Kristina Kruzhkova, Masa Program Manager, has served as a Jewish educator in a variety of different contexts in both Russia and Israel. In Russia, she coordinated and facilitated educational seminars for the Jewish Agency and ICHEIC (the International Commission on Holocaust Era Insurance Claims) Humanitarian Fund. In Israel, she facilitated Jewish educational seminars for children and young people. Kristina has an M.A. in Sociology, and has worked in early childhood education and, more recently, in human resources management.
Natalia Ryabyshenkov, Masa Program Manager, is leading the Masa M. Teach program at Oranim. She has experience in developing and implementing informal Jewish educational programs for teenagers and young adults, including a project for Charity Foundation CAF supported by the UJA-Federation of NY. She has a certificate in facilitating Informal Jewish Education from Russian State University for the Humanities, and a B.A. in Economics and Programming. Natalia is currently an M.Teach student at Oranim College.
Karina Epelfeld, Masa Recruitment Coordinator, is a qualified ESL teacher. Prior to making aliyah, she taught ESL in private lessons and at a language school in Ukraine. She earned two bachelor’s degrees in Ukraine, one from Khmelnytskiy Humanitarian-Pedagogical Academy in Primary Education and Philology, and a second from the National Academy of the State Border Guard Service in Foreign Languages and Other Humanities. Karina is currently an M. Teach student in the English Department at Oranim College.
Laura Kramer, Program Coordinator, has experience as an English teacher in an international setting. She currently works alongside program directors to plan and execute extracurricular activities such as trips, excursions, and seminars for international students. Laura holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Queens College, U.S.A. as well as certification in Teacher of English to speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).