Marat Ressin

Professor, Businessman, President of York Entrepreneurship Development Institute

Marat Ressin has led an incredible 20+ year career as an internationally successful businessman in business and real estate development. Having completed his PhD in Economics with a specialization in “small business crisis management,” Marat Ressin has extensive expertise in growing small businesses that attract investment, and has successfully reinvented and rehabilitated over 30 businesses from […]


Richard Phillips

Communication Coach and Trainer

Richard ‘Ric’ Phillips is an executive communication coach and corporate trainer who helps leaders and teams communicate with simplicity, clarity and confidence.  He founded his company 3V Communications in 2007, which uses a holistic system to sharpen interpersonal and professional communication skills.  Ric is also a program advisor and instructor with YEDI and the executive director […]

Veronica Ressin

Veronika Ressina

Artist and Art Teacher

My name is Veronika Ressina. I have had a passion for theatre from a very young age. Starting from from small living room performances from friends and family, my hobby grew into a my profession.I am an actress. Currently, I am  double-majoring in Philosophy and Theatre Studies at the University of Toronto. I am lucky to […]

Lea Zeltserman

Lea Zeltserman

Freelance writer and Editor

Lea Zeltserman is a freelance writer and editor based in Toronto. Born in Leningrad, she immigrated at a very early age and was raised in Edmonton, Alberta. She writes on contemporary Russian-Jewish issues culture and the Soviet-Jewish immigration of the 1970s. She is currently working on an oral history project of immigration stories from the […]

Alexey Osipov

Alexei Osipov

Own correspondent to "Komsomol'skaya Pravada", USA and Business Communications Expert

Alexei Osipov is one of the leading experts in business communications, and a guest professor in various universities in USA and Russia, as well and high profile projects for Swisscom (Switzerland), SIU (Russia), RACH-C (USA). Alexei has graduated from Universita della Svizzera italiana (Switzerland). Alexei has dedicated more 15 years of his life to journalism and […]

Laura Feldt

Laura Feldt

Registered Therapist and Certified Yoga Instructor

Laura Feldt has been working in the field of Health and Wellness for over 25 years.  She is a Registered Occupational Therapist as well as a Yoga Alliance Certified Instructor.  She has experience working with a diverse range of individuals in a wide range of settings.  Her extensive assessment and treatment skills include working one […]

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Vadim Blumin

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

Makom Content & Training Specialist. Historian and activist in the fields of Jewish Education and Civil Society in Israel. Graduate of the Hebrew University, researching early-modern Jewish society in Eastern Europe. Formerly, headed JAFI’s Education Department in St. Petersburg, Russia, and served as Executive Director of the nonprofit “1+1: Association of Immigrant Youth.” He has […]

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Roman Pelts

FIDE Master and Chess trainer

Roman Pelts was born in Ukraine on August 11, 1937. As one of the world’s leading chess trainers, his accomplishments include the title FIDE Master. With over 50 years of teaching experience, he is the premier chess coach in Canada today. Roman Pelts has been teaching chess at Upper Canada College for over 22 years. […]

Alex Berlyand

Alex Berlyand

Co-Founder of Park-Bus

Alex Berlyand was born in Kiev, Ukraine and immigrated to Haifa, Israel at the age of 5 with his family, where he lived until making the move to Toronto, Canada in 2001. Alex, who also goes by Zohar, graduated with Honours from York University in 2009 with an International BA in Anthropology and in 2010 […]

Mordechai Haimovich

Mordehai Haimovich

Senior writer for the Israeli Ma’ariv newspaper.

