Monday, January 26, 2009

Guma Aguiar Gift Bolsters Nefesh B'Nefesh

Nefesh B'Nefesh, the Aliyah organization announced today in a press release that they have received a very large gift.

According to the release: " Nefesh B'Nefesh today announced the receipt of a major gift to support the organization's work in bringing Jews from the West to live in Israel. The donor Guma Aguiar, a philanthropist and founder of Leor Energy, gave $8 million to Nefesh B’Nefesh during the period ending December 31, 2008. The organization appointed Aguiar, a board member, to the position of Chairman of Finance.

"This substantial donation demonstrates how the remarkable commitment of Jews who choose to make Israel their home even in these challenging times, is echoed and fortified by the support of generous individuals like Guma," said Tony Gelbart, Co-Founder and Chairman of Nefesh B'Nefesh, "these vital funds strengthen Israel's human resources and ensure its future. The gift has already played a major role in helping Nefesh B'Nefesh bring a record number of newcomers to Israel in 2008."

It's good to know that in trying economic times generous philanthropists can step up donate money to such worthy causes.

1 comment:

David Milo Pearson said...

Amen. There is a difference between greed and self-interest. Greed is more a matter of coveting, which usually involves in having either what someone else has, or trying to have more than others, so one can suppose one is better (which, of course, is absurd).

"Self interest", where one will work harder and smarter when one gets to keep more of what one earns, is not greed or coventousness, but natural.

What is truly greedy is government when it accuses those who earn the money of being greedy, so they can confiscate what they didn't earn, both to take their "cut", and to pass it off to some other "schmuck" who didn't earn it either. THAT's GREED!!!

Unless and until the United States cuts taxes (and that permanently), and incentivizes its citizenry to work more, to earn more, to keep more, the economy will continue to falter.