Interests: Russian-speaking Jewry, Jewish identity, Jewish teen programs
Alex Bebeshko immigrated to the United States from Odessa, Ukraine as a teenager in 2000. He found his passion for Jewish communal work after spending many years at his local JCC, the Marks JCH of Bensonhurst. Growing up in this Russian-speaking community, Alex saw the value in creating a safe space for Russian-speaking Jewish teens to explore their Jewish identity and roots. His desire to be an active force in the Russian-speaking Jewish community brought him to the NYU Wagner/Skirball MPA-MA in Hebrew and Judaic Studies program. Now in his second year, concentrating on nonprofit management, Alex is exploring the Jewish community and gaining the skills and knowledge he needs to make a tangible impact in his community. Currently, Alex is the Teen Services Director at the Marks JCH of Bensonhurst, where he coordinates multiple teen initiatives and enrichment programs. He also directs Camp B'Yachad, a 12 day overnight camp for Russian-speaking Jewish youth. Alex is studying at NYU as a Handler Fellow and is also the recipient of the Mikhailovich and Greenberg Scholarship.