Dear Limmudniks,

We have been closely following the global situation that is accelerating at an unprecedented rate. Unfortunately, in NY, cases of COVID19 have been steadily growing as well.

In light of these events, as well as with advice from Limmud FSU International, our upcoming May 2020 Limmud FSU NY Festival will be postponed. The health and safety of our community have always been and remain our top priority.

The new dates for the conference will be announced shortly.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us by email at and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Thank you for your understanding. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Limmud FSU team

Prior Years LIMMUD FSU NY Presenters

What is Limmud? What are the Principles? Also, learn some of our History and more.

Meet our Prior Years Presenters... they are always up to something good!


Nataliya Rusetskaya
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, Ph.D., LCSW

Yehoshua November
Hasidic poet, author of contemporary Jewish poetry, finalist for L.A. Times Book Prize, National Jewish Book Award.

Elena Orlova & Vladimir Belkin
Знатоки телеклуба "Что? Где? Когда?"

Alex Yentin

Sylvana Foa
Former foreign correspondent, former UN spokesman

German Nudelman
PhD, Senior Bioinformatics Analyst

Katya Katsman
Clinical social worker, family therapist and sexologist

Asher Altshul
Rabbi, Jewish Educator

Pinchas Polonsky
Russian-Israeli Jewish-religious philosopher, researcher, and educator active among the Russian-speaking Jewish community

Masha Faynberg
Interior designer

Yafo Mardakhayeva
Mountain Jews Cookbook Co-author

Efraim Zuroff
Chief Nazi-hunter of the Simon Wiesenthal Center

Lev Sandyuk
The Music Director of the Orchestra of Jewish and Odessa Music

Isroel Barenbaum
Judge from Rabbinical Court in Russia

Sveta Lior Model
Registered Social Worker, Psychotherapist, Group Facilitator

Ran Bar-Yoshafat
Deputy Director of the Kohelet Policy Forum

Eric Goldman
Doctor and adjunct professor of cinema at Yeshiva University


Chaim Chesler
Founder and Chairman, Executive Committee, Limmud FSU

Roman Kogan
Executive Director, Limmud FSU

Alexander Genis
Writer, literary critic, and radio broadcaster

Sandra F. Cahn
Co-founder, Limmud FSU and Philanthropist

Svetlana Komissarouk
Doctor of Social Psychology, Professor of Columbia University, New York

Sam Bodenheimer
Performer, educator, and music producer

Eli Ovits
Chief Executive of Limmud.

Vadim Blumin
Historian, Educator and a Social Activist

Avital Chizhik-Goldschmidt
Life editor at the Forward

Rachel Sharansky Danziger
Writer and Teacher

Hadas Kalderon
Actress, Playwriter, Director

Mordechai Becher
Senior Lecturer Gateways, Instructor at Yeshiva University

Virag Gulyas
The Almost Jewish

Lana Shalumov
MSED, Coach/Instructor in Neurographica

Deborah Lipstadt
Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies at Emory University

Mira Stroika
Singer, songwriter and producer

Rami Sherman
Rami Sherman was the Operations Officer in an Israeli special commando unit, under the command of Yoni Netanyahu z”l

David Bezmozgis
Author and Filmmaker

Alex Ryaboy
Composer, producer, performing artist and educator

Hadar Farkash
Jewish community activist


Barbara Spectre
Founding Director, Paideia - the European Institute for Jewish Studies

Natalia Aleksiun
Professor of Modern Jewish History at the Graduate School of Jewish Studies, Touro

David Teten
Managing Partner with HOF Capital

Joy Levitt
Rabbi, Jewish educator

Marc Schneier
Rabbi, founder and president of The Foundation for Ethnic Understanding

Zhana Vrangalova
Doctor, sex researcher

Ronald Lauder
President, World Jewish Congress

Edward Shenderovich
American entrepreneur

Zvi Gitelman
Professor of Political Science and a Preston TisProfessor of Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan

Joseph Telushkin
American rabbi, lecturer, and bestselling author of more than 15 books

Boris Burda
Journalist and TV presenter, writer,

Leonid Gurevich
Designer. Stylist. Photographer.

