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Hirsch Rabiski

Rabbi and Jewish Educator

Rabbi Hirsch Rabiski was born into a family which observed Jewish traditions while living in Moscow. As a child, the future Rabbi Rabiski attended a Soviet school while secretly studying Torah. In the early 70s, after leaving Russia he studied at the Lubavitcher yeshivot in Israel, France and the United States and obtained the status of Rabbi. He was a […]

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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 […]

Natalia Feduschak

Natalia A. Feduschak

Journalist and Director of the communications of the Ukrainian Jewish Encounter

Natalia A. Feduschak joined UJE in October 2013. With more than twenty years of international journalism experience, she has spent much of her career covering the former Soviet Union, from the empire’s breakup to the challenges faced by newly independent states. She has written for leading publications in Europe and North America, including the Wall […]

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Raya Shadursky

Director of Operation at Ukrainian-Jewish Encounter

Raya Shadursky has come from the private and not-for-profit sectors, where she has held senior management positions, including Western Regional Director, Institute of Canadian Bankers, and Canadian Director of the Certified Employee Benefits Specialist program. For the past six years she has held the position of Ukrainian Jewish Encounter (UJE) Director of Operations. As part […]

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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 […]

Tina Grimberg

Tina Grimberg

Rabbi & Author

Rabbi Tina Grimberg grew up in the Ukrainian city of Kiev. She moved to North America with her family when she was sixteen. Rabbi Grimberg initially trained and worked as a family therapist. She has her rabbinical degree from Hebrew Union College’s Jewish Institute of Religion. She is the first female émigré from the Soviet […]

Anastasia Kuk

Anastasia Kuk

Experienced Child Educator

Anastasia Kuk is a mother of 3 adorable children, creative educator, artist and math teacher in a high school in Montreal. She has over 15 year of experience as an educator in and outside the classroom. She holds a BA in Math and Education from Ben Gurion University.

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Shai Aharonov, Dr.

Clinical Director of the Neurological Institute of Brain, Body and Being

Dr. Shai Aharonov is the Clinical Director of the Neurological Institute of Brain, Body and Being. He uses drug-free, non-invasive methods, to treat and train clients with various neurological conditions and psychological symptoms like chronic pain, insomnia, dizziness, concussions, learning disabilities, anxiety and depression. Shai was born and raised in Israel. He holds a Doctor […]

Yuri Korenblum

Yuri Rudnitsky-Korenblum

Born in Vladivostok to a Jewish family of Soviet Army officer father and freelance writer mother . Graduated from The Far Eastern State Medical University . Was involved in amateur play-writing and had been member of The Medical School Playhouse and member of The Medical School “KBH” team . Practiced medicine in the field of […]

Anshel Pfeffer

Anshel Pfeffer

Journalist and Writer

Anshel Pfeffer is a journalist at the Israeli daily newspaper Ha’aretz covering military, international and Jewish affairs. His column, ‘Jerusalem and Babylon’, appears every Friday on haaretz.com.

Victoria Prooday

Victoria Prooday

Registered Occupational Therapist and Founder of a Clinic

Victoria Prooday is a Registered Occupational Therapist with an extensive experience working with children and parents. Victoria is a founder and a clinical director of a multidisciplinary clinic for children with behavioral, attention, social, emotional and academic challenges.  Her strong believe is that the first step towards helping children begins from helping parents as raising […]

Yosef Mendelevitch

Yosef Mendelevitch

Refusnik and Political Activist

Yosef Mendelevitch , was a Jewish refusenik from the former Soviet Union, also known as a “Prisoner of Zion” and now a politically unaffiliated rabbi living in Jerusalem who gained fame for his adherence to Judaism and public attempts to emigrate to Israel at a time when it was considered to be against the law […]

Iryna Rosenfeld

Iryna Rosenfeld

Award winning singer

Winning numerous competitions, Iryna starred in television productions and has been nominated for countless awards. In 2013, she released her second album “Зроблена в Україні” (Zroblena v Ukraini) – Made in Ukraine. It is an album of Jewish songs in Hebrew, Yiddish, Russian, and English. Irina is active in the Jewish community and passionate about […]

Judy Zelikovitz

Judy Zelikovitz

Vice President, University and Local Partner Services with the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA)

