Marina Lecarteva was born in 1980. Being the only child in the family, she has always enjoyed reading books. Throughout her childhood she also took dancing lessons. Marina became acquainted with Judaism in 1998, and since then has worked only with Jews and for the benefit of the Jewish community. She graduated from the Department of Jewish Studies at the Moldavian State University. Marina worked as a madricha at the Israeli Cultural Center and was twice the Director of Hillel. Later she worked as the Deputy Director General of the Jewish Congress of Moldova and today she is the Director of the Jewish Community of the Republic of Moldova. Beyond this, Marina loves the theater. She has acted in the Theatre Studio at the Jewish Cultural Center, Kedem. For over ten years, Marina has actively participated in various seminars, trainings and conferences on the theme of leadership, Jewish tradition and more. She is married and has a daughter.
Through her volunteer work Marina becomes one with the Jewish community; they breathe the same values and the same air, they go step in step. She simply loves what she does. As Director of the Jewish Community, Marina faces a myriad of possibilities every single day, beginning with holidays and continuing on to any kind of support for preserving Jewish history, culture and memories. Her work is not to sway people, it is to bring about change for the better and to ease life for all Jews living in the poorest European country, such as when the hanukkiah was destroyed in the center of the city. Marina innovates every day. She imagines, thinks and implements new ideas together with a team and the generous support of volunteers who donate their time. And, of course, it's all for the people whose eyes are once again full of sparkle.