Little Secret Big Dreams is the real-life story of Moe Vela’s upbringing in a Hispanic, Catholic home in deep south Texas as the son of a pioneer family. Moe’s story is that of perseverance and survival when everything you know and love tells you that who you are is wrong. Join Moe on his journey as he comes to own his “little secret,” and launch himself on a journey to become the first Hispanic American and first Gay American to serve two senior executive roles in the White House. From growing up and learning to love and accept his little secret, the author takes us on a historic journey to influence major public policy, get inside the top circles of government, and to live the American dream. We get an insider’s perspective of life inside the White House, on the campaign trail and in the lives of some of our nation’s greatest leaders. Little Secret Big Dreams provides readers with a unique and personal perspective into American history and motivates us all to live our truth, celebrate our own worth, love without limitation and laugh as often and loudly as possible.
Friends and Neighbors:
It was an honor to represent the Jewish Community Council of West Rogers Park at the White House annual Chanukah reception. My wife, Elisheva, and I received a call and invitation with just days advance notice and made quick arrangements to travel to Washington DC.
The special guest at this year’s reception was Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin. This 15-minute video of President Obama, President Rivlin, and the candle-lighting ceremony captures some of the excitement (although the Maccabeats performance was not included).
I also attended the Jewish Community Policy Briefing on a variety of topics with representatives from the State Department and National Security Council earlier in the day.
During my brief interaction with President and First Lady Obama, we discussed West Rogers Park and he shared fond memories of our neighborhood and encouraged our leaders to “keep up the good work”. Joined at the White House by Rabbi Leonard Matanky, our neighborhood was well represented!
Scott "Shalom" Klein
Jewish Community Council of West Rogers Park