Her parents managed to keep their Jewish identity despite growing up in the denationalized environment of the Soviet Union.
Since she was a child Tamara has been actively involved with emerging Jewish organizations. She attended the first Jewish kindergarten in Belarus and then continued her Jewish journey in Chabad religious school «Lauder Shneur College». She has been attending the Young Leadership School for two years and has worked in day camps and family camps as both an assistant and madricha. She has also participated in seminars and Shabbatons, visited the Atlanta, Georgia JCC Camp Barney Medintz, and worked as a madricha in Camp Szarvash. Her warmth and care are well-known to the special needs children from Ivenets orphanage who she visited as part of Helping Hand program.
Her Jewish experiences not only re-connected her with her heritage and instilled the best of Jewish values in her. It also gave her a strong sense of community and commitment to it.
For several years Tamara has been running Youth Club, Jewish Story Time program and Rosh Hodesh program. In 2011 she became the head of the Youth Leadership program. Being promoted from amidst of young and promising leaders of her age, Tamara handled the challenge of asserting herself as a new program head brilliantly and her fiery hair has become a symbol of vibrant, dynamic and enthusiastic youth of JCC Emunah.