Company Overview:
AMEN is a non-profit organization registered in Israel, which has a parallel registration in California “Friends of AMEN” to enable deduction of US contributions; schedule 501c will be obtained as soon as I can travel to the US to finish the paperwork.
I have created AMEN with 6 more social activists and membership is available already, but its benefits will be soon, after suitable premises are secured. to counter the effect of financial handicaps and prevent suicides/divorces caused by destitution; (read less)
AMEN is a non-profit organization registered in Israel, which has a parallel registration in California “Friends of AMEN” to enable deduction of US contributions; schedule 501c will be obtained as soon as I can travel to the US to finish the paperwork.
I have created AMEN with 6 more social activists and membership is available already, but its benefits will be soon, after suitable premises are secured. to counter the effect of financial handicaps and prevent suicides/divorces caused by destitut… (read more)
Say AME”N to our prayer…and help us say AME”N
to your prayers too.

for the last 20 years we were known as The Worldwide Community Switchboard.

Our new name means:


And our basic goals remain:

To create employment in Israel, by promoting Aliya and preventing Yerida.

To prevent suicide and divorce caused by lack of employment, credit and business financing.

To promote Jewish Unity through Art and Science in a Torah setting.

And our way to accomplish them is:

1) To gather and nurture an online community to run a communal center providing information, networking skills, moral and concrete support in Jerusalem, accessible 24 hours a day by phone, modem or personally to anybody looking for help or understanding and connections to find friends, hospitality or employment .

2) To create and operate an Alternative Investment Market (Small Exchange) for Financially Handicapped and potential partners/investors.

3) To create fulfilling employment by producing and distributing Torah, Art and Science content in print and electronic publication, production, broadcasting, etc… by employing volunteer and salaried personnel.

4) To enable the Financially Handicapped to upgrade, document and certify experiential education through scholarships for joint programs with Academic Institutions in Israel and abroad,.

5) To overcome communication handicaps and other disabilities.

6) To provide loans, grants, sponsorships and work space for Olim, to form socially responsible egalitarian communities.

7) To form, establish, document and present its own viewpoint, opinion and advice, or that of its members and the public, to planning, legislative or executive authorities, about progress in communication.

8) To provide family counseling and divorce-preventive mediation.

9) To run a Crisis Center for prevention of suicide and family violence.

10) To negotiate with Authorities the prevention or elimination of deadlocks/bottlenecks which prevent earning a honorable livelihood.

11) To stop discrimination against Asperger’s Syndrome bearers.

12) To normalize the fiscal position of the Financially Handicapped through volunteer lawyers, accountants, economists etc…

13) To establish social research prototype shelters for beginning and/or distressed businesses

14) To participate in Fairs and Trade Events worldwide, sponsoring travel for the business, learning and self-advancement purposes of needy individuals by forming a travel co-op for reduced fares, and seeking executive envoy or courier assignments, to replace expenses with income.

15) To lend computers, vehicles and working tools, etc… to ease the return to the mainstream of the Financially Handicapped.

16) To provide space and infrastructure for direct/indirect employment of the Financially Handicapped in human and educational resources.

17) To negotiate/consolidate bad debt into productive investment, and promote grassroot level legislation of a moratorium on the execution sentences and incarceration of poor debtors during financial rehabilitation.

18) To assist the Financially Handicapped in marketing goods and services through urban and rural cooperatives and associations.

19) To document for Social and Economic Science, the rehabilitation of Financially Handicapped independent scholars.

20) To publish in printed and electronic media, content and advertising enabling poor independent scholars to publish their work, aspiring or unemployed media professionals to prove and sell their talent.

21) To acquire, intermediate, advertise, convey, rent, lease, insure, maintain, let, sell physical or intellectual property, including Real Estate, tools, vehicles, travel, equipment, talent, time for broadcast, cablecast, satellite, fiber optic, and any communication lines, services and media.

22) To provide goods, services and/or intellectual property, free of charge or for fees, accept, borrow and lend monies, impose membership dues and collect them, invest monies and assets, on its behalf and on the behalf of its members and the general public, free of charge or for fees, and in general engage in any legitimate transactions to further the Organization�s goals.

