Leonid is from Saint Petersburg, Russia. Born to a secular Jewish family, Leonid knew that he was a Jew but not much more beyond that. The only tradition his family kept was to eat matza on Pesach. However, when it came time to send him to school at age seven, his mother chose a Jewish school. This proved to be the beginning of Leonid’s journey to the Jewish community. After graduation Leonid decided to continue to take part in community life and went to work for Adain Lo, a Jewish family center caring for adults with special needs, families, and teens. He is currently the director of teen programs at Adain Lo. He also works for an additional organization as well as running his own project. For Leonid, all these positions and roles are part of one overall goal – to show that life in the Jewish community is vital, fulfilling, and interesting. He encourages those around him to take part in the community and not be turned off because they lack specific Jewish knowledge. He also tries to spread the message that community needs to be valued and supported by its members and works to grow a sense of responsibility and ownership of the community for those involved. In his experience with the various organizations, Leonid has come to learn that they are all working towards one goal - to develop community and care for its members.