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Elena Sheginskaya
Elena Sheginskaya

I am a lawyer. I ahve always been an active member of the Jewish community of the city. In 2012-2013 I have completed a course of the Jewish education at the European institute in Stockholm (Sweden). At the moment, I am the head of the program “Family Club” in Lviv Heseda.

Lviv | Ukraine
Elena Sheginskaya
Elena Sheginskaya
Lviv | Ukraine

Elena Sheginskaya
35 years old
I am a lawyer. I ahve always been an active member of the Jewish community of the city. In 2012-2013 I have completed a course of the Jewish education at the European institute in Stockholm (Sweden). At the moment, I am the head of the program “Family Club” in Lviv Heseda. From the moment of opening of LVC I took an active part in its life, and the organization of various actions. Now I head the LVC direction to the work with Temporarily Displaced Persons from the Luhansk and Donetsk regions, and also I head the direction to the volunteer work of the Jewish community in Lviv.
As for me, the volunteering is not only the help to the other people, but also sometimes it is an opportunity to try yourself in the different sphere and to seize new skills.

Vera Diatko
Vera Diatko

I am in the Jewish community for 10 years. Sunday school, sohnut and joint camps, the travelling with the community to the Jewish places, Youth Club, dance and educational seminars, charity concerts, Shabbats, that is not the worst part of my life.

Mogilev | Belarus
Vera Diatko
Vera Diatko
Mogilev | Belarus

I am in the Jewish community for 10 years. Sunday school, sohnut and joint camps, the travelling with the community to the Jewish places, Youth Club, dance and educational seminars, charity concerts, Shabbats, that is not the worst part of my life.
I am a student at the university, extra work is in the fitness club, but, somehow, this little for me — I have two days off, and one of which I dedicate to the volunteer work. I teach dancing classes for the children from 3 to 12 years and as a volunteer, I also, teach dancing the grandmothers. As for me, all of them are my favorite. The youngest of my student is 3 years old, while the oldest is 82. This is so cool!
As for me, the volunteering is a way to combine business with pleasure. Dances give me the lightness and energy, and the communication-joy and fun. I like to follow the changes of my students, when they become more confident and opener. I like the process when the ideas of choreographic productions are realized successfully. I like to see when my girls smile at the end of the lessons.
Mogilev. Belarusi

 

ZAKHAR GORODNITSKY
ZAKHAR GORODNITSKY

I am in the communal center since 5 years, I have been brought by my grandmother into the summer camp. It is possible to say that I have grown here. …

Bishkek | Kyrgyzstan
ZAKHAR GORODNITSKY
ZAKHAR GORODNITSKY
Bishkek | Kyrgyzstan

I am in the communal center since 5 years, I have been brought by my grandmother into the summer camp. It is possible to say that I have grown here. Last summer I was the President of the group of 30 people for three days. For the first time I have created the world in which for everyone there is the place and occupation. Probably, after that I have understood for myself the structure of the state, who is responsible for and as the world is arranged. That there are people as my grandmother, who need special attention. And that I can change something to the best and in this, the real world. Let it is not global, but where I am, it is necessary. And with the volunteering as the concept, I have got acquainted recently, before, I thought that  I do just what I  have to do. I consider that volunteering is actual today because people  have different problems, which they cannot solve at the level of the state and social services. Here we appear!

Katasov Evgeny
Katasov Evgeny

It is not obligatory to be the friends and relatives. It gives me much pleasure the process and the result. Probably, I was born with such a character.

Kiev | Ukraine
Katasov Evgeny
Katasov Evgeny
Kiev | Ukraine

– My name is Katasov Evgeny.
In my life it was always been pleasant to help and to assist the people. It is not obligatory to be the friends and relatives. It gives me much pleasure the process and the result. Probably, I was born with such a character. When I have learned about “Juice”, I have been struck that here, in Kiev we have such Jewish initiative, I have never thought that it can be. I wanted to help and I had many things which I was ready to share with the others. At once, I have decided to contact familiar Jewish guys and to help them constantly. Also, my idea, of collecting the charitable help for the persons in need, was taken by many acquaintances from the social networks. I plan to attract to this charitable project more and more participants. The most important thing is that everything I do, I do gratuitously and in all sincerity.

As it concerns the information about me:

The Kiev resident, the Jew after the galakh, I work as the manager, my hobby is soccer, the activist of the youth club “See The Light”, Kiev, the project manager of football club “Lekhaim”, the captain of the team “WHAT? WHERE? WHEN?”. I am not married, and actively search for the girlfriend.

