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About Us

In Shifra’s Arms is the only Jewish organization in the United States dedicated to supporting women experiencing an unplanned pregnancy. We offer our social services nationwide. We are a nonpartisan 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

Our supporters, board, volunteers, and staff reflect a diverse group of Jews, including Orthodox and secular, pro-choice and pro-life and the myriad in between. We join together to nurture women experiencing unplanned pregnancy crises.

Our Mission

Our mission is to nurture women through unplanned pregnancy crises and help them build a flourishing future for themselves and their children. 

Our Name

Our organization is named for Shifra, one of the two midwives mentioned in the book of Exodus, known for her exceptional courage. We chose the symbol of the midwife since, through the ages, midwives have cared for countless women amidst the challenges of pregnancy, birth and beyond.

How We Work

Women can count us to treat them with respect, dignity and sensitivity always and no matter what.


We want every Jewish woman in the United States to know we’re here if she needs us.

Erica Pelman

Founder & Executive Director

“Our namesake, Shifra, served as midwife to the Jews while they were oppressed in Egypt three thousand years ago. I can just imagine her tending to the needs of the pregnant Israelite slaves. She could not change the circumstances around them.

But she refused to let hope die. Her faith in the future nurtured the hearts of each woman who sought her help- freeing them to embrace their children.

It is time for the Jewish community to follow Shifra’s example and embrace vulnerable pregnant women among us. No woman should have to so struggle in silence, no matter what circumstances she may face. That’s why our team at In Shifra’s Arms is answering her call.


Meet the Team

What brings us together is our mission to serve and the belief that women struggling with unplanned pregnancies should have support available to help them overcome their challenges and create a flourishing future for themselves and their children.

A dedicated team of professionals supports In Shifra’s Arms day-to-day functions and the Board manages the organization’s long-term goals. If you are interested in contributing your professional skills or experience to support our mission, please visit the Get Involved page.

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Fraida Nathan

LCSW, CADC, ICDVP, Counselor
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Fran Gutstein

LCSW, Counselor
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Menucha Robeson

Resource & Community Partnership Manager

Tara Strasser

Care Packages

Elaine Jacobson

Financial Aid Manager

Our Board Members

Karen Hyman
Joyce Stern,
Rivky Rogin
Diana Furchtgott-Roth
Dr. Elaine Jacobson
Devora Goldman
Mikhael Smits
Sara Logan