Douglas Kuniansky Installed as 29th MJC
/SPECIAL FOR THE AJT/
Native Atlantan Douglas Kuniansky was recently installed as the 29th president of the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta’s (MJCCA) Advisory Board. Kuniansky accepted the presidency at the MJCCA’s 68th Annual Meeting and will serve a two-year term.
Kuniansky stated, “I am thrilled to accept this distinguished position as the president of the MJCCA, an agency that serves more than 55,000 people annually. One of my primary objectives as incoming president includes enhancing our already exceptional outreach programming for the greater Atlanta community.”
Kuniansky added, “Additionally, I intend to maintain collaborative efforts with the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, while forming strategic alliances with other agencies within the community.”
“We are pleased to welcome Doug Kuniansky in his newest capacity as president of the MJCCA,” said MJCCA CEO Gail Luxenberg. “Like Doug’s late father, Max Kuniansky (a past-president of the agency), Doug brings his passion for building community to his role as president.”
Kuniansky had an extraordinary mentor: his father, Max, who was a pillar of the Jewish community for decades. Max, together with other community notables Erwin Zaban, Milton Weinstein and Sidney Feldman (all of blessed memory) was instrumental in expanding the (then) JCC headquarters, located in midtown Atlanta.
In addition, Max was instrumental in working with the Blumenthal family to develop the (then) Cobb County Shirley Blumenthal Park (SBP) branch of the JCC located in East Cobb. While the SBP campus was named in honor of the Blumenthal family; the SBP building was named in honor of the Kuniansky family.
“The Kuniansky family epitomizes the bedrock Jewish notion of “L’dor V’dor: from one generation to the next,” explained Luxenberg. “The MJCCA embraces this concept and looks to Kuniansky to find new and creative ways of carrying on this legacy.”
Kuniansky’s passion for the MJCCA comes from his belief that “The J” formed his Jewish identity during his youth where he spent time swimming, playing basketball and softball, attending camp, and participating in BBYO (Jewish teen movement).
Kuniansky explained, “I would like to expand some of the core programs that I grew up with, that are currently offered in Dunwoody, into the Jewish communities Intown and in the outlying metro-Atlanta suburbs.”
“Clearly, Doug has inherited his father’s dedication and commitment to the Jewish community,” Luxenberg continued. “Doug is truly a positive force and has been a pleasure to work with in his previous MJCCA leadership capacities. He maintains that this responsibility fits with his personal mission to help unite and strengthen our greater Atlanta community.”
Doug Kuniansky serves as President of MK Management Company where he has been employed since 1981. MK is a local commercial and industrial real estate company that handles marketing, leasing and property management for their own portfolio and others.
As a real estate broker, Doug is a member of the Atlanta Board of Realtors, National Association of Office and Industrial Properties and an Associate Member of Society of Industrial and Office Realtors.
Kuniansky is a graduate of the University of Georgia and a native Atlantan. He has served on various Jewish community boards, including, Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, JF&CS, Breman Jewish Home, and The Standard Club. He is an active member of Temple Sinai.
Kuniansky’s greatest volunteer commitment has been to the MJCCA, where he has served on the Advisory Board for the past 12 years, as a Vice President for four years, and two years on the Governance Board.
Kuniansky has chaired the Development Committee for the last 5 years and has been recognized by the National JCC Movement (the JCC Association of North America) for Innovative Fundraising. He has also served on numerous committees at the MJCCA including, the Governance Task Force, the Abe Besser Holocaust Memorial, and the current Capital Campaign Committee.
Doug Kuniansky and his wife, Debbie, have five children – Daniel, Evan, Hayley, Brooke and Carly. When not working or volunteering his time in the Jewish community, Kuniansky enjoys golfing, skiing, spending time at the beach, and mostly sharing good times with family and friends.