Significant support for the B’nai Mitzvah Revolution comes from the Jon Shevell Youth Innovation and Training Fund, named for businessman Jon Shevell who passed away in 2008 at the age of 50. A native of New Jersey who lived in New York City for 25 years, Jon was a very giving person, known for his contagious sense of humor. Following his graduation from Tufts University and brief career playing professional basketball in Europe, Jon joined the business his father, Myron “Mike” Shevell started in 1977, New England Motor Freight (NEMF).
At NEMF, Jon served as vice chairman and executive vice president, responsible for NEMF’s major accounts. He was regarded as an industry leader in the areas of sales and marketing. Jon’s skill as a salesman helped grow the company across North America to include 10,000 pieces of equipment and 40 transit terminals. From drivers and dispatchers to logistics managers and fellow sales people, Jon was loved among his coworkers as a vibrant, devoted and caring man. Jon was deeply committed to many causes within the community, particularly his support for Jewish students at Rutgers University and the Ronald McDonald House Charities.