Harry Rosenbaum

Co-founder and COO of Great Gulf Group Limited; Honorary Chair of Limmud FSU Canada Horizons 2017

Mr. Rosenbaum is the Honorary Chair of Limmud FSU Canada Horizons Conference 2017.  Mr. Rosenbaum co-founded Great Gulf Group Limited in 1975 and also serves as its Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Rosenbaum is a Founding Principal of the Great Gulf Group of Companies. He has been instrumental in manifesting such iconic projects as One Bloor […]


Adrienne Gold

TV host, Jewish educator, lecturer and leader for Jewish Women's Renaissance Project

Adrienne Gold was a fixture on Canadian Television for over 15 years, both as host of her own daily fashion and beauty program and as a regular contributor on scores of others. Her direct, no holds barred approach and her disarming humor won her a large and loyal viewership! About 18 years ago, Adrienne’s family […]


Alex Yentin

Individual and group psychotherapist

Alex is NYS licensed clinical psychotherapist and certified group psychotherapist with BA from Ben Gurion University and Bar Ilan University (Israel) and Master’s Degree from New York University, three years of postgraduate studies for Clinical Psychotherapy and two year studies for Group Psychotherapy in Selig Institute in NYC. He works as an individual and group psychotherapist […]

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Alexander Levin

Patent Portfolio Management and Intellectual Property expert

Alex Levin is co-founder of Levin Consulting Group. He holds an MBA from Schulich S.B. Toronto, P.Eng. electrical and computer science (Israel) with diverse experience in management consulting of technology companies. Alex manages Business Development of Levin Consulting Group and commercialization activities. In IP department, Alex performs patent portfolio analysis and outlines client’s IP strategy, while ensuring it […]

Alexandra Gerson

Alexandra Gerson

Radio host, producer and program director, Radio VERA in Vancouver

Alexandra Gerson is a radio host, producer and program director, Radio VERA, in Vancouver, BC. For close to ten years Russian speaking population of Western Canada and United States have been listening to Alexandra hosting a daily morning variety show on Radio VERA originated in Vancouver. Under her direction the show has experienced a steady […]

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Anna Kissin

Director of Hillel York and Jewski

Anna Kissin was born in Moscow, grew up in Israel and Toronto and has been involved in the Russian-speaking Jewish community for many years, focusing on arts and culture. She is currently the Director of Hillel York, and Jewski where she works with university students to create vibrant Jewish life on campus, and to develop […]


Ariel Cohen

Director of The Center for Energy, Natural Resources and Geopolitics at the Institute for Analysis of Global Security; internationally renowned expert on Russia/Eurasia, Eastern and Central Europe, Balkans, and the Middle East

Ariel Cohen, L.L.B., Ph.D. is an internationally renowned expert on Russia/Eurasia, Eastern and Central Europe, Balkans, and the Middle East. He serves as the Director of The Center for Energy, Natural Resources and Geopolitics (CENRG) at the Institute for Analysis of Global Security (IAGS). CENRG focuses on the nexus between energy, geopolitics and security, and […]


Avi Pollock

Head of Retail Solutions at D&H, Former Head of Innovation and Strategic Planning at RBC

Avi is the Head, Retail Solutions at D&H, a financial technology firm, responsible for P&L for three lines of business. Previously, Avi has held senior leadership positions in technology and innovation, including Former Head of Innovation and Strategic Planning at RBC. Prior to joining RBC, Avi provided interim executive management services in sales, business operations, […]

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Chashi Skobac

Jewish meditation teacher, artist

Chashi Skobac studied Jewish mystical thought with the legendary Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan, Jewish Meditation with Shneur Zalman Stern and Rav Doniel Katz, and Torah and Jewish Philosophy at Neve Yerushalayim in Jerusalem. She is a prize winning Fine Artist doing experimental  three-dimensional work using mixed media and dealing with themes of nature and also Judaism.  Chashi studied at […]


Eli Chagaev

Krav Maga, police and security units instructor

Eli immigrated to Israel in 1995 from the Caucasus and already in 1996 he won the Israel’s Boxing Championship. Eli served in Border Police. In 2003, he began working for the prison guards unit, the Nahshon unit. Eli is also certified K-9 and shooting instructor and trained Prison Guards, K-9 unit as well as Israeli Police School. Eli is the official […]

