MEET OUR MEMBERS

Over 600 young professionals have graduated from our Boot Camp program in New York and Washington, DC, to become members of ZOA's Fuel For Truth. While FFT focuses on supporting the Jewish State, our diverse membership includes people of all faiths, ethnicities, nationalities and walks of life. FFT's members include Jews, Christians and Muslims, and hail from countries all over the world, including the United States, Canada, Israel, United Kingdom, Spain, France, Iran, Belgium and Venezuela.

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Jon Loew

Founder, Chairman Emeritus

On September 12, 2001, Jon had the idea to create an organization that would educate young Americans on the threats that the US and Israel were both facing . Under his leadership, Fuel For Truth launched its Israel advocacy training programs- the flagship Boot Camp program for young professionals and Old Skool for college students.

Jon is a media and technology executive, operating companies with activities around the globe. He is active in many philanthropic causes including supporting US Military veterans, interfaith relations, animal rescue and feeding the hungry.


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Joe Richards

Co-Founder, Chairman Emeritus

Joe Richards is a Director at AIPAC, The American Israel Public Affairs Committee. He focuses on educating and empowering leaders about the vital US-Israel relationship and how they can have an immediate impact on public policy.

Prior to joining AIPAC, Joe was a consultant for dozens of Fortune 100 companies as a Communication Strategist. Working side-by-side with world-renowned communication guru and political strategist Dr. Frank Luntz, Joe traveled extensively across the country interviewing thousands of Americans, getting a better understanding of their needs, wants and desires -- then translating that into greater market share.  From Facebook to Fedex, the NFL to National Security, Joe has been at the forefront of creating the dialogue Americans are having today.

With nearly two decades of experience in the non-profit sector, Joe consults and is a board member for a number of organizations focused on Israel, American Jewish strength, veterans (American and Israeli), high school/college wrestling and the arts.

Joe is a grandchild of Holocaust survivors and his parents were born and raised in a Displaced Person refugee camp after WWII. Joe intimately understands the challenges the Jewish people face today and has a keen ability to motivate the next generation to be proactive - rather than reactive - against the growing threats to our people.

Joe attended Syracuse University where he competed as a Division I wrestler; only to later graduate with honors from NYU.  He met his wife at Fuel For Truth and is the proud father of 3 young children.


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Greg Corbin

Co-Founder

Greg Corbin is the Executive Managing Director of Besen & Associates, a full service commercial real estate firm which specializes in investment sales, retail leasing, financing, and management. The firm has annual sales reaching over $1 billion, and currently manages over 2,300 residential units, 200 stores, and 700,000 Sq. Ft. of commercial and office space.

Mr. Corbin specializes in investment sales throughout the greater New York area and has closed transactions spanning nearly all product types, including multi-family residential, development site, factory/warehouse, transitional housing facility, mixed-use, and commercial buildings.

In addition to leading The Corbin Group, Mr. Corbin is responsible for growing firm-wide revenue through company branding and marketing initiatives, recruitment and training, and oversight of the investment sales division.

Prior to joining Besen & Associates, Greg Corbin was a Director of Sales at Massey Knakal Realty Services. Before that, Mr. Corbin was a Principal and the Chief Operating Officer of KCL Trading, a subsidiary of E*Trade Financial, where he ran a floor of over 40 traders.

Mr. Corbin is the Executive Co-Chairman of the YJP Real Estate Division, Vice President of the Give To Give Foundation, a Co-Founder of the non-profit Fuel For Truth, and a member of ICSC and The Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY).

Mr. Corbin is a graduate of Horace Mann and Boston University.  He is a native New Yorker and lives on the Upper West Side with his wife and children.


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Ron Wasserman

Chairman

For the past six years Ron has lead Fuel For Truth’s Boot Camp program by presenting the facts and history behind the Middle East conflict and creation of the Jewish State. 