Tatiana Shternlicht
Tatiana Shternlicht

Tatiana is a student and in a few years will become a high class dentist. Tatiana regularly takes part in volunteering projects for children. She graduated from Jewish classical school …

Saint Petersburg | Russia
Tatiana Shternlicht
Tatiana Shternlicht
Saint Petersburg | Russia

Tatiana is a student and in a few years will become a high class dentist. Tatiana regularly takes part in volunteering projects for children. She graduated from Jewish classical school for girls and entered prestigious medical university of St. Petersburg, but it wasn’t enough for her.  She is confident that children are aliens from another planet, unpredictable and charming, who never let you get bored.

 Gayane Seropyan
 Gayane Seropyan

Gayane Seropyan, 44 years old Our whole life is a big, interesting and complex project. Gayane, as a project manager in the IT company, considers any volunteer activity as an …

Karaganda | Kazakhstan
 Gayane Seropyan
 Gayane Seropyan
Karaganda | Kazakhstan

Gayane Seropyan, 44 years old

Our whole life is a big, interesting and complex project. Gayane, as a project manager in the IT company, considers any volunteer activity as an exciting project with goals, objectives, resource planning and concrete results.

Anatoly Vasilyevich Zhirukhin
Anatoly Vasilyevich Zhirukhin

My name is Anatoly. I have graduated from Kiev National Agricultural University as a zoo engineer. Since 2015 I do my best in household reparations in the framework of the …

Vinnytsia | Ukraine
Anatoly Vasilyevich Zhirukhin
Anatoly Vasilyevich Zhirukhin
Vinnytsia | Ukraine

My name is Anatoly. I have graduated from Kiev National Agricultural University as a zoo engineer. Since 2015 I do my best in household reparations in the framework of the project “House Master”, fixing furniture and household devices. For me volunteering is an opportunity to help people in need, to realize myself, and also my abilities.

Berkuta Andrew
Berkuta Andrew

The fact that there is such a volunteer network my girlfriend told me, where you can help in different ways and to very different people and the most important thing is that it will be necessary and important for them! It is very interesting and funny!

Kharkiv | Ukraine
Berkuta Andrew
Berkuta Andrew
Kharkiv | Ukraine

Berkuta Andrew, 19 years old. Student, is fond of cars.
The fact that there is such a volunteer network my girlfriend told me, where you can help in different ways and to very different people and the most important thing is that it will be necessary and important for them! It is very interesting and funny! Because you do something good for the people and it is very pleasant!

Iana Vinearskaja
Iana Vinearskaja

Iana Vinearskaja. I study by correspondence, so I have a very valuable resource-free time.

Khmelnytskyi | Ukraine
Iana Vinearskaja
Iana Vinearskaja
Khmelnytskyi | Ukraine

Iana Vinearskaja. I study by correspondence, so I have a very valuable resource-free time. I am 22, and I have already tried many different ways of the social activities, but the volunteering is the most suitable for my self-realization. That is why, when I saw the ad about “Volunteering School”, I did not think much time- I went and became the volunteer. I like the atmosphere of the Volunteering Center very much: all the people are very creative, active and cheerful here. You can not simply lose your heart together with such people! Helping the other people, we all together always do one and very useful thing, and we can be proud by this! I am very happy to take part in all the events and I like it very much.

Каtherina  Fishman
Каtherina

I do volunteer work from the year 2013. I used to work only on sporting events such as the Universiade, the fire of the Olympics, the WORLD CUP for fencing etc.

Kazan | Russia
Каtherina  Fishman
Каtherina
Kazan | Russia

I do volunteer work from the year 2013. I used to work only on sporting events such as the Universiade, the fire of the Olympics, the WORLD CUP for fencing etc. The volunteering has helped me in finding new friends, to communicate and in the practice of foreign language. Now, working in the community, I’m starting to get interested in the volunteering of its other side : the help to the older people and children. I madly please to be helpful in this mortal world and I try to help, to do good things and to be always in the center of events. 🙂
And the relevance of this issue now is quite high because people will always act to the effect of “Tom Sawyer”: one started, the others I want to do it, too. Here is no exception, when people saw and are interested in such a thing as volunteering, they immediately want to be involved in everything that is connected to this beautiful case as volunteering. Everybody began to help, and to work together for the benefit of the humanity, and so on.
Plus, it must never be forgotten about the fact that people will always compete with those who are similar to them and when someone sees that his friend/rival/teammate turns out to work the volunteer better, more and qualitative, so then this someone begins to pursue higher goals and in volunteering too

Victoria Kagan
Victoria Kagan

Kagan Victoria, 38 years old. She is a medical assistant and mother of two children. She came to the Volunteer Center through the community, we are led there by our children. In the community we disclose our potential and talents.

