Limmud NY is planned and run by a committed core of lay leaders pouring their hearts and souls into creating an exciting and invigorating experience for you! The Steering Committee works year-round, overseeing all aspects of the conference.
Limmud NY 2017 will be chaired by Allie Conn Kanter and Jordan Soffer. If you would like to be a part of the planning for Limmud NY 2017, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Limmud NY 2017 Steering Committee
Allie Conn Kanter
Allie Conn Kanter is the Director of Engagement at Columbia/Barnard Hillel. She has an MA in Experiential Jewish Education from the Davidson School at the Jewish Theological Seminary. Previously, Allie worked at the University of Michigan Hillel, AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps, 92Y, and various summer camps. Originally from outside Philadelphia, she is a proud Penn State alum, and loves singing, making stove-top popcorn, and watching the West Wing.
Jordan David Soffer
Jordan Soffer is the Rabbi-in-Residence at Carmel Academy in Greenwich, Ct.. Originally from New City, NY, Soffer graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he studied Religion and Jewish Education. Jordan has studied at various yeshivot (seminaries) including Yeshivat Hadar, Pardes, and Maaleh Gilboa. Rabbi Soffer was ordained from Yeshivat Chovevei Torah and is currently pursuing a masters in education from Yeshiva Unversity. Rabbi Soffer lives in New York City with his Wife, Dr. Marti Soffer.
Originally from New Jersey, Jenna has lived all over the US from south to north Florida, Texas, Georgia and now New York. Jenna graduated in 2008 from The Florida State University (Go Noles!) with a B.S in Political Science. In 2012 Jenna received her Master of Public Administration and Policy focusing on Non-Profit Management and Strategic Leadership. Jenna spent two years as the Jewish Life Coordinator at Hillel@FSU, four years as the Director of Jewish Student Life at Queens College Hillel, and recently assumed the role of Assistant Director. For the past two years Jenna focused her Limmud NY volunteer work on marketing and is excited to create an amazing conference as a Programming Chair this year. Jenna loves Florida State football, Walt Disney World, and her two cats Albus and Snape.
Gabe Cohen is a graduate of Rutgers University with a degree in Jewish Studies. He has spent many years involved in the Conservative movement as a staff member for the Israel gap year program, Nativ, USY on Wheels and Camp Ramah in the Berkshires. He is currently a first student at the JTS Davidson School of Jewish Education. Gabe was involved with Limmud NY last year as the conference intern, and is excited to be on the steering committee this year as the programming co-chair!
Ilana teaches English as a Second Language and Social Studies at The High School of Language and Innovation in the Bronx. She has worked at Ramah Nyack for ten years, most recently as Program Director. Ilana started coming to Limmud in 2013 as a madricha with Camp Limmud and has been attending ever since. This is Ilana’s first year on steering committee and she is thrilled to be serving as Family Chair.
Gabi Weinberg is in the process of receiving rabbinic ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary at Yeshiva University and serves as the Associate Director for High School Programs at the Tikvah Fund. When he’s not in school or working, he enjoys all things “startup” and is trying to figure out how the Jewish community can learn from the startup world and vice versa. To that end he’s created the @startuprabbi twitter handle and is figuring out what to do next – come say hi at the conference, or before! He’s also marketing chair for this conference, so if you have an idea, passion, or plan for marketing – let him know.
Haley is really excited to join the Steering Committee for Limmud NY 2017! Haley was born and raised in the great state of New Jersey, and graduated from Binghamton University with a degree in Human Development. She is currently a Fellow at Yeshivat Hadar, where she studies full-time, and has previously worked for Hillel at Baruch and the American Hebrew Academy. In addition to Jewish learning, Haley is also passionate about coloring, yoga, staffing Birthright Israel trips, and playing bananagrams.
Lindsey Healey-Pollack is a rabbinical student at the Jewish Theological Seminary. She grew up in Evanston, Wyoming, the suburbs of Houston, Texas, and Cairo, Egypt and attended college in southern California before finding a home in New York. Lindsey currently teaches children and teens with the Jewish Journey Project, and previously worked at Congregation Shaare Zedek, Ramah Day Camp in Nyack, the Society for the Advancement of Judaism, and the Atria Senior Residence. Lindsey loves being a part of the Fort Tryon Jewish Center community in Washington Heights and exploring everything the neighborhood has to offer with her husband and son.
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When it comes to Limmud, Pam had no choice but to jump on the family bandwagon. She first started out as a counselor and has now been a member of the steering committee for the past five years, including co-chairing the conference in 2016. She is so excited to be volunteering with this wonderful community once again. Outside of her volunteering roles with Limmud, Pam recently received her masters in Mental Health Counseling and works as a Case Manager. You can reach her at email@example.com.