Have you ever been separated from a family member at war? Have they ever had to pay the ultimate sacrifice for protecting one’s nation? Were they ever reunited with the family or has their memory been unknown for so long? It is very unfortunate that many people have to struggle with the idea that their loved ones are not properly buried. They may have gone missing or been buried in an improper manner. That is why CEO Shalom Lamm, does his best to reunite such families. Operation Benjamin, which Shalom Lamm, is CEO of, has developed a team of people all over the world to help reunite families with lost soldiers from World War II. As seen on Crunchbase, Lamm has articulated his commitment to these Jewish families and will continue supporting them for as long as he can.
These Jewish fighters gave up their life to serve the greater causes, and unfortunately never returned home, even after death. It’s because of people like Lamm that families can see their loved ones buried under the correct Star of David. During World War II, there were millions of casualties. Given the lack of technology at the time, it makes it very difficult to track down such individuals, especially if they perished and weren’t properly buried. Under Jewish culture, it is critical that they revive a proper burial for the individual to be able to live on. Lamm, heads the non-profit organization, in returning such individuals home and restoring them to peace.
Lamm has given his heart and soul to people all over the world. Back in the 1990s, he donated canned goods to Jewish communities in Ukraine. He also founded a mercury volunteer EMT service in Brooklyn, New York called then Hatzolah Medical Rescue. There are so many good works have has contributed to society, and so many are unaware of it. His team, which he has carefully chosen, developers only the best results when they are pursuing a family reunion and a reburial.
The way Operation Benjamin works is by first establishing Jewish identity. The soldier can come from anywhere in the world, as long as they are confirmed Jewish. This takes months of research and the government needs reliable documents in order to successfully move to step two. In most cases. Lamm’s team has to be in constant contact with family members in search of artifacts, photographs, and even signed papers. The age of death with these soldiers is usually quite young. Their limited times makes it an even greater challenge to ensure their Jewish identity. After there is confirmation, Operation Benjamin can release this evidence to the U.S. Government. This package has to include substantial identification as well as the current location of the person’s burial.
Next, the Government approves this change of burial and reduces all costs for changing the grave marker. According to Lamm, these changes usually occur in mid-spring or early fall. Lastly, the Graveside Marker is changed, and the ceremony can be held. Due to COVID-19, it’s difficult to schedule a time for such a ceremony. However, once the pandemic is over, people can participate in the burial. In addition, the Operation Benjamin website includes several video ceremonies that were conducted prior to the pandemic.
Overall, such an operation takes deduction beyond measure. That is all the more reason that Shalom Lamm picked such a skilled team to work with. Being a CEO is a tough role for anyone, let alone for a non-profit. However, it can display the humble and kind nature of Shalom Lamm and how his mentorship has gotten him so far. Organizations all over the world look up the team at Operation Benjamin. It is in no way an easy task and they have to maintain the relationship with these families for several years. That is all the more reason Lamm’s severe knowledge in entrepreneurship has made him so adaptable for the role as CEO. For more about Shalom Lamm, please visit his About.Me.