During his time as Chairman he has helped train hundreds of young professionals in understanding the history of Israel and the conflict in order for them to have their own opinions based on fact and possess the confidence to intelligently articulate their views. He received the Friend of Israel Award from the National Council of Young Israel in 2007 and The Jewish Children’s Museum Young Leadership Award in 2013.

As a Congressional Club member with AIPAC he regularly meets with senior ranking members of Congress to educate them on the Aran-Israeli conflict and strengthen the US-Israel relationship. He's an Associate Group Director at Signature Bank.


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Justin Ellis

President

Justin was named President of Fuel For Truth in early 2017, and has spearheaded the organization's effort to create new partnerships with university student groups, high schools and Jewish Community Centers.

As one of the Boot Camp instructors he educates program participants on the major topics often raised during conversations about Israel and how to address them, including whether land is the basis of the conflict, the history of settlements and how they impact the proposed two-state solution, the merits of BDS, the situation in Gaza and Palestinian refugees.

His love for Israel and educating about the Jewish State comes from his experience as a MASA Career Israel participant and staffing multiple Birthright trips.


 

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Jeremy Meller

Chief Operating Officer

Jeremy is from Syosset, New York. He has his own business providing IT consulting for small and medium businesses. He graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2005, with a degree in Information Technology.

During his college days, he was very active in Hillel on campus, culminating in serving as Hillel President and leading the organization through a fairly challenging transition period, his senior year. He has always felt that the Jewish people have an inseparable connection both to Israel and to each other.


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Alexis Drattell

Co-Chair, Events & Alumni Engagement

Alexis hails from Long Island, New York, and completed Boot Camp during the February 2017 class. She graduated with a degree in Fashion Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology and was fortunate enough to spend her junior and senior years abroad in Milan, Italy, minoring in History of Art and Italian.

Through her abroad experience she realized how important the Jewish community was to her and sought to learn more about Israel and the diaspora. Upon returning from Italy, she decided to become more involved in New York's Jewish community, leading her to FFT and becoming Co-Chair of Events and Alumni Engagement in summer 2017.


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Jessica Kamens

Co-Chair, Events & Alumni Engagement

Jessica completed Boot Camp during the February 2017 class and has been highly involved ever since. She grew up on Long Island where she had a strong Jewish community that encouraged her to become a Zionist. After visiting Israel on Birthright in the summer of 2010 her love for her country grew and she returned to Jerusalem for another two months in the winter of 2014.

She is happy to bring her passion for Israel to the FFT community as Co-Chair of Events and Alumni Engagement. Jessica graduated from the University of Delaware in 2012 and holds a degree in Mass Communications with minors in Advertising and Business Administration. Professionally she gives back in a fundraising capacity and plans to utilize these skills while preparing FFT events.

In her free time, Jessica can be found at the theater, improv comedy shows and concerts.


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Todd Levy

Chief Financial Officer

Todd grew up in Miami, Florida, and early on learned the importance of being part of a strong Jewish community and being an advocate for Israel. He completed the February 2017 Boot Camp and is one of many Florida natives who have become a part of the FFT community in New York. Todd graduated from the University of Florida in 2015 with a masters degree in accounting, and is currently employed at KPMG.


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Rebecca Fainberg

Chair, Fundraising

Rebecca is thrilled to serve as Fuel For Truth's Fundraising Chair just one year after finishing Boot Camp and looks forward to expanding FFT's fundraising efforts. Rebecca works for Sony Music and is an active volunteer in marketing and event planning for GOTO, an organization that helps send talented underprivileged children to a camp for the arts. She is also a member of AIPAC's Young Leadership division. 

Rebecca hails from Boston, MA and has lived in New York for three years. She is a graduate of Muhlenberg College, where she studied Comparative Religion with a concentration in Jewish studies, and was a member of the Religion Honor Society. 

In her free time, Rebecca is an avid fitness enthusiast and a proud member of November Project's New York City running tribe.


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