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“The door of success is marked ‘push’ and ‘pull’. Achieving success is knowing when to do what.” - Yiddish Proverb

Coaching is an interactive, interpersonal, action-oriented process that helps people and organizations take their personal or professional lives to the next level – and beyond. According to the International Coach Federation, coaching helps "clients set better goals, take more action, make better decisions, and more fully use their natural strengths” as a result of professional coaching. At its most basic level, coaching is about helping you get clear about what you want and need, developing a timely and attainable plan, and giving you the support to take risks, make big changes, and succeed. All without the Tsuris.

Who Do We Coach?
Why Work with a Coach?
What Do Our Coaches Do?
How “Jewish” is “My Jewish Coach”?
How does coaching work?
It’s a Small Jewish World! Our Confidentiality Guarantee
How Do I Know if Coaching is for Me?



  • CEOs and other Executives
  • New and seasoned managers
  • Teams, dyads and triads
  • Boards of Directors and other lay leadership
  • Hi-potential professionals
  • Executive /President partners and other professional/volunteer pairs
  • Rabbis and Cantors
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Teen and parents of teens
  • People looking to upgrade jobs or careers
  • Anyone who is ready, willing and able to put in the work needed to make meaningful, lasting change
Why Work with a Coach?

If you can hear your own voice in any of these statements, then you may want to work with a coach to support you in making changes:
  • I am not managing my work and my life as well as I would like to
  • I need a new job – and I don’t know where to start
  • I own my own business and I am overwhelmed – or underwhelmed – by its growth
  • I’m not sure what I am supposed to be when I grow up (and I’m all grown up!)
  • "I hesitated to use a coach but Deborah came highly recommended and did not disappoint. She challenged my thinking every step of the way and provided the direction, space and necessary encouragement for me to make a fantastic career switch to one that instinctively feels more permanent one that I thoroughly enjoy. Deborah is amazing and provides excellent value. The decision to retain her is one of the best investment decisions I have ever made."
    -- Coaching Client

    My personal relationships are holding me back rather than fulfilling me
  • I am still looking for a life partner
  • I have a self-defeating habit that is holding me back
  • I want a different spiritual or religious life, but I don’t know what would feel right for me
  • I have a challenge, goal or opportunity that is urgent, compelling or exciting -- or all of the above
  • I have a gap in knowledge, skills, confidence, or resources
  • I am not communicating effectively or assertively
  • I have anxiety related to presentations, difficult conversations, or other interpersonal engagements
  • My work team is not getting along or not producing results
  • I am struggling with my supervisor or my direct reports
  • I am pressed for time in accomplishing a specific goal
  • I need to set some goals – but I’m not sure what they are
  • I am getting ready to take a risk – big or small – and I need additional support
  • I am too stressed, too often
  • My current financial situation or financial future is keeping me up at night
  • I’ve had a setback in work or life, and I don’t know how to move ahead
  • I want life to be simpler
  • I am frustrated by my physical environment
  • I am very successful, and the success has started to become a problem
  • Something’s just not right – and I don’t know what

What Might I want from My Jewish Coach?
Complete this insightful and informative self-assessment questionnaire.

What Do Our Coaches Do?

  • Facilitate your exploration of needs, motivations, desires, skills and thought processes to assist you in making real, lasting change in your personal and/or professional life.
  • Use questioning techniques to facilitate your own thought processes in order to identify solutions and actions rather than take a wholly directive approach.
  • Support you in setting appropriate goals and methods of assessing progress in relation to these goals in a structured format.
  • Facilitate your development of resilience and flexibility in the face of personal or professional uncertainty.
  • Listen to what you say – and listen for what you don’t say – to understand you and your situation in depth.
  • Help you learn how to make the best decisions for you, regardless of the circumstances and even in confusing situations.
  • Creatively identify, suggest and apply a variety of tools and techniques that facilitate your growth and development, which may include training, facilitating, counseling & networking.
  • Serve as a sounding board for your ideas and concerns, and help expand your thinking.
  • Encourage your commitment to action and to the development of lasting personal and professional growth.
  • Maintain unconditional positive regard for you, and be supportive and non-judgmental at all times.

“Strength is not the absence of weakness but how we wrestle with our weakness.” - Noah Benshea

Marni Mandell“My work with Deborah was right on target. Not only did she help to focus my thoughts and assist me in achieving results, I have been able to take with me the skills and lessons I learned from her well into my professional and personal future. Her coaching skills allowed me to do the work I needed to do by guiding me with key questions, observations and mentoring. I highly recommend Deborah to anyone who is at a critical point in their career, is looking forward to their next steps, or who may just want to refine their personal or professional life.”
- Marni Mandell (name and photo used with express written permission from client)

How “Jewish” is “My Jewish Coach”?
The simple answer is that our coaches are Jewish, so My Jewish Coach is Jewish. And our coaches have had both formal and informal Jewish education, as well over a decade of experience working in and consulting with Jewish organizations, so they know a few Jewish things. Also, our coaches may respond to your question with another question, which is pretty Jewish. That being said, their role as coaches is to support you in finding and following your own unique path to personal and professional success. If your goal is to change your spiritual or religious life, then our coaches can support you in achieving that. If Jewish practice, culture, and/or traditions are important to your life, then they may become an important part of our coaching. If “Jewishness” or Judaism aren’t core to reaching your goal – or aren’t core to your life – then they won’t be a part of coaching you. Our coaching is non-denominational and non-judgmental. See? No Tsuris.

How does coaching work?
Most coaching is done over the phone, in two or more 30-60 minute time slots per month. Face-to-face coaching is also available for those focusing on presentation skills, job interviewing, interpersonal communication issues, or for those who simply prefer an in-person approach. Clients also receive as-needed quick 24-hour telephone and email turnaround for consistent, dependable coach support. Coaching works best when it is viewed by both parties as a relationship, rather than a series of transactions. That’s why clients are invited to be in communication with our coaches between appointments.

It’s a Small Jewish World: Our Confidentiality Guarantee
Jewish Geography – we’ve all played it at one time or another (“Oh, I know Sarah from camp! She’s your second cousin? Who knew!”). Our coaches strictly adhere to the Code of Ethics from the International Coach Federation, which mandates that coaches maintain strict confidentiality with each client.

You probably already know some of our coaching clients. But you will never know they are our clients unless they tell you themselves – or unless they have given us express written permission to share their information (such as the testimonial on the splash page of this website).

In the words of one of our clients:

“Critical to any coaching process is confidentiality. When searching for coaching within the Jewish community, it seems that everyone knows everyone else and confidentiality would be scarce to find. My Jewish Coach will never share their client list. You could be speaking with someone they have coached and would never know. That is extremely important to me in this very tight-knit world. It gives me the freedom to truly be honest with my coach and myself and get to results quicker!”

How might I see if coaching is for me?

If you are serious about coaching, and you’d like to schedule a complimentary 10-minute coaching introduction, please email us at or call us at 516-569-7137.