Senior writer for the Israeli Ma’ariv newspaper.  Lecturer in journalism at the Sapir Academic College and Ariel University. Previously, he worked for Ma’ariv as  a correspondent in France, and served as editor of the daily supplement and on its news desk.  He also worked a news editor and anchor-man of the evening news radio magazine […]

Yuri Astrakhan

Yuri Astrakhan

Wikipedia Guru

Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, Yuri moved to the USA at the early age, Yuri has worked in a number of technology companies, banks and hedge funds. During his spare time, Yuri wrote substantial portion of the software behind Wikipedia as a volunteer from 2005, until in 2013 he decided to join Wikimedia Foundation as a […]

Herzl Makov

Herzl Makov

Director General, Menachem Begin Heritage Center

Herzl Makov Director General, Menachem Begin Heritage Center, Jerusalem. He has served as director of the Prime Minister’s bureau and held positions in the Jewish Agency and the World Zionist Organization, including director of the Emissaries Authority and the Educational Center, head of the Canadian delegation, and as secretary of the Zionist Executive. He chaired World Betar, and […]


Menachem Hacohen, Rabbi

Vice-President, Conference for Jewish Material Claims against Germany

Rabbi, Vice-President, Conference for Jewish Material Claims against Germany, former Chief Rabbi of Romania and a former member of the Knesset. Director of the Sapir Institute for Jewish Education, Jerusalem.


Jake Hirsch-Allen

Startup and intellectual property lawyer, entrepreneur

Jake currently works with students, staff and faculty at Canada’s universities and governments to leverage and LinkedIn to achieve their academic, professional and workforce development goals. He also tries to further LinkedIn’s vision to create economic opportunity for every member of the global workforce via its Economic Graph. Jake is a formerly startup and […]

Brian Twohey

Brian Twohey

Leadership Developer & Executive Coach

Brian has over 30 years of broad based international and domestic financial industry experience with highly developed skills in coaching, sales and marketing. Particularly sought after as an executive coach and team leader/developer of executives and senior sales professionals. Accomplished seminar leader and facilitator who motivates and inspires diverse audiences. Brian has taught essential sales […]

Vladimir Foigelman

Vladimir Fogelman

President and CEO of the Jewish Educational & Cultural Center, MAKOR.

Vladimir Fogelman was born in Kiev, Ukraine.  He graduated from Kiev University of Arts and Culture in 1989 with a Master’s Degree in choreography and administration for community and sport centers. In 1990, Vladimir founded The Children’s Jewish Dance Group, Yonteff (Holiday), which was the first Jewish children’s dance group in the former Soviet Union.  […]

Nadejda Tsvetkov

Nadejda Tsvetkov

Honeybees Researcher

Nadejda is finishing her masters research at York University and beginning her PhD. Her work has focused on learning and memory in honeybees. During her graduate work Nadejda presented at over 20 professional conferences and at least twice a year Nadejda presents to the public at the Royal Ontario Museum and Markham Museum.  

Manashe Khaimov

Manashe Khaimov

Innovator, Jewish Educator, and Community Leader

Manashe develops a visible presence for Bukharian youth in the community. As Director of JCCA’s Bukharian Teen Lounge, he organizes educational, social and recreational trips and activities, as well as implements leadership training seminars cultivating the next generation of Jewish leaders. Manashe founded the Bukharian Lens project, an intergenerational video project, highlighting the origins and […]

Valeriy Kogan

Valeriy Kogan, MD & PhD

Film Director & Producer

Dr. Valeri Kogan MD, PhD started his journey into films as a director and producer with the 1997 documentary, Linda Martin, From America with Love. Since then  he has actively been involved in the cinematic world, bringing to screen various documentaries as well as feature films. His projects include producing Obretennoe Detstvo (2000); feature film […]

Roy Horovitz

Roy Horovitz

Award-winning actor

Award-winning actor Roy Horovitz, the new artistic director of the Municipal Theatre in Kiryat Shmona, has directed a succession of critically acclaimed productions, including Pollard’s Trial, Not about Nightingales, Enchanted April, Incident at the Border and others. His acting credits include a one-man-show, My First Sony, and the film The Body, where he appeared with Antonio Banderas. A graduate of […]

Olena Bagno

Olena Bagno-Moldavski, PhD

Researcher at the Institute for National Security Studies (Israel)

Olena Bagno-Moldavski, a researcher at the Institute for National Security Studies (Israel) and a postdoc at the University of Toronto (Center for the Jewish Studies), specializes in public opinion in Israel and in the diasporas. Her additional research interests are nationalism and immigration, quality of democracy in Israel, Diaspora politics, political attitudes of Arabs in […]

