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Rabbi Ari Zahtz

Rabbi Ari Zahtz has served as the Assistant Rabbi at Congregation Bnai Yeshurun, the largest orthodox shul in Teaneck, NJ, since 2008. He has a unique understanding of the evolving demands of the Bergen County Jewish Community and recognized a growing need to offer more support to parents coping with children facing mental health issues. Rabbi Zahtz developed Project Ometz in conjunction Alissa Horn, a member of Bnai Yeshurun who generously dedicates her time to many community causes and is currently pursuing her MSW.


Rabbi Zahtz also serves as a faculty member at RIETS and Assistant Director for the Yeshiva Masmidim Honors Program at YU. After attending KBY for two years, Rabbi Zahtz received a B.A. from Yeshiva College with a major in Psychology and subsequently both Yoreh Yoreh and Yadin Yadin semicha from RIETS. 

Project Ometz Co-Founder

Alissa Horn

Alissa Horn, a speech-language pathologist by training, is currently pursuing her MSW at Fordham University. Previously, Alissa served as a case manager for Chai Lifeline, an international non-profit organization dedicated to meeting the non-medical needs of seriously ill children, their families and communities. During her 7 years with Chai Lifeline, Alissa saw first hand the importance of peer support in caring for a sick child.


Through her experience in the Jewish community, Alissa recognized that there were few support systems available for parents of children with mental health issues. She developed Project Ometz with Rabbi Ari Zahtz to help meet the needs of these families. Alissa will assist Project Ometz Advisor Martin Galla, LCSW, with client intake, Parent Mentor Volunteer (PMV) training, and PMV assignment. 

Project Ometz Co-Founder

Martin Galla, LCSW

Martin Galla is a licensed clinical social worker and the assistant director of the Yeshiva University Counseling Center. Martin received his B.A. from Yeshiva University where he majored in Psychology. He received a Masters in Social Work from Columbia University and is in the process of completing his PhD dissertation thesis at Wurzweiler School of Social work.


In his role as Project Ometz Advisor, Martin will be responsible for leading the Parent Mentor Volunteer (PMV) training workshops and overseeing the client intake as well as the PMV assignment process. He will also be available to address PMV questions or concerns. Martin will be assisted by Project Ometz Co-Founder, Alissa Horn who is currently pursuing her MSW.

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