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!


Misha Rubin
Career educator

Inna Yulman
Relationship Transformation Coach, Entrepreneur

Yehuda Sarna
Chief Rabbi in the United Arab Emirates, Executive Director of the Bronfman Center

Menachem Kaiser
Writer, researcher

Peter G. Weintraub
Rabbi, Middle East Expert, spiritual leader

Gera Sandler
Actor, stage director, writer composer ,voice talent and a TV personality

Irina G. Strogach
Registered Dietitian and Certified Dietitian-Nutritionist

Leonid Gurevich
Jewish-American designer, ad-campaign stylist, and a published fashion photographer

Dumisani Washington
Pastor, composer, author

David Harris
AJC Chief Executive Officer Edward and Sandra Meyer Office of the CEO

Israel Nitzan
Acting Consul General​

Ronit Asheri
Actress, singer, TV personality

Romashka Band
Powerful vocals, Brassy Balkan beats, sexy strings, guitar and accordion syncopations.... gypsy / Balkan / Russian / klezmer party music

Grigory Vogman
Game Master


Ran Bar-Yoshafat
Deputy Director of the Kohelet Policy Forum

Sylvana Foa
Former foreign correspondent, former UN spokesman

Eric Goldman
Doctor and adjunct professor of cinema at Yeshiva University

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

Katya Katsman
Clinical social worker, family therapist and sexologist

Isroel Barenbaum
Judge from Rabbinical Court in Russia

Asher Altshul
Rabbi, Jewish Educator

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

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

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

Alex Yentin

German Nudelman
PhD, Senior Bioinformatics Analyst

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

Masha Faynberg
Interior designer

Efraim Zuroff
Chief Nazi-hunter of the Simon Wiesenthal Center

Yafo Mardakhayeva
Mountain Jews Cookbook Co-author

Sveta Lior Model
Registered Social Worker, Psychotherapist, Group Facilitator


Eli Ovits
Chief Executive of Limmud.

Alex Ryaboy
Composer, producer, performing artist and educator

Chaim Chesler
Founder and Chairman, Executive Committee, Limmud FSU

Alexander Genis
Writer, literary critic, and radio broadcaster

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

Lana Shalumov
MSED, Coach/Instructor in Neurographica

Sam Bodenheimer
Performer, educator, and music producer

Hadar Farkash
Jewish community activist

Virag Gulyas
The Almost Jewish

Vadim Blumin
Historian, Educator and a Social Activist

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

Avital Chizhik-Goldschmidt
Life editor at the Forward

Mira Stroika
Singer, songwriter and producer

Roman Kogan
Executive Director, Limmud FSU

Hadas Kalderon
Actress, Playwriter, Director

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

David Bezmozgis
Author and Filmmaker

Rachel Sharansky Danziger
Writer and Teacher

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

Mordechai Becher
Senior Lecturer Gateways, Instructor at Yeshiva University


Abigail Pogrebin
American writer

Alan Dershowitz
American lawyer and author

Ronald Lauder
President, World Jewish Congress

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

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

Howard Rosenman
Producer, Actor and Writer

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

Leonid Gurevich
Designer. Stylist. Photographer.

