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Oren Henry & David Rak

"Not only does the Federation touch all aspects of local Jewish life, but it provides critical—even life-saving—services to Jewish and non-Jewish individuals in our community, in Israel, and beyond."

When did you get involved with Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ?

We just moved to the area this past fall to be closer to family. With lifelong involvement with Jewish Federations in our communities, we naturally looked to the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ as a source of community. In the short time that we have lived here, we have been so impressed by—and grateful for—the Federation’s outreach and programming.

How are you involved?

As new community members, we initially sought to demonstrate our commitment to Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ through a financial contribution that felt meaningful to us. We have since taken advantage of programming by PJ Library, sharing the books with our children and joining meet-ups with other local families. In addition, Oren, a Wexner Heritage Program alum, is currently participating in the Arthur Borinsky Young Leadership Development Program, learning more about Federation and its amazing work, so that we can get more involved. Oren also serves on the board of Keshet, a national organization promoting equality of LGBTQ Jews in Jewish life, and we both remain members of the Jewish Pride Fund, a giving circle under the auspices of the Bay Area Federation that provides grants to organizations at the intersection of the LGBTQ community and Jewish values. We hope to take on similar leadership roles in our new community, through board service and other activities.

When you last (volunteered, made a donation, attended an event, etc.), how did that make you feel?

Great! We felt like we were investing in the future of the Jewish community, both locally and worldwide. We can’t wait to get more involved!

What motivates you to stay involved?

We are motivated by the very real human impact of Federation’s work and that of its partner organizations. It can be easy to reduce that work to dollar amounts and other figures, but we must remember that the beneficiaries of that work are other human beings that we may or may not ever know. In addition, as gay parents, we hope our involvement and our unique experiences and perspectives can help to promote diversity and inclusion in the Jewish community of historically underrepresented individuals, such as LGBTQ Jews and Jews of color.

What do you wish other people knew about Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ and the work we do together?

The Federation does so much more than people realize. Not only does the Federation touch all aspects of local Jewish life, but it provides critical—even life-saving—services to Jewish and non-Jewish individuals in our community, in Israel, and beyond. That work happens thanks to the collective efforts of Federation professionals, lay leaders, and volunteers from our community.

What would you tell someone who is thinking about (donating, volunteering, etc.)?

Do it! Your contribution, whether of expertise, time, money or otherwise, and whatever the amount, makes a difference and helps to ensure that our Jewish community continues to thrive. Regardless of one’s resources, we all have our voices, our experiences, and our place in the Jewish community. It’s up to us to make a difference.