Cherkasy | Ukraine
Victoria Kagan
Victoria Kagan
Cherkasy | Ukraine

Kagan Victoria, 38 years old. She is a medical assistant and mother of two children. She came to the Volunteer Center through the community, we are led there by our children. In the community we disclose our potential and talents. The Volunteering is an opportunity to deliver to someone a little but the joy. We are necessary.

ALINA MUZALEVSKAYA
ALINA MUZALEVSKAYA

My name is Alina. I am 21 years old. I am studying to be an economist. I’ve got acquainted with the Jewish community, starting with the Taglite. After this unforgettable …

Bryansk | Russia
ALINA MUZALEVSKAYA
ALINA MUZALEVSKAYA
Bryansk | Russia

My name is Alina. I am 21 years old. I am studying to be an economist. I’ve got acquainted with the Jewish community, starting with the Taglite. After this unforgettable trip, I started going to the youth club and there I learned about the volunteer center. I’ve been a volunteer in several directions for several years.

I feel the greatest pleasure from my volunteer activities with children. It is an amazing feeling when the little eyes of children start to shine, when you appear.

MARINA SAVITSKAYA
MARINA SAVITSKAYA

I have grown up in the Dnepr Jewish Community. I have always thought highly of my madrichims and of people who do good deeds. I am not a child anymore, …

Dnipro | Ukraine
MARINA SAVITSKAYA
MARINA SAVITSKAYA
Dnipro | Ukraine

I have grown up in the Dnepr Jewish Community. I have always thought highly of my madrichims and of people who do good deeds. I am not a child anymore, and I want to give love and care in return, to those who need it. I like to help others, especially children. I am crazy about children.

 

Rafalskaya Lyubov Borisovna
Rafalskaya Lyubov Borisovna

Lyuba was born and grew up in Tomsk (Russia) in the family of radio engineers. Then her father was transferred to the city of Rivne, so, the whole family moved …

Rivne | Ukraine
Rafalskaya Lyubov Borisovna
Rafalskaya Lyubov Borisovna
Rivne | Ukraine

Lyuba was born and grew up in Tomsk (Russia) in the family of radio engineers. Then her father was transferred to the city of Rivne, so, the whole family moved here. About 12 years ago Lyuba’s father left for Germany. A few years later, Lyuba’s sister Vera with her children also immigrated to Germany.

Lyuba graduated from the Department of Pharmacology of the University of Chernivtsi and has been working for many years as head of a pharmacy.

She is married and has a son, Mikhail. She lives with her husband Oleg and her mother Nadezhda Zarkh who sings in the Freileche Neshama choir.

Lyuba and her whole family take an active part in all Jewish Community Programs. Her son Mikhail attends children’s creative studios and the Sunday School. They go to Shabbatons and family camps. They are members of the Young Family Club and participate in almost all Community projects and celebrations.

When Rivne Volunteer Community was founded, Lyuba and her husband came up with great ideas: Lyuba runs the Flea Market Project and Oleg runs the Beauty and Health Project. Lyuba got this idea because she is fond of fashion and hates to throw clothing away.

Wonder Hat Project is another great idea of hers.

Her motto is: “It is easy to do good deeds but it is hard to forget about them”. That is why she helps others.

Lushnikova Natalia
Lushnikova Natalia

My name is Lushnikova Natalia, I’m 29 years old. Now I’m a housewife, and bring up my son. I am fond of beadwork, knitting and reading detective novels. Best of …

Kherson | Ukraine
Lushnikova Natalia
Lushnikova Natalia
Kherson | Ukraine

My name is Lushnikova Natalia, I’m 29 years old. Now I’m a housewife, and bring up my son. I am fond of beadwork, knitting and reading detective novels. Best of all I remember my first volunteer action. It was a trip to the boarding school. I enjoyed communication with children, adults, and have learnt a lot of interesting things from them. Volunteering helps me to expand the horizons, makes you open latent opportunities in yourself and in others. I like everything I do; it brings me so much joy! I take part in the projects “We Love Kherson”, “Grandson for an Hour” and “Warm New Things”.

