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21st Century Digital attends 2017 JBIZ Expo

21st Century Digital will be meeting with the Jewish Business Community at the JBIZ EXPO in June 2017. This EXPO is said to be “the greatest Jewish Business Expo where companies that service the functionality of the business world join together”. Businesses from startups to large corporations across the US are said to promote their businesses at this event.
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January 2013 Martin Luther King Day of Service

Jersey Shore residents get a much needed booster shot of love from several NJ based charity organizations during HOPE’s Annual Martin Luther King Day of Service.

 
Volunteers: HOPE World Wide, Operation Brick Food Relief, NJ hope & healing.

Volunteers: HOPE World Wide, Operation Brick Food Relief, NJ hope & healing.

Volunteers who never visited New Jersey’s Shore area after Hurricane Sandy were surprised at just how many people continue to be displaced from their homes.
On location briefing.

On location briefing.

It was a sad revelation to learn that some residents were left with no choice but to assume responsibility for removing whole houses that blew in from over a mile away from their original addresses.
Patio steps

Patio steps

Adding insult to injury affected residents also had to cleanup and remove man made household materials, appliances and chemicals blown into neighboring public wetlands, causing serious environmental distress.
Mattress

Mattress

The final twist to this saga, Shore residents, (and now volunteers), have to avoid contact with raw sewage and stepping on rusty nails, not as easy as you might think while you work and attempt to maintain your balance amongst the debris.
Cleanup Line

Cleanup Line

Volunteers got right to work not allowing thoughts or feelings about being “grossed out” to get in the way of the task.
 Volunteer tries to dislodge part of a roof

Volunteer tries to dislodge part of a roof.

This volunteer discovered a roof that was almost completely buried by surrounding debris. The neighbors said it was blown from an adjacent town over a mile away from its final resting place.
New home for refrigerator.

New home for refrigerator

Not only did this fridge make its landing here, the kitchen sink wasn’t far off.
Makeshift footbridge.

Makeshift footbridge.

Volunteers negotiating their way across a makeshift footbridge to reach debris in neighboring wetlands.
HOPE Scouts present their homemade cookies for Shore residents.

HOPE Scouts present their homemade cookies for Shore residents.

HOPE Scouts baked a few treats with that special ingredient that only a child could add and handed them off to each Hurricane Sandy victim they met while they voluntered.
Resident receiving homemade cookies from volunteers.

Resident receiving homemade cookies from volunteers.

There were tears of joy when this Brick resident received her gift. She later explained the group of volunteers that came by on this day was among the few charitable organizations that made promises and fulfilled them. Also rather surprisingly she said she wasn’t looking for money or handouts, just help. It goes to show in the words of one of the more celebrated Beatles songs, “Money can’t buy me love.”
Water reached 4ft from ground floor.

Water reached 4ft from ground floor.

Water reached 4ft inside this house, but according to the owner. The owner explained that the insurance company recorded 7 inches. She later discovered that this would eliminate the necessity for the insurance company to pay for the removal and replacement of in-wall electrical wiring as the sockets would be above the recorded waterline.
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21st Century Digital Meets Rabbi Shmuel

I recently met Rabbi Shmuel Wilhelm at a business networking function; a young man seemingly driven strongly by his cause to help young people with disabilities. Shmuel explained that he trained to be a Rabbi and later realized he wanted to immerse himself in a cause, (Expo Friendship) to help young people and their families enjoy the things in life that many of us unwittingly take for granted. Rabbi Shmuel struck me as very single minded with regard to his cause and wouldn’t be distracted by life’s trivia; so much so that I was inspired to reach out to him and ask to learn more about him, this program that he is promoting, and also the Jewish community to which he belongs. Check out Expo Friendship, a place to learn and discover about physical and mental disabilities and special needs.
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