The descendant of Caucausus Jews and Ashkenazi Jews from Lithuania, Kate was born and grew up in Rustavi, Georgia, and now lives in Tiblisi with her husband. Kate graduated Tbilisi State University with an M.A. in history and also studied at Ariel University in Israel. Her journey from unaffiliated Jew to her current role as executive director of Hillel Tiblisi has been a long and interesting one. Working at Hillel since 2014, Kate has filled numerous roles with the organization, starting as a volunteer with Taglit-Birthright and continuing on from there. Kate sees in Hillel a microcosm of the Jewish world in general: its rich creative and cultural life, its social projects and volunteer opportunities, and its diversity of people. For Kate the main goal of both Hillel and Taglit is to find and bring together young Jews from throughout Georgia and to educate them to be aware and proud of their heritage. In addition, Hillel’s goal is also to introduce students to one of the important values of Judaism - Tikkun Olam. By involving Jewish students in Jewish life, Hillel contributes to the creation of a strong Jewish community, proud of its history and connected to the global Jewish world.