Inna Marcinkovskaya
Inna Marcinkovskaya

The volunteer of the project “Assistance. Memory. Generations”, Inna Marcinkovskaya: ” My mom gave me a plain white envelope that came by the mail.

Moscow | Russia
Inna Marcinkovskaya
Inna Marcinkovskaya
Moscow | Russia

The volunteer of the project “Assistance. Memory. Generations”, Inna Marcinkovskaya: ” My mom gave me a plain white envelope that came by the mail. Beneficiary — Me, the sender — Yad Vashem. Inside there is a letter stating that my great-grandfather’s name will be mentioned in the Hall of Remembrance…. I looked at the sheet of paper and realized that it is the most important thing that I have done in my life… I have made a long way in order to know something about my ancestors… I was going onto a journey into the dreams of folksy cottages, and on my way I found mass graves and memorial sign boards the same that I have on my chest. And at the next stop — at Yad Vashem I have found the certificate of my great-grandmother, who had escaped from the ghetto at night before its inhabitants — the good and the bad, old and small, were killed … My great-grandmother recalled in her certificate that my great-grandfather Samuel Horosh was shot on the outskirts of the city, near the wall of the brick plant. The policeman, from Velizha at the trial, said: “we have our hands to the elbow in the blood …”. Nothing will wash away this blood… But I returned to my great-grandfather his NAME and the memory to myself. This is the most important thing that I have done in my life… “

Tatiana Bezotosnaya
Tatiana Bezotosnaya

I have never been indifferent to what is happening with what surrounds me. Nature, animals, people. I often take the pain of others as my own, trying to help in …

Poltava | Ukraine
Tatiana Bezotosnaya
Tatiana Bezotosnaya
Poltava | Ukraine

I have never been indifferent to what is happening with what surrounds me. Nature, animals, people. I often take the pain of others as my own, trying to help in solving other people’s problems, if it is within my power. Most likely, this was the basis of my volunteer life. I participate in such projects as “Dreams do not grow old,” “Help without limits”, “Week of good deeds” with a great pleasure. To be a volunteer is a great opportunity to help others, to do good things. Being engaged in something good, helpful, kind, you fill your life with meaning, and this is important! Everyone should do something generous and kind in his life!

VERA TEMIRCHIDI
VERA TEMIRCHIDI

Volunteering is a special state of the human soul not indifferent to the needs of the others. Vera volunteers within the framework of the project called Doctors without Borders and …

Konotop | Ukraine
VERA TEMIRCHIDI
VERA TEMIRCHIDI
Konotop | Ukraine

Volunteering is a special state of the human soul not indifferent to the needs of the others. Vera volunteers within the framework of the project called Doctors without Borders and as a hairdresser.
We truly appreciate your time and effort, Vera! You are an excellent example for others to follow and we are very proud of you! It is cool to be a volunteer!

BOGDANOV ALEXANDER
BOGDANOV ALEXANDER

A volunteer is not a job and a hobby. It can be said that volunteer is a mission! We do absolutely selfless deeds due to love for the elderly, children …

Mykolaiv | Ukraine
BOGDANOV ALEXANDER
BOGDANOV ALEXANDER
Mykolaiv | Ukraine

A volunteer is not a job and a hobby. It can be said that volunteer is a mission! We do absolutely selfless deeds due to love for the elderly, children and people, who are in need. And this is the most precious thing!

To be a volunteer for me means is to give a part of your soul to those people who feels lack of attention and care for some reasons.

I was involved in a volunteer activity by a lucky chance. As far as I can, I try to take part in various projects and events. Thanks to the staff of  Mykolayiv Volunteer_Community.

OUR VOLUNTEER – EVGENIA
OUR VOLUNTEER – EVGENIA

  Hello everybody! My name is Evgenia. A few years ago my family was in a difficult situation, and I asked the JCC Mazal Tov for help. There I became …

Zaporizhia | Ukraine
OUR VOLUNTEER – EVGENIA
OUR VOLUNTEER – EVGENIA
Zaporizhia | Ukraine

 

Hello everybody! My name is Evgenia. A few years ago my family was in a difficult situation, and I asked the JCC Mazal Tov for help.

