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Manalapan Man Named to Israel Commission

TRENTON – Acting Governor Richard J. Codey has appointed Jonathan R. Boguchwal of Manalapan Township to the State Israel Commission.

“Throughout my life, I have always felt a deep affection for Israel and its importance for Jews across the world both religiously and culturally,” said Boguchwal, who attended Camp Ramah in the Berkshires for eight years and who now serves as an active member of the Ramah Berkshires Alumni Association.

Boguchwal, 25, said he hopes to build on the relationship between New Jersey and Israel whose solid foundation, he said, has been fortified by the longstanding activism of New Jerseys substantial Jewish Community.

“New Jersey residents are a natural partner with Israel and I hope to contribute to the exchange between the two in the areas of science, education and tourism, particularly with people of my generation,” said Boguchwal, a Research Associate for the Senate Democratic Majority Office in the State House.

Boguchwal, who attended Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Monmouth County for eight years when it was known as Solomon Schechter Day School of Marlboro, graduated from Manalapan High School before graduating with honors from Rutgers University with a degree in Communications in 2002. He was awarded a masters degree in Public Affairs and Politics from the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University in 2003.

Boguchwal also has been involved this year in the Beyond the Banks Mentorship Program at Rutgers University, helping young students gain internships in their fields of professional interests.

“I am deeply honored to be chosen by Governor Codey for this responsibility to be a member of the Israel Commission,” said Boguchwal.