Aleksandra Gutenberg
Aleksandra has lived her entire life in Novosibirsk, in the heart of Siberia. Her dream is to nurture a large, active Jewish community in her hometown and she is doing her part in her role as the director of Hillel Russia. One of the achievements she is most proud of is the Hillel Leadership School, which she inaugurated in 2016. Already, three cohorts of alumni have assumed roles as madrichim (counselors) and activists within Hillel and in the community at large. Another area of focus for Aleksandra is developing volunteer projects that enhance the quality of life for Jewish seniors. She creates many intergenerational encounters, not only to benefit the elderly but also to get youngsters involved in the community. In addition to her responsibilities at Hillel, Aleksandra has turned her talents to directing JDC’s Bnei Mitzva program in the Far East and Siberia.