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From the Tel Aviv Slums to the Stratosphere of Success

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After growing up in a poor neighborhood in South Tel Aviv, Shai Pinhasi worked hard to finally go to college. Now, as a participant in Federation partner The Jewish Agency for Israel’s Choosing Tomorrow initiative, he developed "Thinking Far," a program to mentor fifth-graders in his ol…

Changing Jewish Life in Moldova One Volunteer at a Time

Nikolai is confident that volunteering holds the key to a better Moldova.

His country is plagued by economic turmoil and a culture that still associates volunteering with draconian Soviet mandates. But with funding and meeting space provided in part by Federation partner JDC, Nikolai orga…

A Leader at Heart

 A veteran of Federation partner JDC’s youth leadership programs in Ukraine, Masha couldn’t wait to become a community leader in Donetsk. When conflict arrived, she was forced to flee to safety in Kharkov, becoming one of 2,800 internally displaced Ukrainian Jews.

But Masha refused t…

Safety From Fear and Violence

When fighting broke out in Donetsk, Ukraine between the government and separatist forces last year, Raisa Libenson believed she and her family would be safe at home.

It wasn’t until a mortar shell tore through the walls and furniture of her apartment, leaving the 78-year-old temporarily…

One Year After the Earthquakes: Moving Mountains in Nepal

The future looked bright for Mira’s family. They were saving up and had even added a new room to their modest home. Then the twin earthquakes of 2015 destroyed all their progress. By helping her tap into her passion for sewing, Federation partner JDC helped Mira lift her family out of a te…