23) To promote equal opportunity in credit, infrastructure and communications for disadvantaged entrepreneurs, by translating laws, to seek objective enforcement of debtor’s rights and prevent abuse by banks and other institutions. (I.E.: Illegal seizure of tools and equipment by Police, Execution Office for the non-payment of imaginary taxes).

24) To operate a WWW Site for the gathering and distribution of information helpful to achieve equal opportunity, and bypass language hurdles in the production and diffusion of proposals, resumes and business or creative communications, providing timely media placement and acting as a public relations.

25) To study and promote legislation barring economic harassment of the disadvantaged sectors, such as the abusive restriction on traveling abroad, which can last years over small debts and prevent earning a living.

26) To sponsor legal proceedings and class-action suits on behalf of the Financially Handicapped to restore their productive ability, credit, and good name re-establishing themselves on a sound financial/fiscal basis.

27) To make affordable for the poor the auditing of their bank accounts and prove, when such is the case, wrongful treatment and discrimination by banks which damaged their credit. The government should be doing this but it fails to do so, and private accounting firms charge thousands of dollars in advance, far out of reach for the Financially handicapped who for a 50 dollar late payment lose their credit rating for many years while compound interest raises their debt quickly to four digits, makes life impossible for victims of economic terrorism and destroys their family.

28) To trade locally and internationally and provide startup firms meeting its criteria with an affordable and cost-effective alternative source of materials, products, services and financing.

29) To provide counseling and mediation for needy individuals or firms challenging abuse and discrimination by public or private institutions.

30) To develop, document and promote new business concepts, systems and models providing administrative support for startup firms.

31) To seek, gather and provide financial guarantees for needy entrepreneurs and victims of travel restrictions.

32) To create and operate cooperative ventures and premises in industrial zones where unemployed technical and intellectual professionals and artists can socialize and practice their talents.


but we are sure that you realize that in the meantime


I am an inventor who among other things showed the world’s first Internet Cafe in SF in 1976 at Tom Marioni’s Museum of Conceptual Art (my name was then Luciano Piscino) and have researched Functioning Social Environments ever since ten years before that; Google will tell you enough about me in the meantime.

When I still lived in SF, I co-directed the House of Love and Prayer in the Sunset; from Neuromancer to Xanadu, McLuhan, the Bay Area Microcomputer Club, Star Trek 1 and all that came after, I have breathed and lived the web from the beginning, but I always was too ahead of the times to find financing for my ideas.

The main one is a combination High Resolution Holografic Communicator (the camera is part of the display using laser and non-linear optics – I invented it in ’76 but only now the
technology exists to actually make it, and especially the TeraHz range which can provide the necessary bandwidth; at the time I meant it for Fiber Optics but now it can be Blackberry-sized and nanoTech exists to make the Lithium Niobate – Zircon innards); I have also developed a system of post-traumatic physiotherapy called Ballastics, patented and approved by Wingate Institute, and hundreds of other things never developed for lack of resources, but my point in telling you this is that there are so many people like me, and I already know hundreds of them who are still waiting for their chance to create wealth and contribute to society by giving instead of taking.

I am a social entrepreneur, artist and activist whose first priority is to keep the shoes of my Rebbe, Reb Shlomo Carlebach ZTz”L, walking the little bit that I can, despite
filling maybe one percent, which is still better than nothing; the purpose of my non-profit organization, AMEN, Association to Empower the Needy,<> is to prevent the preventable suicides (often of couples) and divorces caused by insolvency, and IMHO the groundwork should be laid now in the US where the last depression caused plenty of them, and the statistics of the (avoidable) next one may beat it if we don’t wake up from the illusion that communism is dead instead of just taking a nap and getting ready to pounce.

I have created a business germinator in Jerusalem, and the concept is so new here for people with spreadsheet shaped minds that I haven’t found anywhere the seed money to put about a hundred talented but otherwise unemployed people back on their feet by giving them a chance to innovate even if they do not have the resources to produce prior due diligence, which can hovever come only as a result of doing the work they know only to well how to do.

Eventually the collective enterprise environment will create a few millionaires and the total equity held by those who finance its startup be worth even hundredfold the initial investment; my personal offer is identical: a put option for one year 45% of “Lightwave Communication Services, Ltd.” at $5.000 a percentage point. A sufficient tax deductible donation to AMEN can also work out, of course.

