Taras (Izzy) Prakapenka
Izzy is a passionate young Jewish leader from Gomel, Belarus. Over the past 12 years, he has worked tirelessly to revitalize Jewish life in his hometown. Among other accomplishments, he is a founding resident of the Moishe House and now a member of its alumni board. He established the local School for Madrichim (counselors), and he helped set up the Gomel Yeshiva. Izzy is remarkable for having launched the first-ever successful crowdfunding project for Jewish causes in Belarus. A board member of the local Beit Yakov community, where he is responsible for youth education and fundraising, Izzy is also a managing director of www.charidy.com in the FSU. Married and the father of two children, Izzy plays guitar, enjoys humor, and is an avid reader.