As a true Brooklyn Nets fan, Simon Garber enjoys attending the team’s games throughout the season. For the past three seasons, the Nets and attendees like Simon Garber have been honoring military personnel and first responders during games in a program called Brooklyn Nets Heroes. Recent honorees include:
Carolyn Petschler, a petty officer, who served as a cryptologic communications operator. She has logged more than 1,300 mission flight hours. Achieving the rank of colonel, Rob Barnes served in the U.S. Army for more than 26 years. He was deployed in Operation Desert Shield and Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom. Andrew Moreno, a staff sergeant, has been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan during his service in U.S. Army. He continues work today as a recruiter. Eric Cave, a Brooklyn native, is a retired sergeant. During his 27-year career in the military, he was deployed on three separate combat tours.
Simon Garber has served as the president of Yellow Cab SLSJET Management for more than 12 years. When he is not managing the company, Simon Garber enjoys supporting New York sports teams like the Brooklyn Nets.
After a 35-year absence, the Nets basketball franchise returned to New York City, transitioning from the New Jersey Nets to the Brooklyn Nets. Over the course of the team’s first three seasons in New York, the Nets have made three consecutive playoff appearances. In 2014, the Nets, led by off-season acquisitions Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, won the franchise’s first post-season series in seven years.
Seeded sixth in the Eastern Conference, the Brooklyn Nets opened their post-season campaign against the third-seeded Toronto Raptors. Despite holding home court advantage, the Raptors dropped Game 1 by a score of 94-87. Subsequently prevailing 100-95 at home in Game 2, Toronto lost Game 3 in Brooklyn by just four points and faced the risk of falling behind in the series 3-1, a deficit only eight NBA teams have ever overcome to win the conference title.
The Raptors responded in Game 4, posting an 87-79 road victory to reclaim home court advantage, and returned to Canada with enough momentum for a close 115-113 win in Game 5. Suddenly facing elimination, the Nets came up with the most comfortable victory of the series, achieving a 97-83 win in Game 6. Brooklyn relied heavily on its veterans during Game 7, including a series-winning block by Pierce that ensured a 104-103 triumph.
Jewish Life’s Day Camp
Previously the president of Manhattan Taxi Maintenance, Simon Garber currently oversees more than 250 New York City yellow cab medallions as the president of Yellow Cab SLSJET Management Corp. Simon “Symon” Garber also supports the Center for Jewish Life.
Located in Marlboro, New Jersey, the Center for Jewish Life reaches Jewish communities in Ocean, Middlesex, and Monmouth Counties. Dedicated to raising awareness of the community’s values and helping members connect with each other, the center offers synagogue services every Friday evening and Saturday morning, the latter of which also includes a sit-down Shabbos Kiddush. Additionally, the center provides a full range of programs, from senior center visits and bar and bat mitzvah lessons to the Chaya Esther Hebrew School and the Marlboro Jewish Day Camp.
Open each summer from the end of June through the end of August, the Marlboro Jewish Day Camp is committed to giving campers a fun, engaging, and innovative experience under the guidance and leadership of trained staff members. With daily swim activities and weekly Challah baking, among other activities like sports and ballroom dancing, the camp helps children understand the traditions and meanings of the Jewish faith. Peanut and tree nut free, the Marlboro Jewish Day Camp caters a Kosher lunch every weekday for no extra cost.
Since 2003, Simon Garber has served as president of Yellow Cab SLSJet Management Corp., a taxi company based on Long Island, New York. In his free time, Symon Garber enjoys playing polo and attending Brooklyn’s Barclays Center to cheer on his favorite NBA team, the Brooklyn Nets.
The Brooklyn Nets have been busy off the basketball court during this holiday season giving back to those in need. As part of the Brooklyn Nets Assist program, the entire team recently participated in its annual Thanksgiving event, which took place November 23, 2015, at Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger, which is Brooklyn’s largest food pantry.
During the event, Nets players distributed turkey, stuffing, and other side dishes associated with Thanksgiving to help underserved Brooklyn families prepare a holiday meal at home. In addition to Bed-Stuy, the Nets organization presented the event in partnership with Key Food, an East Coast-based supermarket chain that donated all the Thanksgiving food items.