Lena is a journalist, radio host, media person and content editor at KAN - Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation. She is also an activist and a social entrepreneur.
At age nine Lena came on aliyah with her family, leaving the FSU to follow the dream of a better future in the Jewish homeland. Lena holds a BSc in Biomedical Science from a leading medical research program at Tel Aviv University and M.A. in gender studies from Tel Aviv University.
Lena's personal experiences of aliya and the clash when idealism met Israeli reality were fruitful ground for her involvement with the struggle for social justice and inclusivity. Lena became a leading voice, writing and speaking about the challenges facing the Russian Jewish community in Israel in the media, academia, and the Knesset and works with various NGOs to promote this issue. She also founded several social change and media projects that continue to have a profound impact on social agenda, media discourse, and ultimately, people’s lives. She is the founder and leader of a large Facebook community, which currently numbers more than 14,000 members, that seeks to combat prejudices against Russian-speaking Israelis. She organized a successful fundraising event, founded Boltay project, a language and cultural exchange program.
To that end Lena has joined KAN- Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation as a radio broadcaster, where she leads few radio programs on Hebrew and Russian and is involved in TV and digital projects.