I want to create individual supervised microbusinesses, contracting the infrastructure, which in bulk is a lot cheaper, to AMEN, and once they have reached the strenght to go on alone or in ad hoc coops, do so, but in the meantime: to rent a room in an office building here it costs at least $2.50 a square foot if it’s not
downtown, but you need sound credit, bank guarantees and one year of rent in advance, and if you have debts you cannot possess a computer, vehicle or what have you because the bailiffs, who are the number one cause of
family breakups here, come and take it away, so it’s already 20 years that I LEND recycled computers and tools to people since not being theirs they cannot be confiscated.

I found in a top location an industrial loft of about 10.000 square feet at 60 cents a sqf. ( have you ever heard of Bill Shapiro’s Mart in ’76 on Market St. between 6th and 7th St.? – he rented the former Kress Bldg and sublet
affordable stalls to hundreds of microbusinesses – my ex-wife had the “Catskill Susie boutique there ) including taxes and utilities where I want to put the following

50 equipped minioffices

10 bigger ones for management and laboratories

electronic, photo, computer, etc…

a (natural foods Italian gourmet ) restaurant where besides regular customers all the people who work at or belong to AMEN can have their meals too; many of those I work with would rather starve than be seen and/or humiliated at soup kitchens, and if instead they can buy
their meals on credit the main dish is restoration of their self esteem; beyond that, an inner alternative economy allows them to trade in their own intellectual product and
skills as well, besides documenting and publicizing them affordably.

professional printing facilities to produce also a street vended newspaper which gives besides income, exposure to the intellectual product and ability of the artists who produce it, sell it or both.

a TV studio to create content for US Cable networks’ Jewish channels in Art, Science and Torah; this means also lab to build sets, etc…and to broadcast live events from the 7.500 sqf. main hall downstairs, such as conferences, exhibitions and weddings. There are 21 other wedding halls in the area which can also be easily wired to the studio, and two theatres in the same building, which is
next to the Israeli TV Channel 2 premises and other content producers.

I intend to tap the large pool of available talented personnel I am in contact with, people who might not look like the typical employable folk, but whom I know how to train, motivate and obtain results from; granted, my
methods and even persona are unorthodox, but so are and have been most successful innovators, that is, if they have had access to the required resources. The Orthodox (Jew) part of my persona is now more accepted in the
business world than it was when I made Aliyah, but in the meantime age and lack of formal education have replaced it as reasons to never obtain a job and earn a decent livelihood, although the main reason is that I am just not
made to be someone’s employee, my ego is to big to get me even past the secretary…
Eventually this will become a full time Satellite channel and sell ads too; when I produced my TV show in Toronto and it was broadcast it on CHCH the ad revenue was almost 5 times production cost and in ’67 we were the first to experiment with infomercials; nearby production houses are now upgrading to HD and they will have a lot of surplus equipment, including a functioning but no longer in use 15′ uplink satellite dish, and if I have the building in time they are prepared to donate it all to AMEN.

It will take US$150.000.00 to rent and set up the premises, and the participants will be given a line of credit of $1.000.00 a month each, which will go a much longer way by cooperative business interaction; their overhead costs would be at least twice that figure without the collective framework, and at the end of one year of activity they can either sell their share of their own business for what it will be agreed upon at the beginning of activity, or buy back their outstanding shares, that is the ones that are not assigned according to the initial plan (10% are endowed to AMEN in perpetuity)45% secure the seed loan and 45% are owned by the individual company’s founder.

I will welcome your feedback, and will appreciate an opportunity to discuss my proposal’s details with you or whomever you may wish to initially delegate; if you are or have someone in Israel who can contact me it can all be even more immediate.

I will welcome you with joy when you are in the Holy Land and in the meantime appreciate your suggestions; even more so if you will connect me with a sufficiently creative source of seed capital to get this project into motion.

Happy IsruHag and all the best,

Eliahu Gal-Or

AMEN, Association to Empower the Needy
Lightwave Communication Services, Ltd.
Lightwave International Mediation & Investments, Ltd. Israeli RE Lic.12.597

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