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Galit Baram

Consul General of Israel in Toronto and Western Canada

Galit Baram was born in Jerusalem, Israel in 1969. Her academic background includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Archeology and English from Tel Aviv University (1991-1994) followed by a Master’s Degree in American Studies from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2003-2006). She speaks Hebrew, English, and Russian. Her international postings include: Counselor for Public Affairs and Coordinator […]


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 […]

Gary Koren

Political Science student, head the University of Haifa "Yisrael Beytenu"

Gary Koren, Activist against de-legitimization of Israel by anti-Zionist Arab students at Haifa University. Gary made Aliya twice to Israel, at the age of 2 from Siberia and at the age of 18 from Toronto. Served in the IDF as a combat sniper and a lone-soldier from Canada. Studies Political Science and Communications at the University […]


Genya Klaiman

Yoga studio director, teacher

Genya Klaiman is the owner and director of Indigo Yoga Studio, located in Richmond Hill Ontario. After completing his kinesiology program in Wingate Institute (IL) in 2003, Genya set out on a journey to discover the mind-body-spirit benefits of Yoga.Combining knowledge and experience gained in the past twenty years, he offers a highly integrated approach by […]

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Gregory Molev

Chemical researcher, government research grants consultant

Gregory Molev has a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, followed by 4 years of research work in USA (University of Utah) and Canada (University of Toronto). Gregory has 16 publications in scientific journals and a US patent, he presented at many seminars and international conferences. In the last three […]

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Gilad Shloush

Director of Human Resources at Hilton Israel

Gilad Shloush is Director of Human Resources at Hilton Israel. For the last 30 years he has been working, “living and breathing” the hotel industry in Israel. After finishing his military service as a fighter and commander in the armor corps, Gilad started working in security field at the Hilton hotel. After a while he […]


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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Igal Hecht

Documentary filmmaker and television producer

Igal is a documentary filmmaker and television producer who has made dozens of films on a variety of issues, including Israel and the Jewish world. He presented at Toronto Taste of Limmud in 2016. Igal Hecht created Chutzpa Productions Inc. Throughout his twenty-year career, Igal Hecht has been involved as a director, producer and editor in the production of […]


Ilan Nachim

General Practitioner and co-founder of the Cannabinoid Medical Clinic

Dr. Ilan Nachim is co-founder of the Cannabinoid Medical Clinic and a general practitioner with an interest in addiction medicine, pain medicine and cannabinoids. Dr. Nachim’s interest in pain and addiction medicine has earned him recognition from the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. He has given lectures at the Wasser Pain Clinic at Mount Sinai […]

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Irene Chu

Author, Television producer, former Canadian Citizenship Court judge

Born in Shanghai, grew up in Hong Kong, Irene came to Canada in 1963. She has an Honors B.A. Degree in English Literature from University of Hong Kong, completed an M.A. program at McGill University, obtained an A.R.C.T. Diploma in Pipe Organ Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music and a Media Development Certificate (Television […]


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.  

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Jars Balan

Author, Editor, and Literary Translator; Coordinator of the Kule Ukrainian Canadian Studies Center

Jars Balan is an author, editor, and literary translator who has published numerous scholarly and journalistic works on Ukrainian and Ukrainian-Canadian themes. Since 2000 he has served as the Coordinator of the Kule Ukrainian Canadian Studies Center, for the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. Born and raised in […]


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 www.brainpower.ca 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 […]


Katerina Katsman

Clinical social worker, family therapist, sexologist

A graduate of Tel Aviv University, Master of Clinical Social Work. Certified family therapist of Israeli association of family therapy. Sexologist, a graduate of Bar Ilan University. Since 2006, Katya manages a private practice – individual, couples and family. In addition, she conducts lectures, seminars and workshops for parents on the topics of parenting and […]

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Lenka Lichtenberg

Vocalist and Composer

With seven solo albums to her credit, the Canadian Folk Music Award- winning vocalist and composer Lenka Lichtenberg has toured in festivals worldwide, presenting concerts in venues such as The Kennedy Center (December 2016). A child star in her native Czech Republic, she is a graduate of Prague Music Conservatory and the Ethno-musicology – Fine […]

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Leonid Livak

Professor at Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and the Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto

Leonid Livak is Professor at the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and the Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto. He is a specialist in nineteenth and twentieth century Russian and European cultural history. He is the author of numerous studies of Russian modernist and Russian emigre literatures; as well as of […]

