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Eshet Chayil Jeff Sutton IN HONOR OF HIS WIFE Rachel In honor of my wife

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Eshet Chayil Joey Sitt IN HONOR OF HIS WIFE Betty In honor of my wife

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Eshet Chayil Stanley Chera IN HONOR OF HIS WIFE Cookie In honor of my wife

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Alan, Shelly & Joe Greenstein & Alan M. Fallas All wonderful scholars By your loving grandparents

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In Loving Memory of

“Mark” Maurice A. Gindi a”h

A Man of Integrity, Elegance & Charm By His Children, Grandchildren & Great Grandchildren 52 Bar/Bat Mitzvah Magazine 718-909-6060

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Marc R. Gindi’s favorite trait 4 success is KINDNESS To see Marc’s essay on Kindness, search: Marc R. Gindi at BarMitzvahMagazine.com. Comment on the lesson you learn from it Bar/Bat Mitzvah Magazine 718-909-6060

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Eshet Chayil Haskel Cohen IN HONOR OF HIS WIFE Bella In honor of my wife

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Eshet Chayil Steven Russo IN HONOR OF HIS WIFE Heidi In honor of my wife

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Eshet Chayil Joseph J. Sutton IN HONOR OF HIS WIFE Rosie In honor of my wife

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Eshet Chayil Al Gindi IN HONOR OF HIS WIFE Chantal In honor of my wife

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SRC Rabbinical Graduates: Our Leaders and Teachers

Rabbi Moses Haber Barkai Yeshiva & Bnei Yitzhak

Rabbi Yaakob Savdie Magen David Yeshiva & Ahaba V’Ahva

Rabbi Daniel Kahana

Rabbi Charles Safdieh

North Shore Hebrew Academy

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Tiferet Israel Sephardic Cong. Toronto, Canada

Rabbi David M. Tawil

Rabbi Dr. Eytan Michael Cohen

Barkai Yeshiva & Shaare Shalom

Rabbi Richard Tobias

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Rabbi Isaac M. Tawil Magen David Yeshiva & Kol Israel

Magen David Yeshiva & Beth Torah

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Rabbi Ike E. Hanon

Rabbi Joseph R. Dana

Rabbi, Young Kol Israel

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Dean of Students, Hillel Yeshiva

Rabbi Ezra Chaia

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Rabbi Yaakov Gigi

Edward Benjamin Saul E. Ashkenazi Israel Educational Center

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Good Habits = Success

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Warren Buffett is one of the richest people in the world with a net worth of $64 billion. In one day he gave the largest donation in history, $37 billion to Bill Gates’ Foundation.

Warren Buffett’s speech to students Pretend I made you a great offer and told you you could pick any of your classmates and you get 10% of their earnings for life. I ask you what goes through your mind in determining which one of those you would pick? You probably wouldn’t pick a person who gets the highest grade in class. That’s not the quality that sets apart a big winner from the rest of the pack. Think who you would pick and why. It really gets down to qualities that are up to you to improve. It’s not how tall you are. It’s not how well you kick a ball. It’s not whether you’re the best looking person in the room. It’s integrity, it’s honesty, it’s generosity. It’s being willing to do more than your share. All these qualities are up to you to improve. And who do you think will do the worst in the class? It’s not a person with the lowest grade. It’s a person who just doesn’t shape up in the character department. We look for 3 things when we hire someone: Intelligence, initiative/energy, integrity. And if you don’t have the last one the first two will kill you. If you hire someone without integrity you want them to be lazy not smart. Everything about integrity is your choice. It’s the habits that you generate now over these qualities. A person who claims credit for things they didn’t do, always cuts corners, and is someone you can’t count on. In the end, they are patterns of habit. The time to form the right habits is when you’re young.

The Best Time to Break Bad Habits is When You’re Young People who have habit patterns that

are self destructive, when they’re 50 or 60, they can’t really change them. They’re imprisoned by them. When you see a person with qualities that you don’t like, and you see them in yourself, you could get rid of them. My boss Ben Graham did it when he was young. He looked around and asked, “Who do I admire?” When he saw who he admired he asked himself, “Why do I admire them?” Maybe if I’ll behave in a similar manner, I’ll be like that person. If you’ll follow it, at the end you’d be that person which you’d want 10% of. It’s something achievable by everyone. A t TorahC ontest.com

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Shalam, Lauren

Shuster, Sandy

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P hil K night

Admitting Mistakes even when it’s not completely your fault

Phil Knight, whose net worth is $24.6 billion, is the co-founder of Nike, Inc. He is the most powerful person in sports. Yet, Knight wasn’t a manager or a team owner. However, his influence on the world of sports has been tremendous. His father was a caring person who encouraged his son to push his limits. As a college student, he was confused about his future and tried his hand working at different jobs before realizing what he actually wanted to do.

