Galya Sarner

Director of the Israeli Canadian Project at UJA Federation of Greater Toronto and the Shwartz/ Reisman Centre

Director of the Israeli-Canadian Project at UJA Federation of Greater Toronto and the Schwartz/ Reisman Centre. Since joining the UJA Federation of Toronto in 2005, Galya has been working closely with the growing community of Israeli Jews who have moved to Canada. In her work with the Israeli-Canadian community, Galya has helped initiate many projects […]


Jana Tuhman

Health and Holistic nutrition consultant. Biomedical science researcher

Jana Tuhman is a Health and Holistic nutrition consultant. She Holds Master degrees of Science of Biophysics and Biomedical science, Bar-Ilan University and University of Toronto. Current research: Holistic nutrition impact on human body and mind. Her research topics include nutrition assessment and practice, and statistical live-blood test analysis.  


Karine Rashkovsky

Expert on education, critical thinking, literature and writing. Executive Director of Language Arts Programs, Curriculum Developer and Lead Instructor.

Dr. Karine Rashkovsky, Ph.D. Education Policy – Founder & Director of Brain Power Her social-entrepreneurial mission has always been to create innovative solutions to the problems of both status-quo-proliferating education and accessibility to top-caliber programs for high-achieving students. She is also well-known for her magnetic and infectious energy in teaching the powers of public speaking […]


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 […]

Marina Feldman

Marina Feldman

Painter, Artist, Teacher

Marina is the daughter of an internationally known artist Arkady Remennik, an author of the only patent in the art field in the USSR, called “the paper engraving technique”. Marina worked alongside her father in his studio since childhood where she developed her own unique expression. Marina graduated from the Moscow Polygraph University– Faculty of Graphic Design in […]

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Paul John Reale

Founder & Director of Mindbridge Education, Lecturer at St. Michael’s College, Educational Consultant on historical and contemporary education in Ontario

Paul Reale is the Founder and Director of Mindbridge Education and a lecturer in the Christianity and Culture Program at the University of Toronto. Paul is a scholar in the history of education in Ontario, and his current research focuses on the rise of alternative schools in Ontario. He examines the contemporary shift to defragment […]

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 […]

Rabbi Yair Spitz

Yair Spitz

Rabbi, educational director and leader for a number of Jewish educational institutions and foundations in Israel

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Rabbi Spitz grew up in Israel and attended higher Jewish Education Yeshivot for 8 years, attaining Rabbinical Ordination. He holds an M.A. in Judaic Studies, a B.A. in Jewish Education and is a graduate of Harvard’s School of Education Summer Leadership Courses. Rabbi Spitz served in the IDF artillery corp, […]

Ilan Fainer

Ilan Fainer

Business Economics student; Young Limmudnik's Program facilitator

Ilan is a third year Business Economics student at York’s Bilingual French Campus. As soon as he began his post-secondary education, he got involved in the J. Lead Leadership Program. It has helped him learn about his Russian Jewish identity and connect with others in the community. Moreover, this program was the stepping stone to […]

Ilana Golzman

Ilana Golzman

Health and Science student, Young Limmudnik's Program facilitator

Ilana is a third year university Health and Science student. She has been avidly involved in the Russian Jewish community for the last 8 years; Ilana has both volunteered and worked for J. Roots, J.Projects, and J.Academy as she grew through her teen years. Through these programs she focused on experiential Jewish learning, both Russian […]

Vyacheslav Yasov

Humpty Dumpty Puppet Theatre

Humpty Dumpty Puppet Theatre was established in Toronto in 2008. Over the past 3 years our theatre produced 7 plays for children. Among which we have well-known fairytales and puppet concerts, performed through various demonstrations of the puppet’s extraordinary abilities. The theatre’s plays have been successful not only in Toronto, but in Montreal, London and other […]

Masha Gorelik

Masha Gorelik

French Immersion teacher; Young Limmudnik's Program facilitator

My name is Maria (Masha Gorelik) and I am a certified ! I love working with kids, both in J. Academy and in many other places! I have facilitated a number of workshops in the past years, including Journalism, Media, Jewish Education, and more! I love everything education, reading, movies, and animals! I speak four […]

Robyn Urovitz

Robyn Urovitz

Designated Early Childhood Educator, YRDSB; Young Limmudnik's Prgram facilitator

Robyn Urovitz is qualified and competent working with young children. She currently works as a Designated Early Childhood Educator with the York Region District School Board (YRDSB) in the full day kindergarten program. Robyn received her honours diploma from Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology in Early Childhood Education. Robyn has experience working with […]