Judy is Vice President, University and Local Partner Services with the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA), the advocacy agency of the organized Jewish community of Canada. This follows several years in a related capacity for the Canada-Israel Committee. In this role she supports the pro-Israel and organized Jewish community’s advocacy goals working with […]

Mary Pennock

Mary Pennock

Communications Expert

MA in English and Communication – SUNY Potsdam, BA in Music Education – Crane School of Music, 15 years as CTE English teacher at Bohlen Technical Center, 4 years as EDGE teacher for Jefferson Community College, JCC Continuing Education, Professional Development Trainer. Mary has expertise teaching collaboration and team building strategies that result in high […]

Anton Nossik

Anton Nossik

Blogger, Columnist and Entrepreneur

Anton Nossik was born in Moscow and secretly studied Hebrew in the 1980s. He lived in Israel between 1990 and 1997, working as a columnist and editor for Hebrew, Russian and English newspapers, including Maariv and Jerusalem Post. In 1995, he founded one of Israel’s earliest web-design companies, Sharat Communications. He started his first daily […]

Miriam Tikotin

Miriam Tikotin

Soprano and Voice Teacher

Miriam Tikotin, soprano and voice teacher. Studied with leading voice teachers in Israel (Gilah Yaron, Marina Levitt) and Canada (Jean MacPhail, Mary-Lou Fallis), and specialized in Early Music with Ayala Sicron and in Europe in several master-classes. Miriam has performed under the batons of Maestro Stanley Sperber, Maestro Dan Ettinger and Maestro Yoël Levi. Her […]

Julia Robinson

Julia Robinson

Etiquette & Protocol Expert

Dr. Julia Robinson is the founder of to the International Etiquette & Protocol Academy. She has been involved in the corporate world for the past 30 years, running various businesses and foundations. Her extensive educational background includes a degree in Medicine from the Riga University of Medicine, a film and television degree from the New […]

Ronen Geisler

Ronen Geisler

Stand-Up Comedian

Ronen Geisler is a Jewish stand-up comedian based in Toronto, Ontario. He  has appeared at a variety of comedy clubs in Toronto, Beijing, Montreal, Ottawa, and New York City. He also hosts the popular Learn English Funcast Podcast. Where he teaches English learners around the world how to learn English through jokes. He currently hosts […]

Valeria Buzaker

Valeria Buzaker

Attorney at Law

Valeria Buzaker is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and has been called to the bar in both Ontario and Israel. Her international training allows her to bring significant knowledge of the law as well as skill gained through years of real practice in two different countries. She has extensive experience handling […]

Samuel Lebens

Samuel Lebens, Rabbi

An academic, educator, journalist, Orthodox rabbi and family man

An academic, educator, journalist, Orthodox rabbi and family man. Currently a research fellow at the Centre for Philosophy of Religion at Rutgers University, and is adjunct faculty at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies. Sam Lebens is an academic philosopher at Rutgers University. He holds a PhD in philosophy from the University of London and […]

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Andrii Krawchuk

Professor of Religious Studies and past President of the University of Sudbury

Andrii Krawchuk is Professor of Religious Studies and past President of the University of Sudbury (2004–2009). Author of Christian Social Ethics in Ukraine: the Legacy of Andrei Sheptytsky (Toronto, 1997) and co-editor with Thomas Bremer of Eastern Orthodox Encounters of Identity and Otherness: Values, Self-Reflection, Dialogue (New York, 2014), and editor of numerous other documentary collections on religion, society […]

Nadia Stolpner

Nadia Stolpner

Contemplative Arts facilitator and Counsellor

Passionate about beauty, peace, and joy/divine presence within all and beyond, she facilitates transformative workshops using contemplative dance, other arts and meditation. Originally from St. Petersburg, Russia, Nadia’s journey in creating her work began by first studying and working in the field of business, then switching to social work, followed by pursuing her interests in […]

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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 […]

Leonid Ptashka

Leonid Ptashka

World-renowned Pianist and Composer

A world-renowned pianist and composer Leonid is a virtuoso instrumentalist and a brilliant performer who was included in the prestigious list of “100 outstanding musicians of the 20-th century” by the American Biographical Institute. A graduate of the famous Gnessin Academy of Music in Moscow, his musical achievements spread far beyond the Russian Jazz circuit. […]