The Beginning of Nike Shortly after graduating, Knight decided to put his plan into action. He saw a huge

market opportunity for Japanese manufacturers who were producing running shoes that were lighter and cheaper than the shoes of the German companies which dominated the market. He flew to Japan to visit Onitsuka Tiger Co., a manufacturer of an Adidas knockoff. Knight was highly impressed by the high quality and low cost of the shoes and quickly secured a distribution contract with the company. Back in the United States, he collaborated with his former coach Bill Bowerman to form a partnership to distribute the shoes in America, and thus the company Nike was born in 1964. The duo started out by selling Japanese m ­ ade running shoes in America. Eventually, their business evolved into what is today one of the most famous brands of sports apparel, Nike.

Nike’s First Challenge Phil Knight traveled to Japan. He looked for the best Japanese shoe company and

made an exclusive deal with them that only he had the rights to sell in the US. For a few years, it went well. They made a lot of money. Then, the Japanese company wanted Knight to sign a deal forcing him to sell 51% of his company to them. If he wouldn’t agree, they would open more distributors to the US, even though they signed a deal of being exclusive to Knight. Phil Knight fought them in court for 3 years and he won.

Nike’s Second Challenge US customs duty is a fee you pay to the government when you import anything

from another country. The US customs decided to charge Knight very high fees because there were other shoe companies in the US making similar sneakers. The government wanted to give business to American companies. It took him a few years to fight. He won. US customs agreed to charge lower fees.

See an Opportunity and Take Action Phil Knight wanted to shape his company around the needs of

athletes. He also wanted to create products that the world’s greatest athletes would want to associate with and use. Knight’s marketing strategy was simple. Rather than rely on advertising, he would get top athletes to endorse his shoes. His strategy and the timing of the launch couldn’t have been better. That summer, the Olympic track and field trials were held in Eugene, Oregon, with none other than Bill Bowerman as coach of the American Olympic team. Knight took full advantage of the opportunity, putting Nikes on the feet of several top finishers. When they made national television, so did the shoes they were wearing. 66 Bar/Bat Mitzvah Magazine

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IN LOVING MEMORY OF

MARY & ALBERT RUSSO A”H

YOU TAUGHT US THE IMPORTANCE OF HONESTY, INTEGRITY, LOYALTY, EDUCATION AND MOST IMPORTANTLY TO LIVE OUR LIVES BY THE PRINCIPLES OF TORAH EVERYDAY.

LOVE, YOUR CHILDREN, STEVE & HEIDI SUSAN & LARRY, FRAN & UZI Marielle & Ikey Allie, Lynda & Rachel


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Cohen, Irving

Phil Knight Invented the Concept of Athlete Product Endorsement Back then, it was

unheard of to have athletes promoting your products. Nike was the pioneer to introduce this marketing tactic. The single most crucial move of any shoe company of modern times was Michael Jordan signing a contract with Nike. Nike needed a savior. Fortune magazine at the time said, “There is no greater sign that Nike has lost its way than paying $500,000 a year to a basketball player from North Carolina.” But, playing for the Chicago Bulls, Jordan was an overnight sensation. By the late 1980s, Nike’s Jordans were the most famous shoes on the planet with sales of $200 million a year. On the street, Nike is cool. Nike took what was a sport item and turned it into fashion items like baseball hats and sweatshirts. So, even those not participating in sports could relate to the brand. Total sales hit $1 billion, and Nike surpassed Adidas to become the No. 1 shoe manufacturer worldwide. In less than a decade, Knight’s marketing savvy and uncompromising competitiveness had transformed the athletic­ shoe industry and made Nike one of the most successful and widely recognized brand names in the world. Brand success has been based on innovation.

Nike’s Work Environment

The enviornment Phil Knight fostered at Nike Inc. during its early days was anything but corporate. You were encouraged to criticize management and speak your mind. The workplace is also the scene of fun and comfort: the Nike World Campus features three restaurants, plus a fitness center, beauty salon, laundry service, jogging facilities, and a day care center. 68 Bar/Bat Mitzvah Magazine 718-909-6060

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Admitting Mistakes Even When It’s Not Completely Your Fault Along with tremendous

success, Knight also came under the scrutiny of human rights groups. Nike was accused of exploiting factory workers in Asia, some of whom were paid less than $2 per day. The company found itself in the middle of a public relations disaster. Nike became synonymous with sweatshops. Founder Phil Knight acknowledged the debacle. Humiliated by the stain on its corporate image, Nike turned a crisis into an opportunity and vowed to improve its factories. When Knight was interviewed by the news about employees’ poor working conditions, he had an option to blame it on his managers or excuse the fact that it’s overseas in the Philippines where he never visited. Instead, he responded: It’s my fault and nobody else’s fault. I take full responsibility and I will fix it. And he did. The company now employs a staff of more than 100 to monitor conditions at more than 700 plants in 52 countries and makes all findings public. “We made sure the employees were treated well. Every year, we’ll make these factories better and better in every way. And if you don’t believe us, come look at it.” Each of the production facilities are clean, organized, adequately ventilated and well lit. They provide free meals and high school equivalent classes. Eventually, Nike even raised wages. A number of policies were going to be implemented, including raising the working age to 16 at clothing factories and 18 at shoe factories; using safer, non­toxic glue when possible, adopting stricter, U.S.­dictated air quality standards, instituting on-site education programs, and more. When it comes to treating its worker, many outsiders agree, Nike has become the industry’s gold standard.