Michael Shmerkin
Figure Skater. First Israeli Olympian Winter

Zhana Vrangalova
Doctor, sex researcher

Sharon Weiss-Greenberg
Executive Director of JOFA

Grisha Yakubovich
Expert in the Israeli Palestinian Relations

Inna Rojzman
Psychologist, PhD

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

David Teten
Managing Partner with HOF Capital

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

Boris Burda
Journalist and TV presenter, writer,

Joy Levitt
Rabbi, Jewish educator

Maya Balakirsky Katz
Professor of Art History

Zoya Simakhodskaya
Clinical Psychologist

Abby Stein
Jewish educator, writer, speaker, and activist

Edward Shenderovich
American entrepreneur

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

Benjamin Goldschmidt
Rabbi, Jewish educator

Katya Katsman
MSW, family therapist and sexologist

Elie Kaunfer
Co-founder and executive director of Mechon Hadar


Eugene Lekakh
CEO of the American Forum of Russian Speaking Jewry

Menachem Kaiser
Writer, novelist, researcher

Lior Vaknin
Founder and President at Israeli Startups NYC

Yaniv Halily
Correspondent of Yedioth Ahronoth

Inna Rabinovitch
Early Childhood Educator

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

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

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

Noam Shumakh
Project Manager, Limmud FSU USA and Jewish Educator

Ilya Khinsky
Jewish Educator

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

Nechama Milson
Doctor, author, life coach

Yona Verwer
Artist and Founder, Director Jewish Art Salon

Steve Eisenberg
A risk arbitrage specialist

Carolina Romanyuk
Child and Family Sleep Consultant

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

Misha Gulko
Photographer, Filmmaker

Gera Sandler
Stage and movies actor

Gil Eyal
CEO and Co-founder of HYPR

Julie Reines Chervinsky
Director of the Blavatnik Archive Foundation

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

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

Ari Y. Wasserman
Executive Director and chief talent behind AriSafari

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

Kheedim Oh
Founded Mama O’s Premium Kimchi

Bonnie Lautenberg
Esteemed photographer, Writer, Philanthropist, and Businesswoman

Reuven Khaskin
Rabbi, Jewish educator

Abby Stein
Jewish educator, writer, speaker, and activist

Yuliya Patrakova
Teacher, Jewish educator

Yuliya Levit
Documentary and lifestyle photographer

Boris Grachevskii
Founder and director of "Eralash”

