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Meet our 2017 Majestic Personalities

Resident Scholar at the Jewish Center on the Upper West Side

Rabbi Ari Lamm is presently the Resident Scholar at the Jewish Center on the pper West Side. He completed his Semichah at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary.

Rabbi Lamm completed his B.A. in History & Jewish Studies at Yeshiva University and was Yeshiva University’s first ever recipient of the Fulbright Scholarship, which took him to London where, in addition to completing his M.A. in Jewish Studies and Eastern Christianity, he lectured frequently at the London School of Jewish Studies. He has received the Henry Kressel Research Scholarship, a Tikvah Postgraduate Fellowship, and a Wexner Graduate Fellow. He is now pursuing his Ph.D. in Religion at Princeton University.

President & Executive Producer of TALKLINE COMMUNICATIONS NETWORK, America’s leading radio and television network

Zev Brenner has interviewed some of the leading newsmakers in the Jewish and political world. Among his guests: President Bill Clinton; Senators Joe Lieberman, Chuck Schumer, Former CIA Director James Woolsey, Israeli Prime Ministers Benjamin Netanyahu, and the late Shimon Peres, Yitzhak Shamir and Yitzhak Rabin; former Vice President Dan Quayle; former Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg and the Reverend Al Sharpton.

For the last 30 years, Zev Brenner has devoted his creative energies toward expanding the vistas of the Jewish Community as well as to forging better ties between Jews and other ethnic groups. Mr. Brenner is an outspoken advocate of Black-Jewish relations; leaders of the Black Community are often featured on his programs.

President & CEO of LUBICOM Marketing Consulting

Menachem Lubinsky, is the recognized authority on the kosher food market. He created and developed Kosherfest, the world’s largest and most successful kosher food trade show and also has managed Israel Expo and The Great American Dessert Expo.

Mr. Lubinsky was the founding director of the Boro Park Senior Citizens Center and Project COPE (Career Opportunities Preparation for Employment); served as President and Chairman of the Board of the UJA’s Metropolitan NY Coordinating Council on Jewish Poverty; and is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of Agudath Israel of America.

Founder and Owner of Nutrition by Tanya and Shape Fitness

Tanya holds a Master’s degree, many specialty certificates, and specializes in pre and post natal fitness and nutrition, sports nutrition, works with special populations such as children, senior citizens, and athletes, and also has extensive knowledge and experience in working with complex medical conditions and eating disorders.

As a trainer and group class instructor, Tanya has certifications in Kickboxing, Pilates, Boot camp, and Step.  With the motto that no two classes should ever be the same, Tanya is always bringing new routines and moves to her popular classes.  Tanya is also the creator of the first ever kosher workout DVD series for women and girls.  Tanya enjoys writing for the Jewish Press and Ami magazine,

Tanya will also incorporate her TAPS Menu program into our Passover menu to ensure that our guests have the ability to eat healthy while enjoying the amazing array of menu items we offer.


Elisheva maintains private practices in Brooklyn and Cedarhurst treating children, adolescents and adults with eating disorders and other mental health issues. She received her Master Degree in Clinical Social Work from NYU. Elisheva received training from the Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy; Center for the Study of Anorexia and Bulimia.



Rabbi Master Chaim Tureff is a 4th Degree Black Belt, and teaches Hap Ki Do, Tae Kwon Do, and Ho Shin Moo Do.  He has also trained a number of Hollywood Celebs over the past 23 years (a few of them happen to be Jewish).

Karyn Tureff was born to dance and swim!  Karyn started tap, ballet, Jazz and gymnastics as a toddler and continues to this day, while adding Pilates and Zumba to her amazing repertoire.

Chaim and Karyn will both be giving amazing classes throughout Passover.  Whether enjoying the Martial Arts; sweating through a Jazz Dance; going on Guided Stroller Walks; or anything and everything in between, you will have a blast!

Assistant Professor Psychiatry, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Howard L. Forman is the Director of Addiction Consultation Service at Montefiore Medical Center and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He is a graduate of Columbia University and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Dr. Forman is a nationally recognized leader in Psychiatry and has published on topics ranging from the intersection of psychiatry and law to the relationship between pop culture and mental illness. He is the Book Review Editor for Psychiatric Times.

Passover Host and Program Director

Elie has served the Teaneck, NJ community for many years as Mayor, Deputy Mayor, and Council Member, and now brings his leadership and service oriented experience to our Passover program as our Host and Program Director.

Day Camp & Youth Director

An 8th Grade Rebbe at Mazel Day School in New York, Moish also teaches music weekly and organizes a choir for  children K-4th in Yeshiva Derech Hatorah. On the side, he is also a performing musician, singer and DJ; he really knows how to party!! Moish has been the Director of Passover day camps for kids of all ages in various locations, including the Bahamas and Cancun.  He lives in Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn with his wife and three children.