There I became acquainted with the kind and sympathetic people of the Volunteer Movement. These are people who do good deeds every day. I am very cheerful and positive by nature, so I was interested in the Animators Club “Hag Sameah”.

After I had passed the School of Animators, I became one of the Club volunteers. Every week we come together to create entertainment programs for children and the elderly, actively participate in organization of holidays for community members.

Every month we visit nursing homes for elderly people and people with disabilities and show our programs, as well as arrange birthday parties for children from crisis families of the Jewish Family Service “JFS”. Now I’m the coordinator of the Animators Club direction, and I really like what I’m doing.

I get great pleasure giving smiles, laughter and happiness to people! To see the eyes, sparkling with joy, this is for what I want to create!

Sofia Gorelik
Sofia Gorelik

Sofia is a graduate of the Young Leadership Program Metsuda. Most of her life she has been an active member of the Jewish community of our city. Since she was …

Krasnodar | Russia
Sofia Gorelik
Sofia Gorelik
Krasnodar | Russia

Sofia is a graduate of the Young Leadership Program Metsuda. Most of her life she has been an active member of the Jewish community of our city. Since she was 12 she participated in the summer camps of Sokhnut, its field schools, seminars and festivals. She taught her first own class at the age of 14.

“Now it’s my second wave of coming back to this new family. This time is more conscious, because I don’t only know that I can give something to the community, but that I want and I must do it. It’s not pathos at all, it’s really wonderful to have such a family. Just think about it, there is a Jewish community practically in every big city in the world. Which means, that if you are Jewish, you will never be alone and abandoned in a new city. I have a really big Jewish family, only in Krasnodar it consists of more than 30 people. When I am travelling, an ultimate point of my program is a synagogue or a Jewish community. Last time I had a very warm reception in the Ashkenazi synagogue in Baku.

Now I am actively exploring my family history and writing queries to Ukraine, because I want to have not only oral family stories, but real documents as well.

Take care of your community, work in it, nurture it to have something to transfer to the next generations”.

Irina Ermakova
Irina Ermakova

Ermakova Irina Aleksandrovna, 45 years old. She is a therapist of the highest category. She is a lot of years in the community. Irina with her husband and three remarkable daughters constantly participate in all communal projects and events.

Almaty | Kazakhstan
Irina Ermakova
Irina Ermakova
Almaty | Kazakhstan

Ermakova Irina Aleksandrovna, 45 years old. She is a therapist of the highest category. She is a lot of years in the community. Irina with her husband and three remarkable daughters constantly participate in all communal projects and events.
Irina, as the highly skilled doctor, constantly advises all members of the community who ask her for the help. Annually, in summer camps, she remains irreplaceable and the most favorite person both for the adults, and for the children.
Irina, as the member of dancing collective, always participates in the concerts or statements devoted to various Jewish holidays.
And three her daughters, very gifted and musical little girls, are the leading soloists in the musical and vocal ensembles.
According to Irina’s words – profession of the doctor, is her personal attitude towards the people and her desire to help those who are nearby, – and it is also that driving mechanism of the fact that she is a volunteer of the Jewish communal center.

Еlizaveta Тkachenko
Еlizaveta Тkachenko

Why to be a volunteer? Quotation: «I am helped, that is why I help too, and I can not live without it now».

Rostov-on-Don | Russia
Еlizaveta Тkachenko
Еlizaveta Тkachenko
Rostov-on-Don | Russia

Тkachenko Еlizaveta, 33 years old, manicure master.
How did she get to the volunteer center? — Mother of two children, at difficult life circumstances, has asked for the help in the children’s program. Later, she decided to assist us in the organization of the holidays for children. Now, she also provides help and support to our moms in difficult life situations.
Why to be a volunteer? Quotation: «I am helped, that is why I help too, and I can not live without it now».

Why is it actual today? Quotation: «if I have the possibility to help to somebody, I consider, that I must do it, the word «volunteer» I heard not long ago, but I am busy with it all my life».

Julia Potikha
Julia Potikha

If you are looking for a volunteer who wants to participate in everything that happens, so this is Julia Potikha.

Odessa | Ukraine
Julia Potikha
Julia Potikha
Odessa | Ukraine

If you are looking for a volunteer who wants to participate in everything that happens, so this is Julia Potikha. That is what Julia says about herself: “Hi. My name is Julia, I am 20 years old. I am a student, a poetess and, simply, a volunteer.

