Meet our 2018 MOSAIC Award Honorees: Moshe Ohayon

Moshe Ohayon was born in Israel and moved to the United States when he was eight years old with his parents. He grew up in California and South Carolina. Mr. Ohayon’ parents (both teachers) instilled in him a love of education and the determination to succeed. He attended Columbia University, receiving a Bachelors of Science Degree in Applied Physics and later served in the Israeli army. Mr. Ohayon also holds a Master’s Degree in Humanities with a concentration in Linguistics from The University of Louisville where he was a part-time Hebrew Language Instructor.  He also is a published author.

In 2005 Mr. Ohayon moved to Louisville and opened the Louisville Tutoring Agency (LTA). Where he worked with students, who needed help in school or with standardized test preparations. He began volunteering and noticed a vast educational disparity between the students who attended LTA and those from less-privileged families who did not have the resources to pay for years of one-on-one tutoring. He knew that when it came to applying to college, they would have to compete against kids with the kinds of advantages Ohayon was providing at LTA.

In 2010, he decided to create a side project called Educational Justice to see what might happen if every student got the same opportunity to close the gap in education. That “ridiculous” disparity felt like a betrayal of the American dream that had brought my family to America, he said. Educational Justice pairs Academically-accomplished high school students who enlist as activists for social change by committing to provide weekly one-on-one tutoring, academic enrichment, and mentoring to underserved 5th-8th-grade students who are struggling in school.

The Center for Nonprofit Excellence awarded Mr. Ohayon its Art of Excellence in Vision award in 2013 and Moshe was recently recognized as a Force for Good by the Community Foundation of Louisville.

Please join us on May 17th at the Omni Hotel for the 2018 MOSAIC Awards, a dinner event recognizing new or first-generation immigrants and refugees who are making a significant contribution to their profession and our local and global community.  Moshe Ohayon and the other honorees will receive the MOSAIC Award, which symbolizes Multicultural Opportunities for Success and Achievement In our Community. For more information visit: www.jfcslouisville.org/mosaic-awards

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