Leonora Buskin

Visual Arts educator; Young Limmudnik's Prgram facilitator

Leonora Helen Buskin is a visual arts educator whose aspiration in life is to share her passion for fine art with others. She is a strong believer that the arts serve as a means of self-exploration, experiential learning, cultural programming and community building. She is well known to facilitate art workshops in Toronto’s Jewish community. […]

Natasha Shmulevich

Natasha Shmulevich

Television and movie production professional, creative director of children TV programs; Young Limmudnik's Prgram facilitator

Natasha Shmulevich is experienced creative technical director, previously she was working for many years in prime time TV shows and live broadcast studios. Natasha is television and movie production professional, she holds B.A degree in Cinema and TV Arts. During her career, Natasha had many opportunities to work with children of different ages and she […]

Vadim Sloutsky

Vadim Sloutsky

Co-founder and VP of Business Development at ViaNetTV Inc, founder of

Vadim Sloutsky serves as Vice President of Business Development at ViaNetTV Inc. where Mr. Sloutsky is a Co-Founder. At ViaNetTv his vision, leadership and management skills brought ViaNetTV to leading industry positions and financial success. As Vice President of business development he established ViaNetTV’s global presence with 3 offices in Canada, Russia and USA for […]


Lilia Kitainik

Professional Wellness Coach, Registered Nurse

Lilia is a Registered Cardiology Nurse (BScN). She studied and worked in Israel in CCU department SHIBA (Tel ha Shomer) hospital. Worked as RN in St. Elizabeth Health Care. Working as RN at the Cardiology Center HealthWise with one of leading cardiologists in GTA-Dr. Eric Gangbar. Lilia is also a Herbalife Independent Distributor, Global Expansion Team member, […]


Roman Polonsky

Head of the Russian-speaking Jewry unit in the Jewish Agency for Israel, senior advisor to Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky

Roman Polonsky joined The Jewish Agency for Israel after a long and storied career in Russian media and Israeli politics. In 2009 he served as a senior advisor to Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky and currently heads The Agency’s Unit for Russian-speaking Jewry (RSJ). As director of the RSJ unit, Polonsky oversees The Agency’s network of summer […]


Alexander Okun

Artist, writer, journalist

Alexander Okun is a well-known Israeli artist, writer, journalist. He was born in St. Petersburg in 1949. Graduated from the St. Petersburg State Art and Industry Academy in 1972 and immigrated to Israel in 1979. He lectures at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem. Alexander has presented numerous arts collections and participated in […]


Rafi Lipner

Popular Toronto Rabbi, Head Rabbi of Shaarei Teffilah congregation

Rabbi Rafi Lipner assumed the position of Senior Rabbi at Shaarei Tefillah Congregation in August 2012, after three years of exceptional success in attracting new young families to the shul. Today, the shul is experiencing a significant resurgence of energy, membership, and programming for all ages (just look at all the strollers in the hallways). […]


Lori Palatnik

Jewish educator, writer, international speaker. Founding Director of The Jewish Women's Renaissance Project.

Lori Palatnik is a writer and Jewish educator, who has appeared on television and radio, and is the author of several books. Her latest, “Turn Your Husband Into Your Soul Mate” is available in bookstores now. She is a much sought-after international speaker, having lectured in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, U.K., Central America, South America, […]

Vita Shtivelman

Vita Shtivelman

Poet, Jewish life activist, founder of russian-jewish club "Et Cetera" in Toronto

Поэтесса, эссеист, декламатор, профессионал хай-тек, основатель и руководитель клуба «Et Cetera» (союза физиков и лириков). Автор двух книг и многочисленных публикаций в периодике России, Израиля, Штатов и Канады, создатель аудио-ряда в фильме «Штетл», лауреат и член жюри международных литературных конкурсов. Одна из главных форм работы клуба – ежегодные международные фестивали еврейской культуры, которые были проведены […]


Matty Morgenstern

Former President and CEO of ZIM Israel Navigation Company. Former member of Board of Directors for many major Israeli corporations and institutions. Bearer of many prestigious international awards.

