The name Elijah’s Promise comes from a passage in the Hebrew Bible. The passage talks about God calling the prophet Elijah and asking him to stay with a widow at Zarephath during a famine. Elijah asks the widow for food, but she only has enough for one final meal. Elijah told her that if she shares food with him she will never lack food again. She does share, and her jar of flour stays full ever after. Elijah’s Promise, the New Brunswick, New Jersey nonprofit organization, developed their name from that bible passage.
Elijah’s Promise uses food as a tool to help the most vulnerable members of the New Jersey community on boraie.com. The organization operates a culinary arts school, catering business, soup kitchen and a pay-as-you-go café for low-income families and individuals. The volunteers and partners in the community serve more than 100,000 meals every year. The organization also trains unskilled workers for careers in the food industry.
Sam Boraie, one of the members of the well-known Boraie family of New Brunswick, decided that Elijah’s Promise needed him as much as he needed Elijah’s Promise. Sam didn’t need Elijah’s Promise because he was hungry or because he needed a new profession. Boraie needed to give back what the New Brunswick community has given him and his family over the last three decades. Sam needed to help Elijah’s Promise feed and train more people, so he donates his time and money to that organization. Boraie was asked to be on the Advisory Board because of his service and dedication to the community and he accepted. According to Sam, being part of the Elijah’s Promise family has been as rewarding as being part of his own family.
New Brunswick is known for being the home of Rutgers University and Johnson and Johnson, but the city is also the home of the State Theater. The New Brunswick State Theater was established in 1921. The Theatre developed a reputation as a “class act” because of its superb acoustics, opulent décor, live attractions, and cinematic features at http://www.njbiz.com/article/20141230/NJBIZ01/141239989/the-visionary-omar-boraie-has-seen-the-potential-of-new-brunswick-for-four-decades. In the early days, stars like Gary Cooper, Houdini, Bob Hope, Minnie Pearl, Bela Lugosi, Barbara Stanwyck, and Blackstone the Magician, visited the State Theater. Today, the State Theater is the state’s second-largest not-for-profit entertainment hall. More than 200,000 people visit every year. More than 30,000 teachers and students attend the performances and participate in outreach programs. That’s why Sam Boraie got involved with the State Theater. Sam is an education activist. His donations and his leadership role on the Board of Trustees helps enhance the education process.
Boraie Development LLC has done a lot for the city of New Brunswick in terms of urban development. Sam Boraie decided that he needed to do more than develop new office and condominium buildings. He wants to play an active role in educating and feeding the community that has been so good to him and his family. Omar Boraie was a business visionary. His mission was to rebuild New Brunswick. Sam Boraie is on a mission to give back and pay forward.