Limmud FSU international


Over the last several years, Limmud FSU has greatly expanded its range of activities. During 2009, four Limmud FSU conferences took place, one of which was a one-day event; total expenditures were US $1.1 million. It is planned to hold eight full three-day conferences in 2014, as well as two special events – one of these will be Limmud FSU’s global leadership conference. The total projected annual budget is US $2.81 million.

In order to meet the challenges of these continuing developments, Limmud FSU needed to re-configure its general management structure. Recently, there have also been changes and additions amongst the projects managers for the various countries in which Limmud FSU operates. Together, these two trends have led us to present Limmud FSU’s current management.

Limmud FSU’s senior governing body is the International Steering Committee (ISC), which approves its programs and budgets. The ISC receives and reviews reports on Limmud FSU conferences and other activities. It comprises representatives of supporting organizations, donor foundations and sponsors as well as individuals active in promoting Limmud FSU’s educational and cultural work.

The 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:

Matthew Bronfman, who is Chairman of the International Steering Committee, is a major supporter and has been involved with Limmud FSU in a leadership role since 2009.

Aaron Frenkel, President of Limmud FSU International, joined the Executive Committee in 2013 after a number of years as a leading contributor to Limmud FSU programs.

Sandra Cahn is Limmud FSU’s Co-Founder and its FRD Committee Chair. She was instrumental in enlisting crucial support for creating Limmud FSU and has been active in promoting its activities and in its fundraising efforts ever since.

Chaim Chesler chairs the Executive Committee. He is the Limmud FSU’s Founder and Chairman of the Executive Committee, is in overall charge of all Limmud FSU’s programs and related activities. He coordinates the presentation of new initiatives for discussion and the execution of policy directives approved by the Executive Committee. As Chairman of the Executive Committee, he leads the negotiations with supporting organizations and foundations, and facilitates the inclusion of their representatives in Limmud FSU’s forums. Chaim is also Chairman of the Board of Directors of Limmud FSU International Foundation, Inc., a US registered non-profit corporation which is Limmud FSU’s central operating arm. Chaim is directly responsible for overseeing the implementation of Limmud FSU’s Communications and Public Relations policy.

Roman Kogan serves as Executive Director for Limmud FSU International. He reports directly to the Chairman of the Executive, Chaim Chesler. Roman is responsible for Limmud FSU’s day to day operations, agreements with partner organizations and contractors, budget management and the release of funds. He supervises and counsels the country-based Limmud FSU project managers and promotes the growth of Limmud’s volunteer leadership. Roman directs the development of new projects, as approved by the Executive and International Steering Committees. Roman is also the Executive Director of the Israel based non-profit association Limmud Russian-Speakers, Israel (LRSI), which implements Limmud FSU’s Israel projects and many of its head office functions, as well as of Limmud FSU International Foundation Inc.

Chaim Nagus is Financial and Management Consultant to Limmud FSU International. He works directly with the Chairman of the Executive and the Executive Director in the preparation of all budgetary materials and the operation of financial control mechanisms. He is responsible for the compilation of financial reports and Limmud FSU’s general accounts for presentation to supporting organizations and its governing bodies. 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 has assumed the new position of Logistics Director for Limmud FSU International, as well as taking over as Israel Project Manager. He will coordinate travel arrangements for overseas guest presenters attending Limmud FSU conferences, and assist with special logistics and the production of cultural events. Yan has provided similar services in the past, and now, with the increasing scale of Limmud FSU events, these functions require continuous attention. Yan will also assist the Chairman of the Executive and the Executive Director with general administrative tasks. As Israel Projects Manager he will continue to be responsible for the logistics of Limmud FSU activities in Israel, and will now also care for the programmatic aspects and the coordination of the volunteer committees.

Limmud FSU’s Communications, Information and Resources Development Team consists of several freelance consultants:

Asher Weill acts as English language editor for all publications and reports, and assists the leadership and senior staff with English correspondence. He will also assist the work of the Global Public Council, a new body which will enlist the support of prominent public figures involved in educational and cultural endeavors.

Yaroslav (Slava) Brooke collates the data on attendance and different elements of program monitoring, and prepares the narrative reports on conferences and other activities. He helps prepare informational materials in all three languages: Russian, Hebrew and English – in particular English handbooks for all conferences.

Arik Puder, who heads a Public Relations consultancy, is responsible for interaction with the Jewish and general media in North America and with the Hebrew and English language media in Israel.

Olga Lavie has been appointed to assist with Limmud FSU’s Communications and Public Relations set-up, in particular the international website. She is responsible for the Russian language content of the website, social networks on the internet, and interaction with the Russian-language media in Israel and abroad.