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Lior Cyngiser

Vice President for Israel Engagement & Education for Hillel Ontario

Lior Cyngiser is the Vice President for Israel Engagement & Education for Hillel Ontario, infusing Israel culture into the campus community through engagement, education and Israel experiences. Prior to joining the team at Hillel, Lior spent 7 years as the Manager of Leadership Initiatives at UJA’s Community Connect, overseeing the Canada Israel Experience Leadership Development […]

Liraz Rolnitsky

Liraz Rolnitsky

Manager of Israeli Parenting Centre at the Miles Nadal JCC, Israeli community outreach coordinator

Liraz is a Manager of Israeli Parenting Centre at the Miles Nadal JCC in downtown Toronto, Israeli community outreach coordinator, and Hillel downtown Israeli Engagement coordinator. Liraz brings great workshops and lectures to the parents all over the GTA. She is an education specialist, pedagogy and psychology majors about the children upbringing.


Ludmila Schnaider

Fine Art Photographer

Ludmila Schnaider is a holder of Bachelor’s Degree from The Wizo Academy of Design & Education, (Israel) specializing in a Fine Art Photography. Her creativities encompasses all genres of studio photography including Portrait, Fashion and Art. She is a participant and winner of numerous international competitions. Her works were presented at photo exhibitions in a […]


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 […]


Max Evans

Assistant Professor, School of Information Studies, McGill University

Dr. Max Evans is an Assistant Professor in the School of Information Studies at McGill University in Montréal and an associated researcher at the Knowledge Media Design Institute (KMDI). Max’s research interests include: Information and knowledge management, Knowledge sharing (human, social and technological enablers), Trust (interpersonal and organizational), Knowledge continuity management, Management of technological innovation, […]

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Meir Mark Bruk

Jewish Educator, Author, Psycho-Spiritual Therapist, Coach

Rabbi Meir Mark Bruk grew up in the Ukrainian city of Kiev. M.A. in Mathematics. He is a spiritual leader of Russian Speaking Jewish community in Jewish Center of Brighton Beach (JCBB), creative educator, researcher, student of Efim Svirsky, psycho-spiritual therapist, author of three books, author of weekly column in the newspaper “Evreyskiy Mir” (Jewish […]


Michael Skobac

Director of Education and Senior Counselor at Canadian branch of Jews for Judaism

Alienated from Judaism as a teenager, Rabbi Skobac began exploring it while a freshman at Northwestern University in 1971.  Since completing his Rabbinic studies at Yeshiva University in 1981, Rabbi Skobac has dedicated his life to helping connect Jewish people to the wisdom and spirituality of their heritage.  He has specialized in counter-missionary work since […]

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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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Oleg Kuvaev

Художник, аниматор, автор анимационных сериалов «Масяня» и «Магазинчик Бо»

Oleg Kuvaev is an artist and an animator. He was born in 1967 in St. Petersburg. Since 1990 he has worked as a painter and sculptor in Germany and from 1997 has been engaged in 3D animation and has worked in the gaming industry. In 2002, he launched the Internet-2D animation series “Masyanya”, which has received […]

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Omar Ha-Redeye

Lawyer and Professor at Ryerson University

Omar Ha-Redeye is a lawyer and legal academic.  He has studied law and legal systems in several countries, including in Israel, where his research explored non-military solutions to asymmetrical violence through promoting the rule of law. Omar has been actively involved in some of the political, policy and academic discussions around Medical Assistance in Dying […]

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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 […]

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Paul Robert Magocsi

Professor, Department of History and Political Science, Chair of Ukrainian Studies at University of Toronto

Paul Robert Magocsi is professor of history and political science at the University of Toronto, where (since 1980) he also holds the professorial Chair of Ukrainian Studies. He received his PhD from Princeton University in 1972 and a post-graduate degree from Harvard University (Society of Fellows 1976). Among his over seven hundred publications are thirty […]

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Polina Einem

Hand-made jewelry design artist

Polina Einem received a degree in Art of Music from Bar Ilan University. At the same time, she was fascinated by the manufacture of jewelry from beads, soutache and other materials. She took lessons from famous masters of this art, and quickly reached a high level of artistic creativity. Her works were continuously presented at Nachalat Binyamin […]

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Raquel Benzacar Savatti

CEO of Israel Bonds Canada

Raquel Benzacar Savatti has become the first female CEO of Israel Bonds Canada (Canada-Israel Securities, Limited). Raquel has had a long association with Israel Bonds Canada, having worked previously as Director of the Synagogue Division, and Chief Customer Service Officer as well as Director of the Women’s Division for Toronto. Raquel is former Executive Director at […]

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