Appreciation To The School He Went To Phil Knight attended Stanford University. As apprecia-

tion for the school, Knight donated $105 million to Stanford which was, at that time, the largest ever individual donation to an American business school. Recently, he gave an additional $400 million to Stanford University. Along with his wife, he pledged $1 billion to the Cancer Institute. 70 Bar/Bat Mitzvah Magazine 718-909-6060

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CEO:Ortega Gaona

Be a good listener

Zara’s Owner’s Wealth Ortega Gaona is the world’s second­richest man. He is the founder of a wildly successful

fashion company. Flexibility and efficiency have remained at the heart of Zara. Zara has 6,500 shops in 88 countries that include seven other brands. The company, now the largest fashion retailer on earth, has grown overall sales by about 50% in five years to $17.5 billion. Its employees have gone from 80,000 to 110,000 in that time. Amancio Ortega Gaona’s net worth is $70.7 billion

Zara’s Owner’s Humility

Money never shifted his focus and he continued to work hard. He is a workaholic, likes to do his work himself, and doesn’t take vacations. And how does a simple village boy with such a huge fortune spend his spare time? Ortega is known for his preference for a simple lifestyle - raising chickens on his country estate. Ortega keeps a very low profile and, until 1999, no photograph of Ortega had ever been published. Ortega has never given an interview, according to his communications department, nor does he attend award ceremonies or parties. He rarely allows his picture to be taken.

Don’t Be A Coach Be A Team Player He is also said to take a very active part in the production and design

process in the company. The boss eats lunch with his employees in the company cafeteria and, instead of disappearing into an office, is usually found sharing a table on the factory floor with some of the designers, fabric experts and buyers.

Zara Dares to Be Different Zara’s goal was to bring designs from the runway to the common consumer in only

a few short weeks. Ortega wanted the clothing to be produced in smaller quantities and for stores to be refilled more often to cut down on inventory and shipping costs. Since Ortega kept his factories in Spain and produced smaller amounts of clothing, he was able to keep the jobs in his home country, continue to save on shipping costs, and pass the savings on to the consumer.

Zara’s Creative Advertising Basically, Zara doesn’t do it. There is no ad budget. Instead, the company spends ungodly amounts of money buying storefronts next to luxury brands to own the label of affordable luxury. Zara, the world’s largest fashion retailer, has an innovative solution to both the style problem and the marketing problem.

Zara Gets Ideas for Designs Differently Rather than hire world­class designers, Zara, which is based in

Spain, politely copies them. Then it relies on a global network of shopper ­feedback to tweak their designs. The clothes are shipped back, and the stock changes so quickly that shoppers are motivated with a “Now ­or Never” choice. Each time, they try on a blouse that won’t be in­the store after a few weeks. It’s the user ­generated approach to fast fashion.

How Zara is Better than Gucci and Chanel Fast fashion. “When you went to Gucci or Chanel in Oc-

tober, you knew the chances were good that clothes would still be there in February,” he says. “With Zara, you know that if you don’t buy it, right then and there, within 11 days the entire stock will change. You buy it now or never. And because the prices are so low, you buy it now.” 72 Bar/Bat Mitzvah Magazine

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Dedicated in Loving Memory of

Amin E. Adjmi A�H June 1, 1907 - April 12, 2002

A man of Kindness & Humility A Passion for Living By his Children and Grandchildren


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Gindi, Jill

Zara Pays Close Attention to LISTEN to Their Customers Zara monitors customers’ reactions

on the basis of what they buy and don’t buy and what they say to a sales clerk: “I like this scooped collar” or “I hate zippers at the ankles.” Zara’s sales staff is trained to draw out these sorts of comments from their customers. Every day, store managers report this information to headquarters where it is then transmitted to a vast team of in ­house designers who quickly develop new designs and send them to factories to be turned into clothes. Zara’s in h ­ ouse design team can have an item in stores within three weeks. That’s three weeks from the beginning of the design process to the time it lands on the shop floor for us to buy. If a new trend appears mid-season, Zara has the capacity to follow it and get its interpretation into stores, while its competitors can’t. Similarly, if things aren’t selling, it has the ability to alter them or simply discontinue supply. But, Zara’s most important contribution isn’t a new product. It’s a new process: fast fashion, directed by customers, and enabled by a short manufacturing leash. “We must have the dialogue with the customers and learn from them. It’s not us saying you must have this. It’s you saying it.” The customer is always determining production — not the other way around. Every piece of clothing the company makes has, in a way, been requested.

Don’t Follow and the Popular Ones Will Follow You: What Prada & Louis Vuitton Copied from Zara “They broke up a century­old biannual cycle of fashion. Now, pretty much half of the high­end

fashion companies — Prada and Louis Vuitton, for example — make four to six collections instead of two each year. That’s absolutely because of Zara.” The key to such success is a unique business model that has been dubbed “fast fashion” and is governed by two key principles: giving customers what they want and as quickly as possible. 74 Bar/Bat Mitzvah Magazine 718-909-6060

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learn teamwork from James Simons J ames S imons

the best people manager

James Simons is worth $15.5 billion. He was named as the World’s Smartest Billionaire by the Financial Times.

