Ben Federman, a 26-year-old N.Y.-based entrepreneur, has decided to share some of his self-made fortune to restore thousands of hours of video and audio recordings of the Rebbe.
The grant will be used to preserve and restore footage of the Rebbe and release to the public hours of historic videos recorded at 770.
Federman said he wants everyone to have the opportunity to actually see the Rebbe’s love of all people, remarking also that he considers it a “solid investment” with a return right away and in the future.
The very generous donation (COLlive was asked not to disclose) will help cover the effort’s $4 million cost and will dedicate the Federman video collection.
Federman launched the website 1saleaday.com two years ago, which has experienced rapid growth, expanding into four other sub-sites.
This success enabled him to make this donation, which will honor the memory of his father, Yitzchok Leib Federman, who passed away when he was just a young boy, and the merit of his mother, Chedva.
The donation follows several government grants, including one from the National Endowment for the Humanities, benefitting the Living Archive and JEM.
JEM’s archive includes recordings of the Rebbe’s public addresses, community events, and footage of hundreds of thousands of people meeting the Rebbe during the distribution of ‘Sunday dollars’ in his later years.