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

Inna Kuznetsova
President and Chief Operating Officer of INTTRA

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

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

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

Mirele B. Goldsmith
Environmental psychologist, educator, and activist

Alex Tabak
Tour guide, jewish educator

Bella Zelkin
Community Organizer

Boris Gulko
Chess Grandmaster

Anna Dayn
Private Equity Investment Advisor, founder of Dayn Advisors

Julia Belotserkovsky
Clinical psychologist

Marina Reydler
Actress, Jewish educator

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

Dani Dayan
Consul General of Israel in New York, Ambassador

Jars Balan
Author, Editor, and Literary Translator

Leon Geyer
Russian/Ukrainian interpreter

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

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

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

Danny Schultz
Co-Founder and Managing Director of Gotham Ventures

Landon Braverman
Musical theater composer and producer

Alex Yentin
Psychotherapist at Outpatient Psychiatric Clinic

Shamira Malekar
Assistant Professor at the business department in CUNY

Diana Zeltser

Nadya Drukker
Executive Director of the Tanger Hillel at Brooklyn College

Batsheva Ganz
Artist, Jewish educator

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

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

Joan Nathan
Award-winning American cookbook author and newspaper journalist

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

Boris Khodorkovsky
Chairman of Board of Trustees of Mazel Day School

Anna Ayzenberg
Yoga Instructor

Leonid Vayner
Co-founder of iMishpacha

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

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

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

Reuven Ibragimov
Rabbi, spiritual leader and innovator

Yuliya Mazur
Informal Jewish Educator

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

Ninet Tayeb
Singer, songwriter and actress

Igor Meerson

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

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

Zhenya Lopatnik
Singer, Composer, Educator

Irina Reyn

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

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

Annie Vakhler
License American Heart Association First Aid and CPR instructor

Dmitry Romanov
Comedian, actor

Nalini Ibragimov
Educational Director of Souled

Amir Orad

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

Eyal Bino
Partner at ICONYC labs

Ilya Bratman
Executive Director Hillel at Baruch College, CUNY


Amichai Lau-Lavie
Jewish educator, writer, performer

Elizabeth Alpern & Jeffrey Yoskowitz
Co-owners of The Gefilteria

Bassem Eid
Palestinian Human Rights Activist and NGO Director

Colette Avital

Masha Gessen
Russian and American journalist, author and activist

Gil Eyal
CEO and Co-founder of HyPR

Andrew Rekhels
Jewish Educator

Lori Palatnik
Writer and Jewish Educator

Nalini Ibragimov
Educational Director of Souled

Nina Faynberg
Jewish Educator

Amir Shaviv
Senior Executive, The Joint Distribution Committee

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

Ilya Bratman
Executive Director at the Hillel at Baruch College

Reuven Ibragimov
Rabbi, spiritual leader and innovator

Sandra Lilienthal
Public Speaker, Jewish Educator

Mira Wasserman
Rabbi, Scholar

Lev Shneider
Self-taught pianist, composer

Ari Y. Wasserman
Executive Director and chief talent behind AriSafari

Yaakov Zito
Multi-lingual writer, journalist and autism advocate

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

Elihu Ben-Onn

Yigal Kotler
Educator, Historian

Marina Reydler
Actor, director, theatre educator and dreamer

Muhammed Barhum
Israeli-Arab SodaStream Factory Manager

Anna Kegeles
Artist, graphic designer, blogger and book publisher

Alina Bas
Certified Executive Coach and Life Strategist

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

Avi Killip
Director of Project Zug

Eyal Bino
Co-founder and Partner at ICONYC labs

Nehama Milson
Life-coach, writer

Evgeny Kogan
Entrepreneur, President of the Moscow Partners investment boutique

Sandra Cahn
Co-founder, Limmud FSU and Philanthropist

Zhanna Beyl
Communal Education Networker at The Jewish Education Project

Jeremy Borovitz
Rabbi, Jewish Educator

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

Gayle Squires
Food writer

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

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

Ilya Akselrod
Israeli comedian and TV host

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

Gary Katz
Clinical Social Worker

Nurit Koren
Member of Knesset

Yoram Dori
Strategic advisor

David Broza
Singer, songwriter

Sharon Weiss-Greenberg
Executive Director of JOFA

Alina Bitel
Informal Educator and Community Organizer

Oded Forer
Member of Knesset

Danny Danon
Israel's envoy to the United Nations

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

Yelena Khanga
Journalist, television personality and writer

Allen Lewis Rickman
Actor, writer and director

Gidi Grinstein
Serial Social Entrepreneur

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

Andrey Akselrod
CTO and founder of Smartling

Steve Eisenberg
A risk arbitrage specialist

Simon Jacobson
Rabbi, Autor, Scholar

Bella Zelkin
Director of Émigré Services at JCCA

Alex Yentin
Licensed clinical psychotherapist and certified group psychotherapist

Zhenya Lopatnik
Singer, Writer and Jewish Educator

Dovid Katz
Professor, Historian, Yiddish specialist

Misha Galperin
Philanthropic Advisor

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

Alex Rubin
Community Leader

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

Yelena Yafe

Sofya Tamarkin
Motivational speaker

Roman Kogan
Executive Director, Limmud FSU

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

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

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

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

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

Zeev Volkov
Tour guide, 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

Ron Furman
Israeli Advocacy Activist


Alexander Okun
Artist, writer, journalist

Boris Fishman
Writer, Journalist

Charlotte Hallé
Editor of Haaretz English

Vladimir Druk
Poet, inventor and technology expert

Fania Oz-Salzberger
Israeli writer and historian

Igor Klibanov
CEO of Fitness Solutions Plus

Stanislav Smelianskiy
Writer, film director, creative director and poet

Dmitry Astrahan
Theater and film director, actor

Alice Kogan
Founder of the Cheburashka Project

Chaim Chesler
Founder and Chair Executive Committee, Limmud FSU

Yehiel Fishzon
Historian, writer, guide

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

Ari Y. Wasserman
Executive Director and chief talent behind AriSafari

Anna Zicer
Jewish Educator, Producer, and Actress

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

Anna Fishbeyn
Actor, playwright and producer

Mordehai Haimovich
Senior Writer, Ma’ariv

Marina Eybelman
Artist and photographer

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

Aryeh (Lev) Katzin
Rabbi, educator, Jewish activist

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

Roman Kogan
Executive Director, Limmud FSU

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

Marina Goodman
VP, Portfolio Oversight Management at Bank of America

Victor Shenderovich
Satirist, writer, script writer and radio host

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

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

Martin Yafe
Israel Advocacy - Middle East Conflict Analysis

George Itzhak
Filmmaker, photographer and storyteller

Victoria Drob
Researcher, Clinical Counselor

Yelena Yafe
Motion Graphics Designer

Sonia Beker
Educator and author of "Symphony on Fire"

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

Sunday Shkola
Sunday Shkola Park East Synagogue

Yoel Matveyev
Yiddish poet, writer, researcher and cultural 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

Nataliya Ostrovskaya
Food Business Entrepreneur

Jay Michaelson
Columnist for The Daily Beast & The Forward

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

Yelena Vayner
Physical Therapist and Zumba Instructor

Alexander Genis
Writer and literary critic

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

Walter Ruby
Muslim-Jewish Relations Program Director

Menachem Kaiser
Writer and Critic

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

Iryna Rosenfeld
Ukrainian Singer, Actress, and Composer

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

Reuven Ibragimov
Rabbi, spiritual leader and innovator

Yuliya Levit
Documentary and lifestyle photographer

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

Lori Palatnik
Writer and Jewish educator

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

Mordechai Becher
Rabbi, educator, public speaker