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Ukrainian Jewish Big Brother program visits JCHE's Genesis House residents

Posted: December 20, 2013

On December 5th, several Genesis House Russian speaking residents shared dinner and conversation with a delegation from the Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine Jewish Big Brother Big Sister Program (JBBBS). Since 2001, the program has helped the youth in Dnepropetrovsk who, in the absence of a steady home or reliable parent, might need guidance in life. They find a supportive community through group activities and Jewish holiday programming.

The program has graduated over 300 kids, with 70 current matches and a wait list of dozens who want to join.  “Big” brother Maxim Kasiyanov and “Little” Brother

Nikita Lazarev, along with program Director Tanya Kaplunskaya, shared stories of how the program has created bonds between the two boys with single mothers and also spoke about the current climate of economic and political unrest in Ukraine.

As Maxim said “We feel so lucky to be here in Boston to learn a little about America.  But mostly we feel lucky that the Boston Jewish community cares about Jews in Dnepropetrovsk and has shown us how one person can make a big difference for another.”

Jewish Big Brother Big Sister of Boston started the Dnep program and is a partner agency of the JCRC Dnepropetrovsk Kehillah Project (DKP)with funding from CJP.

 

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