About Us

We believe that every individual has the right to love and be loved. Our vision is that everyone should find a meaningful relationship. With a little help from friends – this can become a reality.

Chiburim is a social initiative established with a personal approach to help people find a suitable life partner with the assistance and support of trained volunteers.

Each individual who registers meets with a volunteer for a varying period of time (depending on the track you choose) with the focus being not only on finding your suitable partner, but also receiving support in achieving that goal.

After the first meeting with a volunteer, you automatically become a member of the community.

From then on you will be eligible to receive suggestions from "Chiburim's" database which will increase your chances of finding successful dates. Your mentor will also be able to provide you with suggestions for possible matches. Want to join Chiburim? - Click here

All of our volunteers are carefully selected and trained before they are assigned. For more information on volunteering, Click here!

Please note! You only need to register for "Chiburim" once. While personal mentoring only continues for the duration of the track you choose, your membership in the community and access to the personal zone continue until you report to "Chiburim"  on having found a suitable partner. 

All of our volunteers are selected and trained. Their approach is non judgemental in providing you with encouragement, care and support.


Chiburim is a non-profit organization (Amuta  580554244)  established in 2014 by Judi Stern. Judi has been happily married to Roy for over 40 years, and they are the parents of 7 children. However, she still remembers the loneliness and pressure that she felt as a single until she met Roy. More recently, she has shared the experience of her own children in finding their partners. Throughout the years, Judi has assisted many singles in their quest in finding the right person, and based on her knowledge and vast experience, decided to establish a unique social startup which will enable anyone who wants a helping hand and an open ear in the process of seeking their partner, to receive it.

Of particular importance to Judi is offering assistance to individuals with emotional sensitivities in their search for suitable partners. Judi is the engine behind this particular project within Chiburim, which  is the first of its kind.

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Chairpeople and Founders

The Board of Directors of "Chiburim" includes top professionals in Israel in the fields of psychology, matchmaking, mental health and business

Judi Stern


Together with her husband Roy, Judi established "Chiburim" in 2012. Happily married for more than 40 years, she is the mother of 7 and grandmother of 13 (so far). Judi's goal has been to find a personalized, supportive, professional way to help others meet a partner.  She has spent over a decade assisting many people in this endeavor.  Judi, an Engish teacher by training, has a perpetual smile, unlimited energy, and is an involved and devoted grandmother.

Ayelet Ayalon

Mother of 2 and grandmother of 2. Ayelet has her BA in English linguistics from Bar Ilan and her MA in Jewish studies from the Schecter Institute. She has vast experience in banking and business alongside her work in graphological analysis of manuscripts which together contribute to her wide range of skills and interests.

She believes in the vision of "Chiburim" and considers it an important social initiative based on an ideology of improving society.

Dr. Roy Stern


Roy is a retired pediatrician, an active member of the Board of Directors of Ohr Torah Stone and of Melabev. He has been involved for many years in a variety of community organizations, among them: establishing the Amuta of an elementary school, assisting in the development of local youth organizations, and establishing a baseball league. He was a member of the local council in Efrat for four years. Roy is the father of 7 and the grandfather of 13.

Leora Harel


Leora is a native Israeli, mother of 4 and grandmother of 6. She is a professional psychotherapist, with a private clinic, specializing in psychological rehabilitation.  Leora assists management and staff in psychiatric rehabilitation. She  is a therapist treating individuals, couples and families, as well as a group facilitator using DBT,  CBT, Mindfullness , and Dynanmic Therapy. Among her specializations are ADHD and mediation. She is actively involved in rehabilitation with "Ohr Lenefesh" and in "Amutat: From Darkness to Light". She has her MSW from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and vast professional experience helping others. Leora recently retired as a Director of Social Services at Kfar Shaul and served as a director of the therapeutic community for adults at Machon Samet. She is among the first to work in the profession of psychological rehabilitation in Israel.  Actively involved from the beginning in establishing "Chiburim", Leora is a believer in the need to support, encourage, and strengthen individuals to help make them happy!

Rabbi Benji Levine

Born and raised in the US, Rabbi Benji is a scion of one of Jerusalem's most illustrious families. As a young boy, Benji lived with his saintly grandfather Reb Arye Levin and with his uncle Rav Yosef Shalom Eliashiv. After serving as advisor to the Chairman of the Aliya Department in the Jewish Agency for Israel, Benji was invited in 1978 by Dr. Daniel Tropper to run seminars in Tzfat for the Gesher organization, dedicated to bridging the gap between religious and secular Jews. He is now a Senior Vice-President at Gesher and is one of Israel’s foremost educators and storytellers.  A few years ago, Rabbi Levine was privileged to light one of the torches in the Memorial Day ceremony on Mount Hertzl, representing the theme of “the unity of Israel”, the goal to which he has dedicated his life

Naama Vinograd


Born and raised in Jerusalem, Naama is a practicing nurse at Shaarei Tzedek Hospital in Jerusalem. For many years Naama has been involved in assisting singles in building personal romantic relationships.