Gidi Grinstein

Gidi Grinstein

President and Founder of the Reut Institute

Gidi Grinstein is the President and Founder of the Reut Institute, a non-partisan, non-profit strategy group that aims to sustain significant and substantive impact on Israel and the Jewish World under the banner of 21st Century Zionism. Before founding Reut, Grinstein served as Secretary and Coordinator of the Israeli negotiation team on the Permanent Status Agreement […]

Alla Kadysh

Alla Kadysh

Radio host and Journalist

The outspoken radio host is best known for controversial  talk show  “Radio Plus” on 1430 AM, but the prominent Russian journalist and  self-proclaimed “political junkie” also runs a weekly Russian language newspaper Gazeta Plus and a bi-weekly entertainment magazine Russian Week.Alla Kadysh is also involved in the entertainment industry from the artistic side: she’s an accomplished singer-songwriter and has a long-standing relationship […]

Rita Leistner

Rita Leistner

Award-winning War Photographer and Documentarian

Rita Leistner is an interdisciplinary practitioner-theorist: an award-winning war photographer and documentarian with an MA in comparative literature (1990) from the University of Toronto, where she teaches the history of photojournalism and documentary photography. Her new book, Looking for Marshall McLuhan in Afghanistan (Intellect, The University of Chicago Press, December 2013), applies the pioneering Canadian […]

Matthew Light

Matthew Light

Academic

Matthew Light received his Ph.D. in political science from Yale University in 2006.  Since 2008, he has worked as assistant (now associate) professor of criminology and sociolegal studies at the University of Toronto.  His research interests are in migration, policing, criminal justice, and corruption, mainly in the post-Soviet region.  His book, Migration and the Fragility […]

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Pinchas Polonsky, PhD

Academic and Jewish Educator

Pinchas Polonsky is a Russian–Israeli Jewish-religious philosopher, researcher, and educator active among the Russian-speaking Jewish community. He has written several original books as well as a number of translations of important works on Judaism. Books written by Pichas Polonsky canbe purchased here: http://ejwiki-books.com/

Ilya Akselrod

Ilya Akselrod

Stand up Comedian and TV Host

Ilya Akselrod came to Israel from Minsk in 1990 at the age of six. At the age of 15 he became involved with KVN. Participates in”Comedy Battle” in Russia and manages a stand-up project in Israel. He hosts a morning television show on Channel 9.

Rabbi Dr. Eliezer Shore

Eliezer Shore, Rabbi & PhD

Rabbi and Professor

Rabbi Dr. Eliezer Shore is a teacher of Jewish thought and spirituality.  He lectures at various universities, colleges and yeshivot in Israel, and his articles and original stories have appeared in numerous publications and anthologies. He has studied with some of the great Kabbalists and Hasidic Masters of today, and he seeks to convey the power […]

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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. […]

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 […]

Menachem Kaiser

Menachem Kaiser

Writer & Journalist

Menachem Kaiser is a writer and journalist. His work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Review of Books, New York, Vogue, Slate, Salon, Tablet, The Atlantic and elsewhere. In 2010-2011, Menachem was a Fulbright Fellow in Lithuania, where he studied post-Holocaust memory and narrative, and was a visiting professor at Vilnius University. […]

Igor Klibanov

Igor Klibanov

Author and Founder of "Fitness Solutions Plus"

Igor Klibanov is the author of the book STOP EXERCISING! The Way You Are Doing it Now. Additionally, he is the CEO of one of Toronto’s premier personal training companies, called “Fitness Solutions Plus.” He specializes in helping busy, stressed-out professionals have more energy, look better, and perform at their best.

Chaim Chesler

Chaim Chesler

Founder and Chair Executive Committee, Limmud FSU

In 2006, together with Sandra Cahn (US) and Mikhail Chlenov (Russia), Chaim founded Limmud FSU and chairs its Executive Committee.  As executive director of the Israel Public Council for Soviet Jewry, he worked in Israel and around the globe to raise awareness of the struggle of Soviet Jews and their right to repatriate to Israel. Chesler […]

Sandra F. Cahn

Sandra F. Cahn

Co-founderof Limmud FSU and Philanthropist

As a co-founder of Limmud FSU and philanthropist, Cahn has long been involved in fundraising for numerous major organizations. She co-founded UJA-Federation of New York’s Women’s Executive Circle, a group serving female CEOs, CFOs, and presidents of significant corporations.  As a professional,Cahn has held executive positions in business and the nonprofit sectors. She serves on […]

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