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2013 Steering Committee

Conference Leadership

Katy Schwalbe, Conference Co-Chair 

Helaina Skop, Conference Co-Chair 

Helaina is very excited to be co-chairing Limmud NY 2013, her fifth conference.  Since her first year as a bus captain, she has been working her way up the ranks of the volunteer corps. She enjoys taking care of conference logistics so that participants don’t have to sweat the small stuff.  While her  graduate studies usually focus on the microscopic, she loves zooming out to study macro issues of torah and Judaism at Limmud NY.  Email her anytime at helaina.skop@gmail.com to ask about volunteer opportunities!

Team Coordinators

Content Division

Jenn AltmanProgramming

Jenn Altman fell in love with Limmud NY at first sight – during check in at her first conference. She has been involved ever since. Last year, she was a conference co-chair. Today, she serves on the Limmud NY board and is helping to lead the Programming team.

Shmulie Sondheim, Programming

Shmulie Sondheim has been involved with Limmud NY for seven years, serving as co-chair of the family team for several years, and most recently the co-chair of Programming for the 2012 conference. His hobbies and interests include jogging, cooking, traveling, and the field of Neuroscience. Email him at Shmulie.limmud@gmail.com.

Pam Skop, Camp & Family

When it comes to Limmud, Pam had no choice but to jump  on the family bandwagon. After first attending Limmud 2009 as a counselor, Pam took a one year hiatus but came back in 2011 as a counselor once again, and then in 2012 as one of the coordinators for Camp Limmud. She is so excited to be heading the Camp & Family team this year and cannot wait for Limmud NY 2013.

Alana Tilman, Camp & Family

Alana is excited to be part of her third Limmud NY and return for her second year as a Camp & Family Team Co-Chair! Outside of her work at Limmud NY, Alana has a Masters Degree in Jewish Education from the Davidson School of Education at JTS. She has taught at a variety of Hebrew schools in NYC and loves spending her summers at Camp Ramah. Alana looks forward to helping create an amazing and exciting Camp & Family program for Limmud NY 2013!

Sara Stave, Shabbat

Sara Stave is a 3-time Limmudnyk and Jewish educator in many arenas. She has taught Humash and Rabbinics for many years in the middle school at the Solomon Schechter Day School of Bergen County. A long time Ramah staff member, she has been the Rosh Hinukh at Camp Ramah in the Berkshires for 4 summers. Her entrepreneurial ventures have led her to write and distribute Siddur Sababa, a colorful, personalizable Iyun Tfillah curriculum for weekday Shaharit, and to distribute the adult education curriculum “Pathways in Torah.” Sara is also a part-time educational consultant to a few synagogue schools who conduct bnai mitzvah programming and tzitzit tying ceremonies. She is excited to bring her love of education, event planning, and minyan organizing to the Shabbat team at Limmud 2013 in her home state of NJ!

Dasi FruchterSocial & Communal Programming

Hadas “Dasi” Fruchter is a graduate of the Macaulay Honors College at Queens College (CUNY), where she completed a degree through the Honors in the Social Sciences program in Media and Urban Studies. A recipient of the Kenan Leadership Fellowship, which awards students with a demonstrated history in public service, Dasi created CUNY FoodFEST, a yearly conference on issues of food justice. Dasi, who has experience organizing for economic rights with different organizations in New York, Washington D.C., London, and Israel, is a presenter on Judaism and social justice at synagogues, schools, and conferences. In the fall, she will be starting at New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service as a Wexner Fellow to pursue a dual Master’s degree in Jewish Professional Leadership. Dasi is crazy about using her spiritual leadership skills to harness the power of faith-based communities in creating meaningful change.

Samuel Klein, Social & Communal Programming

Samuel Klein is a second year rabbinical student at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah and is excited to be Social & Communal co-chair for Limmud NY 2013. When he’s not munching through reams of Talmud, you can find him somewhere in Central Park with a paintbrush.

Logistics Division

Jason LehrerParticipant Care

Jason was so excited to attend his first Limmud conference in 2012 that he didn’t wait before jumping into volunteering as the on-site volunteer coordinator.  He looks forward to making this year’s conference run smoother than ever. When not volunteering for Limmud, you can find Jason advising people on their finances, shooting hoops, or jamming on guitar (look for him in the Limmud lobby at night!). Email him at jhlehrer@gmail.com.

Mimi Hopper, Catering

Mimi Hopper is excited to be co-chairing the Catering Team for the second time. This will be Mimi’s sixth Limmud NY conference. In past years she has also been seen on such exciting teams as Programming and Participant Care, where she helped organize transportation. Mimi is especially looking forward to working with her long-time gal pal Jessica “the tater tot” Tate.

Jessica Tate, Catering

Jessica Tate is excited to be co-chairing the Catering Team for the first time this year. Previously she has chaired the Participant Care Team, and last year she had the pleasure of being one of the co-chairs for  Limmud 2012. She cannot wait to get the menu together for the conference with the help of her team and co-chair/friend Mimi.

People Division

Naomi Adland, Marketing & Outreach

Naomi is thrilled to be serving on the Limmud NY Steering Committee for the second year. After co-chairing the Programming Team in 2012, she can’t wait to work with a new group of amazing Limmud NY volunteers. A Wexner Graduate Fellow/Davidson Scholar, Naomi is studying at New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service in a dual MPA/MA program in Jewish Professional Leadership. In her spare time, she can be found exploring the city via bicycle, systematically baking her way through the Smitten Kitchen, and reading anything she can get her hands on. Contact Naomi at naomi.limmudny@gmail.com.

Lisa KaplanMarketing & Outreach

Lisa Kaplan is a graphic designer at JCC Association. In her free time she enjoys biking, kickboxing, reading, and attending (and recruiting others to attend) Jewish retreats like Limmud NY and Hazon’s food conferences. This will be her third Limmud conference and second time volunteering on the Marketing team.

Rebecca Buzen, High School/College

After attending her first Limmud last year, Rebecca is so excited to be on the Steering Committee for LNY 2013! Rebecca found her passion for Jewish social justice at Binghamton University (where she graduated from in May 2011) after getting involved with Challah for Hunger, making challah and selling it on campus to raise money for local hunger relief and global relief through American Jewish World Service. Since her sophomore year she has been co-president of Binghamton’s chapter and has gotten involved on the National level. Currently, Rebecca is a Development Associate at Jewish Guild Healthcare.

Jennifer Gersch, In-Kind Donations

A native New Yorker, Jennifer Gersch has been a volunteer with Limmud NY since November 2004. In her spare time, she enjoys painting, photography, dance, dark chocolate, running the NYC Marathon, and sometimes being a tourist in her very own city. You can see her art on her website: jennifergersch.30art.com.

Alex Shwarzstein, Volunteer Recruitment 


David Wolkin, Executive Director