BY SERGEY KADINSKY
As it mentions in the UJA Federation of NY’s website – the Jewish community relies on knowledgeable and dedicated professionals to provide vision, set priorities, and take the lead in making strategic decisions for our future. Manashe Khaimov was selected to be a Ruskay Institute Fellow 2019.
A highly selected program for young Jewish leaders in New York selected Manashe Khaimov for 2019 fellowship. Ruskay Fellowship would enhance his community organizing work at Queens College Hillel, the Bukharian Jewish Community, and the Jewish Community at large. “This is a leadership training program that will enable me to provide vision, set priorities, and take the lead in making strategic decisions for the future of the Jewish community,” said Khaimov. “Whenever I need advice on strategic planning for the Jewish students at Queens College Hillel, I can call Ruskay Fellows and they will provide me the tools to be effective.”
The fellowship is funded by John S. Ruskay, the former Executive Vice President of the UJA Federation of New York, the largest Jewish nonprofit in the metropolitan region. In line with its mission, this year’s fellows represent the full range of Jewish life across the religious and political spectrums. Khaimov is the only Russian speaker among the 20 fellows and looks forward to educating his colleagues about the culture and history of Bukharian Jews. Having previously received the Nahum Goldmann Fellowship, appearing on The Jewish Week’s 36 Under 36 list, and lecturing at Limmud South Africa, he takes pride in his role as a representative of Bukharian Jews within the larger Jewish scene.
The Brooklyn resident serves as the Director of Community Engagement and Development at Queens College Hillel that serves 4000 Jewish students on campus. As well as Social Innovator at Bukharian Jewish Union, which provides networking opportunities and cultural events for young professionals. Khaimov holds a B.A. in International Marketing from Baruch College and MSW from Hunter College Silverman School of Social Work. He is also the founder of MEROS: Center for Bukharian Jewish Research & Identity at Queens College Hillel. “This college has the largest Bukharian Jewish student body in the country. The Ruskay Fellowship will go a long way towards making my work impactful on campus,” said Khaimov.