By COLlive reporter
Eli Nash, owner of JEG and Sons, a leading technology distributor of IT and electronics products, is one of the backers of an online drive to reopen the Jewish Community Watch against abuse in frum communities.
Nash, a resident of Miami Beach, has recently gone public in a preview for an upcoming short film about the abuse he was subject to from age 8.
“There were times where I so desperately wanted to stand up and speak out, yet my voice would not comply,” he writes in a public letter. “It seemed the only time I did muster the strength to speak up was when I flew into a rage. I was unable to assert myself appropriately; I vacillated between overly passive and overly aggressive; the middle ground eluded me.”
He, along with two other donors, are encouraging the public to donate to Jewish Community Watch’s relaunch efforts by offering to match contributions made over the next 24 hours.
In the past 24 hours, the campaign reached the goal of $100,000, and they have now raised the goal to $150,000, with the assistance of a fourth donor.
Jewish Community Watch closed down earlier this year amid widespread both support and criticism. Its founder Meyer Seewald said it was due to a lack of funding.
It recently announced it’s relaunching with expanded activities and said it would be most transparent. The names of its “board of advisers” were made public, but not the small committee who decides which names should be listed on its controversial “Wall of Shame” of alleged abusers.
Nash wrote that the organization “has helped me tremendously. I am vocal about that and intend to continue to be.” He said that was in addition to “years of therapy, learning and optimizing techniques to overcome my struggle.”
The public can donate to the organization until Thursday 5:00 pm EST and see their donation quadrupled charidy.com/jcw