Monday, October 15th | 6 Heshvan 5779

Subscribe
February 14, 2018 1:33 pm

Rivlin, JDC Leaders Gather to Mark Israel’s 70th Anniversary

avatar by JNS.org

Email a copy of "Rivlin, JDC Leaders Gather to Mark Israel’s 70th Anniversary" to a friend

President Reuven Rivlin with JDC President Stanley Rabin. Photo: GPO/Mark Neiman.

JNS.org – More than 100 Jewish community leaders with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, a humanitarian group working in more than 70 countries, met with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin at his residence in Jerusalem to mark the 70th anniversary of the State of Israel and to recognize the organization’s contribution to the Jewish state.

“We are honored to join President Rivlin and celebrate seven decades of Israeli independence and the hundred-plus-year commitment of JDC, and diaspora Jews, to empower Israel’s most vulnerable and provide opportunity for those on the margins of Israeli society,” said JDC President Stanley Rabin, a prominent Jewish leader and philanthropist from Dallas, and JDC CEO David Schizer.

“Through these efforts—empowering Jews and Arabs, seniors and youth, the poor and new immigrants—we are proud to strengthen Israel and ensure a bright future for all its citizens.”

At the meeting, the JDC presented Rivlin with a recently discovered JDC archival document, a 1920 letter from a cousin of the president’s father, Rabbi Moshe Rivlin, requesting JDC assistance for matzah and food for needy Jerusalem Jews at Passover.

Related coverage

October 14, 2018 11:02 am
0

With Goal of Thwarting Hezbollah Attacks, Israel Completes Building of New Wall on Part of Lebanon Border

The Israeli Defense Ministry recently completed the construction of a nine-meter high concrete wall -- topped by steel fencing --...

“This year Israel is marking 70 years of independence, but the [JDC] has been standing behind Israel for even longer,” said Rivlin. “For more than 100 years, since World War I, you have been a safety net for our people.”

He added that “your dedication and commitment show that the connection between the state of Israel and the Jewish communities around the world is deep, important, and cannot be broken.”

In Israel, the JDC develops social services in conjunction with the Israeli government, local authorities, nonprofits, and other partners for the benefit of Israel’s most vulnerable populations: children at risk, the elderly, the unemployed, and people with disabilities.

Share this Story: Share On Facebook Share On Twitter Email This Article

Let your voice be heard!

Join the Algemeiner

Algemeiner.com