The history of the Jewish people is filled with joy and resilience. Our people have seen the rise and fall of great empires, and our resilience has grown despite the harsh rule of powers such as Egypt, Spain, and the Nazis. In the face of adversity, the Jewish people continue to thrive, share, and educate in both the religious and secular worlds. We are unified by something that transcends military power and wealth – Israel, a tangible symbol of and connection to our roots.
As Bnai Zion prepares to celebrate 110 years in service of the people of Israel, it continues to be a symbol of joy and testament to the resilience of the Jewish people. We serve as a bridge between the Jewish people and the land of Israel. We are the only organization pursuing capital projects for social impact causes that unite Israel supporters across the political and religious spectrum. As we approach our 110th anniversary, we celebrate and reflect on our impact on the people of Israel and look forward to continuing to have a long-term effect in the future.
The journey of the Jewish people touches many from all walks of life, all around the world. Bnai Zion does the same for the people of Israel. Our long-term commitment can be seen through our investments in capital projects such as a village for Holocaust survivors, a center for disabled veterans, and the Bezalel Academy. We invest in creating a positive social impact through a therapy center for at-risk youth, an education program for Ethiopian immigrants, and a new emergency room. We continue to unite supporters of Israel through projects such as the Library of Peace, an apartment building for people with disabilities, and Magen David Adom.
As the Executive Vice President of Bnai Zion and a daughter of a holocaust survivor, I have a special con- nection to Israel. Both of my parents served in the Israeli army, and they raised me and my siblings to re- spect Israel and celebrate its people and resiliency. Serving with Bnai Zion reminds me of my fond child- hood memories of visiting Israel and learning about its vibrant heritage, which is why I feel so connected and dedicated to this organization’s commitment.
I want to wish you a wonderful Chanukah. As we light the menorah, which gives warm illumination in our house, let us be reminded that as Jews we have been chosen to be the light to the nations on how to live. May our actions also stand front and center and be a guiding light to Jews and non- Jews alike.