BGI Fellows Class '13

Undergraduate Alumni

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Julia Blanter '13

Julia was born in Boston, MA and graduated from Governor's Academy in Byfield, MA. She frequently travels to Russia as both her parents emigrated from Moscow, Russia. She is interested in majoring in economics, math and medicine.  At Brandeis, Julia worked with children and explored educational opportunities in the Jewish community. Julia was the Vice President of External Affairs in the Brandeis University Russian Culture Club.


Lev Gorfinkel '13

Lev was born in Saint Petersburg, Russia and moved to Israel when he was two years old. After living in Israel for eight years his family moved to Massachusetts. Lev graduated from Minnechaug Regional High School in Wilbraham, MA. He majored in Chemistry and Biology. 

Eleazar Jacobs '13

EleazarEleazar was born in Bukhara, Uzbekistan. He graduated from Stuyvesant High School in New York, NY. Eleazar is a member of the National Hebrew Honors Society, Arista National Honors Society, Big Sibs and NCSY as well as the Brandeis track team. At Brandeis, Eleazar was majoring in economics and business to pursue a degree in Law after graduation.

Daniel Koch '13

DanDaniel was born in Brooklyn, NY after his family moved to New York from St. Petersburg, Russia. Dan graduated from Fair Lawn High School in Fair Lawn, NJ. He was majoring in mathematics and minoring in economics and philosophy.  Daniel was investigating the actuarian profession. He is also an enthusiastic amateur photographer. His interests include music and travel. 

Annie Livit '13

Annie was born in Kingston, PA two years after her parents emigrated from Minsk, Belarus. Annie graduated from Wyoming Seminary in Kingston, PA. Annie was double majoring in Biology and Health: Science, Society, and Policy, with a minor in business. She was the VP of external affairs in Russian Club,as well as the freshman representative for the Tennis Club. 

Julia Livit '13

Julia was born in Kingston, PA two years after her parents emigrated from Minsk, Belarus. Julia graduated from Wyoming Seminary in Kingston, PA. She was double majoring in Business and Health: Science, Society and Policy. She was an active member in various clubs on campus, including VP of Publicity in Russian Club, Hooked on Tap and Adagio, and tennis club. 

FreddyFrederick Rozenshteyn '13

Frederick was born in White Plains, NY. His parents and older brother emigrated from Ukraine in 1983. He graduated from Fair Lawn High School in Fair Lawn, NJ. Freddy was majoring in biology and psychology. Frederick had been an enthusiastic and valuable member of the tennis team. 

EstherEsther Tandetnik '13

Esther was born in Be'er Sheva, Israel. She graduated from Doherty Memorial High School in Worcester, MA. She was majoring in psychology and minoring in Near Middle Eastern Studies. She was a member and coach of her high school swim team, as well as a lifeguard at the Frances and Jacob Hiatt Jewish Community Center.

Lena Vaynberg '13

LenaLena was born in California. Lena's mother emigrated from Azerbaijan and her father - from Belarus in the 1980s. Lena graduated from the Chadwick School in Palos Verde's, CA. She studied biology, Spanish, and Russian at Brandeis and pursued a career in medicine. At Brandeis, Lena was involved in the pre-health society, was Co-Vice President of External Affairs of Russian Club and was a member of the freshmen living learning community.

VictorVictor Zhivich '13

Victor was born in St. Petersburg Russia. He graduated from Westborough High School in Westborough, MA. He majored in biochemistry and neuroscience. As his community outreach project in 2009-10, Victor video recorded his grandfather and great uncle's life stories in St. Petersburg during the blockade.  

Graduate Alumni

Ira Krakhman '13

Ira KrakhmanIra left balmy California where, for the past four years, she had been building a home in the Jewish community of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Her most recent role was as coordinator for a fundraising and development team at the Jewish Agency for Israel. Previously, she partnered with the Jewish Agency emissary to the Bay Area Russian Jews, laying foundations for communal engagement and stewardship among her Russian Jewish peers – a charismatic community known as Mishmash. For the past two years, as both professional and volunteer, she has taken great interest in the program's strategic development. Ira's vision is to see the Bay Area Russian Jewish community raise its unique presence through grass-roots innovation and creative engagement of  local resources, including local funding sources.

Ira's Jewish quest began when she woke up one morning and found herself in Jerusalem where she spent 2006-2007 learning and volunteering. Formerly an English teacher, Ira holds a BA in English from Skidmore College and an MEd from Arcadia University. She immigrated from Odessa, Ukraine in 1990.