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Wholeheartedly Volunteering

by Hillel Israel | Jan 10, 2017

 

Marina Srbrianski is a student at Kaye Academic College where she is learning to be an elementary school teacher. Since the previous academic year, 2015-2016, Marina has been part of the Zachor v'Kabed (Remember and Honor) program at Hillel BGU and is the recipient of a scholarship from Israel's National Lottery (Mifal Hapais).

Zachor v'Kabed is a project which combines study sessions and volunteering with and for Holocaust survivors in Israel. The project operates in Hillels across Israel and is supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.

In the framework of the program, Marina regularly volunteers with Adele Caplan, a Holocaust survivor originally from Ukraine who now lives in Be'er Sheva. Every week before their meeting Marina prepares a special activity for them to share, like playing bingo together.   Marina herself initiated the connection with Adele after coincidently meeting Adele and learning about how extremely lonely she feels. Marina, without hesitation, turned to the social worker who is in charge of volunteer placement in the program and specifically asked to be placed with Adele.

Last Holocaust Remembrance Day, during the central ceremony at Ben-Gurion University which was attended by thousands of University students and staff, Marina was invited to light a beacon on behalf of Adele, who could not light it herself.

Thanks to Marina's great dedication and perseverance, she was selected to participate in the Mega program. The Mega program, led by Hillel Belarus, includes a delegation to Belarus where Marina had the opportunity to deepen her knowledge about the Holocaust and engage in Tikun Olam while renovating an old Jewish cemetery.

For all of this, and much more, Marina is the recipient of the Shield of Appreciation which will be presented to her by the Lottery chairman, retired General Uzi Dayan.

We are extremely proud of Marina for her dedication to tzedek work and we are looking forward to mentoring her as she grows in Hillel and beyond.

Marina speaking at ceremony
Photo by Hofit Edri

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