Benjamin Goldschmidt
Rabbi, Jewish educator

Inna Rojzman
Psychologist, PhD

Abigail Pogrebin
American writer

Shamsi Ali
Imam, religious scholar and interfaith bridge builder in US and beyond

Howard Rosenman
Producer, Actor and Writer

Michael Shmerkin
Figure Skater. First Israeli Olympian Winter

Grisha Yakubovich
Expert in the Israeli Palestinian Relations

Sharon Weiss-Greenberg
Executive Director of JOFA

Zoya Simakhodskaya
Clinical Psychologist

Abby Stein
Jewish educator, writer, speaker, and activist

Andrej Rusakov
Co-founding partner and seed investor in Data Capital Management

Katya Katsman
MSW, family therapist and sexologist

Elie Kaunfer
Co-founder and executive director of Mechon Hadar

Maya Balakirsky Katz
Professor of Art History

Alan Dershowitz
American lawyer and author


Zhanna Beyl
Chair, Limmud FSU NY Program Committee

Ben (Boris) Kogan
Philanthropist, public figure, member of the Executive Board of the American Forum of Russian speaking Jewry

Alex Mershon
The emissary of the World Zionist Organization to the Russian speaking Jewish community of North America

Elena Ulanovsky
Writer and producer

Liz Alpern
Co-owner of The Gefilteria

Yaffa Epstein
Director of Education, North America for the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies

Paul Robert Magocsi
Professor of history and political science at the University of Toronto

Eugene Lekakh
CEO of the American Forum of Russian Speaking Jewry

Alex Yentin
Psychotherapist at Outpatient Psychiatric Clinic

Inna Kuznetsova
President and Chief Operating Officer of INTTRA

Menachem Kaiser
Writer, novelist, researcher

Gregory Zuckerman
Author of three books and senior writer at The Wall Street Journal

Martin Yafe
Israel Educator from JCRC and Planning Executive at UJA-Federation of NY

Ilana Volodarsky
Founder and Director of the RAJMN program at Jewish Federation of Greater St. Paul

Misha Gulko
Photographer, Filmmaker

Nadya Drukker
Executive Director of the Tanger Hillel at Brooklyn College

Batsheva Ganz
Artist, Jewish educator

Yigal Kotler
Jewish educator and historian is a doctoral candidate at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, Davidson School of Jewish Education.

Leon Geyer
Russian/Ukrainian interpreter

Zvi Gitelman
Professor of political science and Preston Tisch Professor of Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan

Ilya Bratman
Executive Director Hillel at Baruch College, CUNY

Yariv Levin
Israeli lawyer and politician. Currently serves as a Minister of Tourism

Boris Khodorkovsky
Chairman of Board of Trustees of Mazel Day School

Anna Ayzenberg
Yoga Instructor

Mirele B. Goldsmith
Environmental psychologist, educator, and activist

Nechama Milson
Doctor, author, life coach

Steve Eisenberg
A risk arbitrage specialist

Ari Y. Wasserman
Executive Director and chief talent behind AriSafari

Ilya Khinsky
Jewish Educator

Yona Verwer
Artist and Founder, Director Jewish Art Salon

Alex Selsky
CEO of World Israel Beytenu, former adviser to PM Netanyahu, lecturer at Hadassah College in Jerusalem.

Carolina Romanyuk
Child and Family Sleep Consultant

Nelli Chrustaleva
Psychology PhD, Dean of faculty of Emergency Psychology at Saint Petersburg State University

Joan Nathan
Award-winning American cookbook author and newspaper journalist

Yuliya Mazur
Informal Jewish Educator

Inna Zilbergertz
CEO of the Israel Beytenu Party, leaded by the Minister of Defense Avigdor Liberman

Sali Rakower
Partner at Rakower Law PLLC in Manhattan, Senior Fellow at the West Point Center for the Rule of Law

Zhenya Lopatnik
Singer, Composer, Educator

Alex Tabak
Tour guide, jewish educator

Shamira Malekar
Assistant Professor at the business department in CUNY

Alina Bitel
Informal educator, community organizer, and a life-long learner.

Lior Vaknin
Founder and President at Israeli Startups NYC

Elhanan Nir
Rabbi is the editor of the "Shabbat" supplement in Makor Rishon and laureate of Prime Minister's prize for creativity in 2011.

Zisl Slepovitch
Musicologist, multi instrumentalist, composer, music and Yiddish educator

Annie Vakhler
License American Heart Association First Aid and CPR instructor

Irina Dvoretskaya
Children's programs Director at the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center in Moscow.

