Thursday, March 1, 2007

February's Best Babushka

Name: Rena Pinkett
Previously of Vorhees, NJ, now of Minsk, Belarus

When Rena’s husband Lou found out that he would be the Minsk elf, English Language Fellow with the U.S. Dept. of State, he jumped at the exciting cultural opportunity. Anxious to get in touch with a Jewish community, Rena sent an email to the Joint wondering if there was a community and offered her volunteering services. Little did she know that she would be responded to with a flood of excited community members ready to welcome her and her husband into the team. Since then, Rena and Lou have become regulars at the Minsk Jewish Campus assisting with proposal-writing and attending programs.

Rena’s paternal grandparents were born and raised in Minsk, and she really looks like a native in her black and magenta winter coat and matching mittens.

Rena and Lou have 4 grandchildren: Mandy, Samantha, Barry, and Evan.

Above Photo: Rena poses in her apartment atop the their "Corn" tower. There are five "Corns" in Minsk.
Photo on Right: The view of one of the sunnier days in Minsk from the Pinkett window. Can you find a Corn building?

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