Jewish Girl – Lena

Jewish Girl - Lena (Jewish Girl of the Year Voting Page)

Lena on why she should be Jewish Girl of the Year:

I was a Jewish Girl of the Week as a representative from Moscow during Reverse Mifgash program in Nov 2010. If my Birthright trip in winter 2010 opened the doors to my Jewish identity, the Reverse Mifgash gave me understanding and feeling of global Jewish

‘peoplehood,’. And who knows probably one day I will move to my extended Jewish family to DC.

This week, Gather the Jews brings you the first international edition of Jewish Guy/Girl of the Week in honor of Reverse Mifgash!

The Reverse Mifgash program was created through the partnership of The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and Birthright Israel NEXT DC to provide selected Israelis with a 10-day Washington, D.C. experience consisting of social, educational, cultural, and religious programming. This year, a grant from the NADAV Foundation allowed The Jewish Federation to expand the program by inviting Taglit-Birthright Israel alumni from Moscow to participate.

To see the bios for all of this year’s Reverse Mifgash participants, go to:

What was your favorite event of the Reverse Mifgash and why?

Rabbi Abie Ingber’s exhibit “A Blessing to One Another: Pope John II and the Jewish People,” definitely! That was so touching. We all need to be more open-minded and tolerant to one another. “We are all God’s children!”

What did you think of your 6th and I experience featuring Rick Recht?

It was SO much fun. I never thought I could use the word “fun” in respect to the service but it really was. I think this is the instrument to bring a lot of people to Judaism and their Jewish identity.

How would you compare this experience to the one you had on Birthright?

It’s much more mature and deep. We’re so much more involved in the community and Jewish peoplehood.

What is your favorite American TV show and why?

I definitely need to find Glee on satellite when I get back to Russia!

If you could take one thing from Washington, D.C. back with you to Russia, what would you take?

Surely all Reverse Mifgash participants, staff, and volunteers from the Federation. We need to consider bringing Reverse Mifgash to Moscow one day!

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