Building Our Second Century
Thursday, June 8, 2023
Hyatt Regency Morristown
$100 per person
This year, Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ celebrates 100 years of building a vibrant Jewish community, with our Centennial Campaign marking the largest fundraising effort in our community’s history. This historic milestone would not be possible without the generous members of our Greater MetroWest community who come together to help our Federation do what we do best — care for those in need, locally and around the world, build our Jewish community, and save lives, responding to crises, near and far.
Join us for an evening of celebration in honor of the generous legacy and endowment donors of Jewish Federation and Jewish Community Foundation of Greater MetroWest NJ, featuring a conversation between special guest speaker Ambassador Michael Oren, Former Israeli Ambassador to the United States and Mark Wilf, Chair, The Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI). Early access to registration is now open!
Heavy hors d'oeuvres • Kosher dietary laws observed
REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED
Meet the Speakers
Israeli Historian, Author, Politician, Former Ambassador to the United States (2009-2013) & Current Member of the Knesset for the Kulanu Party
Statesman, historian, and parliamentarian, Ambassador Michael Oren has devoted his life to serving Israel and the Jewish people around the world.
As a Member of Knesset and Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, he interacted with foreign leaders and defended Israel in the media. He spearheaded efforts to strengthen Israel-Diaspora relations, to develop the Golan Heights, and to fight BDS. As Chairman of a classified subcommittee, he dealt with some of Israel’s most sensitive security issues.
Prior to that, for nearly five years, Oren served as Israel’s Ambassador to the United States. He was instrumental in obtaining US defense aid, especially for the Iron Dome system, and American loan guarantees for Israel’s economy. He built bridges with diverse communities across the nation, wrote dozens of op-eds and conducted hundreds of media interviews, fortifying the U.S.-Israel alliance.
A graduate of Princeton and Columbia, Dr. Oren was a visiting professor at Harvard, Yale, and Georgetown. He holds four honorary doctorates and was awarded the Statesman of the Year Medal by the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and the Dr. Martin Luther King Legacy Prize for International Service. His last three books—Six Days of War, Power, Faith, and Fantasy, and Ally: My Journal Across the American-Israel Divide—were all New York Times bestsellers. He received the Los Angeles Times History Book of the Year Award, a National Humanities prize, and the Jewish Book Award.
Frequently interviewed by the U.S. and international press, he has had appeared on the Stephen Colbert and Bill Maher shows, 60 Minutes, and the View. He was the Middle East analyst for CBS and CNN.
Raised in New Jersey, Michael Oren made aliya in the 1970s, was an emissary to Jewish refuseniks in the Soviet Union and won two gold medals in the Maccabiah Games. In the Israel Defense Forces, he served as a Lone Soldier in the paratroopers and as an IDF Spokesman, participating in several wars and reaching the rank of major. He established the Lone Soldier caucus in the Knesset.
Michael Oren was named by NPR as one of the best college commencement speakers ever, by Politico as one of the fifty most influential thinkers in America, by the Forward as one of the five most influential Jews in America, and by the Jerusalem Post as one of the ten most influential Jews worldwide.
Currently, he is writing a book about Israel’s War of Independence. Michael is the father of three and grandfather of five and lives in Jaffa.
Mark Wilf, the Chairman of the Board of Governors of The Jewish Agency for Israel, has long been involved in efforts locally, nationally and globally to ensure the welfare and vitality of the Jewish community.
Prior to his appointment as Chairman of the Board of Governors in July 2022, Mark was the Chair of the Board of Trustees of The Jewish Federations of North America. He also previously served as UJC National Campaign Chair, UJA National Young Leadership Cabinet Chair, and as President of the Jewish Federation of Central New Jersey. Mark also recently chaired JFNA’s national initiative that addresses the needs of impoverished Holocaust survivors living in the United States.
Mark serves on a variety of educational, philanthropic and educational boards including the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest, American Society for Yad Vashem, NYU School of Law, Princeton University President’s Advisory Council, Yeshiva University, Vanderbilt University and NFL Business Ventures.
Mark and his wife, Jane, have four children: Steven, Daniel, Rachel and Andrew.
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