts education at the New School for Social Research, before entering the work force. Since then, Mr. Bistricer has earned several certificates in finance, administration and forensic social work from NYU. Mr. Bistricer joined Pesach Tikvah in April of 1991. Currently the director of Pesach Tikvah's Community Residence, he provides housing for Pesach Tikvah's clients in need of residential services. His studies, as well as his life experience, have been invaluable resources, enabling him to successfully operate several homes throughout the Brooklyn area.

Officers
Rabbi Aron Shmiel Jaccobowitz
Vice President, Board of Directors
Rabbi David Niederman
Chairperson, Board of Directors
Members of Board of Directors
Rabbi Avigdor Mendlowitz

Rabbi David Paskes
Mr. Zevi Steinmetz

Rabbi Naftuli Weiss