Our Leadership

Herut North America Leadship

Karma Feinstein

Karma Feinstein is the Executive Director of World Magshimey-Herut and World Herut which she founded in 1999. Since then, Ms. Feinstein Cohen has worked tirelessly to advance the movements goals both worldwide and in Israel. Long committed to the ideology of Ze’ev Jabotinsky, she previously served in various leadership positions within Betar for over eleven years. After serving as the Education Coordinator for Betar Israel and as the Regional Coordinator for the Settlement Region, Ms. Feinstein became Head of the Overseas Dept. for World Betar Executive and then Treasurer in 1994. Through the WZO, she headed up the “Manof” program run by the department of “youth and halutz” in the WZO and worked as a short-term shaliach in 1996 and 1997. She also operated as the co-chair for the council of World Zionist youth movements (1998-2000).

Ms. Feinstein moved to Israel from New Jersey with her family when she was 11. After serving in the Israeli army, she received her B.A. in political economics from Tel Aviv University and is currently working on her Masters degree in the same field. She now lives in Shaarey Tikva with her husband and two children.

Ms. Feinstein is a member of presidium of the Zionist General Council of the WZO and has been a Jewish Agency committee member since 2002.

 

Joshua Goldstein

Joshua Goldstein has been active in the organization for 5 years and serves as an AZM board member on behalf of Herut NA. He is chairman of Herut New Jersey. Joshua was a delegate at the 36th World Zionist Congress. Professionally, he is holds a Master’s Degree in Acupuncturist and Chinese Medicine and has been a practitioner for over 16 years.

 

Larry Shepherd 

With over a decade of experience, Larry Shepherd has dedicated his career and time to social equality, community development and youth initiatives. As a Project Manager to North West Austin Community, he has worked with the Illinois Department of Public Health in youth violence prevention. His leadership and guidance was an invaluable asset to the HIV/AIDS community. He served as the head liaison to CDC, hosted an informative local television show and assisted in helping high-risk populations have access to healthy life choices. Larry fell in love with Israel and the Israeli culture from his first visit in 1996. Moved by the love, hospitality and generosity shown to him, he has become an informal advocate of Israel’s sovereignty, security and national heritage. Larry’s belief in a stronger Jewish community has led him to volunteering at The Holocaust and Intolerance Museum and The World Zionist Organization of Albuquerque. Larry Shepherd is the National Coordinator of Magshimey Herut in the United States.

 

Amram Abraham

Amram Abraham has been active in the Chicago Jewish community since 2005.  He founded and is the current leader of the Institute for a New World Vision, including the Gevurot Community, an independent, inclusive growing Jewish congregation.   Amram has instituted a conversational Hebrew language program, offering classes to learners of all levels.  Gevurot Community regularly holds Shabbat services under the leadership of Amram Abraham.

Amram has traveled extensively to Israel, staying with residents of Ethiopian, Indian, Israelite, and European Jewish communities.  He has a deep passion for sharing his love of Israel.

Amram has formed working relationships with Jews of the Reform, Conservative, Modern Orthodox, Chabad, and African Israelite communities in the Chicago area.

Amram has sponsored and organized a multi-faith, multi-ethnic, multi-racial Passover Seder for the last four years.  The Seder continues to grow in popularity each year.

Amram Abraham has a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration and a Masters of Arts Degree in Jewish Professional Studies.  He currently lives on the South Side of Chicago. Amram Abraham is the Director of Public Relations of Magshimey Herut in the United States

 

Richard Legum

Richard Legum’s philanthropic work includes representing Herut North America as a member of the board of the American Zionist Movement and serving as the President of Friends of Yashar LaChayal, Inc. (a non-profit providing combat soldiers with critical support not provided by the IDF including cold weather gear (Fleeces, Gloves, etc. “Camelback” type water backbacks, and other economic assistance to indigent soldiers and their families. His involvement with IDF soldiers began when his son, Brad served as a Lone Soldier in the IDF Paratrooper Brigade. He has served as a volunteer for the IDF through Volunteers for Israel’s SAR-EL program. He is also a past Chairman of the Board of Congregation Shaarey Tefila (Lawrence, NY).

Richard Legum holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Rochester and a B.A. in Philosophy from Franklin & Marshall College. He is an alumnus of the Yeshivah of Flatbush (Brooklyn, NY) and Stuyvesant High School (NYC).  At Stuyvesant High School, Rich served as the president of Hebrew Club and was an activist with the Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry.

Rich is currently an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Kingsborough Community College of the City University of New York.  He returned to Philosophy after retiring from a 28 year career in Information Technology, serving in various roles in companies including CGI, Gartner, and International Flavors and Fragrances.  Prior to that Rich was an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester, NY) and the College of Charleston (Charleston, SC), interrupted by a stint in the US Army serving as an Infantry Officer in the roles of Platoon Leader and the Assistant Operations Officer in the High Technology Test Bed Brigade (9th Infantry Division).

 

Brad Legum

Brad Legum enlisted in the Israel Defense Forces, where he served as a paratrooper following his studies at SUNY Albany, where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and a minor in Hebrew. While at the Albany he was the Vice President of his chapter of Magshimey-Herut, where he led and organized various Israel advocacy programs on campus. During his time in Israel, Brad also spent time volunteering on Kibbutz. Following his discharge from the army, Brad has been an active member of various Zionist organization and frequently speaks about his experiences in Israel.

Brad currently resides in New York City where he is an IT engineer at Varnois Systems, Inc.