Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Quotes on Israel and The Jewish People

The State of Israel is constantly in the news, and as CEO of 5WPR would love to see more positive information and quotes about Israel.  Some quotes about the importance of Israel to the Jewish people.

  • “One kingdom comes and another goes, but Israel abices for ever.” Baraitha
  • “Who prays in Jerusalem is as one praying before the Throne of Glory, for the Gate of Heaven is there.” Pirke Derabbi Eliezer
  • “If a land has a soul, then Jerusalem is the soul of the Land of Israel.” David Ben-Gurion
  • “I look at Jerusalem as being a beacon for the three monotheistic religions.” King Abdullah II
  • “Even during the time of Jerusalem’s stumbling, men of faith did not cease from [living] there.” Talmud: Shabbat 119b
  • “The Land of Israel is the House of God.” H. Ibn Attar
  • “The view of Jerusalem is the history of the world; it is more, it is the history of earth and of heaven.” Benjamin Disraeli
  • “Jerusalem is the very heart of the Jewish State.” David Ben-Gurion
  • “The world depends on Israel’s piety.” Isaac the Blind
  • “No city in the world, not even Athens and Rome, ever played as great a role in the life of a nation for so long a time, as Jerusalem has done in the life of the Jewish people.” David Ben-Gurion

Many people, like my friend Mark Birnbaum who visited Israel for the 1st time this year visit and are amazed at how great the country is.

Ronn Torossian is an entrepreneur.


Tuesday, January 22, 2013

It’s Uniquely Offensive for America to Intervene in the Israeli Democratic Process

With all of the talk about the unique Israel-America relationship, American interference in Israel’s democratic elections is indeed uniquely offensive. In this week’s upcoming election, and in many previous Israeli elections the American President has been active in attempting to help the left win in the only real Middle Eastern democracy. This is no way to treat one’s so-called “closest ally” – and America does not involve itself in this way in Russia or European or Asian countries.

No matter who is elected as the next Israeli Prime Minister, when elections are held this Tuesday, one can rest assured that Israel will remain the only country in the Middle East where the American flag isn’t burnt regularly.

With all of the talk about the unique Israel-America relationship, American interference in Israel’s democratic elections is indeed uniquely offensive. In this week’s upcoming election, and in many previous Israeli elections the American President has been active in attempting to help the left win in the only real Middle Eastern democracy. This is no way to treat one’s so-called “closest ally” – and America does not involve itself in this way in Russia or European or Asian countries.

No matter who is elected as the next Israeli Prime Minister, when elections are held this Tuesday, one can rest assured that Israel will remain the only country in the Middle East where the American flag isn’t burnt regularly.

An update on the most recent case in point:

  • Last week, a few days before the Israeli elections, President Barack Obama was quoted as saying “Israel doesn’t know what its own best interests are.” Obama reportedly commented that with “each new settlement announcement, Netanyahu is moving his country down a path toward near-total isolation.” The leak of this comment is clearly an attempt to get Israelis to vote for someone Obama would be ideologically closer to than Netanyahu – but I wonder if the heralded Start-up Nation needs Obama to tell its free citizens how to vote? Perhaps Obama should focus on the many countries in the Middle East which are hostile to the United States.

This isn’t the first time American intervention has occurred on the eve of Israeli elections:
  • In 1992, when Israeli Prime Minister Shamir refused to surrender to President George H.W. Bush’s demands that Israel stop building in Judea and Samaria, Bush withheld loan guarantees on the eve of Israeli elections. He then dispatched his Secretary of State James Baker to campaign for the Labor party. Indeed, Shamir lost the election and polls showed that the Israeli public was upset about the crisis between America and Israel and reacted accordingly. (The aftermath of this election brought Israel the Oslo peace process which has resulted in tens of thousands dead. Had America not intervened, perhaps the Middle East would be safer today.)
  • Four years later Bill Clinton did everything he could to aid then PM Shimon Peres in his bid to stay in power – including making a virtual joint campaign appearance. The President appeared with Peres in Israel and in the U.S. during the campaign and repeated Labor Party electoral slogans almost verbatim.
  • In the late 1990s, Ehud Barak was enlisted by President Bill Clinton to help bring down Netanyahu’s government. Clinton went so far as to pressure the coalition partners of Netanyahu’s Likud to bring down the government – and Clinton’s close aides and political strategists. James Carville, Stanley Greenberg and Robert Shrum ran Barak’s election campaign. (Barak is almost universally regarded in Israel as an awful Prime Minister. In late 2012 he announced his resignation from political life.)