Susie Stern

Susan Stern

Chair of the New York State Commission on National and Community Service & Chair of Global Programs for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee

Susan Stern is a local and national civic leader who currently serves as the chair of the New York State Commission on National and Community Service and as Chair of Global Programs for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee.  In 2011 Susan was nominated by President Barack Obama to chair the President’s Advisory Council on […]

Yigal Kotler

Yigal Kotler

Educator & Historian

Yigal Kotler, an educator and historian (MA in archeology and MA in Jewish education), is a doctoral candidate at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, He started his Jewish career as a founder and director of the first Jewish school in Odessa (Ukraine). Since then he obtained an extensive international experience working for the American Jewish […]

Yelena Goltsman

Yelena Goltsman

Founder and Co-president of RUSA LGBT

Yelena Goltsman is a Kiev-born human rights and LGBT activist. She is the founder and co-president of RUSA LGBT, an organization formed in 2008 to establish a social network for the Russian-speaking LGBTQ community in the New York area and beyond. RUSA LGBT regularly organizes cultural and social events to unite the Russian-speaking LGBTQ community […]

Stephen Shedletzky

Stephen Shedletsky

Founder of InspirAction and Partner of Simon Sinek’s team at Start With Why

As the founder of InspirAction and partner of Simon Sinek’s team at Start With Why, Stephen serves those inspired by Simon’s message and helps to grow the Start With Why movement by creating and sharing ideas, tools and resources. Stephen graduated from the Richard Ivey School of Business with an HBA, focusing on leadership, communication and […]

Michael Sprintsin

Michael Sprintsin, PhD

Geographer, Keren Kayemet le-Israel

Expert in environmental monitoring and forest inventories. Being a geographer by training, Michael defended his PhD thesis in environmental physics studying the assessment of vegetation status in semi-arid region by means of remote sensing. Michael Sprintsin has participated in several national and international projects and he is currently employed by the department of forest information […]

Sophie Milman

Sophie Milman

Award-winning jazz singer

Sophie Milman is a charismatic young Russian-born, Israeli-raised, Toronto-based jazz vocalist who’s well on her way to becoming an international sensation.  Still in her twenties, she’s been a household name in Canada since 2004, when her debut album established her as a major artist in her adopted home country.  Since then, she’s continued to take […]

Sonya Shikhman

Sonya Shikhman

Criminal Defence Lawyer

Sonya began her career in Criminal Defence Law during her first year of University studies when sher stared working for various prominent Criminal Defence Lawyers in Toronto. After finishing Osgoode Hall Law School Sonya joined the then firm of Adler Bytensky Prutschi as an articling student in 2006. In 2010 she joined the partnership where […]

Yaroslav Brooke

Slava Brook

Information and Resource development, Limmud FSU & Yoga Instructor

Yaroslav (Slava) Brook joined Limmud FSU in 2011 and is responsible for its information and resource development. He currently he works as Google AdWords consultant for the Israeli market, based in Leeds, UK. He has also been practicing Rocket Yoga for three years and was qualified as yoga instructor by It’s Yoga International in December 2013. Brook holds an MA […]

Rabbi Shmuley

Shmuley Boteach, Rabbi

America’s Rabbi

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, “America’s Rabbi,” whom The Washington Post and Newsweek call “the most famous Rabbi in America,” whom The Jerusalem Post lists as one of the fifty most influential Jews in the world, whom The Guardian calls a “leading American thinker,” and whom The New York Observer calls “the best-known Orthodox Jew in the […]

Rabbi Boruch Gorin

Boruch Gorin, Rabbi

Rabbi & Chairman of the Board of the Jewish Museum and Center of Tolerance

Boruch Gorin was born in 1973 in Odessa. In 1989 he graduated from the “School of the young journalists”. From 1990-1994 Rabbi Gorin studied at the Yeshiva in Moscow. In 1991 he founded and headed the Jewish magazine “Lehaim”, as well as a publishing company under the same name. Since 1999 he has headed the Public Relations Department of the […]

