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Women of Odessa: Stories from Our Partner City During the Ongoing Crisis in Ukraine

July 21, 2022 @ 12:00 pm

United States

Please join us as we hear the personal stories of women in Odessa whose lives have been directly impacted by the crisis in Ukraine.

Zoom link will be provided upon registration

Keeping in mind the health and safety of our guests and staff members, The Associated will continue to monitor the safety practices and protocols, recommended by the venue, local, state and CDC guidelines at the time of the event. All guests attending events, meetings and programs are highly encouraged to be fully vaccinated, wear masks when not actively eating or drinking, and to practice social distance. If you or anyone in your family is not feeling well, please refrain from attending.

*Precautions are subject to change to be in line with health guidelines and local Covid-19 data.

In keeping with our Jewish values, The Associated supports a thriving Baltimore that celebrates diversity and appreciates the unique combination of gender, race, age, religion and ethnicity, sexual orientation, cognitive and physical disabilities and special qualities that each resident adds to the fabric of life in Baltimore. We welcome everyone interested in our mission to join us. If you require accommodations, please contact us, and we will make every effort to meet your needs.

Live-captioning is available through Maryland Relay Service. Generally, 48 hours advance notice is required to set this up.

Photo Credit: Olivier Fitoussi for The Jewish Agency for Israel


Inna Vdovichenko
After spending some time in the United States as a student, Inna moved to Odessa over 20 years ago. Around the same time, she began working for The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) with the coordination of missions from North America and Israel. She visited Baltimore in the 2000s with the Maccabi Games contingent and is currently the pr and marketing manager for the JDC. She lives in Odessa with her husband and they enjoy cooking together. 

Stella Britchenko 
Stella resettled to Odessa from Donetsk (East of Ukraine) in 2014 when the war came to that area of the region. She currently works in the area of Jewish education and volunteers with elderly Hesed clients, students of Hillel and Moishe House residents and participants.

Elena Izmailova
Elena graduated from Ariel University Center of Samaria, Israel. She currently is the Jewish programming director for “Shirat Ha Yam”, the Reform congregation in Odessa. In her free time, she enjoys photography, music, dancing, volunteering to help animals and traveling with her husband.  

Svetlana Yani 
Svetlana was born in Kishinev, Moldova. Prior to moving to Odessa recently for work, she lived in Israel. She works for a charitable foundation in Odessa and in her free time she loves to design and sew clothing.

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