American meddling in Israeli elections is offensive, and it must end. Politically, and from a public relations standpoint, Israel should remind America of the many benefits it brings to the table as an ally – and not just vice versa.

The great Prime Minister Begin once told an American ambassador that “we are not a banana republic” – and Israel continues to thrive and flourish.

Ronn Torossian is CEO of 5WPR and a passionate supporter of Israel.


Monday, January 21, 2013

Ron Hershco: Arts & Chabad Of Oceanside

A real estate developer, Ron Hershco who recently donated a building to be used by Chabad of Oceanside as he resides in Long Island with his family has also announced generous donation of 2590 Atlantic Avenue, a 19th century bank building in Brooklyn to the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation.  Rush is a prominent non-profit which helps youth develop their skills in arts and entertainment.

Hershco credits Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz for introducing him to the organization – and they plan to make the building “green” friendly.  They have created green walls, which are essentially growing walls that reduce energy usage.  The site is being created and maintained by the Horticultural Society of New York (HSNY).

Inside the building there will be professional gallery space, art classrooms, a student art gallery, and numerous art studios for local artists.  Ron Hershco has helped further develop Brooklyn.


Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Billionaire Stewart Rahr Gives $10 Million Dollar Donation To Make A Wish

Gregarious Billionaire Philanthropist Stewart Rahr made history last night with an 8 figure donation – $10 Million Dollars – in New York City Monday night to the Make-A-Wish® Organization. Make-A-Wish is one of the world’s leading children’s charities, serving children in every community in the United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and more than 25,000 volunteers, Make-A-Wish grants a wish somewhere in the country every 38 minutes. It has granted more than 226,000 wishes since its inception in 1980.

The donation was the largest individual donation the organization has ever received.

Rahr is listed as #298 on the Forbes 400 according to Forbes Magazine. Rahr sold his pharmaceutical distribution company for $1.3 billion and put aside $100 million to establish the Rahr Foundation.

He has given recent generous donations to the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University, the NYU School of Medicine, the Robin Hood Foundation, the Israel Cancer Research Foundation, Friends of the Israel Defense Forces, and the Celebrity Fight Night Foundation.

Rahr is one of the most generous wish-granting donors in Make-A-Wish history whose contributions stretch over the past 15 years,

“This changes everything. Over the past 15 years, Stewart has made a difference for countless children and families and created lifelong impact for them all. This gift is an opportunity to change the course of this organization’s future,” said Patricia Clemency, President and CEO of Make-A-Wish Metro New York and Western New York.

For more information, contact Ronn Torossian of 5WPR at 212-999-5585.


Monday, January 14, 2013

Are Jews Bad at PR? Camp Oorah Wouldn’t Agree

n  Article by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach ran world-wide asking why the Jews are so bad at PR – and he says many smart things in the column, including: “I believe that one of the Jewish community’s foremost priorities should be the establishment of an institute that selects great talent from a pool of students nationwide and trains them, over the course of a year and as part of a special scholarship, in the art of media and PR mastery. While promoting Jewish values and wisdom in the popular culture would be an integral part of the coursework, learning how to make Israel’s case methodically and effectively would be its first calling. In so doing we might just cultivate a new generation of young Jews that not only reverses Israel’s reputation but allows Judaism and the Jewish people to emerge as a light unto the nations.”

n  Of course, don’t tell the Camp Oorah people they are bad at PR – check out their very funny video of what Jews would do with a Million Dollars. Click Here to watch video. Donations to Kars4Kids benefit the Oorah charity.

n  And lastly, The Dubai Department of Tourism & Commerce has hired a PR firm to attract more tourism to the region.  One wonders how many more tourists it will bring.
Ronn Torossian is a Public Relations Executive.


Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Brilliant Public Relations – visit

Great crisis public relations move of purchasing carried out by The Emergency Committee for Israel, a pro-Israel organization whose leader is Bill Kristol of the Weekly Standard.  They bought the site – and can read on the site about Hagel’s many Anti-Israel positions.

