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Meet the Steering Committee

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.

The Limmud NY 2018 Steering Committee

Conference Co-Chairs

Jenna Citron

JennaCitron (1)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 and Middle Eastern Studies. Jenna also holds a Master of Public Administration and Policy degree from the Askew School at The Florida State University where she focused her graduate studies on strategic leadership and non-profit management. Jenna has worked in Jewish non-profits since 2010 and currently serves as the Assistant Director of Queens College Hillel. Jenna was a member of the 4th cohort of Shalom Hartman Institute Campus Fellows, is a member of the 2nd cohort of UJA-Federation of NY Ruskay Fellows, and has been involved wth Limmud NY since 2014. Jenna loves Florida State football (#1), mastering the art of cooking, Walt Disney World, and her cat Albus.


Ilana Gatoff

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 second year on steering committee.

Progamming Team

Haley Schulman

Haley is really excited to be back on the Steering Committee for Limmud NY 2018! Haley was born and raised in the great state of New Jersey, and graduated from Binghamton University with a degree in Human Development. She recently started an amazing job working for the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies as the Assistant Director of Engagement, North America. In addition to Jewish learning, Haley is also passionate about baking challah, exploring foreign countries, and beating her friends and family at Scrabble and Bananagrams.

Family Team

Ben Varon

Hi, I’m Ben and I recently started Rabbinical School at the Jewish Theological Seminary. I currently live on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Before moving to New York, I attended the University of Maryland where I graduated with a BA in Government and Politics. Before starting Rabbinical School, I worked for United Synagogue Youth, first as a Program Coordinator for their summer programs and then as the Regional Director for the New York Region. When I am not working or studying, I like to hang out with friends, travel, watch sports (pretty much any sports, but specifically the Mets, Jets, and Knicks), and meet new people.

Shabbat Team

Debra Fricano

Coming Soon!

Participant Care Team

Shevy Serhofer 

Shevy Serhofer fell in love with Limmud in 2017 and is proud to be on the LimmudNY steering committee in 2018. Shevy grew up in Brooklyn and currently lives in New York City, where she works as a critical care nurse. Shevy is interested in exploring diverse Jewish communities and knows that Limmud is just the place for that!