Jewish National Fund

Martin Gen 1926-2017

It is with great sadness that we memorialize a most beloved person, Martin Gen, while raising much needed funds for Jewish National Fund.

Martin Gen was born in Newark in 1926, the middle son of Max and Gussie Gen. Marty enlisted in the US Navy at the age of sixteen and landed on Utah Beach on D-Day for which he was awarded the Purple Heart. He served on the USS Midway as a radio operator before being honorably discharged. He attended Syracuse & Pace University and then returned to New Jersey and married Sara Tobin. They lived in Elizabeth before moving to Cranford where they had two children.

Marty started MERLIN, a fabric dyeing company in North Bergen. After selling the company, he began a private investigation firm until he retired. A life long supporter of the state of Israel, Marty and Sara owned a home in Tel Aviv where they spent their winters for 40 years. Marty made friends everywhere he went. He spoke at length with every waiter, postal worker and bank teller and brought cold drinks to the garbage men on his street. He was an avid dog-lover, always carrying treats in his pockets for the neighborhoods dogs and his own. He donated to numerous charities and was always ready with a joke or two.

Marty lived for his family, opening his home to his children's friends and giving them everything he could. He was a devoted grandfather who wrote a letter every day to anyone away at summer camp. He took his grandchildren on train rides and never missed a school play or graduation. Martin Gen is survived by his wife of 67 years, Sara, his children, Gilda, Sam and Marietta, his grandchildren, Rachel and Dean, Jordana, Aaron and his great-grandson, Jake.

We are raising funds to help ensure that the important work of JNF continues – an effort that is a fitting and lasting tribute to Marty. We greatly appreciate your support.

Jewish National Fund began as a dream in 1901 to reestablish a homeland in Israel for Jewish people everywhere.  In the years since, JNF has made the dream a reality by greening the desert with millions of trees, building thousands of parks, creating new communities and cities for generations of Israelis to call home, bolstering Israel’s water supply, helping develop innovative arid-agriculture techniques, and educating both young and old about the founding and importance of Israel and Zionism.

Please help reach our goal and remember a wonderful person.

Thank you!