They are also placing ads which they have has already produced television ads against his nomination.  So many things are wrong about this nominations – but as Harvard Law Professor and Pro-Israel Jew Alan Dershowitz said: “The Iranians are celebrating this appointment in Tehran, this was a great appointment for Tehran, and it’s a green light or at least a yellow light for them to pursue their nuclear program.”

Ronn Torossian is an entrepreneur and author.


Sunday, January 6, 2013

Camp Oorah To RAJE: So Much Great Torah!

From Camp Oorah to the Russian-American Jewish Experience, there are so many different organizations doing great work for the people of Israel.  Some great quotes on Torah to share & spread:

·       “For thousands of years, we have guarded the Torah, and for thousands of years, the Torah has guarded us.” David Ben-Gurion

·       “Where there is Torah it sustains the world.” Ovadia Yosef

·       “A man should always occupy himself with Torah and the commandments, even if not for their own sake, for even if he does them with an ulterior motive, he will eventually come to do them for their own sake.” Babylonian Talmud Pesachim 50b

·       “As water flows to the lowest level, so Torah finds its way to the lowly of spirit.” Hanina ben Iddi Talmud Taanit 7a

·       “The giving of Torah happened at one specific time, but the receiving of Torah happens all the time, in every generation.” Meir Alter the Gerer Rebbe

·       “The study of Torah is not simply a didactic act…It is a powerful experience involving the closeness of many generations, the joining of spirit to spirit and the connection of soul to soul.” Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik

·       “Engage in Torah and charity even with an ulterior motive, for that habit of right doing will lead also to right motivation.” Talmud Pesahim 50b

·       “The sun gives light by day, the Torah by day and night.” Asher b Saul Kol Bo

·       “Who fills his mind with Torah clears it of fear and folly.” Rabbi Chanina Sgan HaKohanim

Camp Oorah recently made news when Lipa had to cancel a show that he was supposed to perform at due to Hurricane Irene when he was stuck at Oorah.


Friday, January 4, 2013

Ronn Torossian-Known for holding matchless PR expertise!

Born in Brooklyn, in the year of 1974, Mr Ronn Torossian started his career with a movement and alongside kept trying his hands on various other things, which later on made him what he is today, a great entrepreneur.

Starting his career of entrepreneurship with 5WPR, Ronn has excelled in the field of PR and has handled the public relations of big names like Lil’ Kim and Ice Cube in Hollywood, government entities that include President of Serbia and Government of Israel, as well as top corporations like Coca Cola and McDonalds.

With his unique approach towards work, he has become one of the most prominent names in the PR world. He has also been ranked in PR Week’s “40 Under 40 list” as a prestigious member of Young President Organization (YPO), and also earned a place as the semi-finalist for ‘Ernst and Young Entrepreneur’ of the year.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Ronn Torossian can be trusted upon even in the darkest PR conditions!

Mr. Ronn Torossian is a name which is like a synonym to PR expertise. He reflects the new age methods of the industry and has worked with the best in the business, revealing his quality of being a class-apart PR agent.

Mr. Torossian started young and the first time he became a PR agent was for the then New York City Council Mr. Peter Vallone.

He has shown above the ordinary and has revealed his quality of being one of the best PR gurus in the country. So much that his company is right now one of the most sought after PR firms in the country, gaining its spot in the top 25 best Public relations firms in the vicinity. Mr. Torossian obviously aims to take the firm higher in the near future and has a strong belief that it can be done within a very small time frame.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Ronn Torossian – the man with a far seeking vision in the field of Public Relations

The approach that Ronn Torossian adopts in managing the public relations for his clients has earned him the reputation of being a brash and aggressive PR executive.

Often referred to as the ‘Bad-Boy’ of the PR world, Ronn’s success is looked as the meteoric rise in the business world today. In fact, Businessweek has stated,” Torossian has anointed himself the brash new face of PR ... loud, crass, buzz-obsessed and unvarnished discourse of the blogosphere.”

Ronn began his career as a PR executive by working with Peter Vallone, the then speaker of New York City Council, during his trip to Israel in the year 1998. He was also the media director for the Christian Coalition of America in the year 2002. In the year 2003, Ronn started his own PR firm under the name 5WPR that has emerged as one of the most successful firms in the United States of America.