The Team

Founders

Dóra Koranyi

Psychologist and tour guide in the Jewish quarter of Budapest. After completing her studies in Israel, Dóra returned to Hungary. where she worked actively in different Jewish organizations and also took an active role in a grassroot, egalitarian Jewish community.

Sebastian Mizrahi

Originally from Venezuela, Sebastian has lived most of his life between Israel and Europe. Sebastian studied Archaeology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and History and Tourism in Salamanca, Spain. Currently based in Budapest, Hungary.

Speakers

Joseph Benatov

Ph.D. in comparative literature from the University of Pennsylvania, where he teaches Hebrew. Joseph is originally from Bulgaria and a member of Sofia's Jewish community.

Ruben Shimonov

Social entrepreneur focusing on Jewish diversity and pluralism. Ruben was listed among The Jewish Week's "36 Under 36" young Jewish community leaders and changemakers.

Dóra Pataricza

Dóra is a Post-doctoral researcher in History, research fellow at Åbo Akademi University in Finland and project director at the Szeged Jewish Community in Hungary,

Cecilia Cohen

Ceci was born in Argentina and moved to Israel in 2002. B.A. in Education and History of Art from the Hebrew University, Head of Latin America Desk of Marom Olami, and guide at the Yad Vashem Museum in Jerusalem. 

Nisya Isman Allovi 

Director and Curator of The Quincentennial Foundation Museum Of Turkish Jews. Graduated from the International Relations Faculty of Bilgi University and in Cultural Heritage and Tourism.

Gavriella Bigio Dahan

Israeli of Yemenite heritage. Master's Degree in Conflict Research, Management and Resolution and BA in International Relations, both from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.                           

Mercédesz Czimbalmos

Doctoral researcher at Åbo Akademi University in Finland and project coordinator in the project "Reconstructing the Fate of Hungarian and Bačka-Serbian Victims of the Holocaust".

Benito Gritzewsky

Second-generation Jewish Mexican, amateur historian and recognized by the travel industry as an expert in Latin America. Ben delights in uncovering, celebrating and sharing the infinite facets of Jewish life.

Victoria Atlas Prilutsk

Victoria is PhD in medieval Spanish culture and history from the University of Alcalá (Spain) and M.A. in Spanish and Latin American Cultures from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Miriam Camerini

Theatre director, writer, singer, actress, journalist and published author from Italy. She holds a BA in Linguistics and Literature from the University of Milan.                                                                 

David Laor

Israeli pastry chef. Studied in Paris in "le Cordon Bleu" and owns a boutique pastry factory and shop specialised in French pastries and located in the Jerusalem mountains.

Łukasz Godlewski

Gradutated in Psychology of Intercultural Relations at the SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Warsaw, Poland. Volunteer in the Jewish community of Warsaw and official city guide since 2013.

Edwin Shuker

London-based businessman born in Baghdad. Public speaker campaigning on behalf of Jews from Arab countries. Vice President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews and a former Vice President of the European Jewish Congress.

Zehava Tesfay

Born in Israel to a family that had made Aliyah from Ethiopia. BA in Education, Sociology and Anthropology as well as an MA in Nonprofit and Community Organization Management, Zehava is currently a Jewish Agency emissary in New York.

Judith Cohen

Canadian ethnomusicologist and singer. Born in Montreal, based in Toronto - Judith may frequently be found in Spain, Portugal, and wherever else her fieldwork, concerts, conferences, research and general curiosity and love of travel take her.

Peninah Zilberman

Born in Israel to holocaust survivor parents, served the Toronto Jewish Community for over 40 years. Founder & CEO of "Fundatia Tarbut Sighet- Cultura si Educatie Iudaica" (FTS) and speaker at all programs sponsored by JDC in Romania.

Joseph Vardakis

Originally from Greece, Joseph has lived and studied in the UK, South Africa and Israel. M.A in Psychobiology and currently completing his M.Sc in Clinical Psychology, he offers themed tours in Athens, including sites of Jewish interest.

Artur Livshyts

Born in Minsk, as a child of the Soviet Union, Artur discovered Jewish life while staying in the US, where he studied Hebrew and had a bar mitzvah. Arthur has made it his life's work to strive for a revival of the Jewish community in Belarus.

Shoshana Nambi

Shoshana grew up in Uganda's Abayudaya Jewish community. She graduated in BBA at Kampala University before spending two years studying in Israel. Now she serves as a Student Rabbi for North Fork Reform Synagogue, New York.

Debra Brunner

Debra is originally from London and has been working in Belarus for over ten years growing The Together Plan in order to empower Jewish communities coming out of a traumatic past and to give them skills to rebuild and revive.