Zhenya Lopatnik is a recent émigré to New York City from Kharkiv, Ukraine. She worked as a Jewish Educator for a Jewish community center in Kharkiv for more than 15 years. As a specialist in informal Jewish education, she has organized seminars for teachers in Ukraine, Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan. Zhenya is also a singer, composer, and artist. She holds two master degrees: one in history and the other in museum studies.