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.

Volunteers

Madison Jackson

Madison lives in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, and has a double B.A. in Judaic Studies and English from Binghamton University. She is the founder of the Global Jewish Pen Pal Program, an organization which matches Jews with pen pals all over the world.

Sylvie Hodes

Sylvie is currently studying Russian, Hebrew and Arabic for her undergraduate degree at the University of Cambridge, UK. She is from London and loves to travel and visit Jewish communities around the world.

Speakers

Victoria Atlas

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. She's the only official Hebrew guide in Spain

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. Every summer takes groups to the Balkans.

Gavriella Bigio Dahan

Gavriella is an Amercican/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.

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 local Jewish communities and give them skills to rebuild and revive.

Miriam Camerini

Theatre director, writer, singer, actress, journalist and published author. Miriam is the founder and artistic director of Benhashmashot, the first professional Jewish Theatre in Italy, based in Milan. She's also a rabbinical student at Beit Midrash Har'El.

Ceci Cohen

Cecilia 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.

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.

Merci Czimbalmos

Mercédesz is a 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". She is an active member of the Jewish Community of Helsinki,

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.

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.

Nisya Isman Allovi

Nisya is 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.

Manashe Khaimov

Community organizer, serial entrepreneur, and social innovator based in New York. Manashe is Adjunct Professor in Jewish Studies, with a specialty in History and Culture of the Mizrahi and Central Asian Jews at Queens College.

David Laor

David is a professional pastry chef from Israel. He studied in Paris in "le Cordon Bleu" and owns a boutique pastry factory and shop located in the Jerusalem mountains. His expertise is blending French classics with Israeli-oriented tastes and shapes.

Felipe Lichand

Felipe is a Brazilian historian, researcher and tour guide with a focus on South American Jewish heritage. He is an active member of São Paolo's Jewish community and part of the local "Hashomer Hatzair" youth movement leadership.

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.

Valeriya Nakshun

Originally from Dagestan in Russia, Valeriya is a Kavkazi Jewish culture writer and marketer. She's a Community Outreach Fellow at Sephardic Heritage International DC (SHIN-DC) and a former dancer at Silk Road Dance Company (SRDC).

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.

Dóra Pataricza

Originally from Budapest, 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, she is also a board member of WIZO Finland.

Ruben Shimonov

Social entrepreneur focusing on Jewish diversity and pluralism, Ruben has lectured throughout the world on the culture and history of the various Sephardic and Mizrahi communities. He is also a visual artist specializing in multilingual calligraphy interweaning Arabic, Hebrew and Persian.

Edwin Shuker

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

Zehava Tesfay

Zehava was born in Israel to a family that made Aliyah from Ethiopia. She graduated in Education, Sociology and Anthropology as well as having an MA in Community Organization Management, Zehava is currently a Jewish Agency emissary in New York.

Dominique Tomasov

Born in New York, raised in Argentina and based in Barcelona, Dominique is an architect specialized in Jewish heritage. She is an independent researcher, educator and activist as well as a founding member of the first egalitarian synagogue in Spain.

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.

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.

Daniel Gurevich

Daniel was born in Vilnius and made Aliya to Israel before returning to Lithuania and becoming an expert in the travel industry. Today he runs his own travel agency with tours conducted in Hebrew, English, Russian and Lithuanian, and focusing on Jewish heritage, religion, history and culture.

Omar Mohammed

Omar is a historian from Mosul, Iraq, named by THE ALGEMEINER on the list of The Top 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life in 2020. Known until recently only as the anonymous blogger 'Mosul Eye', through which Omar set out to inform the world about life under the Islamic State in his city. Today he lives in exile in Paris.

Yona Abeddour

Born in Morocco and based in Israel, Yona is a researchear examining identity formation among second and third generation Jewish-Moroccan immigrants in France and Israel. As a documentary filmmaker, his films explore Moroccan and Sephardic Jewry and highlight the dynamics of Muslim-Jewish relations.

Pablo Faivel Levinton

Originally from Argentina, Pablo is a fluent Yidish speaker currently studing an MA in China, from where he runs the popular traveling YouTube channel "A mole around the world" dedicated to show faraway places where there are, or have been, Jewish communities. to his more than 11,000 subscribers.