Matty Morgenstern was born 1934 in Romania. At the age of 13 he immigrated to Israel on his own. Matty has grown through ranks from very junior positions to top management positions at ZIM Israel Navigation Company between 1950-1997, including a President of company’s international subsidiaries, and then a President and CEO of ZIM world-wide in 1984-1997, and a member of its Board […]


Gerald Friedman

Pediatrician, Former Chief of Pediatrics at Mackenzie Health Hospital

Dr. Gerald Friedman is a pediatrician practicing in pediatric neurology at Mackenzie Health Hospital and in private practice in Thornhill. He is a consultant physician at the Children’s Treatment Network (CTN) one of the regional Autism assessment sites in York Region. Dr. Friedman is on the Faculty at the University of Toronto in the Department […]


Mark Zelunka

Rabbi, Jewish educator, Director of Education for Aish Toronto

Rabbi Mark Zelunka was born and raised in Toronto. In university he was inspired to go to Israel and learn more about Judaism in Jerusalem. Rabbi Zelunka studied for just over 6 years and eventually received his Rabbinical ordination from Rabbi Noach Weinberg. While studying in Israel, he met Rachel and the rest is history! […]


Mordechai Torczyner

Rabbi, popular blogger, founder of WebShas and HaMakor websites on diverse topics in Talmud, Tanach, Jewish history and law

Rabbi Torczyner received his B.A. (Comp Sci) from Yeshiva University in 1993, and studied toward a Masters (Comp Sci) at New York University while learning for the rabbinate in Yeshiva University’s Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. After his ordination in 1997, Rabbi Torczyner served as Rabbi of Young Israel of Pawtucket, Rhode Island for four […]

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Julius Ciss

Jewish educator, Executive Director of Jews for Judaism in Canada, activist in Jews for Judaism

Julius Ciss is the Executive Director of Jews for Judaism in Canada. He has a unique insider’s perspective on today’s growing missionary movement. From 1975 to 1980 Julius was deeply involved in Toronto’s Hebrew-Christian community. He was an original member of the city’s first “Messianic Synagogue” and assisted many other missionary groups across North America […]


Ezra Levant

Human rights activist, author, TV host, founder of The Rebel Media

Ezra Levant is a human rights activist, author, TV host and dad. He is not to everyone’s taste. In 2014, Ezra was chosen as the “most irritating Canadian” by the Globe and Mail’s TV critic. The Globe’s readers were less discriminating, voting Ezra “the biggest name in Canadian broadcasting”. In the 2014 Hill Times survey […]

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Julia Pronin

Business planning and development consultant

Julia is a Business Planner and Business Funding Specialist. Her expertise is in strategy development focused in entrepreneurship – identifying the shortest path to accomplishing entrepreneurial goals while building a sustainable, prospering company. Julia specializes in Government Loan Application, Government Grant Applications, Business Planning, and Business Consulting. Julia is the founder of


Heath Slawner

Member of Simon Sinek's "Start With Why" team, public speaker on interacting with influence and trusted business relations

Based in Montreal, Heath Slawner is a member of Simon Sinek’s “Start With Why” team, whose mission is to inspire people to do the things that inspire them. As a professional speaker for over 10 years, Heath connects with people and shares his insights with leading organizations around the world, including the UN, and some […]

Rabbi Michoel Gershzon

Michoel Gershzon

Chabbad rabbi, founder of Achejnu organization in Ottawa

Rabbi Michoel Gershzon is a Russian-speaking Rabbi in Ottawa and is part of Chabbad network. He runs a russian-jewish “Achejnu” community club in Ottawa where he holds regular sessions on jewish culture, holidays and art to the russian-jewish community of Ottawa.


Tony Bailetti

Associate Professor of Business and Engineering at Carleton Univeristy, Director of Technology Innovation Management program, founder of Lead-to-Win Ottawa startups incubator

Dr. Tony Bailetti is the Director of the TIM program at Carleton University, Ottawa. He holds a faculty appointment in both Faculty of Engineering and Design and in the Sprott School of Business. His areas of expertise include: Technology entrepreneurship; Sustainable growth of technology companies; Technology, product and service commercialization. Dr. Bailetti is the founder […]


Mikael Meir

Serial entrepreneur, CEO and venture capitalist. Consultant on executive coaching, leadership and strategy development. President of Mikael Meir Inc..

Mikael Meir is a serial entrepreneur, CEO and venture capitalist. Mikael Meir launched a string of successful companies – from a software company that went public at $800 million to an investment firm that took numerous companies public. He is the President of Mikael Meir Inc., a firm providing executive coaching and culture development services to C-Suite […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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.

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Anna Shternshis

Director of the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies, Al and Malka Green Associate Professor of Yiddish studies at the University of Toronto

Anna Shternshis is the Director of the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto. She also holds the position of Al and Malka Green Associate Professor of Yiddish studies at the University of Toronto. She received her doctoral degree (D.Phil) in Modern Languages and Literatures from Oxford University in 2001. Shternshis is the author […]

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