Join us virtually at the 2022 Witness Project Kickoff for a conversation with Elisha Wiesel and Bret Stephens. They’ll discuss Elisha’s passion for continuing his father’s legacy.
You’ll also hear how the teens participating in Witness Project are bearing witness to the stories of the survivors. Plus, you’ll learn more about how UJA is serving survivors by securing their comfort, dignity, and independence and how you can help support Witness Project.
Funds raised will support services for Holocaust survivors in the community, including therapeutic programs such as UJA-Federation’s Witness Project.
Elisha is a recovering Wall Street executive. After retiring from a 25-year financial markets career at Goldman Sachs at the end of 2019, he served in 2020 as one of the lead technologists in Mike Bloomberg’s presidential campaign. In his most recent board position at Good Shepherd Services, Elisha raised millions of dollars for New York’s neediest by convening “Midnight Madness,” where hundreds of finance professionals stayed up all night solving elaborate puzzles on the city streets.
When his father passed, Elisha realized how many others missed his voice — and so, when opportunities for impact arise, Elisha shares his father’s message and continues his legacy by standing up for persecuted communities. In the last few years, Elisha has spoken at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum about the need to protect the LGBTQ community, shone a light while speaking at Auschwitz on the plight of Syrian refugees being denied Western asylum, written for the Financial Times about the urgency of upholding DACA, and taken his son to peacefully march for Black Lives.
Elisha used his time in quarantine to learn Metallica songs on guitar from his son, to learn Tik Tok dances from his daughter, to organize his father’s archives, to learn a little Talmud every day, and to try and be a good father, husband, and son.
Bret Stephens is an opinion columnist for The New York Times and the editor-in-chief of Sapir (sapirjournal.org), a new quarterly for the Jewish World published by the Maimonides Fund. He previously worked as the foreign-affairs columnist for the Wall Street Journal, and as editor-in-chief of The Jerusalem Post, a position he assumed at age 28. He has reported stories from around the world, interviewed scores of world leaders, and won the Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary. He was raised in Mexico City, educated at the University of Chicago and the London School of Economics, and lives with his family in Westchester.
Witness Project Chairs
Caryn & Michael Beyer
Rachel & Frank Zuckerbrot
Witness Project Students
Arianna Quan-Soon Victor
Witness Project Alumni
Witness in Action Students
Witness Project Survivor Participants
Witness Project Community Education and Outreach Chairs
Myra & Harry Wagner
Witness in Action Chairs
Witness Project Parent Liaisons
Jennie Fortunoff & Andrew Chonofsky
Alissa & David Sukoff
Witness Project Committee
Ruth Fortunoff Cooper
Marilyn Tune Gessin
Bettina Clermont Saad
Pami Wexelman **