llya Bratman holds the position of the Executive Director at the Hillel at Baruch College since November 2013.
In 1992, Ilya immigrated from Moscow, Russia to the US. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1999. Upon his graduation, Mr. Bratman enlisted in the United States Armed Forces. He served honorably for over four active years and four reserve, including deployments to Korea, Germany and Iraq. After returning from his tour in Iraq in 2004, Ilya Bratman received a Master’s Degree in Applied Linguistics and Education from the University of Pittsburgh in 2006.
In 2006 Ilya ‘immigrated’ to New York. He worked as a Real Estate agent and in 2008, he began to work in the Jewish community including as an instructor at the Sinai Academy in Brooklyn, Director of Jewish Programs at the Kings Bay Y in Brooklyn, and as the Project Manager of Limmud FSU USA, before becoming the Executive Director at the Hillel at Baruch College.
In his spare time, Ilya enjoys long-distance running, playing soccer and other sports, writing, playing guitar and watching the Steelers. Ilya speaks Russian fluently and is proficient in Hebrew and German. Ilya lives with his wife, Sonya, son, Gabriel and daughter, Miriam, in New Jersey.
Yael Brenner is in her fourth year on the Hillel at Baruch, City, and John Jay team. Originally from Livingston, New Jersey, Yael began her involvement with Jewish leadership in the Zionist youth movement Young Judaea, serving as National President and spending a gap-year in Israel after high school. While studying for her undergraduate degree in Judaic Studies from Binghamton University, among various other leadership roles, Yael served as the Hillel student president. Upon graduation, Yael began her Master’s degree in Public Administration at Baruch College while starting her career as the Engagement Associate at the Hillel at Baruch, City, and John Jay. Now in the role of Assistant Director, Yael looks forward to continuing to serve students across our three campuses. In her free time, Yael loves picnicking in Central Park, eating Italian food, and watching Israeli TV shows. Yael lives on the Upper West Side with her husband, Ben.
Leanne Sinsky grew up in Marlboro, New Jersey and graduated from Rutgers University with her B.F.A. in Stage Management. After graduating she moved to New York City and worked as a professional stage manager. This past year, Leanne lived in Israel; first in Haifa, where she worked at an arts and technology camp, and then Be’er Sheva where she was a student at Ulpan Etzion. She most recently lived in Jerusalem where she studied at Pardes Institute for Jewish Studies in the Year Program. It was here that Leanne became passionate about building inclusive Jewish community, and she is so excited to bring what she has learned to Baruch, City, and John Jay Colleges.
Miriam Zami grew up in Brooklyn, New York, and recently graduated from Yeshiva University Stern College for Women with a BA in Psychology and Judaic Studies. Before college, Miriam spent a gap year studying at Midreshet Lindenbaum in Israel, where she explored her love of Jewish text and history. Miriam’s passion for Jewish education led her to become involved in various learning programs and Jewish nonprofits throughout college, and ultimately brought her to Hillel. She is also currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Ancient Jewish History at Yeshiva University. As Springboard Fellow, Miriam is super excited to share her love of Judaism with the Baruch, City, and John Jay Jewish communities.
Michael grew up in New York City and attended Baruch College as an undergraduate business student. He studied marketing and advertising communications, as well as graphic design. His strong desire to become involved with student club life from the start did not go unnoticed. As he developed new skills and a leadership mentality, he was elected President of Advertising Design Society and offered an internship with Hillel at Baruch. With a will to step outside of his comfort zone, Michael launched his own marketing agency after his junior year of college. Being new to entrepreneurship, Michael was humbled by the diligence and persistence it takes to become successful. To many members of the Jewish community, success is a familiar word that embodies the spirit of the Judaism. Michael seeks to support the fundamental culture and nature of the Jewish community by beginning his career as an Innovation Specialist for Hillel at Baruch, City, and John Jay.
Zach was born and raised in Minneapolis and attended the University of Minnesota for his undergraduate degree. While in school, he was very involved in student life and served on the board of Hillel. He was also a proud member of the University of Minnesota Marching Band, where he played the mellophone for four years (if you don’t know what a mellophone is, neither did I until I got to the marching band - it’s basically a fat trumpet).
After graduation, Zach moved to Tel Aviv and worked for a non-profit that focused on Israel education and combating anti-Semitism. He then moved to New York and worked for the Zionist Organization of America for nearly five years, mostly as the Managing Director of the campus division. Zach is now a full-time graduate student at Baruch pursuing his MBA and is thrilled to be helping out at Hillel!
Gal Elimelech grew up in Haifa, Israel until the age of the 13. She then moved to Great Neck, New York and became infatuated with the New York City culture but continued to visit Israel every year. She attended Baruch college for a bachelor of business administration in marketing and management. Gal was introduced to Israel programming on campus and developed the thirst to be more politically involved in Israel’s current state.she soon became the president of the Youth organization for Israel club on campus as well as an involved student of the Hillel at Baruch team. Gal developed her passion and tools to educate and advocate for Israel through conferences and Educational Israel trips. Although being involved and passionate with the fashion marketing industry, Gal decided she was not ready to stop exploring the topic of advocating for Israel, her home land. After graduating she looked for a job that would provide meaning in her everyday life and became the Israel Enagement Associate at Hillel at Baruch and has been running Pro-Israel related programs as well as Hebrew learning programs.