She is a strong believer in the facilitation and support of single people in their journey towards a solid and meaningful relationship.  Naama was the Executive Director of Yeshfe for 7 years, where she was a leader in raising public awareness to the social phenomena of late bachelorhood. Naama brings with her a vast experience in accompanying single people in their quest for marriage and has helped many couples build a family! Through Naama’s deep understanding that the solution lies mainly in mentoring singles through their dating process and not finding them non-stop dating opportunities, that the first ever mentoring model was established.

Rosalind Elbaum


Rosalind was born in England and made aliyah from Holland with her husband some 35 years ago. After all her children were happily married, she decided to help singles try to find their match. She has worked in the non-profit world for many years.

Elisheva Sompolinsky 


Founder and C.E.O of Kishurim -Executive Recruitment LTD,  international recruitment agency specializing in the nonprofit sector since 1990. Mrs. Sompolinsky is a consultant to philanthropic foundations and Jewish organizations. She facilitates workshops on job seeking and empowerment within the professional world. Born in the USA she resides in Jerusalem, a mother of 5 children and a happy grandmother! She holds a B.A. in Humanities from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where she also studied Marketing and Business Administration. She feels a deep connection to Chiburim and the great happiness it brings into the world. 

Udi Merili

Udi is a social entrepreneur and developer who runs programs to integrate people with disabilities into the community. He lives in Jerusalem, is married to Sarah and is the father of 3 children. Udi strongly believes that a relationship is the most natural thing there is, and that everyone has the right to find love.

Cheryl Bradfield Eman

Born and raised in London, Cheryl left to study at Tel Aviv University at 17.
She married and moved to Milan, Italy for 30 years. Head fashion designer in the family business for 25 years, she was also involved in setting up an organisation to aid the plight of Soviet Russian Jews. Additionally, she worked on reviving B’nei Akiva Italia and ran the Vaad Horim of Italian B’nei Akiva for 10 years. Soon after, she became Co-Chairmen of World B’nei Akiva Board of Governors and still is active on the board today in different capacities.
Five years ago she made Aliyah and retrained and works as a hydro-therapist with special needs youth.
Her passion is working with youth and being a people’s person. She has various experiences on an international level of networking and matching up people, be it for work or personal relationships and understands the sensitivities involved in this work.
Cheryl, committed to the Chiburim method, is excited to see it has opened to include Anglo speaking Olim and ultimately hopes the organisation will expand internationally.


The Staff

CEO, Yael Shapira

Yael has an MA in Management of Non-profit Organizations from the Hebrew University. An organization consultant by profession. After many years of developing programs, strategic planning and consulting, she wanted to make a change and touch the true essence of life. She wanted to become involved directly in an area which would bring happiness to people. Yael believes that if  "Chiburim"  did not already exist, she would have had to invent it!  Yael is happily married and together with her husband, Nitai, is raising 5 wonderful children.

Training Manager - Liel Harel

Liel Harel, a life coach and a social welfare director, holds a Bachelors degree in social work. For the last several years Liel has developed workshops and personal training sessions for singles seeking to find their life partners. Through her personal business "Ve'Ahavta" Liel has helped numerous singles in their personal journey for love. Liel aspires to promote public  awareness to the social phenomena of late bachelorhood and to find creative ways to battle it. Liel is happily married to Yossi and together they are parents to four children. 

Director of the Program for Singles with Sensitivities - Dikla Gold

A social worker by profession, Dikla joined Chiburim after a decade of establishing and managing a variety of programs within the realm of community and social work. Throughout her entire career, Dikla has been involved both professionally and in a volunteer capacity with young adults dealing with emotional and mental issues. She has always had a warm spot for matchmaking and so far has matched three couples dealing with emotional sensitivities and has seen them married! Dikla is happily married to Yigal and together they are raising four adorable children.

Digital Marketing Manager - Sigal Israeli Hadad

Sigal Hadad, comes from a professional background of marketing both in the business sector as well as in the non-profit world. Sigal holds an MA in organizational consulting, a BA in Psychology and is a trained life coach. Sigal married at the age of 30, and therefore is familiar with the late bachelorhood phenomena. She is happily married to Rami Hadad and has three sweet children. Sigal believes that anyone can be in a meaningful relationship with a little help, and is grateful for the chance that she was given to assist.

English Program Director - Tzippy Baruch

Tzippy hails from New Jersey and has a BA in Psychology. She made Aliyah in 2015 and has been involved in matchmaking ever since. As an Olah Chadasha herself, Tzippy is excited to help make Chiburim's services accessible to those who speak other languages. She herself is married to a native Israeli and believes that all culture gaps can be conquered. 

IT Director - Daniel Bachanov

Daniel has been working for the past several years in programming,  app development and online marketing. He relates to Chiburim's vision that every person has the right to love and to be loved and believes that if we could just overcome our inner fears and remove defenses - we can all be in a loving relationship.

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