Gil Eyal
CEO and Co-founder of HYPR

Anna Dayn
Private Equity Investment Advisor, founder of Dayn Advisors

Julie Reines Chervinsky
Director of the Blavatnik Archive Foundation

Bonnie Lautenberg
Esteemed photographer, Writer, Philanthropist, and Businesswoman

Nadiya Al-Noor
Muslim interfaith activist with a focus on Jewish and Muslim communities

Reuven Khaskin
Rabbi, Jewish educator

Bella Zelkin
Community Organizer

Abby Stein
Jewish educator, writer, speaker, and activist

Boris Gulko
Chess Grandmaster

Inna Rabinovitch
Early Childhood Educator

Gera Sandler
Stage and movies actor

Alexander Drouz
Magister of the game «Что? Где? Когда?»

Yuliya Levit
Documentary and lifestyle photographer

Yelena Kutikova
Director of Learning and Development at UJA-Federation, Co-founder of Jewish Parent Academy

Grigory Gurevich
Sculptor, painter, photographer, graphic artist, printmaker, art book creator, and inventor

Noam Shumakh
Project Manager, Limmud FSU USA and Jewish Educator

Julia Belotserkovsky
Clinical psychologist

Yuliya Patrakova
Teacher, Jewish educator

Yaniv Halily
Correspondent of Yedioth Ahronoth

Danny Schultz
Co-Founder and Managing Director of Gotham Ventures

Oleg Kuvaev
Artist, designer and animator. Author of the animated series "Masyanya" and "Magazinchik Bo"

Landon Braverman
Musical theater composer and producer

Joy Ladin
Teacher, widely published essayist and poet, literary scholar, and nationally known speaker on transgender issues.

Ninet Tayeb
Singer, songwriter and actress

Joseph Telushkin
American rabbi, lecturer, and bestselling author of more than 15 books

Rachel Grant Meyer
Rabbi, director of Education (Community Engagement) at HIAS

Marina Reydler
Actress, Jewish educator

Leonid Vayner
Co-founder of iMishpacha

Boris Grachevskii
Founder and director of "Eralash”

Igor Meerson

Peter Reznik
LCSW, Ph.D. Mind-Body Integrative Therapist

Kheedim Oh
Founded Mama O’s Premium Kimchi

Yoel Rappel
Founder and former director of Elie Wiesel Archive at Boston University

Jars Balan
Author, Editor, and Literary Translator

Irina Reyn

Diana Zeltser

Reuven Ibragimov
Rabbi, spiritual leader and innovator

Dani Dayan
Consul General of Israel in New York, Ambassador

Lenny Gusel
Co-founder of RJeneration (known as 79ers)

Nalini Ibragimov
Educational Director of Souled

Amir Orad

Dmitry Romanov
Comedian, actor

Eyal Bino
Partner at ICONYC labs

Manny Waks
Community activist, Founder of Tzedek and Kol v'Oz


Amichai Lau-Lavie
Jewish educator, writer, performer

Nurit Koren
Member of Knesset

Gayle Squires
Food writer

Elizabeth Alpern & Jeffrey Yoskowitz
Co-owners of The Gefilteria

Colette Avital

Yoram Dori
Strategic advisor

Andrew Rekhels
Jewish Educator

Jane Dechtiar
Educational director of a summer camp program” Havurah”

David Broza
Singer, songwriter

Elihu Ben-Onn

Yigal Kotler
Educator, Historian

Alina Bitel
Informal Educator and Community Organizer

Oded Forer
Member of Knesset

Allen Lewis Rickman
Actor, writer and director

Danny Danon
Israel's envoy to the United Nations

Bassem Eid
Palestinian Human Rights Activist and NGO Director

Muhammed Barhum
Israeli-Arab SodaStream Factory Manager

Lori Palatnik
Writer and Jewish Educator

Benzion Klatzko
Founder of, Music producer, Successful author, a Rabbi and a Mohel

Yelena Khanga
Journalist, television personality and writer

Gidi Grinstein
Serial Social Entrepreneur

Nina Faynberg
Jewish Educator

Ari Y. Wasserman
Executive Director and chief talent behind AriSafari

Anna Kegeles
Artist, graphic designer, blogger and book publisher

Grigory Gurevich
Sculptor, painter, photographer, graphic artist, printmaker, art book creator, and inventor