The Volunteer Center, unfortunately, she did not enter immediately, it was with the help of the Youth Club “Derech” in Beit Grand. What for do I volunteer? I do volunteering work, in order to direct my energy, which is more than enough, to the right direction. It is very important to feel useful to those who surround me. And also it is important to develop yourself in various interesting directions.
The relevance of volunteerism, of course, is that there are always people in need of assistance. And, the most important moment is, that there is always someone who will gladly help them.
The volunteering is the relationship between the thousands of people who work as one big body. For someone to screw a light bulb is the difficult work, but for someone else, it is like to click your finger. So, why not to introduce them for the successful cooperation. Thanks to such work the society blooms in my eyes. This gives me the faith in the surrounding world, invaluable experience and good people. »

DANIEL ILISHAEV
DANIEL ILISHAEV

17 years old Student I am fond of photography. I take part in many volunteer activities, but I never miss cleaning the cemetery. I think that we need to help …

Samara | Russia
DANIEL ILISHAEV
DANIEL ILISHAEV
Samara | Russia

17 years old

Student

I am fond of photography.

I take part in many volunteer activities, but I never miss cleaning the cemetery. I think that we need to help people after they followed to the afterlife.

Roman Andreyev
Roman Andreyev

My name is Roman Andreyev. I am 17 years old; I am a graduate of the Sumy gymnasium. I have faced the choice: to remain to study in Sumy or …

Sumy | Ukraine
Roman Andreyev
Roman Andreyev
Sumy | Ukraine

My name is Roman Andreyev. I am 17 years old; I am a graduate of the Sumy gymnasium. I have faced the choice: to remain to study in Sumy or to go to other city. Study in other city is an opportunity, but here I have found a place where I feel good, and where I can help somebody. I am a participant of Youth club and the volunteer of the Sumy Volunteer Community Network.

Why I am a volunteer? I like helping people. I like to give somebody a piece of light and heat. I have found my own way to form my personality, and found my place in volunteering. Eventually, I like feeling that I belong to something bigger and do good deeds.

I am involved in project “We are close to you (Skype at Home)”. Also I was an active participant in project “From hand to hand (collection of humanitarian help)”. I take part in the International and All-Ukrainian campaigns, social initiatives. Now the new project “Grandmother’s Recipes” has been started and I plan to participate in it.

Egor Matviyenko
Egor Matviyenko

I am 14 years old. I study in the 8th class and I am fond of folk dancing. This year I’ve got one more hobby – volunteering. I help other …

Myrhorod | Ukraine
Egor Matviyenko
Egor Matviyenko
Myrhorod | Ukraine

I am 14 years old. I study in the 8th class and I am fond of folk dancing. This year I’ve got one more hobby – volunteering. I help other people, and I like it. This cultivates my personality. I take active part in all Volonteer Community Center events. I am proud of the fact that my father and mother are volunteers, too. Volunteering gives me a chance to feel like a man of the right stamp and to develop such skills which help me interacting with people.

Ilya Meshkov
Ilya Meshkov

My life in the community began with the Sunday camp. With each new lesson I admired by the madrihs and I wanted to be like they are.

Khabarovsk | Russia
Ilya Meshkov
Ilya Meshkov
Khabarovsk | Russia

My life in the community began with the Sunday camp. With each new lesson I admired by the madrihs and I wanted to be like they are. With the time, I grew up and became a part of our community. Now I like to participate in different projects. Especially, I like the bake Halas for the grandparents of our community.

Oleg Belokon
Oleg Belokon

Oleg Mikhailovich Belokon, 41 years old, Civil Engineer. I like assembling models of ships and airplanes. I also prefer making paper models of animals, dolls and princesses; I like origami, …

Saratov | Russia
Oleg Belokon
Oleg Belokon
Saratov | Russia

Oleg Mikhailovich Belokon, 41 years old, Civil Engineer. I like assembling models of ships and airplanes. I also prefer making paper models of animals, dolls and princesses; I like origami, and, in general, creating something with my own hands from paper, beads, plasticine. Children usually need help in organizing an event or making a prop to it. Son and daughters often ask me to invent a box, costume, fencing or furniture for them. It is interesting to me to create different things and to know that they are useful and make people smile. And I always help to do something with my own hands for the holidays or a camp. I just fix something so that it works and the children can play. For the holidays we bring delicious treats for grandparents. In the “Zikaron” project I helped in cleaning the Jewish cemetery of Saratov.

