Mirjam Alba


1st Session

Residence: Düsseldorf, Germany

Languages: Hungarian- mother tounge, German, English, Hebrew, Serbian, Bulgarian – fluent, French- elementary

Education: M.A. in International Relations, B.A. in Tourism and Hotel Management

Facebook: /mirjam.alba

Favorite Quote: “Pessimism is a luxury that a Jew can never allow himself.” – Golda Meir

Mirjam was born in Hungary and studied International Relations at the Corvinus University in Budapest. During her studies she was active in different Jewish youth organizations. After finishing her studies in 2007 she left for Israel to start her internship with IGF. She worked in the Israeli Ministry of Industry Trade and Labor and volunteered in Mevasseret Ziyon at the Absorption Center for Ethiopian Immigrants. After IGF ended, she decided to stay for a while in Israel. In 2009 she worked for a year in the Hungarian Foreign Ministry as an Analyst for West-Balkans and Turkey. Since then due to the job of her husband, Rav Josh Ahrens, she has lived and worked in different countries, serving the local Jewish community and having the opportunity to get in contact with many different people. In Switzerland she worked with refugees for the Association of Swiss Jewish Refugee Aid and Welfare Organizations. She was a board member of the Jewish Women´s Organization of Zürich. She has a proactive and highly motivated personality, and so during her maternity leave she established and ran a Toddler’s Club on a voluntary basis in Zurich. It was a huge success and the project continued even after she left. At the moment, she is working on a Jewish children’s book project. She lives with her husband and two daughters Hannah (5) and Rebekka (2) in Düsseldorf (Germany).