Philanthropy Board

By Gelena Blishteyn
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The Marks JCH Zehut Teen Center’s Philanthropy Board equips Russian-speaking Jewish youth with the skills they need to make grants while also researching Jewish values related to philanthropy. This initiative, funded by the Genesis Philanthropy Group partners with young members of the Russian-Jewish community to give them experience in the philanthropic process. Teens find their own voice and are awarded matching funds to make an impact on the world around them.

This year, the Philanthropy Board is raising funds for the Angels for Mistreated Animals (AMA). It is a Brooklyn foster-based animal rescue agency. The goal of the organization has always been to protect animals that have been subjected to the most heinous forms of cruelty, negligence, and abandonment. The AMA team has rescued numerous wounded, disabled, and neglected pet friends from near death both domestically and internationally since its inception. The organization’s long-term mission is to provide a genuine no-kill animal sanctuary with in-house veterinarian facilities, safe, spacious enclosures, and outdoor space. AMA continues to build loving possibilities and erase tragic pasts through productive activities, proper visibility, and public support.

PLEASE HELP US MEET our fundraising goal of $2,000, which will be used towards life-saving surgeries for animals, and needed supplies for foster homes. A generous donor will match all donations up to $2,000 doubling the impact.


Daniel Price:

My name is Daniel Price and I am Freshman Majoring in Anthropology at Brooklyn College. I value my community and do everything I can to continue to contribute to it. I am also a part of the Isadora Duncan International Institute Company participating in major events and performances in Italy, Greece, Japan, etc. Being able to fundraise money for other organizations is goodwill. The Philanthropy board at the Jewish Community Center of Bensonhurst is a great experience in which we discuss important matters and issues. Then we come together to decide on an organization that best fits our group understanding.

Nicole Kravets:

My name is Nicole Kravets and I will be attending Adelphi University in the fall majoring in biology. I love working with my peers at JCH as we do so much community and really try to impact the lives of others. In the future, I hope to pursue a career in the field of biology helping others.

Sheryl Chorne:

My name is Sheryl Chorne, and I am a junior at Staten Island Technical High School. I love working to better society and to emanate positivity into the world. I have been going to JCH since I was 5 years old and this opportunity to be able to raise money for those in need, especially during such a tumultuous time we are living in, inspires me to give back. I aspire to study finance in the future, but I know I will continue to stay involved with my Jewish community and do my best to help others and improve our world. It is pivotal to recognize there are those less fortunate than us, and I truly feel that by working together, we can make a difference to aid in others’ wellbeing. My favorite quote by Aesop “no act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted,” continues to drive me. Even the smallest things in life do not go unnoticed and I am a firm believer that any effort is respectable and appreciated.

Akulina Kashchei:

My name is Akulina Kashchei, I am currently a junior at Edward R. Murrow High school. I am a strong believer in Karma and that it is a positive thing to give back to those in need and your community. Too often these days you see billionaires buying new homes for themselves while there are millions who do not have a home at all, and I believe that we should try our best at ending this divide by giving back. Weather it’s through volunteering, donating, or just shedding light on these issues, I believe that these things are very crucial in helping others and becoming a moral person.

Sofya Murina:

My name is Sofya Murina and I will be a freshman at Hunter College, majoring in Medical Laboratory Sciences. Since I started my school career, I’ve always wanted to become a microsurgeon to help people ease their pains and give them a chance to live a happier, more comfortable life. While I work on achieving this dream, I take my chance at helping people directly at Edith and Carl Marks Jewish Community House of Bensonhurst. Assisting children who have the potential to change the world and being part of the philanthropy group to support and enhance others’ wellbeing has been a big pleasure. I look forward to continuing to work with my peers and give back to my community.

Yana Sapunkova:

My name is Yana Sapunkova. I am a junior at Edward R. Murrow High School. I moved to Brooklyn when I was 11 years old and I am planning to achieve my American Dream. A huge part of it is to also help others to achieve a dream of their own. I believe that through volunteering and fundraising we, as a community, could help and encourage others to reach their goal.

Deana Price:

My name is Deana, I am the club leader this year for Philanthropy. I am a Freshman at Brooklyn College Student majoring in Business Administration. I believe that if we apply ourselves to help our community and give back, the world will benefit it greatly. I have worked and volunteered for the J for many years, and it is an honor to be able to lead his club. We are at a time where any help is valued and appreciated. Being the leader for Philanthropy has been a great reward. Being able to capture a group of people about serious issues and how we can help resolve them is amazing.

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