JREW: Empowering Jewish-Russian Emigre Women as Leaders

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Supporting young women with role models and helping them to find their own paths to success is key to the work of the Marks JCH, providing networks beyond Bensonhurst to allow these young women to continue to grow and thrive as they reach adulthood and begin to give back to the community that helped them to get their start. The younger cohort, still in college, are learning about voluntarism through a Jewish lens; they are led by Michaela Slutsky, Marks JCH  Teen Director. The older cohort, emerging into the working world, are learning about the American Jewish organizational landscape and forming a giving circle, led by alumna Alena Gomulina. Both cohorts are working toward the goal of giving back to the local community through the J. The groups will gather as one large community on a weekend retreat out of the city at the end of March, together with their mentors, strengthening the growing network of émigré women leaders in our community. We are grateful for the continued investment of the Neshamot Westchester Women’s Venture Philanthropy Group at UJA-Federation of New York for their continued investment in the work of the Marks JCH, and in particular, for this new commitment to young women’s leadership development.

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