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Chuguevets Rina
Chuguevets Rina

Rina grew up in love and attention. She finished secondary and higher education in the field of visual arts, dreamed of becoming the second Marc Chagall and being world famous, …

Chuguevets Rina
Chuguevets Rina
Krasnodar | Russia

Rina grew up in love and attention. She finished secondary and higher education in the field of visual arts, dreamed of becoming the second Marc Chagall and being world famous, rich and with her head held high. But fate decided otherwise. In January 2015, because of an accident, Rina Chuguevets became disabled in a wheelchair. Now she sees things more clearly. It turns out that someone feels uncomfortable, something is not adapted to people with disabilities, and someone needs someone. I started to think every day that “I CAN HELP YOU”. When Rina had recovered, she changed the prestigious work of the art historian in favor of a simple teacher at the correctional school. You give much more than you get. And this is not only about money. Then she began to help in various charitable funds, took the dog from the “Krasnodog” orphanage. She has provided assistance to this place until the present day.

Now there is absolutely no question how and whom to help. There are lots of requests, which find her open heart. Rina became experienced volunteer in the community after she had graduated from the “Metsuda” program. Today, Rina manages several volunteer projects, including the Shemesh project, aimed at socializing and helping children with special needs and their parents. The project volunteers organize and hold holidays, concerts. In addition, there was recently held the premiere of the play of the Shemesh puppet theater.

Liza Shkreba
Liza Shkreba

Hello everyone! My name is Liza, and I am the coordinator of the animal assistance project (assistance to the Krasnodog animal shelter). All the inhabitants of our planet, including myself, …

Liza Shkreba
Liza Shkreba
Krasnodar | Russia

Hello everyone! My name is Liza, and I am the coordinator of the animal assistance project (assistance to the Krasnodog animal shelter). All the inhabitants of our planet, including myself, see homeless animals every day, and I want to do at least something to help them. I found out 2 years ago that in our city there is a shelter for animals “Krasnodog”. Our volunteers and me went to help the shelter, and I was very impressed. I saw many injured animals, and they suffered from people’s behavior. When I had seen this, I wanted to show people what happens to those whom we do not care about. That’s how the project, which I coordinate, has appeared in our volunteer center.

Alexander Kamyshev
Alexander Kamyshev

So let’s get acquainted! My name is Alexander Kamyshev. I was born in Krasnodar in 1972. I am a scorpio. I have a degree in radio engineering, another in optoelectronic …

Alexander Kamyshev
Alexander Kamyshev
Krasnodar | Russia

So let’s get acquainted! My name is Alexander Kamyshev. I was born in Krasnodar in 1972. I am a scorpio. I have a degree in radio engineering, another in optoelectronic physics. I have also more additional professions. I have many diverse interests – from electronics and botany, to theology and esotericism. I like being helpful. I like to share my knowledge, skills and experience.

Nowadays society is looking for something new and interesting. All people are bored. Therefore, my knowledge and new information interest people. And I am interested in them. When I first felt it, I realized the importance of sharing information with others, because it gives energy and power to develop yourself more and more. We will not be alone, because we are sharing and people will be interested with us. Over time, we will be recognized as specialists in one or several areas. And people will ask you questions! I think, to give, to give, to give – this is the motto of the real Master! And this is the most wonderful feeling in the world!

David Shperber
David Shperber

David is Candidate of Technical Sciences, senior coach of the national Krasnodar draughts team, Honorable Worker of Science and Education, a specialist in the field of food industry and ecology. …

David Shperber
David Shperber
Krasnodar | Russia

David is Candidate of Technical Sciences, senior coach of the national Krasnodar draughts team, Honorable Worker of Science and Education, a specialist in the field of food industry and ecology. He was born in Krasnodar in a Jewish family. Due to communicating with his older brother and sisters, he expanded his horizons in many areas. He gained organizational skills from his father, helping in the development of the city draughts federation.

David has been actively helping the community since 1997. He has been helping to maintain order and cleanliness of the Jewish city cemetery for many years. He got used to sharing experiences, educating students, giving lectures to them. He shared his experience and knowledge in the community, doing community work, participating in community activities and life; he participates in the Health School project. David takes part in amateur art activities, seminars and volunteer work, helps leaders in organizing activities from the first day of the creation of public organizations.

Dvortsova Diana
Dvortsova Diana

Let me introduce myself! My name is Diana Dvortsova. I am a graduate student of Adyghe State University. I live in Krasnodar for the second year. I am an Oriental …

Dvortsova Diana
Dvortsova Diana
Krasnodar | Russia

Let me introduce myself! My name is Diana Dvortsova. I am a graduate student of Adyghe State University. I live in Krasnodar for the second year. I am an Oriental historian, specializing in the history of modern Turkey, in particular, studying the works of Orhan Pamuk, Turkish intellectual, writer, Nobel Prize winner in literature (2006). I am also interested in sociology and art history. I am the grant holder of the international project “Institution Centered Conflict Studies” (ICCS). I am exploring the factors of social integration of repatriates, who live in the republics of Adygea and Abkhazia.

Thanks to the work in the project I thought for the first time about the number of people around me, who need help. I joined the team of the “Southern Volunteer Center” in 2017, and am glad to be part of a large friendly family, because it is a great happiness to make a little better your life and the lives of other people.

Maria Skibitskaya
Maria Skibitskaya

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
Maria Skibitskaya
Krasnodar | Russia

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 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 …

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”.

Valeriy Pavlikov
Valeriy Pavlikov

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 …

Valeriy Pavlikov
Valeriy Pavlikov
Krasnodar | Russia

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?

Maria Litvinova
Maria Litvinova

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 …

Maria Litvinova
Maria Litvinova
Krasnodar | Russia

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
Alexandra Sayapina

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
Alexandra Sayapina
Krasnodar | Russia

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!