Vadim Igorevich Isaev
Vadim Igorevich Isaev

Vadim Igorevich Isaev, 41 years old, doctor. Hobby – fishing. Vadim Igorevich joined the community in June 2016. His first action was shoveling the snow and ice near the community. …

Nizhny Tagil | Russia
Vadim Igorevich Isaev
Vadim Igorevich Isaev
Nizhny Tagil | Russia

Vadim Igorevich Isaev, 41 years old, doctor. Hobby – fishing.

Vadim Igorevich joined the community in June 2016. His first action was shoveling the snow and ice near the community. He also actively participated at the community events, congratulating the elderly members of the community. Vadim Igorevich took part in charitable volunteer actions at the infant home. At the moment, he is organizing and participating in the “Jewish Ural” project.

Vadim takes part in the volunteer movement, following his heart.

His motto: “Do good on Earth, do good for the benefit of others!”

Oxana Ilyina
Oxana Ilyina

In the fall of 2004 the baby Yulya Ilyina was brought into the center of early development “Mazl Tov”. Since then the history of the family of Ilinykh is inseparably linked with the Jewish cultural society “Emuna”.

Minsk | Belarus
Oxana Ilyina
Oxana Ilyina
Minsk | Belarus

The cook in the hotel, is married, brings up the daughter Yulya.
In the fall of 2004 the baby Yulya Ilyina was brought into the center of early development “Mazl Tov”. Since then the history of the family of Ilinykh is inseparably linked with the Jewish cultural society “Emuna”. Oxana Ilyina, – Emuna’s volunteer. Many meetings take place in the family club with her participation. The highly professional cook, she shares recipes of dishes of the Jewish cuisine with pleasure and holds fascinating master classes – not only for families, but also for children (for example, she held master classes in day camp).
Oxana believes that providing the volunteer help is only a small gratitude for what the Jewish community does for her family and her child. She is very happy, seeing the burning eyes of the kids on culinary master classes and, being mother, understands how it is important to help children to develop.

 

Sokol Tatiana
Sokol Tatiana

I have got to the volunteer center having filled in the questionnaire.
I am engaged in the volunteering because I consider that it is a chance to present a part of yourself to the people, to present them care, cheerfulness and love.

Kryvyi Rih | Ukraine
Sokol Tatiana
Sokol Tatiana
Kryvyi Rih | Ukraine

I have got to the volunteer center having filled in the questionnaire.
I am engaged in the volunteering because I consider that it is a chance to present a part of yourself to the people, to present them care, cheerfulness and love. It not just the assistance to those people who are in need of it, it something bigger.I have got to the volunteer center having filled in the questionnaire.
I am engaged in the volunteering because I consider that it is a chance to present a part of yourself to the people, to present them care, cheerfulness and love. It not just the assistance to those people who are in need of it, it something bigger.

 

Greta Jecicov
Greta Jecicov

My name is Greta. I am 23 years old. I studied at the Moldova State University and worked in a law firm. Once I graduated from the University, I quit …

Chisinau | Moldova
Greta Jecicov
Greta Jecicov
Chisinau | Moldova

My name is Greta. I am 23 years old. I studied at the Moldova State University and worked in a law firm. Once I graduated from the University, I quit my job because I felt I should take a break for a year. I spent that time reading books, listening to music, watching soap operas. One day, a friend of mine told me about the Republican Volunteer Center, and I decided to become a volunteer. I was very excited about it, and did not quit volunteering even when I found a good job. People often ask me: “Why are you doing this? Nobody pays you for that work – you are just wasting your time!” I do not even know what to say… Maybe, I am doing this for the sake of a child’s smile or his/her mother’s sincere “thank you”, maybe, just because I want to make the world a better place. You know, there is a quote: “If you want to change the world, start with yourself”.
One day, on the way back home, when I was very tired after work and gloomy, a child approached me and greeted me. I did not recognize him but he said that I was visiting him in the hospital, and thanked me for playing with him. And this made me happy. At that moment, I understood why I am doing this. Such moments of heartfelt gratitude are very precious to me! Doing good deeds is not difficult at all, you should only try. It is better than watching soap operas. Just look around and think what you can do to make someone’s day!

