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 with his wife, Sonya, son, Gabriel and daughter Miriam in New Jersey.
Yael David grew up in Livingston, New Jersey and is in her third year on the Hillel at Baruch team, now as the Director of Jewish Life & Engagement. While working as the Engagement Associate, Yael completed her Master's of Public Administration concentrating in non-profit management at Baruch College. She completed her undergraduate degree at Binghamton University in Judaic Studies and Education after spending a gap-year in Israel on Young Judaea Year Course. Hillel became a big part of Yael's life during her own college experience having served as Student President of her Hillel and Israel club, and she looks forward to continuing to grow Jewish life and engaging with students at Baruch, John Jay, and City 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 Jewish community.
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.
Dina Abramowitz was born and raised in Far Rockaway, New York. She recently graduated from John Jay College of Criminal Justice with a B.A. in Forensic Psychology, a Minor is Addiction Studies, and a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Trainee (CASAC-T) Certification. During her time at John Jay College, Dina served as Student President of Hillel for two years in addition to being an Israel advocacy fellow. Dina is currently pursuing a Masters in Mental Health Counseling at Baruch College as she works as an Engagement Associate at Hillel at Baruch.