From “The Jewish Week”, May 22, 2012

Roman Shmulenson, 34

Part of a Ukrainian-Jewish family that came to the U.S. in 1993, Roman Shmulenson made his first meaningful contact with the Jewish community while studying at a Brooklyn high school the next year. A social worker from the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services who met with émigré teens arranged a scholarship for Shmulenson to visit Israel.

The trip energized his Jewish feelings; today he’s paying his spiritual debt, as a leader of the émigré community.

Shmulenson, who lives in Sheepshead Bay, is executive director of the Council of Jewish Émigré Community Organizations, an umbrella group that receives funding from UJA-Federation of New York and private foundations. He came to COJECO, whose 33 member organizations include synagogues and community councils and cultural groups, from his job at Brooklyn’s Sephardic Community Center.

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