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Chief Operating Officer Alex Budnitsky was promoted of to the position of Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of the Edith and Carl Marks Jewish Community House of Bensonhurst effective April 1, 2010.

Since arriving in the United States from Kiev, Ukraine, in 1994, Mr. Budnitsky has worked for the Marks JCH and has special expertise in employee and organizational development.

Commenting on this opportunity, Budnitsky said, “I am very appreciative of the trust placed in me by the entire Board. It is an honor to be involved in this high-prestige organization and I look forward, working with our terrific staff, to making further contributions to the work of the ‘J’…”

Mr. Budnitsky holds two Master’s degrees, one in Journalism from Kiev State University and a second in Social Work from Columbia University. He is also a graduate of the Institute of Not-for-Profit Management—a joint project of UJA-Federation of New York and Columbia University School of Business and of the Executive Development Training Program of the Jewish Community Centers Association of North America. He has also served as a consultant on a variety of Jewish community development projects.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, Jonathan Gold, President of the Board, thanked Howard Wasserman, who has led the Marks JCH as Executive Vice President for the past 13 years. “We are deeply indebted to Howard for his strong commitment, his visionary leadership, and for his many successes on behalf of the Marks JCH during his tenure.”

“Howard provided extraordinary professional leadership in transforming an agency – from one challenged in terms of finances, program quality, its physical plant, and its board – to a thriving agency,” said John S. Ruskay, Executive Vice President and CEO of UJA-Federation.


About the Marks JCH of Bensonhurst

The Marks JCH of Bensonhurst, a beneficiary agency of UJA-Federation of New York, has been serving the people of southwestern Brooklyn since 1927 as a community center and social service agency. It provides accessible, community-based social and immigrant services as well as cultural, recreational, counseling, special needs, educational, and leadership development programs for children, teens, adults, seniors and families. The Marks JCH treasures Jewish values and traditions and seeks to play a significant role in the formulation of Jewish identity. The Marks JCH is located at 7802 Bay Parkway in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn.