Igor was born and raised in a secular Jewish family, in a country where being Jewish has never been a good thing. Igor’s last name at birth was Alterman, but it sounded too “Jewish,” so his parents made a decision to change to a more Russian sounding one – Khokhlov. His parents were propelled by firsthand experience, as Igor’s father, after graduating on top of his class as a pediatric surgeon, was denied a position because “well, you know, with your last name we cannot offer you a place at our hospital.” On the upside, as a result of that experience Igor’s dad moved to another city, where he met Igor’s future mother. Igor would have always remained indifferent and even somewhat antagonistic to his Jewish identity but for his girlfriend, who took him to a Hillel in his home town of Bryansk, Russia. Igor got interested, got involved, and eventually got married, switched his major from English and German to Hebrew and Jewish studies and, together with his wife, went off to pursue his education, first at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and then at Hebrew Union College in New York and Los Angeles. Igor found himself with the desire to give back to the organization that opened the world of Judaism and possibility for him. For the past five years he has been working for Hillel, creating award winning programs and fulfilling a variety of roles at Cornell University, Ithaca College, and currently at the University of Miami.