PRAS STUDENT FOCUS
MEET OUR REGIONAL COORDINATORS!!
Our wonderful 2016/17 PRAS Regional Coordinators: From L-R, Shirin Pogrebensky, Shira Wisemon, Tamar Cohen, Bentzi Rubin, Elisha Babian.
Shira Wisemon - Coordinator for Judea & South Regions
Birthplace/hometown: Israel, Jerusalem
Degree: Organizational Psychology
Favourite place in Israel: Mitzpe Ramon and Palmachim Beach
Favourite food: Cheese and Tuna Bagel
Something people might be surprised to know about you: I am a keen photographer
Number of years with the PRAS programme: Two
PRAS volunteering prior to becoming a coordinator: I volunteered with a family of olim with 2 young children.
Favourite memory/experience from your volunteering with PRAS: I helped the 3rd grader with a school project she was finding difficult. Her mother later told me that her daughter received a high grade and positive comments from her teacher. It made me feel good to help her to succeed.
Something you have learned through your experiences with PRAS: Age is no barrier to volunteering - This year I accepted a mature student to the PRAS program. Despite her own home responsibilities, she has proven to be a very dedicated volunteer and we have received very enthusiastic feedback from her volunteer family.
Your plans for the future: To complete my degree next year and begin working in HR for an organization like Telfed that makes a difference.
Shirin Pogrebensky - Coordinator for Tel Aviv and North Regions
Birthplace/hometown: Moscow, Russia.
University: IDC Herzliya.
Favourite place in Israel: Netanya, my home.
Favourite food: Beet soup, national Russian soup.
Number of years with the PRAS programme: Three
PRAS volunteering prior to becoming a coordinator: I volunteered with an older man and also a 10 year old child.
Favourite memory/experience from your volunteering with PRAS: To see the smile on their face especially when they succeed in something with my help.
Something you have learned through your experiences with PRAS: First of all this is my first experience meeting the South African community, which is amazing and it was my pleasure to get to know them. Second, the more you give, the more you get back.
Your plans for the future: Continue giving and helping whoever I can.
Elisha Babian - Coordinator for Jerusalem Region
University: The Hebrew University - Jerusalem
Favourite place in Israel: Haddasah Mountains, the Kotel and Herzelia Beach
Favourite food: Homely food
Something people might be surprised to know about you: I love music, I play piano, guitar, ukulele, and a little bit of violin.
Number of years with the PRAS programme: Four
PRAS volunteering prior to becoming a coordinator: Olim teenagers
Favourite memory/experience from your volunteering with PRAS: Eating together with the family I was volunteering with and feeling like I’m home. Also, at the end of the year I wanted them to have fun so we went water skiing together in TLV.
Something you have learned through your experiences with PRAS: Three hours of volunteering a week can light up your whole week, and when you help people who struggle with something, it helps you to deal with your own struggles much better.
When I became a coordinator of the Jerusalem area I also learned that if you really care about other people – you can make a lot of good happen, even if it take a lot of time – good people(and Hashem) will always help.
Your plans for the future: To continue learning, become a good doctor, learn to play the cello, and finding the one.
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