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Tikkun Long Island is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to repairing systems through restorative solutions.

What We Believe

We believe that a healthy system is one that instills and is consistent with the philosphy of restorative justice.

What We Do

We examine systems through a restorative lens.  We ask the following questions:


1.  To what extent do they promote competency?

2.  To what extent do they promote healing?

3.  To what extent do they ensure community safety?

What We Do Next

We develop and implement programs that are restorative in nature to a system in need. 


See Current Programs

Why "Tikkun"?

"Tikkun" is the Hebrew word for "Repair."


It is the first word in the phrase "Tikkun Olam," which means "Repairing the World" in Hebrew.


It is a philosophical ideal that stresses the obligation of individuals to take an active role in healing the world around them, especially in the wake of harm.

Who We Are

Board of Directors


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Dr. Paul Meller is associate professor in the Psy.D. program in the School-Community psychology program at Hofstra University.  He has worked as a school psychologist or consulting psychologist in numerous school districts, head-start programs, and community mental health centers.  Dr. Meller's principal research activities involve divorce, conflict in relationships, high-conflict families, and forensic psychology.  Dr. Meller has held leadership positions in numerous state and national professional organizations. 

Dr. Paul Meller

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Karin Caro is the President of BluChip marketing, and a loving mother to four beautiful children.  In addition to her work with Tikkun, she sits on the board for the Stony Brook Children's Hospital Task Force, sits on the Advisory Board for Angela’s House, and sits on the Board of Directors for Girl Scouts Suffolk County, the Salvation Army, and Catholic Charities.  She is passionate about helping small businesses and charities reach their marketing goals.

Karin M. Caro

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Dawn Hargraves is a Partner at Hagney, Quatela, Hargraves & Mari, PLLC.  Dawn is an expert in the area of Matrimonial Law. Dawn received her Juris Doctorate in Law from Touro College.  Dawn is currently involved with Family Law Committee, Matrimonial Committee, Suffolk County Matrimonial BAR Association, Suffolk County BAR Association. Dawn's hobbies and interests include spending time with her family.  Dawn is drawn to and passionate about charitable organizations such as this one as well as Every Child Dream and Splash of the Hope.

Dawn Hargraves

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Jennie DiGuardia is an educator with years of experience as an elementary school teacher, a summer camp counselor and a worker for Pal-O-Mine Equestrian's Equine Assisted Learning and Psychotherapy Programs.  In 2012, Jennie and Dr. Goldman piloted the No Vengeance Zone curriculum, a program to reduce violence in schools, in her Pal-O-Mine classroom, and the curriculum is now being launched in several Long Island school districts. 

Jennie DiGuardia





Robert  Goldman,  J.D.,  Psy.D. 

Dr. Goldman is a criminal defense attorney and a practicing psychologist.


In 2004, after years of watching the traditional criminal justice system fail in his community as a criminal defense attorney, Dr. Goldman decided to undertake a doctorate in Psychology and work towards a better approach to crime.  He has not looked back since.


In 2005, he began working with juvenile offenders as the supervising psychologist for the Suffolk County Probation Department.  The same year he also developed the T.A.S.T.E. Program, a diversion program for defendants in the Suffolk County court system.  With a 98% desistance rate, the program is now being used as the building block for future evidence-based interventions.


Dr. Goldman believes passionately in healing and forgiveness in response to harm.  He has written about restorative justice for the Suffolk County Bar Association, has held numerous conferences and other events focusing on his work in the community and the court system, and teaches about the principles and practice of restorative justice at St. Joseph's College.

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