Julia Fisher talks to Marianna – It’s well known that Israeli Jews come from many different backgrounds. One of the largest groups to emigrate to Israel have come from the former Soviet Union and my guest today is one such person. Originally from St Petersburg, Marianna came to Israel almost 15 years ago. Her father is a poet and writer. Her mother is a theatre director. The family is Jewish but not religious so Marianna grew up in a communist country in a secular environment. At the age of 18 something happened to Marianna and she started to believe that God exists. When we met recently in Netanya, a town in Israel, she told me what happened.
Our aim is to build bridges… To build bridges of understanding and support, in a spirit of reconciliation, between believers (both Jewish and Arab) in the Holy Land (Israel and the Palestinian Areas) and Christians worldwide.