Limmud NY 2014 Steering Committee

Limmud NY is planned by a core committee of volunteers. The Steering Committee is composed of the chairs of each subcommittee. They volunteer year-round to put together the conference.

Ben CohenProgramming

BenjaminCohenHeadshotAIn addition to volunteering for Limmud NY, Ben Cohen is a trained professional opera singer with degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. He has performed with DiCapo Opera Theater in New York as well as other companies around the country. During the day, he worked for the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies and interned for Limmud NY, and he currently works at Awesomeness Reminders LLC, where he is a co-founder.

Rebecca Buzen, Programming

buzen photo for websiteRebecca is thrilled to be on the Steering Committee for the second year and is excited to be involved with programming for Limmud NY’s 10th anniversary. A Challah for Hunger alum, Rebecca’s favorite pastimes include baking challah and reading. She can be reached at


Pam Skop, Programming

noname-1 When it comes to Limmud, Pam had no choice but to jump on the family bandwagon. She first started out as a counselor and eventually worked up to a co-chair of the family team. She is so excited to be working on the Programming team this year and cannot wait for Limmud NY 2014. When not working on Limmud, Pam is a nanny for her precious nephew and looks forward to starting grad school in the fall. You can reach her at

Jay Herman, Shabbat

jay glamour shot

Jay Herman is excited to co-chair the Shabbat team. From 9 to 5, Jay is the coordinator of the Collegiate Leadership Internship Program (CLIP) at NYU’s Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life. Originally from Colorado, he is also a master’s student in the Steinhardt School at NYU, pursuing a degree in music education and certification to teach music in NY public schools. Outside of work and school, Jay enjoys practicing marimba, vibraphone, and piano, listening to NPR, and skiing the Rocky Mountains.

Rebekah ThornhillShabbat

_MG_8096Rebekah Thornhill works at NYU’s Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life overseeing student leadership development, programming, Israel and Holocaust education, Birthright trips, and the annual Bridges: Muslim-Jewish Dialogue trip. A Spektor Scholar in Jewish Studies at NYU, she graduated in 2011. She is pursuing an MA in Education & Jewish Studies. Originally from Austin, Texas, Rebekah adores her family, Texas Longhorn baseball, the beach and coffee. In her free time, she loves to watch football & funny movies, write in her journal, and read.

Shelly Silverstein, Family

Shelly Silverstein

Shelly Silverstein is a 2nd grade teacher at Kinneret Day School in Riverdale, NY. A graduate of Binghamton University, she is now pursuing a masters degree in special education at Lehman College. She attended her first Limmud NY conference in 2013, as a camp counselors and has since acted on her desire to strengthen the children’s program.


Stephanie Ives, Family

stephanie pic Stephanie Ives is a HUGE fan of  Limmud NY and is thrilled to join the steering committee this year! When not engaged in Limmud matters, Stephanie is a consultant in the Jewish and non-profit sectors. Most recently, she worked with Repair the World to launch an awesome new service learning and community organizing initiative. Prior to consulting, Stephanie directed a department at AJWS, practiced law and did a bunch of other things. Stephanie lives in Riverdale with her husband, Yehuda Kurtzer, and their ridiculous kids Noah, Jesse and Sally.

Jordan Soffer, Family

lahJordan Soffer is a rabbinical student at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah and is also pursuing an MA in Jewish Education at Yeshiva University. He is originally from New City, NY and attended the University of Wisconsin where he majored in Jewish Education, Religious Studies, and Hebrew & Semitic Studies. Before rabbinical school, he studied at Yeshivat Maaleh Gilboa, Yeshivat Hadar, and Mechon Pardes. He lives on the Upper West Side and spends his free time playing basketball, watching football, and with friends.

Susan Salwen, Social & Communal Programming

head shot 2Susan has attended every Limmud NY and is looking forward to her 10thconference.   She has been involved as a general volunteer, a member of the Family Team, the Social and Communal team and the Steering Committee. In real life, she is a legal assistant who lives on the Upper West Side.  Aside from Limmud NY, Susan loves the beach and skiing.

Sharone WaldmanSocial & Communal Programming

547330_10151561529596183_1879838774_nSharone is super excited to be a part of the Limmud NY Steering Committee.  After attending her first class at her very first conference, she knew that becoming a part of Limmud NY was in the plan. Sharone works as a special education instructor and holds degrees in Biology, Religious Studies and Education. While not thinking about Limmud, she builds urban gardens, attends yoga classes, and listens to lots and lots of Phish.


Rebecca Berger, High School & College Outreach

Rebecca Berger HeadshotRebecca Berger recently graduated from Queens College where she majored in urban studies and co-chaired the Hillel’s Shabbat committee. She is now the Program Associate at The Bronfman Foundation and seeks to empower today’s Jewish youth through learning and more inclusive communities. She enjoys baking, hiking, playing softball and learning. She is excited to return to Limmud NY as a volunteer with the High School and College Outreach team. Rebecca can be reached at

Eric Kollin, Volunteer Coordination


“If you haven’t volunteered for Limmud during the year, then you haven’t taken advantage of the best of what Limmud has to offer.” As the former Chairperson of Social and Communal Programming for LimmudNY, Eric ran many of the Karaoke sessions, Dance parties, and Mega Events. Eric is presently a Technology Coordinator in a Bronx School. His past work includes: Professional Illustrator, Database Designer, Synagogue Youth Director, and Announcer for the Salute to Israel Parade. If you are interested in volunteering to help build the conference, contact Eric at