Limmud International Steering Group 2015

Meet the Limmud International Steering Group for 2015

David Bilchitz  – Chair, Limmud International David is a professor at the University of Johannesburg, and Director of SAIFAC, specialising in fundamental rights law. He is a founding member of Limmud South Afirca and Jewish Outlook: SA LGBTI Alliance and is a lay-leader at Temple Israel, Hillbrow (Johannesburg). Before becoming Chair, David was a member of the Limmud International Steering Group for three years. David lives in Johannesburg, South Africa. As Chair, David can be contacted on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Maya Wolk Maya is the co-founder of Limmud Haifa and is regional support contact for Limmud groups in Israel. She can be contacted on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Michelle Stein Michelle works in the Philanthropy department of the international development organisation WaterAid. Originally from Cape Town, South Africa, she has been a committed Limmudnik for over seven years, involved in the UK's Limmud Fest and Limmud Conference. She is also involved in several independent minyanim and is a graduate of the Adam Science Foundation Leadership Programme. She lives in London, UK, and is the Limmud International liaison contact for Limmud groups in the UK. She can be contacted on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   

Renato Huarte Cuéllar Renato teaches Philosophy of Education at Mexico's National Autonomous University (UNAM).  He started Limmud Mexico (2012) with a group of enthusiastic volunteers after being for the first time at Limmud Conference in the UK (2011).  Since, he has been part of Training on Tour in North and Latin America, and has done some mentoring with other Limmud groups.  Renato loves to dance, travel, and to learn languages. Renato lives in Mexico City, Mexico, and is the regional support contact for Latin American Limmud groups. He can be contacted on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Shep Rosenman is an entertainment lawyer for talent, a musician and songwriter, an avid student and teacher about Jewish prayer, Bible, song-writing, community-building and respectful conversation.  He is one of the co-founders of LimmudLA and is on his third tour with the Limmud International Steering Group which includes training Limmud teams across North America.  Somewhere in all of this, Shep and his wife, Shari, found time to participate in the 2015-2016 AJWS Global Justice Fellowship. Shep lives in Los Angeles, USA, and is one of the regional support contacts for Limmud groups in North America. He can be contacted on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Shoshana Waskow Shoshana is a community paediatrician who has been committed to volunteer-driven lay-led Jewish community endeavours since her youth spent growing up in the havurah movement. She is currently chair of the board of Limmud Chicago having previously co-chaired Limmud Chicago's conference and led team efforts in outreach and volunteer development. She is excited to get more involved in the world-wide Limmud movement. Shoshana lives in Chicago, USA, and is one of the regional support contacts for Limmud groups in North America. She can be contacted on  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   

Tali Nates Tali is director of the Johannesburg Holocaust & Genocide Centre.She was chosen as one of the top 100 newsworthy and noteworthy women in South Africa (Mail & Guardian, 2010). Tali leads Holocaust and genocide education missions to Eastern Europe and Rwanda. She was co-founder of ‘Holocaust Survivors Services’ and ‘Rwanda Genocide Survivors Services’ in Johannesburg. She is passionately involved in Limmud SA, having been programming chair for Limmud Johannesburg and a member of the Limmud South Africa national executive and long-time presenter. Tali lives in Johannesburg, South Africa, and is the regional support contact for Limmud groups in the southern region, covering Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. She can be contacted on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Tamás (Tomi) Buchler Tomi studied law at ELTE University of Budapest and Jewish studies at the Rabbinical Seminary. He is a graduate of the Peace and Conflict Studies program at the University of Haifa. His work in the Jewish community includes youth work for various organizations, such as the Israeli Cultural Institute, JAFI, the Haver Foundation and Limmud. Tamás has coordinated educational projects in the field of young leadership (MiNYanim project) and social justice (Tikkun Olam project, Me2WeBudapest) for students and young adults. He is a PresenTense Global Fellow, a Rene Cassin Fellow and a member of the ROI Community. Tomi lives in Budapest, Hungary, and is the regional support contact for Limmud groups in Eastern Europe. He can be contacted on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Toby Axelrod Toby is a journalist and translator, originally from New York, and is also director of the Leo Baeck Summer University in Jewish studies in Berlin. She co-founded Limmud in Germany in 2006 and is still active, having served as program director, chair of the festival for several years, and overall chair of the board for four years. She is currently a vice chair. Toby lives in Berlin, Germany, and is the regional support contact for Limmud groups in Western Europe. She can be contacted on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Clive Lawton Clive Lawton is co-founder of Limmud and now as Limmud’s Senior Consultant trains and develops Limmud volunteer teams around the world. An award-winning educator, a magistrate and broadcaster, he is the London Jewish Cultural Centre's scholar-in-residence and works worldwide in educational development and diversity issues. Clive lives in London, UK, and can be contacted on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Dani Serlin Dani is the Assistant Director of Limmud, working in partnership with volunteer leadership to develop Limmud as an organisation nurturing a global Jewish learning community, building on her previous role as Limmud International Coordinator, supporting and connecting Limmuds around the world. She first volunteered for Limmud on the Young Adult Development (YAD) programme and then a madrichah for Young Limmud before joining the Limmud Fest team. Her background in project management and social research on community conflict. Dani lives in London, UK. Dani can be contacted on  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it