We are sad to announce the death of our much loved and respected former colleague, Anna Tishinskaya, in the crash of Russian Flight 9268 in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula yesterday.
Anna, who was 27 at the time of her death, was a former program director of St. Petersburg Hillel.
"On behalf of everyone at Hillel, I extend my condolences to Anna's family and our colleagues at St. Petersburg Hillel," said Hillel International President and CEO Eric Fingerhut. "Anna represented the best of what Hillel hopes to achieve — rising from an engaged student to a Hillel professional and then becoming a leader within her community. Her loss will be felt by our Hillel family and the entire Jewish people."
Yasha Moz, director of global relations in the Office of the President at Hillel International, worked closely with Anna, and offered the following:
“Anna was a true joy to be around. Her creative energy was boundless — she was a talented artist, singer and photographer who strove to make the Jewish community an exciting place for herself and others."
While at St. Petersburg Hillel, she organized countless events and always made students feel welcomed, Moz continued. "She could brighten any room with her presence and sense of humor and would often bring the most innovative ideas into the conversation. Anna was constantly in search of inspiration and in the process inspired so many others herself. She will be terribly missed by all who had a privilege to know her.”
Hillel Russia has launched a web page in Anna's memory at www.hillel.ru/in-memory, where people may leave their own remembrances and expressions of grief.