Israel Bonds Brunch to Honor Stephanie and Joel Markel

Posted on March 25, 2019 By

Israel Bonds of New Jersey will be honoring Stephanie and Joel Markel, Sunday April 7, 10:30 a.m. to Noon, at the Marlboro Jewish Center (MJC), 103 School Road West, Marlboro, NJ 07746.

Stephanie and Joel Markel, MJC members, are being recognized for their strong commitment as proud Jewish Americans. It was in the Flatbush Yeshiva, their high school in Brooklyn, that the Markels first developed their friendship and strong feelings for their Jewish heritage and the State of Israel.

Lily Markel, the family matriarch and a Hungarian survivor of Auschwitz, lost her entire family during the Holocaust. Her son Joel Markel honored the experience of his mother and the millions of victims of the Jewish genocide by becoming the founder and executive producer of Ottimo Films, a company that produced Oro Macht Frei (Gold Will Set You Free), a 70-minute documentary that tells the story of the Roman Jewish experience during the Nazi occupation of Rome, September 1943 through June 1944.

Stephanie Markel said, “Joel wanted to bring this story to an American audience because it enables us to understand the atrocity of the Holocaust in an intimate way, giving names and faces to the reality of the millions of people lost forever.”

Oro Macht Frei won Best International Documentary at the 13th annual Garden State Film Festival, Atlantic City.

Stephanie and Joel are well known for their humanitarian and philanthropic work throughout the area, including their ongoing support of the Emmanuel Cancer Foundation (ECF), which provides free specialized services to New Jersey families who are caring for a child with cancer. Joel has served as ECF’s president for several years in a row.

They have also made a long-term commitment to the Homeless Health Initiatives, a volunteer outreach program run by Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). PHHC provides medical personnel to a West Philadelphia homeless shelter to give children checkups, among other medical care.

Joel is currently a member of Brothers for Life whose mission is “injured soldiers helping injured soldiers.” He is a member of Chhange – Center for Holocaust, Human Rights & Genocide Education.

To register for the Israel Bonds Brunch, call 973-712-1407.

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