Marina Furman

Executive Director, National Major Donor Advancement

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Marina Furman was born and raised in Kiev, Ukraine. She became a refusenik at the age of 18, and spent the next 10 years fighting to convince the Soviet government to give Russian Jews the permission to immigrate to Israel. In 1986 Marina married Lev Furman, a prominent underground Hebrew teacher in Leningrad. In March of 1987, their first child, Aliyah was born in spite of a KGB attempt to murder Marina during childbirth. She and her family were featured in the CNN Headline article “Defying the KGB: How a forgotten movement freed a people.” Marina has also published articles in The Washington Post, The Huffington Post and many others. She is incredibly involved in the American Jewish world and is currently Executive Director of Jewish National Fund in Eastern PA and Southern NJ.


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