Southern Volunteering Center is a project of the Krasnodar regional Jewish charitable organization Hesed Tikva. The volunteering movement has been existing for many years, though the official opening took place in 2017.
Volunteers of the Center help Jewish organizations of the city and community members, work closely with local city and regional organizations, charitable foundations and volunteering movements.
We are a big and friendly team and a part of the international movement, who want to comprehensively develop, grow and contribute to the improvement of the world and of the humanity by the improvement of the qualities such as kindness, empathy, responsibility, purposefulness and unselfishness within ourselves.
On May 13th 2018 a team of 7 volunteers of the Krasnodar Southern Volunteering Center went on a small expedition to the stanitsa Petropavlovskaya in Kurganinsk region, a picturesque place, …
Field seminar Movement without Borders On May 13th 2018 volunteers of the project The School of Health have organized a one day field seminar called Movement without Borders, which …
Maria Skibitskaya is a physician, a graduate of the Kuban State Medical University (general medicine specialization). She was born in Krasnodar, in a family of doctors. A patriot of her …
Maria Skibitskaya is a physician, a graduate of the Kuban State Medical University (general medicine specialization). She was born in Krasnodar, in a family of doctors. A patriot of her city. An athlete with a sports rating in synchronized swimming. Works as a physician, providing a qualified medical assistance. Long lines of patients prove this – many people want to get fast and efficient help, which Maria provides.
Maria is actively involved into the social life of her city, giving lectures and writing articles for scientific and popular magazines and participates in cardiological, surgical and therapeutic conferences. Involved into scientific work.
She is also an activist of the Krasnodar Jewish community. Maria is an author of the project The School of Health, where she gives lectures on health and a healthy way of life. She generously shares her knowledge with other people and carries out preventive work. She is full of enthusiasm and creative plans. Her first volunteering action took place in the framework of Metsuda, where she helped elderly people.
Being a graduate of the Metsuda, Maria has created her own volunteering project The School of Health, where she gives various workshops dedicated to a healthy way of life.
Maria considers, that every person must help those, who need help, when she has an opportunity to do that. “Volunteering for me is the joy of others, gratitude, positive emotions. These things lack so often nowadays!”
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 …
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”.
Hello to everybody! My name is Valera. How can I briefly introduce myself? Will try to be short. Now I am a student of the Kuban State University, most of …
Hello to everybody! My name is Valera. How can I briefly introduce myself? Will try to be short. Now I am a student of the Kuban State University, most of my time I spent on programming, creating cool things, which make our life easier. But I am also trying to devote more time to the Southern Volunteering Center, helping elderly and the head of the center – Alexandra. I love to do this, because with the help of this opportunity I can meet new people and just have fun😊
In 2005 I graduated from the Philological Faculty of the Kuban State University, and then for several years have been studying Tanakh and biblical Hebrew, was interested in Middle Eastern …
In 2005 I graduated from the Philological Faculty of the Kuban State University, and then for several years have been studying Tanakh and biblical Hebrew, was interested in Middle Eastern culture.
In 2011 – 2012 I started to work as a volunteering health visitor in Hesed. When I got to know better the activities of the community center, I was surprised by their variety and breadth. Thus, appeared the idea of a new site, which was inspired by the leadership program Metsuda.
I’ve been managing the site shalom-tikva for several years as a volunteer.
Now I am actively helping to develop the volunteering movement being “a deputy for difficult questions”.
Alexandra Sayapina, head of the volunteering center I started to be involved in social work as a volunteer. I went from the positions of director, choreographer, head of the youth …
Alexandra Sayapina, head of the volunteering center
I started to be involved in social work as a volunteer. I went from the positions of director, choreographer, head of the youth club to the volunteering programs’ coordinator.
We want to develop the potential of the Jewish community members through volunteering, that’s why everyone can become a member of our team, age and abilities don’t matter. We believe, that only by developing talents and skills of everyone of us can we make Jewish society more self-sustainable and the community stronger. Cooperating with other volunteering movements, we make our city better, cleaner and brighter! We are ready for cooperation and new ideas!