Gelena Blishteyn, Chief Operating Officer, Bensonhurst JCC, New York, NY, USA

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Gelena Blishteyn serves the role of the Chief Operating Officer at Marks JCH of Bensohurst, Brooklyn, NY. An émigré herself, Gelena holds a leadership role at her JCC, which has resettled over 50,000 immigrants from the Former Soviet Union. A Columbia University graduate, Gelena’s main areas of study included émigré identity and language acquisition – fields she has incorporated to build award-winning programming for JCH clients and staff trainings in the JCC network. Gelena is a proud mother of Anna and Adam, practices yoga to quell her mind and is passionate about exploring the world.