Dear Federation and Community Leaders,
The running joke around here seems to be that I keep promising to cut down on both the frequency and the length of these updates … and then the world and the tasks take over and, well, here we are again. British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan was once asked what was the greatest challenge for a statesman. He replied: ‘Events, dear boy, events’. Next week I’ll parse down the emails. Promise.*
Speaking of events: tonight we light the first candle of Chanuka. There are some terrific, inspiring, and meaningful celebrations all over the community. You should come – check out the listing here of what’s happening near you. And you can see my Chanuka message here, too.
I was really inspired recently by Jake Wieseneck, son of Larry and Gayle of West Orange. Jake is a principal of Maniv Mobility, a venture capitalist fund that is partnering with the Israeli health-tech investing firm, TARA Group, our Federation partner the Jewish Agency for Israel, and FedEx, in “Operation Falcon,” an initiative which earlier this month began sending kits to Israel with emergency supplies for the civilian home front, including thousands of first aid kits and hundreds of generators. Jake and his partners at Maniv are overseeing the operation by leveraging their logistics and transportation knowledge and relationships to provide much needed assistance in Israel.
Jake says that “the past two months have reaffirmed our belief that the Jewish people are truly one global family and it’s our duty and moral responsibility to lend a hand however we can toward assuring the safety and security of the people of Israel. As a mobility and logistics focused Venture Capital firm, we have already built operations like Falcon for our portfolio companies and partners, so we didn’t hesitate before doing the same on behalf of the State of Israel, benefiting 120+ communities across the Northern and Southern borders, and hopefully many more to come.” We need more people like Jake, he’s inspiring.
I noted with particular dismay that reported hate crimes have surged since the start of the war between Israel and Hamas. FBI Director Christopher Wray told lawmakers that the bulk of the cases targeted Jews. And speaking of hate, watch this video – or at least the evil, contemptible, blood-libelous bit from 12:51-14:50 where a tenured professor at our state university Rutgers uses our tax dollars to promote reprehensible lies and incitement. Here’s a shameful quote from this evil conference: