Zoya Shvartzman, a granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, understands that the Holocaust continues to take a heavy emotional toll on European Jewry. Her work for JDC brings her in daily contact with people of all ages who benefit from JDC's outreach activities. Zoya began working for JDC in 2007, and her professional responsibilities include managing partnerships with multiple US Jewish Federations, overseeing donor field missions and visits, and running JDC’s “Bereshit” program, an intensive community course in Jewish Studies.
Zoya strives to build spirited communal life in the post-Communist era, from alternative Jewish cafés in Budapest to Jewish youth clubs in Warsaw. While providing a window to Jewish life in Central and Eastern Europe, she has a deep understanding of the dilemmas and undercurrents that characterize their diverse communities.
Born in Kishinev, Moldova, Zoya has lived in Vancouver, Montreal, Mexico, Budapest and Tel Aviv. She brings a global outlook to her role and attempts to strengthen the Jewish identity of the next generation, cultivate a sense of global responsibility within Jewish communities and ensure the future of Jewish communities worldwide.
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