Don’t Let Anyone Put You Down Born and raised in Massachusetts, James Simons came from a Jew-

ish family. At 14, he was hired by a garden supply store for a stockroom job. But, he was quickly demoted to floor sweeper after repeatedly forgetting where things went. His bosses were upset when he told them he wanted to study mathematics at the nearby Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

College Professor Turned Billionaire

He was hired to teach mathematics at Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 1978, he decided to leave academics to pursue a career in managing hedge funds. His curiosity drove him to examine all kinds of unusual possibilities

You Could Be Smart Without Being a Quick Thinker. “I wasn’t the fastest guy in the world,”

Dr. Simons said of his youthful math enthusiasms. “I wouldn’t have done well in an Olympiad or a math contest. But, I like to ponder. And pondering things, just sort of thinking about it and thinking about it, turns out to be a pretty good approach.” There was a secret government program together with Princeton College. Dr. Simons was working with them on breaking codes and tracking potential military threats.

The Power of Speaking Your Mind Dr. Simons got fired because the Vietnam War was on. The head

boss in his organization was an advocate of the war and wrote a New York Times Magazine cover story about how we would win in Vietnam. Dr. Simons was against it and thought it was unnecessary. He wrote a letter to the Times, which they published, saying not everyone who worked for Maxwell Taylor agreed with his views. Dr. Simons gave his own opposing view of the war. As a result, he got fired.

James Simons’ Company Renaissance Technologies James Simons is known as the founder of

Renaissance Technologies, a private investment firm with an estimated net worth amounting to $15.5 billion. It is considered the most successful hedge fund in the world. Renaissance Technologies predicts stock market moves based on algorithms. His novel approach helped change how the investment world looks at financial markets.

You Don’t Have to Be the Best in Everything. Find other people to complete you. The man who

“couldn’t write programs” hired a lot of programmers, as well as physicists, cryptographers, computational linguists, and, oh yes, mathematicians. Wall Street experience was frowned on. A flair for science was prized. They gathered financial data and used complex formulas to make predictions and trade in global markets. 76 Bar/Bat Mitzvah Magazine

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In Memory of In memory of Joseph & Esther Bailey A”H In

memory of

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her family

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memory of

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his family

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his family

memory of

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memory of

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Rabbi Ezra Labaton A”H

Cohen A”H

By his niece and nephews: Betty, Ezra, Alfred & Jackie Hedaya

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The Secret To His Success? “He’s a very good people manager,” said Nick Patterson, a former Renaissance partner. “That’s not,” he added, “the stereotype of a mathematician.” Dr. Simons credits his employees.

An Environment That Encourages Sharing Ideas “Have an open atmosphere. The best way to

conduct research on a larger scale is to make sure everyone knows what everyone else is doing. The sooner the better­start talking to other people about what you’re doing because that’s what will stimulate things the fastest. No division. We don’t have any little groups that say, “This is our system and we run it and we get paid because of it.” All the researchers meet once a week. Any new idea gets brought up, discussed, approved, and hopefully put into production. And people get paid based on the profits of the entire firm. You don’t get paid just on your work. You get paid based on the profits of the firm. So everyone gets paid based on the firm’s success.” In sum, the secret is: “Great people. Great infrastructure. Open environment. Get everyone compensated roughly based on the overall performance of the group. That makes a lot of money. A good atmosphere and smart people can accomplish a lot. Get smart people together. Give them freedom. Create atmosphere where they talk together. I’m good at getting good people to work together.”

James Simons’ Charity He and his wife were among the first billionaires to sign the Giving Pledge, prom-

ising to devote “the great majority” of their wealth to charities. James Simons changed math. Simons has contributed well over $1 billion to his Simons Foundation. He is the founder of Math for America. 78 Bar/Bat Mitzvah Magazine 718-909-6060

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It is amazing how much can be accomplished when it doesn’t matter who gets the credit.

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The Founder of Math for America

Dr. Simons said he was particularly proud of Math for America. It awards stipends and scholarships of up to $100,000 to train high school math and science teachers and to supplement their regular salaries. The corps is expanding to 1,100 teachers, mainly in New York City, but also in Boston, Los Angeles and elsewhere. Math for America is a foundation he set up to promote math teaching in public schools. “Every person works for financial reward and respect. Why don’t we have enough teachers of math and science in the public schools? One answer is, if they knew the subject well, they’d also know enough to work for Google or Goldman Sachs. ” The state of math education in the United States is not healthy. Not enough teachers in math who know the subject well. Thirty to forty years ago if you knew math, you could teach. There wasn’t much you could do with math knowledge. Today, if you know math enough to teach, then you know enough math to work at Google, Goldman Sachs, IBM who’ll pay more and provide plenty of opportunity. Therefore, the quality of high school teachers declined.

