Julia Koleva was born in Vidin, Bulgaria. Her Jewish journey started when she was 16 and attended her first Jewish summer camp. She joined the Hadracha College and after the two-year leadership course she became a madrich at the summer camps. In 2004 she moved to Sofia to study at the Sofia University, she joined the JCC team in “Shalom” as program coordinator. She coordinated the children and teenagers’ programs, and the Bar and Bat mitzvah program while she was at the university. During the following years she was program director of the JCC, team leader, director of the JCC, summer camp director, and coordinator of the Limmud Keshet seminar in Bulgaria. Julia attended many international educational seminars such as March of the Living JDC delegation, Limmud Festival UK, Buncher seminars, GNext, Gesher, JCC conferences of the EAJCC (Bucharest, London and Marseille), etc. Julia recently became Head of the Membership and Data base department at “Shalom”. The main challenges for the new department are putting all the members in order, understanding everyone’s needs and creating a working long-term membership engagement strategy for the organization.Julia and her family are active members of the community. She is married and has one two-year old son.