Maksim Grinberg

About Maksim

Meet Maksim Grinberg, New York City’s beloved father, friend, philanthropist

Behind the name Maksim Grinberg you will find a man who is a caring father, a loving brother, a grieving son, a faithful Jewish congregant, an active philanthropist, a dedicated humanitarian, a grateful USSR immigrant, and so much more.

These are all aspects of Maksim Grinberg that are vital in truly understanding who he is as a person, who he is as a man, and who he is beyond just his name.

He harnesses mental strength to rise to levels that some only dream about. Maksim Grinberg is known throughout the martial arts community, the Jewish community, the Russian immigrant community, the local Brooklyn community and several others for his level of dedication and charity. Maksim Grinberg is one to always lend a helping hand to those in need, whether it be a chabad or a stranger hungry on the street.

Click below to read more about Maksim Grinberg’s story.

Maksim's Community Service Award

Life is a gift. It gives us the privilege, the opportunity and the responsibility to give something back. Life isn’t about getting and having, it’s about giving and being.  

Excerpt from Maksim Grinberg’s acceptance speech. Watch the full speech here.

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Maksim Grinberg accepting Community Service Award from Rabbi Winner

'What can I do to help?' is what he always asks. Generous is not the word for him. Maks has such a beautiful soul and his nature is to help.

Sarra and Benny Urquidez (Benny The Jet)

Books Maksim is Reading

When Maksim Grinberg is not promoting the welfare of others and making a positive impact on communities around the United States, you can find him reading. Here are a few of Maksim Grinberg’s latest reads.

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Maksim Grinberg’s latest read: The Emperor’s Handbook by Marcus Aurelius

The following excerpt from The Emperor’s Handbook is one that Maksim found close to his heart. From Book Two section 14:

A man cannot lose the past or the future-how can he be robbed of what is not his? Remember, then, these two truths: first, that everything from the beginning is just the same pattern repeating itself, and it makes no difference whether you watch this same show for a hundred years, or for two hundred, or for all of eternity; and second, that the man who dies young loses not a jot more than the man who dies old. A man can only be deprived of the present moment, for this is all he has, and how can a man lose what he does not possess?

American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins

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Educated by Tara Westover

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The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Maksim's awards