Executives and legislators convene by North Jersey Jewish Business Alliance
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Executives and legislators convene by North Jersey Jewish Business Alliance

The NJJBA board of directors presents the Excellence of Leadership award to Congressman Josh Gottheimer, fifth from left, at the group’s luncheon in Newark. (Lenchevsky Images)
The NJJBA board of directors presents the Excellence of Leadership award to Congressman Josh Gottheimer, fifth from left, at the group’s luncheon in Newark. (Lenchevsky Images)

The North Jersey Jewish Business Alliance recently hosted its fifth annual legislative and business luncheon at the Robert Treat Hotel in Newark.

Ezra Friedlander, CEO of the the Friedlander Group, was master of ceremonies, and Miles Berger was the event’s host and board chair. David Rosenberg, NJJBA’s founder and executive director, reflected on the alliance’s growth in five years: “We look forward working with you and our elected officials in continuing to strengthen economic development and business growth,” he said.

“As a member of the Jewish community and someone who spent much of my career in the private sector, I am always proud to stand with you all as we must all work together to help create jobs and develop North Jersey’s economy and our businesses of all sizes,” Representative Josh Gottheimer (D-5th Dist.) said. “What’s really important is understanding what we must do in the coming years to stay on top as a community, not just as the Jewish community, but as an American community and a New Jersey community.”

United Airlines received the Corporate Excellence Award. Jill Kaplan, president of United’s New York/New Jersey region, accepted the award, and described United’s investment in the region and how it is enhancing its kosher inflight offering. Andrew Gross, executive director of the New Jersey-Israel Commission, spoke about the importance of the bilateral trade and how United Airlines has demonstrated the business value of flying directly between Newark and Tel Aviv.

Attendees included Assemblyman Gary Schaer; Assemblywoman Angela McKnight; Nathan Herzog, president of Royal Wine; Jersey City Council President Rolando Leverro; Louis LaSalle, senior vice president of RWJ Barnabas Health; Maksim Sheyn, senior vice president of Investors Bank; Moshe Schwartz, president of Schwartz Realty; Assemblyman Clinton Calabrese; and Phil Goldschmiedt, president and CEO of Poly-Version.

Since its inception in 2015, NJJBA’s goal has been to ensure that northern New Jersey is recognized as an exceptional place for Jews to live, work, and visit. The alliance has worked to help businesses in their decision-making process, and to connect them with other business executives, and with New Jersey officials and legislative leaders. For more information, email Info@njjba.com.

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