Olga Levitski

Olga Levitski

Social researcher & Writer

Olga Levitski holds an Honours MA degree in linguistics and ethnography from the University of St-Petersburg; an MA degree in Sociolinguistics from York University, Toronto; and is currently working towards the completion of her PhD thesis in Sociolinguistics with University of Ottawa, Ottawa. Olga’s main research interests include the qualitative methods in social research, language and […]

Mikhail Iossel

Mikhail Iossel, PhD

Founder and Executive Director of the Summer Literary Seminars International programs and Professor of English at Concordia University in Montreal

USSR-born Mikhail Iossel is the founder and executive director of the Summer Literary Seminars International programs and professor of English at Concordia University in Montreal. He is the author of Every Hunter Wants to Know, a collection of stories (W.W. Norton) and co-editor (with Jeff Parker) of the anthologies Amerika: Russian Writers View the United States (Dalkey Archive, […]

Meryle Kates

Meryle Kates

Executive Director for Stand With Us Canada

Meryle Kates began her professional life in Toronto with a focus on media and journalism, as Assistant Fashion and Beauty Editor for the only two fashion magazines in Canada. Her ambition to further achieve creatively led her to New York City, where she made her home for 17 years, and pursued a highly successful career that […]

Melanie Phillips

Melanie Phillips

Author & Journalist

My weekly column, which is currently appearing in The Times, has appeared over the years in the Guardian, Observer, Sunday Times and Daily Mail. I am a regular panellist on BBC Radio’s The Moral Maze and appear frequently on BBC TV’s signature political shows Question Time and The Daily Politics. I also write regularly for the Jewish Chronicle and the Jerusalem Post. My best-selling book Londonistan, about the British establishment’s capitulation to Islamist […]

Limor Livnat

Limor Livnat, MK

Minister of Culture and Sport of the State of Israel

Limor Livnat has served as the Minister of Culture and Sport in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s two successive governments since 2009. Born in Haifa, Ms. Livnat is a seventh generation Israeli. As in all her previous ministerial roles, Livnat is leading a through reform in the Ministry of Culture and Sport, geared at making those […]

Jeffrey Kopstien

Jeffrey Kopstein, PhD

Director of the Centre for Jewish Studies and Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto

Jeffrey Kopstein is Director of the Centre for Jewish Studies and Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto. In his research, Professor Kopstein focuses on interethnic violence, voting patterns of minority groups, and anti-liberal tendencies in civil society, paying special attention to cases within European and Russian Jewish history.  Kopstein is a winner […]

Ilya Bratman

Ilya Bratman

Executive Director at the Baruch College Hillel, CUNY

 In 1992, Ilya Bratman immigrated to the city of Pittsburgh, PA from Moscow, Russia. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1999 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Film Studies and Religious Studies. His studies included a year abroad in Israel in 1997 at Hebrew University of Jerusalem. During that time he was an intern in […]

Igor Shchupak

Igor Shchupak, PhD

Director at “Tkuma” Ukrainian Institute for Holocaust Studies & Museum “Jewish Memory and Holocaust in Ukraine” (Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine); Editor-in-chief at “Premier” Publishing House (Zaporozhye, Ukraine)

Graduated with honors from History Department of Zaporizhzhya State Education Institute, completed post-graduate education and the course in Jewish History at Bar Ilan University (Moscow, Russia – Jerusalem, Israel). In 1995 defended Ph. D. thesis in Zaporizhzhya State University (Ukraine), in 2002 obtained Evaluation of Ph. D. (Doctor of Philosophy) in Toronto University (Canada). Had been working […]

Helena Yakovlev-Golani

Helena Yakovlev-Golani, PhD

Dr. Helena Yakovlev-Golani is a security and foreign policy expert. She received her MA and Ph.D. in Conflict Research, Resolution and Management from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her research focuses on hegemonic powers, secondary states, emotions in conflicts, energy security and foreign policies of the post-Soviet and European states. She worked with the Jerusalem Institute for […]

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