How lucky were several us from Pittsburgh to be in Israel this past week to mourn with the country for her fallen on Yom HaZikaron (Israel’s Memorial Day) and then to celebrate Israel’s 75th Independence Day on Yom Ha’atzmaut! We experienced the highs and the lows of emotion in a 48-hour period. We marked Yom HaZikaron by attending a ceremony conducted by MASA, the arm of the Jewish Agency for Israel that brings thousands of young people from around the world to Israel on long term programs. To illustrate the reach of this program, we struck up a conversation with Jewish young adults sitting right behind us from Australia and New Zealand.
Literally, at the same exact time as this ceremony, a plane landed at Ben Gurion Airport with 85 new Olim (immigrants) from Russia. A colleague from the Jewish Agency was there at the airport greeting these newcomers and posted pictures and videos on his Facebook account that made me proud.
These were two moments in Israel, in two different places, at the same exact time where our support made a huge difference. It’s a snapshot of the incredible global work we do…together. Thank you!
Shabbat Shalom and Happy 75th to Israel.
Hope to see you all on Sunday for the Federation’s Yom Ha’atzmaut: Run/Walk/Roll for Israel at 75 in Schenley Park (rain or shine). Even if you haven’t registered, you can join us!