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.
Coming to Hillel at Baruch by way of Silver Spring, Maryland, Natasha is thrilled to be working with students to enrich the Jewish community of Baruch and New York city. Natasha attended Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School from kindergarten to twelfth grade and graduated with Hebrew fluency, thorough knowledge of Jewish history and texts and a sincere passion for creating pluralistic Jewish experiences and inclusive communities. After graduating from high school, Natasha headed north to attend Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. Involved in Brown RISD Hillel from her first week on campus, Natasha is excited to put her experience to the service of the Baruch Jewish community.
Regev Gur grew up in Jerusalem, Israel and later moved to Tel Aviv to study at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya. After graduating with a Bachelors of Arts in Communications, specializing in Marketing Content/PR studies, Regev served in the Israeli Defense Force working with ‘Olim Hadashim’ (recent immigrants to Israel) and soldiers with family abroad. With a strong background in Public Relations and Social Media, Regev is eager to utilize his experiences to invigorate Israel programming and outreach at Hillel at Baruch. Regev loves to play the piano and tennis and is always available for questions or a cup of coffee!
Yael David grew up in Livingston, New Jersey and is a recent graduate of Binghamton University where she studied Judaic Studies and Education. While at Binghamton, Yael was very active in Hillel having served as the president of Bearcats for Israel and then as Student President of the organization. Prior to university, Yael spent a gap-year in Israel on Young Judaea Year Course where she studied Jewish and Zionist subjects, traveled the country, and volunteered in various cities. This year, Yael will begin studying for her Masters of Public Administration at Baruch College. Yael is looking forward to starting a life-long journey of working for Jewish non-profit organizations here at Hillel at Baruch as the Engagement Associate.
Rachel Waldman grew up in Staten Island, New York. She recently graduated with her B.S. in Psychology and Business from the College of Staten Island. In addition to being President of Hillel, Rachel interned with many different Jewish non-profits including the Jewish Community Relations Council and the UJA Federation. She also was an active member of Student Government. After graduating from College, Rachel spent eight months in Israel studying Judaism at Neve Yerushalayim before returning to get her Masters of Public Administration at Baruch College. Rachel is excited to be working with the Jewish community at Baruch.