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UJA-Federation of New York Presents Lifetime Achievement Award to Alex Shchegol

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June 23, 2011

Toby and Ron Hersh receive the Lydia Vareljan Humanitarian Award and Rose Caiola and Edward A. Mermelstein receive the Young Leadership Award

June 23, 2011 (New York, NY) - UJA-Federation of New York’s Russian Division presented Alex Shchegol, founder of The College of Advance Technology, with its Lifetime Achievement Award at its annual CHARITY BALL on Thursday, June 23, 2011 at The Prince George Ballroom in Manhattan.

Alex Shchegol born in Odessa, Ukraine immigrated to the United States in 1977 where he began working as a computer programmer and also teaching computer programming. His number of students continued to grow until 1985 when he founded the ASA Institute – the College of Advanced Technology. Today ASA Institute has more than 800 employees and 6,000 students.

Toby and Ron Hersh received the Lydia Vareljan Humanitarian Award. Ron Hersh a founding member of the Russian American Jewish Experience has served as its president and chairman of the board for more than four years. His wife Toby, spearheads RAJE’s major event and mentors its students. Ron is also active with Barkai Yeshivah, Ohel Children’s Home and Family Services’ Lifetime Care Foundation, the Sephardic Bikur Holim, National Jewish Outreach Program, among other organizations.

Rose Caiola and Edward A. Mermelstein received the Young Leadership Award. Edward, a real estate attorney and co-founder or Rheem Bell & Mermelstein LLP and Mermelstein LLP, is involved in many charities that include UJA-Federation, which helped Edward and his family when they first arrive in the United States. Edward’s wife Rose studied ballet with Karoly Zsedenyi, ballet master and principal dancer with the Hungarian Royal Opera Ballet, and is now founder and executive director of Manhattan Movement and Arts Center and Manhattan Youth Ballet. Additionally, Rose sits on a special commission assembled by Mayor Michael Bloomberg created to enrich the city’s recreation centers.
This year, participants will be given the opportunity to text chai, the Hebrew word for “life,” to register into a new UJA-Federation program, The Russian Chai Society. The Russian Chai Society is designed for young professionals who want to begin their commitment to the philanthropic world by making a modest gift of $18 a month to UJA-Federation. Members will be invited to participate in year long volunteer projects with one of our agencies in the South of Brooklyn.

About UJA-Federation of New York

UJA-Federation of New York, the world’s largest community-based philanthropy, raises funds that sustain the activities of more than 100 health, human-service, educational, and community-building agencies. Every day, these community-based organizations provide a multitude of services that combat poverty, help the elderly age with dignity, promote Jewish identity and renewal, strengthen children and families, and open doors to those with disabilities and special needs. With a reach that spans New York, Israel, and 60 countries around the globe, we touch the lives of 4.5 million people every year, fulfilling a mission to care for people in need, inspire a passion for Jewish life and learning, and strengthen Jewish communities. For more information, please visit www.ujafedny.org.

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