In 1992, Dmitriy Moverguz immigrated with his family to the United States from his hometown of Saint Peterburg, Russia. In his new home country, Dmitriy was exposed for the first time to the organized Jewish community. But it was not until a Birthright trip to Israel that he started to become passionate about the Jewish homeland and being a part of the Jewish people. Slowly engaging in young professional Jewish life in Philadelphia and also in the Russian speaking Jewish community in Philadelphia and New York, Dmitriy became more involved in Jewish communal life. He and several other Jewish activists in Philadelphia identified a major need within the Russian speaking Jewish community to create social and educational programming for students and young professional members of this community. This is how DAVAI Association came about. Dmitriy, then a software engineer, went on to form the organization that provides important programing for Russian speaking Jews in their 20s and 30s in Philadelphia. He has been heavily involved in his local Jewish community for the past three years and is especially passionate about working with the Russian speaking Jewish community.
Dmitriy is the founder, and for the past seven years, the Executive Director of the DAVAI Association, which outreaches to the 20 and 30-somethingRussian speaking Jews in Greater Philadelphia. Its programs, designed to encourage involvement in the local Jewish community, provide educational, leadership and social opportunities while enhancing Jewish identity. DAVAI also focuses on emphasizing the importance of Israel and in strengthening personal connections to the Jewish homeland. In addition to DAVAI Association, Dmitriy is involved with Limmud FSU USA, the largest gathering for Russian speaking Jews in North America. He is co-chairing its programming committee for a weekend long festival in Princeton, N.J. that will attract over five hundred Russian speaking Jews from all over the continent for a celebration of the Russian speaking Jewish community. This year, Dmitriy is working with the very talented ROI team to create a special ROI Connector gathering for Russian speaking Jews, which will focus on building important bridges among Russian speaking young Jewish activists and professionals while looking ahead towards the future.