Yakov Jack Hefetz
Making a Difference From Vegas to Los Angles
Jacob Hefetz: Family, Holocaust and the Jewish Community
He Lost His Brother and Sister to the Holocaust. Now This Business Man is Focused on Family and Giving Back to the Jewish Community. LAS VEGAS, NV, US, June 18, 2019/ABC NEWS- In Eastern Vegas,there sits a small Jewish community centered around a Synagogue. The Or Bamidbar Chabad Sephardic Synagogue is the pride of Jacob Hefetz, one of the seven men who built the community and temple 20 years ago. For Jacob, the temple is a place for family, tradition, faith, and strengthening the bonds of the community he helped build. To date, the church and Jacob have served over 2,000 families, and donated hundreds of thousands to help those in need. Jacob considers his charitable work as a way to honor his late mother and father. Immortalizing their legacy is important to Jacob. That’s why when the church was built,he signed not his own name, but the names of his mother and father on a sign that hangs in the temple. During our interview he tells me, “When my friends were signing their names, I did not put my own, I put the names of my parents”. Jacob even named the street that his house is on after his father. A humble man, Jacob cares little about talking about himself. In fact, it was difficult to get him to answer questions about his success because somehow the conversation always goes back to his family. A proud father, and now a grandfather, Jacob tells me, “I have two grandsons and in the first week of June I am getting a third. I was supposed to leave on a trip in the end of May, but my daughter told met that she would not give birth until the first week of June, so I changed my flight.” Growing up with so many siblings, he has always been surrounded by the love of his family. He has an even bigger family now. In fact, He has sixty of them, a statement that he is very proud of.“You come to one of my family dinners and you’ll see what a family man I am” he says to me. His
Bamidbar Chabad Sephardic Synagogue annual family dinner is no small affair. Each year he organizes a family dinner for “close relatives”, all sixty of them. After losing a brother and a sister during the Holocaust, it is no surprise to me why Jacob clings heavily to family. He understands better than most how fragile our time can be. Growing up in Israel at the end of World War II, Jacob grew up very poor. Having fled Germany during the height of the Nazi Regime, his mother and father had little to start a new life with. Still they managed to purchase a farm where they raised Jacob and his nine siblings. Growing up in a very poor neighborhood, Jacob has seen his community suffer. That’s one of there a sons he donates to the poor and the surrounding communities. “I am a big donator.” He says. “I donate lots of money...and we help those who are also not Jewish”. Community, faith, tradition, and giving back are all extremely important values to Jacob Hefetz. This business man may be at the height of his career, but there is one thing that is clear about Jacob, he would’t be the determined man he is today without the desire to provide for his family and community.
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Jacob Hefetz: Prominent Businessman and Entrepreneur
Jacob Hefetz remains one of Las Vegas, NV most influence businessmen and entrepreneur. This Jewish American continues to make a difference for his communities. "We supported each other in business and friendship” — Jacob Hefetz
LAS VEGAS, NV, US, May 16, 2019 / -- After conducting an audio interview with Jacob Hefetz, on 05/01/2019 I came to discover a lot regarding the man and his humble beginnings. Jack’s first impression was that of a successful and proud man in his 50’s now, father time has been good to him. At a glance you hear his voice to be of quiet confidence, filled with rich Jewish heritage. The interview started with one basic question. I led the discussion with “Who in your life inspired you?” followed up with “Who’s your role model or the person that inspired you the most?” Jack replied strongly with my father. Secondly, ex-partner, “We made lots of money together”. He went on to say, “We supported each other in business and friendship”. He paused briefly before stating, he is moved by his visions when brokering business deals.Jack spoke with admiration when referring to his father’s ability to raise nine children, keeping food on their table and clothing them in the finest attire (he could afford) when going to the temple. He spoke fondly of his father’s work ethic, to the point where Jack entered the workforce at age twelve by polishing diamonds in Tel’Aviv, Israel. Jack was a peculiar teenage, instead of spending his earnings in the local novelty store he gave it to his mother. She in turn gave a portion back to him in gratitude. As a young boy, he was guided by strong principles, family values and generosity.
During the interview I learned more about his character. At age twelve, Jack was unexpectedly admitted into the hospital. It began with a stomach ache during math class, which granted him a pass to see the school nurse. The symptoms was cause enough for the school nurse to refer him to the local hospital. Jack hesitated instead of agreeing to comply. He analyzed the situation carefully not wanting to be a burden to his mother, who was home with five children at the time.
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Or Bamidbar Chabad Chabad East Las Vegas
Or Bamidbar Chabad – East is part of an international organization on the front lines of Jewish education. Chabad provides care, inspiration, hospitality and knowledge to people from all walks of life.
Under the guidance of the Chabad Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson the organization has made “Ahavat Israel” – Love of a fellow Jew – the driving force that gives it momentum. Acceptance of every Jew on their own level, regardless of their background, observance, age or financial status, has become the trademark of Chabad.
This past year was indeed a very exciting year for us. Participation in all activities increased to unprecedented numbers. Over two thousand Jews from across the entire spectrum of Jewish observance have been touched by one or more of our many programs.
Our objective is to inspire every Jew to find more joy and meaning in their own personal observance of Judaism, in their personal connection to their Jewish heritage. Watch the excitement on the faces of children who partake in in our youth programs, ask the hundreds who participate in our events, and you begin to feel an incredible sense of community.
We are thankful for what we have been able to accomplish in the community. However, along with success comes new and greater responsibilities and obligations. More people know of us, depend on us, and need us. For our work to continue with the strength and effort that is necessary, we need your help, and so do many who must still rekindle their Judaism. Your support is vital! Please, become our partner in the beautiful Mitzva of reaching out to our youth, singles, families, hospital patients, senior citizens, unaffiliated Jews, those on the brink of assimilation, and our children – our future.
As we are supported only by local individual contributions, it is your kind and generous support which allows us to continue our work in strengthening Jewish identity, pride and awareness. Please open your heart and send your generous tax-deductible contribution. Remember, by helping Or Bamidbar Chabad – East, you are helping your community.
Together we can accomplish great things!
May the Almighty grant you and your family a healthy, happy, and sweet New Year, and may you be inscribed in the Book of Life, Peace and Prosperity.
May we all merit to greet our righteous Mashiach, speedily, Amen!
Rabbi Yossi & Miriam Shuchat
About Rabbi Yossi & Miriam Shuchat
The Shuchats draw on their experiences in sharing the joy and beauty of Judaism in far-flung places like Morocco, Nigeria, Suriname and France, and places closer to home like Queens and California.
A native of Venezuela, Rabbi Yossi is fluent in English, Hebrew, Spanish and French, and will be glad to speak to you in any of these languages! He was ordained as Rabbi by the Central Yeshiva in New York and from the Chief Rabbi of Kiryat Malachi, Israel. Miriam hails from Michigan, and is an experienced educator, having taught in preschool, elementary and even high school.
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