Steering Team and Board

Steering Team

Sue Birnholtz

Sue Birnholtz, Limmud Michigan co-chair, is involved in the Jewish adult learning community in Detroit taking classes offered by Melton and Federation's FedEd. She has also been a member of the SAJE committee at the JCC which sponsors speakers on all subjects "Jewish" throughout the year. She has attended Limmud New York for the last 9 years and is proud that Limmud is finally coming to Michigan.

Leslie Black

Leslie Black has been a Limmudnik ever since she attended her first Limmud in upstate New York, in 2008. She has been dreaming of a Limmud Michigan for many years and is so excited to be a part of the team to bring this wonderful learningfest to Michigan. Leslie is co-chair of SAJE (Seminars for Adult Jewish Enrichment) and a member of the JCC of Metropolitan Detroit's book fair steering committee. She has been involved with adult Jewish education for many years.

Roger Black

Roger Black's love for Jewish learning blossomed about five years ago and he has been attending a variety of Jewish themed lectures since. He started attending Limmud conferences three years ago in New York and was overwhelmed with the variety and number of topics and speakers in one location. Limmud's philosophy of learning, diversity, and community inspired Roger to help bring Limmud to Michigan.

Irv Goldfein

Irv Goldfein is a consultant and producer of Judaic reference and academic software and media, and an editor and literary agent for books in Judaica. He is the founder of The Jewish Forum, and was one of the partners who created the Encyclopaedia Judaica CD-ROM Edition. He holds a nearly-useless Ph.D. in education. Too many years ago he was a principal and headmaster of Jewish schools and taught at the University of Rochester. A native Torontonian, he has temporarily lived in Michigan for 34 years, with his much-needed psychotherapist wife Janice. All his children and grandchildren live in New York.

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Sandy Lada

Sandy Lada Since moving here with my family 20 years ago, I witnessed my children become adults and became a proud Nana. I’ve taken Melton and a variety of Fed Ed classes, had an adult Bat Mitzvah and been active on the Boards of NCJW, Metro Detroit Book and Author Society, B’nai Israel and the Steering Committee of Bookstock. I first attended Limmud last year here in Michigan and am honored to be involved in bringing this fantastic event to our community.

René Lichtman

René Lichtman was born in Paris, France, in 1937, of Polish Jewish parents. In 1940, his father joined the French Army and was killed in combat against the invading Germans. René and his mother survived in hiding in the Paris area, They came to the US in 1950. René graduated from The Cooper Union Art School, was the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship in Painting, and holds degrees in Fine Arts, Mass Communication, and a Ph.D. in Instructional Technology. After attending the first Holocaust Hidden Child conference in New York City in 1991, he helped start the Hidden Children and Child Survivors of Michigan of which he has been Co-Chair ever since. He is a founding member and Vice President of the World Federation of Jewish Child Survivors of the Holocaust and Descendants. In the late 1960's, René came to Detroit to work on a documentary film about Black-White relations in the auto plants. More recently he has completed a film about Jewish children who hid and survived in Poland. He is married to Cathy S. Lichtman, with three grown children.

Ruby Robinson

Ruby Robinson is a Detroit resident and an active member of the Jewish community through synagogue and communal involvement. During the week, he works as a supervising attorney with the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center. In his free time, he enjoys running, cooking, reading, and spending time with his fiancé, Yifat.

Davey Rosen

Davey Rosen is the Associate Director of the University of Michigan Hillel. He is originally from Detroit, MI, and joined the U-M Hillel team in 2011. Davey and Jillian, his wife, the program officer at a community foundation, live just a frisbee throw away from the Big House, with their baby Elah. He is passionate about living an exciting and dynamic Jewish life and believes that requires exciting and dynamic Jewish communities.

Steven Rubenstein

Steven Rubenstein is the rabbi of Congregation Beth Ahm in West Bloomfield, MI. He used to be a New Yorker, but with a wife from Chicago, 5 years in Kansas City, MO and 10 years in Metro-Detroit, he is almost a Midwesterner.

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Clara Silver

Clara Silver has served the Jewish community in both lay and professional roles for over 30 years intersecting with a wide variety of organizations including synagogues, day schools, Jewish Family Services, Jewish Community Centers, Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, Jewish Federations, and beyond. She has continued learning as an adult including studies in Israel at Neve Yerushalayim, the Conservative Yeshiva (CY), and the Shalom Hartman Institute. Her current professional roles include Director of Operations at the Ann Arbor JCC and Cantorial Soloist at Temple Beth Israel in Jackson, Michigan. She is excited to be part of Limmud Michigan, having first heard about Limmud while at the CY from her British flatmate, who is a long time presenter and participant at Limmud in the UK.

Vicki Sitron

Vicki Sitron, a native Detroiter, relocated back to the community after nearly a decade in Washington, DC, where she worked for the Washington DCJCC and Young Judaea. She has a BA, MSW, and certificate of Judaic Studies and Jewish Communal Leadership from the University of Michigan. Her current role is program coordinator at the Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue. 

Mira Sussman

Mira Sussman, Limmud Michigan co-chair, was born and raised in Ann Arbor. She has worked in various capacities within the Jewish community in Ann Arbor and in Los Angeles. She currently conducts trainings related to immigration and cultural sensitivity. She lives in Ann Arbor with her husband and three sons.

Board of Directors (corporate)

Sue Birnholtz, Secretary

Irv Goldfein, President

Davey Rosen, Treasurer

Steven Rubenstein, Vice-president


Geulah Finman

Howard Lupovitch

Miriam Starkman