Teachers Deserve More Respect A judge doesn’t work in the Supreme Court for money but for the

respect he gets. If you can’t pay high school teachers that much, then create a community of math and science which they love and makes them feel important. In Finland, teachers have important status. Teachers here don’t have status. No one is rewarding or recognizing good teachers or making them feel good. Here teachers are measured by outcome. If students do well, they had a good teacher and if not, they didn’t have a good teacher. Judging a teacher based on students’ standardized tests is a disaster. Recognize and reward the very best ones. That will get the best results. Now, they are importing guys with knowledge because they can’t get the home grown talent they need. 80 Bar/Bat Mitzvah Magazine 718-909-6060

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Eshet Chayil Moses Tawil IN HONOR OF HIS WIFE Marlene In honor of my wife

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Joyce

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G ordon M oore

Mistakes are your best teacher

Gordon Moore: founder of intel Gordon Moore, the founder of Intel, is worth close to $7 billion. He has been married for 60 years.

Accidental Entrepreneur They were 8 friends who finished school and wanted to work together in a

company. The original goal was to find a company that would hire all 8 of the friends. They contacted 30­to 40 companies and all of them turned them down. Instead of them working for someone, they opened their company with the help of Sherman Fairchild who introduced them to an investor who had an airplane company. He invested $1.3 million with them to start a semiconductor business. That’s how they got started.

Don’t Micromanage People

“Unless you think they’re going in the wrong direction, my tendency was to let them go the way they were going. Avoid the micromanagement. People closest to the problem generally have the best approach on how they want to solve the problem.”

Intel Failure “Originally, I was in a watch company called­Microma. The watches solved the problems of an

LED watch. For example, to be able to see the readout in the sun. Intel was the first company to bring liquid crystal watches to the market. They were one of the first companies out of the business, too. The watch was sold for $150. Then Texas Instruments got into the same business and sold their watches for $19.95 and then for $9.95. So, our $150 market disappeared. It cost Intel $15 million to get in that business and get out. We learned about consumer products meanwhile.”

Mistakes Are Your Best Teacher “Was Microma a failure? Yes. Microma on its own didn’t make a big

impact on Intel, but it kept us out of some other businesses where we shouldn’t have been all along. The more you learn from failures the better it is. It’s a bad failure if you failed and haven’t learned a lesson from it. Silicon Valley is very forgiving of failures. It’s one of our biggest assets. You could start a company, fail, and because of your experience you’re more valuable than a start up. Even serial failures have opportunities to start again. One of the toughest things to do is to make people believe that if you take significant risk and fail, it will not be a stigma.”

First Turning Point: Don’t Calculate Too Much. Jump In and the Miracles will Happen In late 1969, the Nippon Calculating Machine Corporation, also known as Busicom, contracted Intel

to create twelve custom chips for use in their digital calculator. Intel didn’t have the manpower to complete the contract. Intel engineers almost rejected the proposal. But, they ended up taking it. That forced the Intel team to think smarter and come up with a single general purpose design chip that could do the work of all twelve chips. 82 Bar/Bat Mitzvah Magazine

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In Memory of my father

Jack Mizrahi A�H

Who has taught me: Honesty, Integrity, Strong Work Ethics & Good Family Values. With love and appreciation, Eddie Mizrahi and the LifeWorks Family


Kids’ comments on the lesson learned from Intel

T orah C ontes t.com/Video

At TorahContest.com see kids’ comments on the lesson learned from Intel: Shaare Zion Cong.

Maleh, Shirley | Naftali, Esther Sephardic Cong.

Braca, Joyce | Zalta, Penelope Bnei Yitzhak Cong.

Taking risks: If you win, you will be happy. If you lose, you will be wise. See Intel video at TorahContest.com/Video

Abramson, Nicole | Ayal, Fortune Grossman, Charles Magen Avraham Cong.

Zetune, Danielle Magen David West Deal

Betesh, Dinah | Sabbagh, Sophia Shaare Tefilah: Eatontown

Ades, Teera | Assoulin, Charlize Shamah, Nina Bnei Yosef Cong.

Halabi, Moshe

It was good that Intel was pushed to create a chip for the calculator because this chip also had multiple purpose uses for computers, airplanes, printers, cars.

Second Turning Point: Intel Focuses on One Industry In 1981, Intel was involved in making

a variety of technology products. Intel won awards for designing 2,500 products in a single year. Among those designs was a product from IBM: it was to become the first PC. However, profits started falling as the competition from Japanese manufacturers intensified. Sensing a prospective market with the success of IBM, the company shifted its focus to microprocessors. The decision later proved correct as Intel turned out to be, not only a phenomenally successful enterprise, but also a household name.

Success is a Step-By-Step Process

Eventually, Intel’s long­term commitment to the microprocessor product line and ability to manufacture in high volume convinced IBM to choose the Intel chip as the brains of its first PC. IBM’s decision proved a terrific coup for Intel. But, again, it was an event whose significance was not evident at first. The Intel sales engineer who worked with IBM on the project recalled, “At the time, a great account was one that generated 10,000 units a year. Nobody comprehended that the scale of the PC business would grow to tens of millions of units every year.”

Always Strive to Improve Underlying the expanding microprocessor revolution is Intel’s ability to continually

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Eshet Chayil David Shalom IN HONOR OF HIS WIFE Nadine In honor of my wife

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Kids’ comments on the lesson learned from Intel

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Zafarani, Marcelle Shaare Shalom Cong.

Greco, Renee | Lazar, Marcelle Nigri, Rosie Beth Rachel Cong.

