Helen Elnekave

Helen Elnekave

About Me
SINCE MAKING ALIYAH IN 1983 AND REMARRYING AN ISRAELI IN ISRAEL IN 1985, I HAVE BEEN SPLITTING MY TIME BETWEEN THE US AND ISRAEL. I WAS BORN IN NEW YORK CITY IN 1942, GRADUATED FROM BARNARD COLLEGE IN 1963, MARRIED AND HAD TWO DAUGHTERS, WHO HAVE GIVEN ME FOUR GRANDCHILDREN, WHO RESIDE IN THE US. MY SECOND HUSBAND'S CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN LIVE IN ISRAEL, HENCE THE "BACK AND FORTH." I COMPLETED MY PHD AT THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA-CHAPEL HILL IN 1981 AND SUBSEQUENTLY COMPLETED A TWO-YEAR POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP IN PEDIATRIC PSYCHOLOGY THERE IN 1989. AFTER MAKING ALIYAH IN 1983, I BECAME THE FIRST EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF OSCAR VAN LEER'S SPECIAL PROJECT, THE JERUSALEM CHILDREN'S COUNCIL, THE PRECURSOR TO THE CURRENT NATIONAL ORGANIZATION. PRIOR TO MAKING ALIYAH I WAS A CONGRESSIONAL FELLOW OF THE SOCIETY FOR RESEARCH IN CHILD DEVELOPMENT (SRCD) AND FOUNDED THE SELECT COMMITTEE FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES IN THE US CONGRESS.