Students of the month
Образование | Молодежь

DORA ARIYEVA is a student of Queens College. Dora was born in Navoi (Uzbekistan) and immigrated to America with her family in August 1995. She is majoring in Accounting and minoring in Economics, and has a cumulative 3.9 GPA. Her anticipated graduation date is July 2009. Among the awards she has received for her academic excellence are the, Valedictorian Award, Merit Scholarship, Sophomore Recognition Award, Presidential Achievers Honor Roll, and National Dean\'s List.

Ever since Dora Ariyeva was a little girl she was always fascinated how the whole world is practically built on numbers. A simple set of numbers and formulas can open up a whole new world. Throughout her school years, Mathematics was always her favorite subject. So when it came time to decide on a career, the choice was a simple one. She wanted to pursue a career in something that she really enjoyed doingworking with numbers and people. She feels that in the business world and in the world that we live in today it is very important to make one–self\'s presence stand out as something unique.

Dora likes putting herself up to challenges so that she can work herself up to those standards. She is eagerly waiting to be part of the professional corporate world in the near future. Dora would also like to thank her parents for all their support and dedication that they instilled in her life.

— What does it mean for you to be a Bukharian Jew?

I am so glad to be a Bukharian Jew for many different reasons but most importantly, because we stick together as one. I feel that this aspect and value that we carry in our Bukharian community is so vital and beautiful. When there is a happy occasion we are all there to celebrate the Simcha. When there is a happy occasion we are all there to celebrate together the Simcha. At the same time, when a tragedy occurs in one home and family, we unite as one and help support one another. For this very reason, the fact that we have unity is what makes us different and special from everyone else.

— What do you wish to the Bukharian Jewish Community?

I wish the Jewish community to be blessed with prosperity, success and happiness. May we all continue to grow closer to one another and in our doing so, may we only be granted with good days.

RUBEN RAFAELOV is a student at St John\'s University, Queens, NY. Ruben was born in Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan) and immigrated to America in November 1993. He is majoring in Doctor of Pharmacy with an anticipated graduation date of May 2012. Ruben is part of the Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society and has a cumulative 4.0 GPA.

For the past several years, Ruben has worked diligently to help alleviate poverty and hunger around the world, while also becoming involved in hurricane and other disaster– relief efforts. «I believe man is a citizen of the world,» he says. «Being a global citizen necessitates compassion and willingness to assist someone in need halfway around the world in the same fashion as one would help a next–door neighbor.» Ruben founded the Global Outreach Club in Thomas Edison High School in 2005 to provide a medium for interested students to make the transition from being ordinary citizens to being global citizens. He also served for two years on the Board of Directors of Common Cents, a non–profit organization that specializes in creating and managing servicelearning programs for young people. Currently, he is a President of the Jewish Students Association at St John\'s University.

Ruben Rafaelov received the Silver Award from the Department of Campus Activities for his exceptional leadership of the Jewish Students Association. Congressman Anthony D. Weiner gave him a Certificate of Special Recognition for his «outstanding dedication to family, community, and scholarship.» Ruben received a New York State Assembly Citation from Assemblywoman Nettie Mayersohn, recognizing him as «an outstanding citizen who is worthy of the respect and the esteem of the Jamaica community, the County of Queens and the great State of New York.» He also received a City Council Citation from Council Member James F. Gennaro, recognizing him as «an outstanding citizen who is worthy of the esteem of both the community and the great New York City.» The House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Kentucky honored Ruben with the Outstanding Achievement Award, for «being designated as one of the one hundred brightest and most communityminded high school students in America» in 2006 for his achievement in the Toyota Community Scholars Scholarship. Ruben was also awarded the GE Foundation scholarship for his «demonstration of the values of the »Greatest Generation« excellence, leadership, and selfless service to the community and world.»

Ruben\'s desire to become a pharmacist, rather than a physician, stems from his humanitarianism. He feels that he will be more accessible to the local community in the role of pharmacist. In addition to providing his patients with treatments and cures for their various ailments, he plans to hold seminars in the community to teach people about the importance of a balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle.

— What does it mean for you to be a Bukharian Jew?

Being a Bukharian Jew means having a rich culture and history with a unique identity.

— What would you like to wish to the Bukharian Jewish Community?

I wish for the Bukharian Jewish Community to be united. We must preserve our cultural roots and pass them down to the next generation. I wish everyone a lot of success. May each one of us be a light to the world.

 
Благородная миссия:

Почти все мы покинули места нашего прежнего проживания с болью в сердце, ибо каждый из нас оставил там могилы отцов и матерей, братьев и сестер.Наш народ на протяжении всей своей...

Celebration of success. Leadership awards of 2009:

On June 24, 2009, The Jewish Child Care Association, aka JCCA and Association of Bukharian Jewish Youth of the USA “Achdut Unity,” hosted a formal dinner award ceremony...

Встреча поколений:

Интересное, удивительное событие произошло 17 июня 2009 года в НьюЙорке. Во всяком случае, для наших авлодов: Некталовых, Исхакбаевых, Хаимовых, Галибовых, Фузайловых...

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