ZAKA volunteers from Israel and the USA to march in the parade

ZAKA Search and Rescue USA will be well represented at this year’s Israel Parade, taking place Sunday, June 2 along Fifth Avenue. ZAKA Search and Rescue USA President Edward A. Mermelstein will take his place as Grand Marshal of the 2019 Israel Parade. In addition, a delegation of ZAKA volunteers, representatives and friends from the USA and Israel will march in the parade.

About Edward Mermelstein

Mr. Edward A. Mermelstein enjoys an accomplished career as a top-tier legal strategist, businessman, consultant, investor and developer in New York City. As a founding partner of One & Only Holdings, LLC which includes One & Only Realty, and former partner at boutique law firm Rheem Bell & Mermelstein, LLP, he capitalizes on his success and expertise in international real estate advisory, law and family office representation, benefiting clients under one powerful umbrella. Edward’s impressive achievements and in-depth understanding of the global markets and political arena have earned him recognition as one of the 10 most influential figures in NYC real estate. As Chairman of COJECO, Edward helps facilitate the integration of Russian-speaking Jews into the greater American Jewish community while preserving their cultural heritage. As President of ZAKA Search and Rescue USA, Edward leads a UN recognized NGO, with thousands of volunteers, on call to respond to man-made or natural disasters.  Edward has served on the Boards of the UJA, RAJE and numerous charitable organizations.

Fluent in English and Russian, Edward emigrated to the U.S. in 1976. He holds a BA from NYU and a JD from Western Michigan Law School. In addition to his work, he is involved in numerous charitable organizations supporting local as well as national causes rooted in culture, politics, education and the arts. Edward lives in NYC with his wife, Rose, a Broadway producer and five-time Tony award winner, and his two sons.