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Leadership and Management


Executive Committee sets operational policy for Limmud FSU, authorizes budgetary adjustments between ISC sessions and sets guidelines for the preparation of the annual work plan. Currently, its members are:

Chaim Chesler

Limmud FSU’s Founder and Chairman of the Executive Committee.

Chaim is in charge of programs and activities, presentation of initiatives and the execution of policy directives approved by the Executive Committee. As Chairman of the Executive Committee, Chaim leads the negotiations with organizations and foundations, and facilitates the inclusion of their representatives in Limmud FSU’s forums. He is also Chairman of the Board of Directors of Limmud FSU International Foundation, Inc., a US registered non-profit corporation.

Sandra F. Cahn

Limmud FSU’s Co-Founder and its FRD Committee Chair.

Sandra was instrumental in enlisting crucial support for organization’s creating and has been active in promoting its activities and in its fundraising efforts ever since. She has long been involved in fundraising for major organizations: co-founded UJA-Federation of New York’s Women’s Executive Circle. She also serves on the boards of the American-Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, UJA-Federation of New York and is a past president of the Queens College Hillel.

Matthew Bronfman

Chairman of the International Steering Committee.

Our major supporter and has been involved with Limmud FSU in a leadership role since 2009. Entrepreneur and philanthropist, Matthew serves as Chairman and CEO of BHB Holdings. Matthew’s philanthropic interests include national chairman, American Jewish Committee’s ACCESS program; chairman, Teamwork Foundation; and member of the board of 92nd Street Y. He received a BA from Williams College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Aaron Frenkel

President of Limmud FSU International.

Joined the Executive Committee in 2013 after several years as a leading contributor to our programs. Since the 1980s, Aaron Frenkel has been the owner of Loyd’s Group of Companies. Although now lives in Monaco, he remains deeply attached to Israel and his Jewish identity. He provides funds for Jewish cultural centers outside Israel and is head of the one in Monaco. He also supports the Tel Aviv Museum of Arts.

Roman Kogan

Executive Director for Limmud FSU International.

Roman is responsible for Limmud FSU’s day to day operations, agreements with partner organizations and contractors, budget management and funds release. He supervises and counsels the project managers and promotes the growth of volunteer leadership. Roman is also the Executive Director of Limmud FSU International Foundation Inc. as well as of the Israel based non-profit association Limmud Russian-Speakers, Israel.


Chaim Nagus

Financial and Management Consultant to Limmud FSU International.

Works directly with the Chairman of the Executive and the Executive Director in the preparation of budgetary materials and the operation of financial control mechanisms, and responsible for the compilation of financial reports and general accounts. Chaim advises and assists the Executive Director in the preparation and implementation of all forms of contractual arrangements, and coordinates the employment conditions for senior personnel.

Yan Birbraer

Logistics Director for Limmud FSU International and Israel Projects Manager.

He coordinates travel arrangements for overseas guest presenters attending conferences, and provides support with special logistics and the production of cultural events. Yan also assists the Chairman of the Executive and the Executive Director with general administrative tasks. As Israel Projects Manager he is responsible for the logistics of Limmud FSU activities in Israel, as well as the programmatic aspects and the coordination of the volunteer committees.

Natasha Chechik

Director of Communications and Public Affairs for Limmud FSU International.

Handles the press relations and public image of the entire organization, manages its marketing activities and coordinates its governmental/institutional relations. Reporting directly to founder Chaim Chesler, Natasha is responsible for the public image of Limmud FSU in the global media, the management of the organization’s consulting firms, and also in charge of Limmud FSU social platforms, the official international website and the blog.

Limmud FSU consultants:

Asher Weill -  English language consultant and editor for all publications, conference brochures, reports, and correspondence.

Katya Minakova – Dymshits - Coordinator for Information & Resource Development. She is responsible for collating data on attendance and different elements of program monitoring, and prepares the narrative reports on conferences and other activities. She helps prepare informational materials in all three languages: Russian, Hebrew and English – in particular the English handbooks for all conferences.