Alexei Zaidman
Alexei started his professional life in the sciences but soon decided that people are more interesting than chemical elements and formulas. Over the past 13 years, as director of Hillel in Yekaterinburg, Alexei has engaged 1,000 students in Hillel activities. By opening their eyes and hearts to the world of Judaism, Alexei has nurtured a cadre of enthusiastic young adults who will enrich other Jewish communities throughout the world. He says, “It is an amazing experience to accompany someone from the start of his Jewish roots journey until the moment his children come to Hillel.”