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Yaakov (Drybones) Kirschen | |
"I was working on a cartoon when I got a call informing me about the passing of a close friend of mine. His name was Newt Becker. The public doesn't know his name, but it should. Newt was an innovative educator, a philanthropist, an inventor, a strategist, and my friend.
Unlike others, he didn't want his name immortalized, and avoided having his picture taken with "important people". Newt invested in medical advances, backed cutting edge alternate energies, and helped people who needed his help.
10 January 2012 - Herzlia Pituah, Israel

Roz Rothstein |
I find it hard to believe that the world has lost Newt Becker.

I spent a lot of time with Newt during these last ten years--in person, at meetings, and on the phone. Our phone calls would last two hours or more.

Newt was not only a giant in thinking in terms of the big picture. He was also a giant in the history of StandWithUs. He was our first official donor. He brought us other donors and friends, like Rita and Steve Emerson, whom we would never have met if not for Newt. He didn’t just spend time with me and my husband Jerry. He also spent time with other members of our StandWithUs team, like our Israel office director, Michael Dickson, and Roberta Seid, PhD, our research director, among others.

Newt’s overarching dream was to systematize our work so that it would be easy to export and would reach wide audiences. He wanted to do that with all the groups he mentored and funded. He personally invented the idea for Stand4Facts, a one-stop website that is a data base of profiles of all anti-Israel groups and speakers. This was a brilliant way to create a tool that was easy to use and gave students, community leaders, and faculty the information they needed t familiarize themselves with and challenge the detractors’ particular brand of argument and misinformation. He funded our research department because he knew that there is an urgent need for ongoing research as new anti-Israel campaigns, rhetoric, and detractors arise. He helped incubate and fund our work in Europe with his dear friend and our Board member Larry Hochberg, and our missions bringing European diplomats to Israel. He also helped fund our media training program in Israel. Jerry recalls how he would light up with excitement when he liked an idea and helped grow a new strategy for mass outreach and teaching. He had a unique ability to see and touch the future.

Newt sat on our Board of Directors from the founding of StandWithUs until he passed away. He diligently attended all meetings. I always made a point to ca in peace.
10 January 2012 - West Palm Beach Fl

Orrin Persky |
I would like you and your family to know that all of us here in Israel who knew and worked with Newton for so many years, were greatly saddened to hear of his passing. The funeral is today, and we find ourselves far away geographically. However, emotionally we are all tied to what is happening in California and would have been honored to be present.

I have known Newton for close to 25 years now and he stands out in my mind from all other individuals I have met as a larger-than-life personality. The foibles of mankind were somehow muted when it came to Newton Becker.

While many of us have analytic minds of varying strengths, Newton's keen ability was to bring his superior powers of analysis to decision based upon rational considerations only; emotion stayed out of the picture when Newton was making decisions. I need not tell you that this is unique and enviable. These powers gave Newton his strong leadership capability. Those of us working with him – and I speak also for Gil Ephrati, Eran Bareket, Professor Raymond Kaempfer and all the others on our various teams who had the privilege of knowing and working with Newton over the years – were continually impressed with Newton's unique capability and with the steadfastness of his guidance.

We will all miss Newton sorely; there will be a void that no one can fill and we will all have to try our best to make up for that loss.

I know from many discussions with Newton that it is not only our team and the entire IBEP family that will miss Newton, but the entire Jewish world will miss him and will remain in his debt. Newton's clear thinking and expertise in weighing the relative importance of matters, allowed him to bring his leadership to bear in many facets of the Jewish world. I am sure there are achievements that we will only hear about in years to come and I hope that those to whom he passes the torch for Jewish well-being will learn from his example and follow through the many important initiatives that Newton conceived and brought to fruition. Because Newton always brought his concepts to reality.

I join my colleagues in conveying to you and the entire family our heartfelt condolences on this very sad occasion. We hope and pray that his memory will be blessed and that his achievements will stand for eternity.

Sincerely yours,



Orrin Persky

5 January 2012 - Jerusalem, Israel

Yitz Dekel |
I am only 9 years younger than our passing friend and Leader "Newt" z"l, yet for me he stood out as a Jewish community Patriarch and inspiring "elder" statesman to consult and look up to. I had the very distinct pleasure and privilege to know "Newt" z"l since arriving in L.A. with my family from Baltimore over 34 years ago, to work with the Jewish Fed. Council & other Jewish organizations. I met Newt and consulted him about a dozen times over the years. He always called back and found time to see me on any matter concerning Israel's predicaments and needs, within all the Jewish-Israeli organizations that I was involved with. Newt was a calm, sober and pragmatic adviser and a powerful Fundraiser, always helpful, and responsive when asked for advise or support. Over the years I always enjoyed his pragmatic and inspiring advice and input. A tireless defender of Israel Newt's z"l departure leaves a big void in the heart and pro-activities of the Jewish-Israeli communities in Los Angeles and America. His inspiring wisdom, support, and warm, embracing smile, will stay with us for ever. I miss already the calming thought that you could always "Call Newt Becker" when needing support or advice. "Shalom Chaver" and rest in peace... (Yitz Dekel).
5 January 2012 - West Hills, California

Howard Waldow |
Sonya and I felt so privileged to have known Newt Becker. He is one of the most important men I have ever known. I know he changed the face of pro-Israel and pro free-world philanthropy forever. His influence in this world was immeasurable. He is one man I can say, without overstatement, played a significant role in the survival of Israel and the free world. His legacy is that great. His creativity, strength and insight were unequaled. I have never known a man who has given so much and created so much value out of what he has given. But it is the twinkle in his eye and the sweetness in his handsome face that will stay in our hearts forever.
5 January 2012 - Beverly Hills

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