5th Annual, A Night to Celebrate Israel

Our Community's Support of Israel

Tuesday, April 4 at 6:30 pm  

Raritan Valley Country Club
Bridgewater, New Jersey

$18 per Student
$50 per Adult

Educate & Celebrate!
Dinner • Guest Speaker 


For their Dedication to Their Communities and The State of Israel

  • Mona and Eric Yorke
  • Rutgers Hillel Student Benjamin Kern


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Sponsorship Available.  Please contact Laura Friedman at 908-443-9001 or lfriedman@ssbjcc.org

Buffet Dinner.  Dietary Laws are Observed.  Cash Bar.

Distinguished Guest Speaker ben-anthony-photo

Sgt. Benjamin Anthony (IDF. Res.), Founder and Director, Our Soldiers Speak, is a combat veteran and reservist in the Israel Defense Forces.

Specializing as a heavy machine gunner, Sgt. Anthony has taken a full and front line role in several of Israel's most recent campaigns to defend its citizens in the face of new age terrorist activity. He has served in large operations both within and beyond Israel's borders.

Since his release from full time service, Sgt. Anthony has established an organization - Our Soldiers Speak - a non-for-profit - non-governmental body that has one aim, clear and singular - to bring the proud truth of Israel's soldiers from the front lines of combat to the English speaking world, wherever and whenever audience is granted.

A graduate of the university of Manchester, UK, and a believer in the importance of clear verbal communication, Sgt. Anthony specializes in bringing his message to the campuses of North America where he convenes lectures for both the pro. and anti-Israel elements of those student communities.

To date, Benjamin Anthony has spoken at more than 120 campuses including some of the most prestigious seats of learning anywhere in the world.

Previous platforms include:

  • Columbia University
  • Cornell
  • Dartmouth College
  • Duke
  • Emory
  • Harvard UniversityIsrael-Flag
  • UC Berkeley
  • UCLA
  • Yale College and more

His work has been undertaken in the Canada, South Africa, United Kingdom, the United States, and Israel.




Mona and Eric Yorke

Mona and Eric Yorke have been involved in the Jewish community in Bridgewater for 30 years.  They are long-time members of the Shimon and Sara Birnbaum JCC and Temple Sholom.  Mona held many board positions over the years and served as Temple Sholom President from 2005-2007. She was a JCC Board member, and currently serves on the JCC Strategic Planning Committee. Eric is a current synagogue board member and co-chaired the search committee to find Rabbi Dan Selsberg.  He also serves on the Temple’s Jewish Life committee and is a member of the Chevra Kadisha.

Mona is a life member of Sisterhood of Temple Sholom, NCJW and Hadassah.  Eric is a past board member of JFS and the Federation.  Together, they chaired Super Sunday in 1995 and for many years have served on the Israeli Bond dinner committee.  They have been long time supporters of Israeli Bonds.

This past November, Mona and Eric traveled to Israel on a Jewish Federation mission, of which Eric served as Co-Chair.  While in Israel, they had the opportunity to visit agencies that the Federation supports.  




benjamin-kern-photoBenjamin Kern

Israel Co-Chair, Rutgers Hillel Student Board

Benjamin (Ben) Kern is a junior in the Rutgers University Business School, double majoring in Business Management and Jewish Studies. Upon graduation, he aspires to work for a Jewish nonprofit organization. Ben is a recipient of the 2016 Chancellor's Leadership 'Bridge Builder’ Award.

He is currently serving a second term as Israel Co-Chair on the Rutgers Hillel Student Board. In this role, he plans and facilitates discussions, Yom Ha'atzmaut celebrations, film screenings, cultural programming, and mock Knesset debates. This year, the Rutgers Hillel Center for Israel Engagement has put together more than 25 programs, engaging hundreds of Rutgers students.

Ben is also a member of the inaugural National Student Board of The David Project, a pro-Israel organization operating on 45 American campuses. Ben has worked as the Senior Campus Intern for The David Project at Rutgers for the past 3 years. Through The David Project, Ben works to build meaningful partnerships with diverse student leaders and organizations so that the Jewish community at Rutgers is a valued part of the greater campus community.

Ben is incredibly grateful for the love and support of his parents, Caren and Doug. He would also like to thank the Rutgers Hillel Center for Israel Engagement staff: Jewish Agency Israel Fellow Aviv Ayash, IACT Birthright Coordinator Liel Zahavi-Asa, and his co-Israel Chair and last years student honoree, Evan Gottesman. Finally, Ben would like to express his immense gratitude to Israel Bonds and all other sponsors of A Night to Celebrate Israel for presenting him with this honor.