Steve Eisenberg
A risk arbitrage specialist

Amir Shaviv
Senior Executive, The Joint Distribution Committee

Manashe Khaimov
Director of JCCA’s Bukharian Teen Lounge, entrepreneur, Jewish educator, and community leader

Simon Jacobson
Rabbi, Autor, Scholar

Bella Zelkin
Director of Émigré Services at JCCA

Alex Yentin
Licensed clinical psychotherapist and certified group psychotherapist

Dovid Katz
Professor, Historian, Yiddish specialist

Ilya Bratman
Executive Director at the Hillel at Baruch College

Alina Bas
Certified Executive Coach and Life Strategist

Gil Eyal
CEO and Co-founder of HyPR

Ilana Shydlo
Ilana Shydlo Founder of Accent Eraser, speech-language pathologist

Avi Killip
Director of Project Zug

Misha Galperin
Philanthropic Advisor

Eyal Bino
Co-founder and Partner at ICONYC labs

Semyon Dovzhik
Journalist, leading columnist of portal, writing for Lechaim magazine, and others media

Jeremy Borovitz
Rabbi, Jewish Educator

Gil Hovav
Leading culinary journalists, author, publisher and tv presenter

Sandra Lilienthal
Public Speaker, Jewish Educator

Mira Wasserman
Rabbi, Scholar

Andrey Akselrod
CTO and founder of Smartling

Lev Shneider
Self-taught pianist, composer

Sharon Weiss-Greenberg
Executive Director of JOFA

Tamir Zaltsman
Rabbi and Maggid, Expert on Jewish mysticism and psychology

Chemi Shalev
New York-based US Editor and Correspondent for Israel’s highly respected Haaretz daily newspaper

Vitaly Umansky
Artist, Educator

Israel “Izzy” Tapoohi
President and CEO, Development Corporation for Israel/Israel Bonds

Anya Azrelyan
RSJ Community lay leader, Co-Cair of the RAJMN Project, theatrical producer, writer and a pianist

Alexandra Gerson
Founder Russian Jewish Radio Station

Estee Bardanashvili
Senior Producer of International Social Impact at Sesame Workshop

Marina Rozenberg - Koritny
Head of the Department for the promotion of Aliyah, World Zionist Organization

Yaakov Zito
Multi-lingual writer, journalist and autism advocate

Sofya Tamarkin
Motivational speaker

Roman Kogan
Executive Director, Limmud FSU

Sandra Cahn
Co-founder, Limmud FSU and Philanthropist

William Hess
President of the American Zionist Movement

Marina Mirchevskaya
Art Director

Sasha Gerner
RSJ Community lay leader and a Chair of the RAJMN Project, actor and writer

Nehama Milson
Life-coach, writer

Chaim Chesler
Founder and Chairman, Executive Committee, Limmud FSU

Alex Selsky
CEO of the World Israel Beytenu, ‎Member of the Executive Board at ‎World Zionist Organization and the Jewish Agency, former adviser to Israeli Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Dmitry Shiglik
Chairman of the American Forum of Russian-speaking Jewry

Chaim Seidler-Feller
Rabbi, Executive Director, Hillel at UCLA

Michael Paley
Rabbi, Scholar, and Jewish Educator

Zhanna Beyl
Communal Education Networker at The Jewish Education Project

Hanan Harchol
Creator, writer and animator of Jewish Food For Thought

Ilya Khinskiy
Jewish Educator

Olga Markus
Jewish educator, Assistant Executive Director at COJECO

Katerina Romanenko
Assoc. Director of Education. National Museum of American Jewish History

Yuliya Mazur
Jewish Educator

Zeev Volkov
Tour guide, Educator

Yelena Yafe

Zhenya Lopatnik
Singer, Writer and Jewish Educator

Boris Dolin
Jewish Educator and Certified Tour Guide

Doreen Seidler-Feller
Clinical Psychologist, Assoociate Clinical Professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

David Teten
Partner with ff Venture Capital

Vadim Blumin
Historian and activist in the fields of Jewish Education and Civil Society in Israel

Leeza Negelev
Associate Director of Education at Mayyim Hayyim, a Community Mikveh

Marina Zurakhinsky
Community organizer, Jewish professional and lay leader, founder of Zplay

Ilya Akselrod
Israeli comedian and TV host

Marina Reydler
Actor, director, theatre educator and dreamer

Nalini Ibragimov
Educational Director of Souled

Reuven Ibragimov
Rabbi, spiritual leader and innovator

Evgeny Kogan
Entrepreneur, President of the Moscow Partners investment boutique

Ron Furman
Israeli Advocacy Activist

Alex Rubin
Community Leader

Gary Katz
Clinical Social Worker

Masha Gessen
Russian and American journalist, author and activist


Yigal Kotler
Educator, Historian

Rimma Shikh
Educator and Science popularizer for kids

Abraham H. Foxman
National Director of the Anti-Defamation League

James Kenigsberg
Chief Technology Officer and a founding team member, 2U inc.

