Reflections on 70
Howard Goldstein: “I Wanted to Make Israel an Essential Part of My Life”
At a May 8th, 2018 meeting of the national board of directors of Development Corporation for Israel/Israel Bonds, Howard Goldstein was elected chairman of the board by unanimous vote.
Howard Goldstein, who first met Israel’s leaders through his role as North American New Leadership chair, shakes hands with Ariel Sharon
Greeting Shimon Peres during the Bonds Jerusalem 3000 delegation
Overcome challenging odds, Howard graduated from Rutgers University in 1973 with a major in economics and accounting. In 1981, he moved to Miami - where he still resides today and is a CPA and presently a senior partner with Appelrouth Farah & Co. - and decided “to engage with other young professionals within a Jewish organization.” His chosen means was through Israel Bonds New Leadership.
Early in his New Leadership involvement, Howard went on his first delegation to Israel with his wife Marcy, and his life forever changed. “I fell in love with Israel,” he recalls. “I could relate to the idea of overcoming adversity. The more I learned, the more I wanted to make Israel an essential part of my life.”
Howard Goldstein and New Leadership delegates join Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir for a group photo
Sharing a moment with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert
He firmly believes “our connection to Israel must remain strong for the Jewish state to continue to realize significant milestones. Investing in Israel bonds is a tangible means of making this all possible. Israel bonds are built on existing feelings of trust and faith. On a personal level, I view my investments in Israel bonds as a form of ‘economic aliyah,’ a manifestation of my Zionism and commitment to building on the strength of everything Israel has achieved, and will continue to achieve, since independence.”
Summing up what drives him, Howard emphasizes, “I am deeply motivated by family – my wife Marcy and our children and grandchildren - to perpetuate my lifelong connection with Israel. As chairman of the board, I want to help ensure that my entire, global Jewish family can share in this opportunity. There is consistency and intense enthusiasm in this kind of engagement, with each side gaining from the best the other has to offer.”
Photos courtesy of Howard L. Goldstein