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Next to a bookshelf, a JDC volunteer in a blue jacket lights four candles on a menorah  with an elderly client in Ukraine.

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Our Host

Join our celebration and welcome Chanukah with some very special guests.

Victoria Turzhanska

Victoria Turzhanska

Program Department Head, Halom JCC

Victoria Turzhanska, age 30, was born in Kyiv to a Jewish-Polish-Ukrainian family.
After the collapse of the former Soviet Union, most part of her relatives moved to live abroad. However, Victoria and her family, including her grandmother, stayed in Kyiv. The family was never religious, but her grandmother always shared with Victoria her knowledge of the Jewish tradition. Victoria studied journalism (specialty PR and advertising) at the Kyiv National University, and for 7 years Vika worked at the national mass media. However, Vika eventually decided to change careers and started working as a PR manager at the JDC-supported Halom JCC. In 2020, she was promoted to the JCC’s Program Department Head. Over the course of her work at Halom JCC, Vika and her team have organized more than 100 different Jewish community building programs including: educational seminars, volunteering and charity opportunities, Shabbatons and Jewish holiday workshops, and much more.

Special Guest

Mark Sisisky

Mark Sisisky

President, JDC

Mark Sisisky, the noted business and philanthropic leader, is the President of JDC, the leading global Jewish humanitarianorganization. Mr. Sisisky — a retired Managing Partner ofHeritage Wealth Advisors based in Richmond, Virginia andpresident and chief investment officer of New Dominion of Virginia — has been a member of the JDC Board of Directors since 2009, serving most recently as the organization’s Vice President. He brings to this role a formidable background in finance, philanthropy, and a deep commitment to the Jewish people and Israel.

In addition to his wide-ranging work at JDC, Sisisky is an esteemed civic and local Jewishleader in Richmond, Virginia. He currently serves as a Board Member of the University ofVirginia Hillel and Prime Minister’s Council of JFNA. He previously served as President of the United Way of Southside Virginia (which became the United Way of Greater Richmond), the Jewish Community Federation of Richmond, the Richmond Jewish Foundation, the American Red Cross of Southside Virginia, as well as a past trustee at the Community Foundation of Greater Richmond and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Foundation. Sisisky was appointed to the Economic Development Strategic Planning Task Force for The Commonwealth of Virginia and has served four times by appointment to the highly successful Virginia-Israel Partnership.

Among his leadership accomplishments at JDC, Mr. Sisisky has invested in the risinggeneration of Jewish leaders through his creation and permanent endowment of the Mark and Susan Sisisky JDC Global Enrichment Fund of Richmond Jewish Foundation, by which dozens of Sisisky Fellows have travelled on JDC Entwine programs to learn about Jewish communities, global issues, and take action to address these concerns. Mr. Sisisky was past Chair of JDC’s Former Soviet Union Committee, Budget & Finance Committee, Strategic Financial Planning Task Force, and Annual Board Fund. He currently serves on JDC’s Audit Committee, CEO Search Committee, Executive Committee, Officer’s Cabinet, Global Program Committee, Government Affairs Committee, Investment Committee, Israel Executive Committee, Officers Cabinet, Resource Development Committee and Strategic Finance Committee.

Mr. Sisisky holds a B.A. from the University of Virginia. He met his wife, Susan, on a kibbutz in Israel where he spent a year after college. They have two children – who are also involved with their spouses in JDC and JDC Entwine – and four grandchildren.

From Yiddish theater to the stories of Sholem Aleichem, Ukraine would be unimaginable without Jewish life.

Pioneering an inspirational revival after decades of Nazi terror and Soviet religious repression, the Ukrainian Jewish community has rediscovered their rich heritage and created something authentic and vibrant — Jewish life on their own terms.

We’re proud to be their partners. JDC entered Ukraine over a century ago, when we spearheaded Agro-Joint, an effort to combat hunger by building Jewish agricultural communities. Since the fall of the Soviet Union, we’ve helped care for the most vulnerable and catalyze Jewish life here and across the former Soviet Union through youth programs and by cultivating volunteerism and leadership that reinforces the foundations of a strong community.

This Chanukah, we celebrate the miracle of Ukraine’s Jewish community — its resilience and bright future.

A Taste of Ukraine

Illya’s Latkes
Illya Buzunov
Illya Buzunov

Active Jewish Teens (AJT) coordinator in Kyiv, Ukraine

Illya’s Latkes

8 Nights. 8 Locations.

Celebrate with Jewish communities in New York City, Morocco, Ukraine, Estonia, the United Arab Emirates, Israel, Poland, and Latin America.

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Miss a night? Watch below for videos from each stop on our Chanukah journey.

New York City

November 28, 2021  |  7 p.m. EST

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November 29, 2021  |  7 p.m. EST

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November 30, 2021  |  7 p.m. EST

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December 1, 2021  |  7 p.m. EST

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United Arab Emirates

December 2, 2021  |  7 p.m. EST

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December 3, 2021  |  3 p.m. EST

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December 4, 2021  |  7 p.m. EST

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Latin America

December 5, 2021  |  7 p.m. EST

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