Courage is taking the first step even when you can’t see the whole staircase.

Cohen, Norma J. | Gindi, Esther Serouya, Elaine Shalom, Adrienne | Tobias, Marsha Mikdash Eliyahu Cong.

Dweck, June SLC

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Hakim, Allie

Intel Values Jewish Talent

Intel has over 10,000 employees in Israel. Intel admires and values the quality of products that come from Intel Israel. Much cutting edge technology and innovation for Intel is being produced in Israel.

Gordon Moore Charity He has given away well over $4 billion to a variety of causes. He is most passionate about

the environment.

A nurse who doesn’t care could kill a patient Gordon Moore has also made significant contributions

toward science and nursing programs. He started giving to nursing programs because at the time that his wife was hospitalized she was mistreated by the nurses. He realized how important it was for the health of the patient to have quality nurses.

TorahContest.com categorizes stories by kids from 37 shuls.

At TorahContest.com read inspirational stories written by kids you know from your shul. See list below. SHAARE ZION | BETH TORAH | AHABA VE AHVA | MIKDASH ELIYAHU | BNAI YOSEF | Bet Yaakov | SHAARE SHALOM BNEI YITZHAK | YAD YOSEF | KOL ISRAEL | AHI EZER | SEPHARDIC | MDY CONG | SLC | HAR HALEBANON BETH SHAUL U MIRIAM | TEFERET TORAH | KETER TORAH | BETH YOSEF | KETER ZION | AVE O | BNEI BINYAMIN | SHEVET ACHIM MAGEN DAVID WEST DEAL | OHEL SIMCHA | HATHAWAY | SHAARE TEFILLAH | OHEL YAAKOB | MAGEN ABRAHAM

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B ernard M arcus

Not Showing off

Georgia Aquarium

Bernard Marcus: Founder of The Home Depot Bernard Marcus, the co-founder and former CEO of The Home Depot, is worth $3.4 Billion. He grew up in a rough part of Newark, New Jersey and was later accepted into Harvard Medical School but couldn’t afford tuition. He studied to be a pharmacist instead. After graduation, he moved from pharmacy to retail and helped run stores for other bosses for the bulk of his career.

Bernard Marcus’ Perseverance In 1978 when Marcus was 49, he and his co­worker Arthur Blank got fired from Cali-

fornia hardware store Handy Dan and soon opened a rival retailer. In the early days, no one came into the store. So, Marcus and his partner

sent their kids out into the streets to hand $1 bills to anyone willing to come inside. The unconventional marketing paid off and, three

years later, Marcus and his partner and their early investor, Kenneth Langone, took Home Depot public. Today, all three are billionaires.

Bernard Marcus’ Charity

Marcus retired in 2001 to focus on charity. He has given away more than $1 billion through

the Marcus Foundation. Committed to sharing his success with others, Marcus has devoted more than 20 years to various charitable

organizations. “If I can make a difference in this world and I can help people, then that’s the satisfaction I get. As a kid, as poor as we were, my mother and my brothers and my sister gave our ice cream money to the charities. Imagine how poor we were and we still gave

our ice cream money to charities. My mother’s belief was that the more you help the more you get. It’s a concept in Judaism. To give back

to somebody who is less fortunate than you. Back in New Jersey, the ice cream money in dollars and cents was minimal. But, the lesson of

giving back is something that I have followed my entire life. It was a lesson from my mother, in her broken English, who always told me

that to feel good about yourself you share your good fortune with others who were not so fortunate. Then you are truly doing God’s work. Beginning with that encouragement of my mother, I tried to conduct myself in that manner throughout my life. In the early days at the Home Depot, we couldn’t afford to give cash contributions. But, we were able to give products off our shelves. We gave our time and we gave ourselves. We did what we could to help. After the Home Depot went public, I personally had the financial capacity and the desire to give back. You can always make a difference. It doesn’t matter if you have five dollars or five million.”

You Could Do Acts of Kindness Even Without Money “If you don’t have the money to give, donate

your time. Join an organization or charity that can benefit from the skills you have. Believe me, it’s going to help you. You’re going to get

the feeling in your heart and soul that is as good as the success in your career. I encourage you. I urge you to make a difference in this world.”

Not Showing Off Bernard Marcus spent $500 million to build the most magnificent aquarium in the world. He was offered to

name it Bernard Marcus Aquarium. However, because he doesn’t like to show off, he refused; and instead it was named Georgia Aquarium. Georgia Aquarium was built by the generosity of Bernard Marcus. It’ s one of the world’s most exciting, entertaining, engaging interac-

tions. The largest aquarium in the world. Over 8 million gallons of water, more than 400 species: the largest collection of animals. They

have the largest fish in the world, the whale shark, up to 40 feet long. Georgia Aquarium is the only aquarium where you’ll experience

whale sharks. The exhibit is the size of a football field and 30 feet deep. There are beluga waters whales. They weigh 3,500 lbs. They also have Electric whales who are blind and use an electrical field to sense their surroundings and stun their prey.

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not to show off?

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Goliath groupers that grow over 8 feet and 1,000 lbs and sea stars. For a touch experience, you could reach and touch rays, crabs, even

sharks in the “touch ponds” and many more unique ocean creatures.

