Limmud FSU Presenters

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

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


David Teten
Managing Partner with HOF Capital

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

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

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

Joy Levitt
Rabbi, Jewish educator

Zhana Vrangalova
Doctor, sex researcher

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

Abby Stein
Jewish educator, writer, speaker, and activist

Ronald Lauder
President, World Jewish Congress

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

Sharon Weiss-Greenberg
Executive Director of JOFA

Edward Shenderovich
American entrepreneur

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

Leonid Gurevich
Designer. Stylist. Photographer.

Katya Katsman
MSW, family therapist and sexologist

Boris Burda
Journalist and TV presenter, writer,

Inna Rojzman
Psychologist, PhD

Benjamin Goldschmidt
Rabbi, Jewish educator

Roman Kogan
Executive Director, Limmud FSU

Chaim Chesler
Founder and Chairman, Executive Committee, Limmud FSU

Zoya Simakhodskaya
Clinical Psychologist

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

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

Masha Faynberg
Interior designer

Maya Balakirsky Katz
Professor of Art History

Elie Kaunfer
Co-founder and executive director of Mechon Hadar

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

Eugene Lekakh
CEO 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

Amir Orad

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

Menachem Kaiser
Writer, novelist, researcher

Yuliya Mazur
Informal Jewish Educator

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

Gera Sandler
Stage and movies actor

Ilya Bratman
Executive Director Hillel at Baruch College, CUNY

Liz Alpern
Co-owner of The Gefilteria

Leon Geyer
Russian/Ukrainian interpreter

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

Alex Yentin
Psychotherapist at Outpatient Psychiatric Clinic

Anna Ayzenberg
Yoga Instructor

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

Nechama Milson
Doctor, author, life coach

Ilya Khinsky
Jewish Educator

Inna Kuznetsova
President and Chief Operating Officer of INTTRA

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

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

Misha Gulko
Photographer, Filmmaker

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

Carolina Romanyuk
Child and Family Sleep Consultant

Jars Balan
Author, Editor, and Literary Translator

Annie Vakhler
License American Heart Association First Aid and CPR instructor

Bonnie Lautenberg
Esteemed photographer, Writer, Philanthropist, and Businesswoman

Reuven Khaskin
Rabbi, Jewish educator

Lior Vaknin
Founder and President at Israeli Startups NYC

Nadya Drukker
Executive Director of the Tanger Hillel at Brooklyn College

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

Batsheva Ganz
Artist, Jewish educator

Boris Gulko
Chess Grandmaster

Leonid Vayner
Co-founder of iMishpacha

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

Inna Rabinovitch
Early Childhood Educator

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

Marina Reydler
Actress, Jewish educator

Mirele B. Goldsmith
Environmental psychologist, educator, and activist

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

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

Steve Eisenberg
A risk arbitrage specialist

Abby Stein
Jewish educator, writer, speaker, and activist

Julia Belotserkovsky
Clinical psychologist

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

Noam Shumakh
Project Manager, Limmud FSU USA and Jewish Educator

Ari Y. Wasserman
Executive Director and chief talent behind AriSafari

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

Boris Khodorkovsky
Chairman of Board of Trustees of Mazel Day School

Joan Nathan
Award-winning American cookbook author and newspaper journalist

Yona Verwer
Artist and Founder, Director Jewish Art Salon

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

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

Ninet Tayeb
Singer, songwriter and actress

Alex Tabak
Tour guide, jewish educator

Gil Eyal
CEO and Co-founder of HYPR

Bella Zelkin
Community Organizer

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

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

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

Shamira Malekar
Assistant Professor at the business department in CUNY

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

Anna Dayn
Private Equity Investment Advisor, founder of Dayn Advisors

Asher Altshul
Rabbi, Jewish Educator

Yuliya Levit
Documentary and lifestyle photographer

Julie Reines Chervinsky
Director of the Blavatnik Archive Foundation

Irina Reyn

Yuliya Patrakova
Teacher, Jewish educator

Yaniv Halily
Correspondent of Yedioth Ahronoth

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

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

Danny Schultz
Co-Founder and Managing Director of Gotham Ventures

Landon Braverman
Musical theater composer and producer

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

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

Reuven Ibragimov
Rabbi, spiritual leader and innovator

Nalini Ibragimov
Educational Director of Souled

Boris Grachevskii
Founder and director of "Eralash”

Zhenya Lopatnik
Singer, Composer, Educator

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

Dani Dayan
Consul General of Israel in New York, Ambassador

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

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

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

Dmitry Romanov
Comedian, actor

Eyal Bino
Partner at ICONYC labs