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Dima Moverguz

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DAVAI! is an outreach nonprofit organization that aims to create various educational and social opportunities for Russian-speaking Jewish young professionals residing in the Greater Philadelphia area. Its major aims are to build up the Russian Jewish community, enhance Jewish self-identity within our participants, bridge the gap between the Russian-American and the greater American Jewry, help participants develop leadership skill, engage participants in volunteer service and promote the importance of Israel among others.  

About the Founder: 

Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, Dima immigrated to Buffalo, NY with his family at the tender age of 12. Upon graduating high school, Dima moved to Philadelphia to pursue a degree in Computer Science at Drexel University. Being a part of the Russian Jewish Philadelphia community, Dima is actively engaging young Russian-speaking professionals in various Jewish social and educational activities with aims to enhance Jewish awareness and self-identity. 

Press: Millions Approved for Jewish Programs

Update from Dima: DAVAI received a $20,000 grant from the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia to pilot it's new program, the Hatikvah Fellowship. Participants of the Fellowship will gather for 2 weekend retreats and 8 monthly sessions. Topics will include “Russian Jews Then And Now”, “Current Trends in Global Jewish Community” and “Jewish Pluralism Today: The Era of Multiple Jewish Identities”. In addition, participants will develop a project or program for the Russian community and implement it, with microgrants of up to $1,000 and a mentor assigned to each participant. DAVAI has also launched a new initiative, "Mazel Tov", a subgroup for young families run by a committee of four volunteers. This summer, in collaboration with another Tribe 12 Fellow, Danielle Selber, DAVAI hosted a shorehouse weekend for over 30 Russian-speaking Jewish young professionals.