Katerina “Katya” Rouzina has been named the 2019-20 Roslyn Z. Wolf Cleveland-JDC International Fellow, the Jewish Federation of Cleveland announced.

Rouzina will spend one year in Kharkov, Ukraine, working with the local Jewish community to plan and facilitate youth camps, Shabbat programming, leadership training platforms and community-wide programs. Established in 2003 by the Federation in partnership with the American Joint Distribution Committee and JDC Entwine Global Jewish Service Corps, Rouzina is part of a cohort of nine JDC Entwine Global Jewish Service Corps Fellows to address global issues through the Joint Distribution Committee and its partners.

Rouzina holds a Master’s of Arts degree in Slavic linguistics from The Ohio State University in Columbus and completed a one-year course in Hebrew, Israel and Jewish studies at Hebrew University in 2009, as well as a course in Yiddish language and culture at the Vilnius Yiddish Institute in 2015. She has worked with young adults in the spheres of education and social justice, as well as engaging communities in programming for the Jewish community and beyond. From 2016 to 2019, she was the Russian translator for JDC’s Russian-language interview footage from the former Soviet Union. Most recently, she worked at Google via Artech as a language engineer for Google assistant.

“I am thrilled to return to the Jewish nonprofit world in a service capacity as the Wolf Cleveland-JDC International Fellow,” Rouzina said in a news release. “I am committed to the empowerment of Jewish identities, and excited to witness in person the revitalized former Soviet Union Jewish community."

The Wolf Fellowship was created in memory of Roslyn Z. Wolf, a trustee for Life of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland. The fellowship is made possible through her late husband, Amb. Milton A. Wolf, a former JDC president, and their children.

Applications are due Dec. 23, 2019, for the 2020-21 fellowship. To apply, visit jdcentwine.org/jsc.

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