Our Leadership

Board of Directors

 Alla Gavrilov is an Ashkenazi Jew, born in Baku, Azerbaijan. In 1989, when Alla turned 11, her family moved to the United States. Alla grew up in Brooklyn, NY, where she continues to live with her husband of 19 years and two wonderful children, ages 15 and 10. Alla graduated with a BA in English Literature and a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education. Alla is a teacher in the second grade at NYC public school.


Leonard Gekhman is an attorney practicing law in the New York metropolitan area. He was born in Kiev, Ukraine, and immigrated to the United States in 1992 with his family, graduating from law school in 2000. Prior to attaining his law degree, Leonard has been employed as a Russian Outreach Coordinator for Hillel of New York, organizing Jewish life at City and Hunter Colleges. Leonard has been active in Jewish community as well as community at large, serving as pro bono counsel for various community organizations. He is a past member of Brooklyn Community Board 13 and member of the Advisory Board and Chair of the Committee on Litigation of the Russian American Bar Association. He resides in Merrick, New York with his wife and daughter.

Igor Gorelik was born in Bobruisk, USSR. In 1996, he moved to the United States with his family. Igor graduated with degree in Orthodontics and Prosthetic Dentistry from Vitebsk Medical School and obtained his BS in Computer Science from NYU-Polytechnic School of Engineering. Igor has served the local community as NYPD Auxiliary officer. For his outstanding service and dedication to the community, Igor has been recognized by NYPD with the “APO Of The Year 2017” award. Igor has been an active member and lay leader in the Jewish community. He provided technology and audio visual services for Kings Bay YM-YWHA, Shorefront Jewish Center, Brooklyn School of Inquiry, Limmud FSU, COJECO Project Dacha, iMishpacha, and hosted Jewish Youth Film Series.  Igor resides in Sheepshead Bay area with his wife and three children.

Natalya Malamud was born in Khmelnitsky, Ukraine, and moved to the United States with her family in 1993. She graduated with BA in Management and Certification in Project Management and works in the public health industry. In addition, Natalya is a Certified Russian language translator and interpreter. Natalya resides with her husband and two children in Marine Park, Brooklyn. Natalya has been engaged with the Jewish community since 2009 and participated in a number of programs aimed at increasing Jewish education. Natalya, together with her husband Dmitriy, hosted Jewish Youth Film Series, helped organize and run events such as Annual Family Picnics, Shabbat Project, etc.

Dmitriy Malamud was born in Odessa, USSR, and moved to the United States in 1991, graduated with MS in Computer Science, works in financial services industry, and resides in Marine Park area with his wife and two children. Dmitriy has been involved with the Jewish community since 2009 and participated in several programs aimed at increasing Jewish education and engagement among the RSJ community. He, together with his wife, had hosted Jewish Youth Film Series , organized outdoor picnics aimed at strengthening
community bonds, and showed his support for Israel as participant in the Israel Day parade.

 Dmitry Nadelson was born in Minsk, USSR, and moved to the United States in 1991, established small business in the Sheepshead Bay, where he resides with his wife and two children. Dmitry served as the President of Hillel at Baruch College in 1996-99, and has led program planning for the annual Limmud FSU NY in 2012-present. Dmitry organized, hosted, and led a number of successful programs in the RSJ community such as multi-day Jewish Heritage Family trips, ‘Autism Walk’ to raise awareness and funds for autism programs, etc).


Inna Paller was born in Minsk, USSR, and moved to the United States with her family in 1990, where she resides in Brooklyn with her husband and three children. Inna works in the financial services industry specializing in quality control, process improvement and coaching, and recently has been spotlighted as
an outstanding Quality professional. She has also been involved as a volunteer in Women’s Leadership Project and The Women’s Initiative, where she has helped organize and run multiple events. Inna is passionate about preserving Jewish heritage, outreach among Russian-speaking Jewry and community building.


Ayzik Shikh was born in Chernovtsy, USSR, moved to the United States in 1994, graduated with MS in Information Security and Physics, works in financial services industry, and resides in Sheepshead Bay with his wife and three sons. Ayzik has been involved as a volunteer and lay leader in many community initiatives. For example, Ayzik established Brooklyn Lions Basketball Club (operating since 2012; the largest in southern Brooklyn serving more than 100 boys). For 5 years Ayzik has served as Head of Kings Bay YM-YWHA delegation to JCC Maccabi program. Ayzik created and led “The Brooklyn Beats” (a kids musical rock group made up of talented kids from local RSJ community) that performed at numerous events and venues. Ayzik, together with his wife Rimma, created “Amazing Minds” a STEM program for the young children aimed to teaching different science topics in interactive and engaged manner. Ayzik led, hosted, and organized numerous events such as the Shabbos Project, Chanukah Celebration, Jewish Youth Film Series, etc.


Leonid Vayner was born in Kiev, USSR, and moved to the United States in 1989, graduated with MBA in Strategic Management, works in the financial service industry, and resides in Manhattan Beach area with his wife and three children. Leonid has been involved with a number of non-profit organizations as a volunteer for many years (e.g., Per Scholas, Mentor New York, Ellis Island-Statue of Liberty Foundation), and served as President of Jewish Student Union at NYU-Polytechnic University. Leonid has served on Kings Bay YM-YWHA’s Board of Directors since 2014 (and held variety of roles as Vice President of the Board, Chair of Finance Committee, Chair of Strategic Planning & Board Governance Task Forces). Leonid is alumni of Wexner Heritage Program. For his service to the community he has been recognized by Morgan Stanley as “Volunteer Honoree” in 2013 & 2017, and UJA-Federation of New York with “Community Changemaker Award” in 2016.


Inna Yavorsky was born in Odessa, USSR, and moved to the United States with her family in 1990s, and resides in Sheepshead Bay with her husband and two children. Inna graduated with MS degree in Pharmaceutical Marketing, she is a registered pharmacist (NY, NJ) and an accomplished senior product/ project manager with extensive experience in the digital and healthcare industries. Inna has been extensively involved with the local RSJ community. As co-founder and lay leader in iMishpacha, Inna helped with event planning and organization, volunteered and provided many innovative ideas to improve Jewish community outreach, including hosting of iMishpacha events for teenagers that bolstered their Jewish identity. In addition, Inna performs concerts at the Jewish community’s nursing home with her children.