Shaun Goldstone
Global Program Officer, JDC

Dmitry Astrahan
Theater and film director, actor

Jay Michaelson
Columnist for The Daily Beast & The Forward

Alex Tansky
Director of Education at the Village Temple, Congregation B’nai Israel in Manhattan

Ilan Evyatar
Editor-in-Chief of The Jerusalem Report and News Editor at The Jerusalem Post

Yelena Yafe
Motion Graphics Designer

Sunday Shkola
Sunday Shkola Park East Synagogue

Stanislav Smelianskiy
Writer, film director, creative director and poet

Yoel Matveyev
Yiddish poet, writer, researcher and cultural activist

Alice Kogan
Founder of the Cheburashka Project

Walter Ruby
Muslim-Jewish Relations Program Director

Fania Oz-Salzberger
Israeli writer and historian

Ilya Levin
Former U.S. Foreign Service Officer with the Department of State

Yehiel Fishzon
Historian, writer, guide

Reuven Ibragimov
Rabbi, spiritual leader and innovator

Manashe Khaimov
Director of JCCA’s Bukharian Teen Lounge, entrepreneur, Jewish educator, and community leader

Anna Zicer
Jewish Educator, Producer, and Actress

Alina Bitel
Informal Educator, a Community organizer, Chair, Limmud FSU US

Menachem Kaiser
Writer and Critic

Charlotte Hallé
Editor of Haaretz English

Lori Palatnik
Writer and Jewish educator

Ari Y. Wasserman
Executive Director and chief talent behind AriSafari

Mordehai Haimovich
Senior Writer, Ma’ariv

Martin Yafe
Israel Advocacy - Middle East Conflict Analysis

Anna Fishbeyn
Actor, playwright and producer

Leonard Petlakh
Executive Director at Kings Bay YM-YWHA an agency of UJA Federation of NY

Ilya Bratman
Executive Director, Hillel at Baruch College

Boris Gulko
Psychologist, Chess Grandmaster

George Itzhak
Filmmaker, photographer and storyteller

Yelena Vayner
Physical Therapist and Zumba Instructor

Victoria Drob
Researcher, Clinical Counselor

Iryna Rosenfeld
Ukrainian Singer, Actress, and Composer

Sonia Beker
Educator and author of "Symphony on Fire"

Nataliya Ostrovskaya
Food Business Entrepreneur

Dima Zicer
Educator, Director, and Founder of INO (Institute of Informal Education)

Michael Dorfman
Writer, essayist, journalist, human rights activist and activist of Yiddish culture revivalist movement

Marina Eybelman
Artist and photographer

Yuliya Levit
Documentary and lifestyle photographer

Vladimir Druk
Poet, inventor and technology expert

Aryeh (Lev) Katzin
Rabbi, educator, Jewish activist

Roman Kogan
Executive Director, Limmud FSU

Igor Schupak
Director of the Ukrainian Institute for Holocaust Studies "Tkumah"

Alla Paskovaty
Doctor of Pharmacy, Board Certified Pharmacy Specialist with Added Qualifications in Infectious Diseases

Anna Kaplan
Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Specializes in individual, family and group therapy

Marina Goodman
VP, Portfolio Oversight Management at Bank of America

Igor Klibanov
CEO of Fitness Solutions Plus

Sandra F. Cahn
Co-founder, Limmud FSU and Philanthropist

Chaim Chesler
Founder and Chair Executive Committee, Limmud FSU

Yaron Prywes
Expert in the science that supports leadership development and organization change

Boris Fishman
Writer, Journalist

Igor Irten'ev
Russian poet, a leading representative of the genre of irony in contemporary Russian poetry

Alexander Okun
Artist, writer, journalist

Mordechai Becher
Rabbi, educator, public speaker

Alexander Genis
Writer and literary critic

Victor Shenderovich
Satirist, writer, script writer and radio host