More Examples of Bernard Marcus’ Humility “This culture of giving was incorporated into our business

plan. Whether it was an earthquake, hurricane, tornado or any other natural disaster we always allowed the police department, fire de-

partment, and neighbors to empty the shelves of the stores for whatever they needed. We never publicized; we didn’t take advantage of it. We never advertised that. We never promoted. We just did it because it was the right thing to do.”

The Culture of Home Depot In the same way that The Home Depot’s products help people build homes and projects, their core values they uphold help them build a strong business and culture. “Our employees are key to our success. We strive to create an

environment where all employees feel they are respected, their contributions are valued and they have equal access to growth and development opportunities. Trust, honesty and integrity are the foundations of strong relationships. We demonstrate these principles when we

listen and respond to the needs of our customers, employees, communities and vendors. A work environment of mutual respect and inclusion is essential to the success of The Home Depot and its employees. Our employees are encouraged to adopt and adapt good ideas from

others and initiate creative and innovative ways of serving our customers and improving the business. We strive to understand the impact of our decisions. We accept responsibility for our actions. We do not tolerate dishonest or unethical behavior. We do the right thing.”

Bernard Marcus on Being Positive

Bernard Marcus is a real success story. He rose from simple beginnings to become

a major force in retailing. “We grew up believing that the glass was always half full. That was a very deep philosophical issue that became part of my life. The glass is always half full. No matter what happens, there’s something good out there that can happen.”

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Eshet Chayil Ralph J. Dweck IN HONOR OF HIS WIFE Adele In honor of my wife

In honor of my wife

Lucy

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by Jack Mosseri

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In honor of my wife

Honey

Lina

by Moshe Assis

by Edmound Nahum

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Jennifer

Jennifer

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by Shawn Safdie

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Alice

Vicky

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Sarah

Rozie

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CEO: Larry Merlo

CVS losing $2 billion a year for doing what’s right When CVS first announced it will no longer sell cigarettes, it warned sales could take a $2 billion hit. That’s just a fraction of the $139 billion in annual sales CVS generates, but it’s not nothing. Walking away from $2 billion is never something easy. Replacing that $2 billion might not be so easy, either. CVS knew it stood to lose $2 billion a year in tobacco sales, but it clearly also knew what its best customers value and aspire to. The surprising move won the praise of health advocates and the White House. “By eliminating the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products in our stores, we can make a difference in the health of all Americans,” CVS CEO Larry Merlo said when the ban took effect. Once CVS decided to stop selling tobacco products, it aligned the entire company behind its commitment to the mission of healthy living. CVS Health thought hard about what its purpose was, which is health care, and thought there’s something wrong if a person goes to collect a prescription for medicine and buys cigarettes at the same time. They took a $2 billion estimated hit on their revenue, but aligned their organization with a purpose.

Positive Peer Pressure: The decision by CVS put pressure on other retailers to follow suit and

eliminate tobacco sales. Because of it Target had quit selling cigarettes.

Over the same eight­month period, the average smoker in those states purchased five fewer cigarette packs and, in total, approximately 95 million fewer packs were sold. “Because cigarette purchases are often spontaneous and so we reasoned that removing a convenient location to buy cigarettes could decrease overall tobacco use.” At TorahContest.com MDY Cong.

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Jammal, Ralph Kassab, Teddy Matalon, Odette

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Bet Yaakov

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Kol Israel

Ahi Ezer

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Kroub, Yitzhak

Grinberg, Freddie

Kbabyeh, Judah

Ashkenazi, Eddie Bijou, Morris Levy, Mark

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In memory of

Joseph V. Harary A�H

He led a life committed to family, Chesed and Torah Values.

He was a devoted husband, brother, father, grandfather & great grandfather. He exemplified integrity, honesty, generosity &

friendship. His smile, humor and compassion are missed by all. His memory and legacy are instilled in all of us forever. With Love & Appreciation

By his wife Charlotte, children, grandchildren & great grandchildren.


David Blatt

Only respected leaders can influence people

The Cleveland Cavaliers made the shocking move of firing head coach David Blatt. Though the timing of the move came as a total surprise, the fact that the Cavs decided to move on from Blatt seemed somewhat obvious. The conflict between Blatt and the players was irreparable and had been for some time. Despite Blatt’s guiding the Cavaliers to the Finals last year and helping the Cavs build a firm lead (30-­11 record) for first place in the Eastern Conference this year, the Cavs and Blatt never seemed to have a strong relationship. Respecting your coach means being inspired. You can’t inspire people if they don’t respect you. Blatt wasn’t able to coach Lebron James because Lebron didn’t respect him. If a child doesn’t respect a teacher, he won’t learn. The team was winning, they had high scores. But without respect, you can’t inspire teamwork. A star player and coach were too far apart, right from the start. In the locker room, there was too much of a disconnect. There was a lack of spirit that couldn’t be accepted. The team is judged by a lot more than just wins and losses. Another problem from the beginning was Blatt’s record. Blatt coached several highly successful teams overseas and won several championships. However, the NBA players, especially the veterans, saw David Blatt as inexperienced. Blatt often felt disrespected because of the perception that he was an inexperienced head coach. “I’ve been a head coach for 22 years. People overlook that too easily and, I think, unfairly,” Blatt said last season. “I am not now, nor have I been for quite some time, an inexperienced coach.” Team owner Dan Gilbert wanted to make a different kind of hire. He didn’t want an inexperienced coach which is why he chased the veteran college coaches. It’s why he loved Blatt who was a legend in Israel, something that appealed to Gilbert. When Lebron James turned his attention to being a free agent after losing in the finals with the Miami Heat, James’ representatives were surprised the Cavs had hired Blatt and hadn’t waited to see if James would have any input. After James signed, he showed no interest in meeting Blatt. Weeks passed before James took a brief break from filming a movie in New York to have a face­to f­ ace conversation with his new coach. It was clear James’ respect for Blatt was limited,and soon it also became clear that Blatt assumed respect would be coming his way. Blatt didn’t understand that he would have to earn the players’ respect; it would not be instantly given.

