The people behind
Our Place

Executive Board


Benjy Berger

Benjy Berger, President of Berger & Berger Real Estate Group in New York, became seriously involved at Our Place NY in 2009. Since then, he has joined the Our Place Board, eventually coming to serve as Co-President. For six consecutive years, Mr. Berger has served as Chairman of the Our Place “Evening of Luxury & Entertainment Real Estate Event”, which collectively has profited over $1,000,000.

His passion and dedication to our cause has allowed Our Place to expand and to continue down the path to save our youth in the Jewish Community.



Patricia R. Attia, Phd., LCSW

Patricia R. Attia, Phd., LCSW is the President of the Our Place Board along with Benjy Berger. She has set up addiction and psychiatric programs across the country. She has published and lectured around the US on topics of trauma, addiction and dual diagnosis. She received her masters degree at Yeshiva University and her doctorate and NYU. She was one of the early trainers at Our Place and later became the clinical consultant. Currently she maintains a private practice in Manhattan and continues to be available to the Our Place staff.


Raphael Hassan

Rafi Hassan has been working in our place since its doors opened in 1999. Mr. Hassan’s role was creating relationships with the members, referring them to schools, therapists and helping them with their day to day problems. Part of the responsibility was creating rap sections trips and ordering the food and making sure everything ran smoothly. Rafi ran the nightly program until 2011 and currently serves as a board member and volunteers several nights weekly.

Rafi is a member of Flatbush Hatzolah since 2001 and his specialty is helping people with mental illness.

Clinical Directors

Director, Boys’ Our Place

Sony Perlman, LMSW

Sony Perlman LMSW, has been working in the field of addiction for over two decades. For the past 16 years he has been the director of Our Place New York, which is a full service drop-in center for young men struggling with addiction, mental health issues and many other difficult life situations. Sony has experience working with mentoring, foster care, as well as working in two inpatient rehabilitation centers. Most recently Sony has been the Clinical Director of Arena Sober Living, a high end sober living facility in Rockland County with a long term success rate that is second to none. Sony was educated in The New School of Social Research and has his graduate degree from Wurzweiler School of Social Work. In all the time that he has been working, and the thousands of people that he has worked with, Sony has not met anyone that was not capable of healing themselves.

Director, Girls’ Our Place

Shifra Glancz

Shifra Glancz is the founder and director of Our Place Girls which opened in 2000. Since its inception, Girls’ Our Place has treated over a thousand young women. Ms. Glancz brings in professional trainers so that the staff has current knowledge in the areas of substance abuse, eating disorders and trauma. A large amount of her work is intervening with families and finding appropriate treatment, schools and vocational opportunities for the adolescents and young woman who attend Our Place.

Director, The Living Room

Menachem Poznanski, LMSW

Menachem Poznanski, a licensed clinical social worker and author, has worked in the field of substance abuse prevention, addictions treatment, and recovery support for 20 years. Since 2004, Mr. Poznanski has served as Director of The Living Room (TLR), a division of Our Place in NY, Inc, is clubhouse program for Jewish young adults and couples in recovery from addictions. Menachem is the co-author of Stepping Out of the Abyss: A Jewish Guide to the Twelve Steps, a Mosaica Press publication. Menachem received his master’s degree in social work from the Yeshiva University Wurzweiler School of Social Work. Mr. Poznanski maintains a private practice as a psychotherapist,and is also a consultant to high schools in addressing issues of substance abuse and addictions.

President Emeritus

Moshe Binik A'H

As a successful businessman and philanthropist, Moshe Binik dedicated himself to the needs of the community throughout his lifetime. From opening his home to those without one, to establishing discount groceries for families in need, to volunteering as a Hatzolah member, Rabbi Binik was no stranger to acts of kindness.

Moishe Binik has served as the President Emeritus of Our Place since its inception. He has helped thousands of young adults overcome abuse and trauma and find a place in the community.
Although Rabbi Binik was involved in many other charity projects, he has always dedicated himself to providing for Our Place and supporting its meaningful, life-changing mission.

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