TATYANA YUDINA
TATYANA YUDINA

Yudina Tatyana Viktorovna, 11. 12. 1951, is the performer of the Jewish national and modern songs. She sings in Hebrew, Yiddish, the Bukhara-Jewish and Russian languages. She is a participant …

Tashkent | Uzbekistan
TATYANA YUDINA
TATYANA YUDINA
Tashkent | Uzbekistan

Yudina Tatyana Viktorovna, 11. 12. 1951, is the performer of the Jewish national and modern songs. She sings in Hebrew, Yiddish, the Bukhara-Jewish and Russian languages. She is a participant of several festivals of kleyzmersky music. More than 10 years she is a leader and the participant of the majority of the concerts and holidays carried out in Hesed. Volunteering for Tatyana Viktorovna – the most important component of her way of life which she has adopted from her parents and I have given to her two sons.

 

Inna Sivakova
Inna Sivakova

What does volunteering mean for me? This means to live with heart, to do what you can without expecting payment or praise. I like very much to be a volunteer. …

Lutsk | Ukraine
Inna Sivakova
Inna Sivakova
Lutsk | Ukraine

What does volunteering mean for me? This means to live with heart, to do what you can without expecting payment or praise. I like very much to be a volunteer. I’ve experienced it myself, and I believe that to help others, to take care of others, to enjoy and to have fun with the process is the most natural desire of a person.

Lyubov Shlapak
Lyubov Shlapak

Lyubov Shlapak is a pensioner, a client of the Kirovograd Regional Charity Community Jewish Centre “Hesed Shlomo” and a volunteer of the Kropyvnytskyi Volunteer Community since its inception. She is …

Kropyvnytskyi | Ukraine
Lyubov Shlapak
Lyubov Shlapak
Kropyvnytskyi | Ukraine

Lyubov Shlapak is a pensioner, a client of the Kirovograd Regional Charity Community Jewish Centre “Hesed Shlomo” and a volunteer of the Kropyvnytskyi Volunteer Community since its inception.
She is an active participant of the projects: “I’m a Volunteer!“, “Trips to Alexandria City“, “Bank of Goods“, and actions “Let’s Get a Schoolbag“, “Good Deeds Week“, “Let’s Make the Ukraine Clean“.
Being a volunteer Lyubov holds master-classes on weaving for small children and master-classes on playing table tennis for teenagers and youth of “Hesed”, as she is a master of sports in table tennis.
Lyubov is always ready to assist anybody in need.
“In the Volunteer Centre I’ve met the like-minded people. We do a lot of good deeds together, giving the people we help our love and warmth of our hearts”, – Lyubov Shlapak says.

Elena rodionova
Elena rodionova

Elena, having the Jewish roots, it is no wonder that she was a part of the big volunteer direction. Already more than a year she is an active participant in almost all volunteer directions of the “Leagues of Volunteers”.

Yekaterinburg | Russia
Elena rodionova
Elena rodionova
Yekaterinburg | Russia

Elena, having the Jewish roots, it is no wonder that she was a part of the big volunteer direction. Already more than a year she is an active participant in almost all volunteer directions of the “Leagues of Volunteers”. Elena considers that if there is time and desire, then they should be directed to the help to those who directly need it.
The advantage of the volunteer organizations is an opportunity to try yourself in the organization of something really grandiose that is not always managed to be made in an usual life. And the work in a team she likes very much. The main reason, for which Elena is engaged in the volunteering, is a sincere smile on faces of various people.

 

Makerova Olga
Makerova Olga

Being the worker of the museum, Makerova Olga got known about the possibility to take part in the creation of the first Jewish museum in Voronezh “History of Jewish Community”.

Voronezh | Russia
Makerova Olga
Makerova Olga
Voronezh | Russia

Being the worker of the museum, Makerova Olga got known about the possibility to take part in the creation of the first Jewish museum in Voronezh “History of Jewish Community”. Olga was very glad to collaborate with the community, because she considers that the museum is a historical memory in the exhibits for many years.
Today, Olga carries out an active work in the collection of the documents, photographs and the objects of the Jewish population life inside of the city and outside of it. When the items are found, she designs the Museum window-cases and creates the exhibition.
The activity of the museum worker demands the meetings with the people, trips after the exhibits, their delivery to the place, the study of the historical literature, investigation of the other documents, etc. All this work is included in Olga’s research, collecting and documenting procedures. Our heroine assured that she makes everything with the great enthusiasm and that is why she considers her activity as a volunteering one. Especially, it is very pleasant for her to know that the young people actively participate in the process of collecting the information for the museum and the book “The History of the Jews in Voronezh Region ”