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In Loving Memory of

Jack E. Tamir A�H

An extraordinary man of strength, integrity, courage & wisdom who dedicated his life to his family and lived life to the fullest. You will forever be in our hearts and minds By his wife, children, grandchildren & great grandchildren.


Only respected leaders can influence people The Cavs hired Lue Tyronn as an assistant for Blatt. But, in reality, Lue had a lot of say and power. Blatt was hired more for the title and Lue had the power among the players. However, as players grew disappointed with Blatt’s performance as coach, assistant coach Tyronn Lue became a central focus of LeBron and the Cavs. Players respected Lue as a former player, and Lue often had to handle aspects of coaching that Blatt couldn’t handle, such as timeouts. Timeouts had already been an issue. Blatt mismanaged them early in the season and sometimes turned to Lue about when to execute certain timeouts. LeBron often consulted with Lue over Blatt during games. Additionally, LeBron began to take play-calling into his own hands. He admitted last year that he was above asking coaches to change roles on the floor, and he often would verbally disagree with Blatt’s play-calling. During the game, opposing players on the floor weren’t only watching James constantly wave off plays from the coach but also bold disregard of the head coach’s instructions, too. Blatt seemed powerless to control them and, if he tried, it didn’t work. Shortly thereafter, James changed his role in the Cavs’ offense and began playing point guard while moving Irving off the ball. In conjunction with the move, James nonchalantly told the media he didn’t consult Blatt on the changes. “No, I can do it on my own,” James said. “I’m past those days where I have to ask.” From that moment forward, it was clear James gave little more than lip service to Blatt. As the days passed, James seemed to connect more and more with Lue. For years, he had admired Lue’s former boss, Rivers, and that helped them establish a connection. James had played against Lue, who enjoyed great success against James’ teams as a point guard for several teams. For a while, the media which covered the Cavs referred to Lue as “Killa,” which was short for “Cavs killer.” One person involved with the team said, “You could just see LeBron connecting to Lue and turning his back on David.” The players were in a fairly upfront rebellion against Blatt. It wasn’t a secret. James’ and other players’ complaints about Blatt’s style got out quickly. During games, Cavs players complained about the coach to opposing players. Once, while on the road, an injured Cavs player used the home team’s therapy pool and complained about Blatt with his thoughts literally echoing throughout the home locker room. Blatt backed off and gave James space, and James took it, whether it was calling plays, deciding when he entered the game and when he exited or even strategy. James stopped taking digs at Blatt in the media, and the complaints to opposing players stopped. David’s yielding to the players,­­James especially,­­only further reinforced that Blatt wasn’t a coach who demanded respect. Those who knew Blatt from Europe, where he was known as a fire breather with players during games, were stunned at how he had changed. When Blatt was the coach of the Russian national team, he once famously kicked two of his best players off the bench because they were talking over him in a timeout. Now, spectators watched in awe as players barked at Blatt in timeouts. That was just one of many adjustments he made to try to make this unwieldy job work. Eventually, despite an impressive win over the LA Clippers, Griffin and owner Dan Gilbert decided it was time to move on from Blatt, noticing a disharmonious locker room. In his place, they promoted Lue giving him a three-year deal.

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Beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather, Great Grandfather and a friend to all who knew him. He was truthfully blessed with a “beautiful life.” His love, regard and commitment to his family will warm our hearts forever.

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compassion, and humility will always remain with us. From his wife Cheryl, Children Linda and Joey,

Jack and Sylvia, Evelyn and Joey, Jennifer, Isaac, And all his grandchildren.


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STELLA LINIADO A”H “a

p u r e s o u l ta k e n t o o s o o n ”

Our beautiful stella,

You have left us way too soon for words. In your short time here you have shown us strength when we were weak. And you gave us happiness to keep us afloat. Although there are no footprints for us to follow, we know you will carry us on this journey and guide us through our lives. Your full of life spirit and angelic beauty is our inspiration to keep moving forward and make you proud. You are an example of what a daughter is. One of a kind! Our hearts beat differently now. You, our beautiful Stella are missed every day!

With all our love,

M ommy , D addy , M arc , J ustin , M ichael ,

and

S itto .


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