March 2013 / Nissan 5773
Passover arrives early this year, and in Israel it already feels like spring. The holiday, which commemorates our nation’s birth as a free people, is synonymous with family, tradition, and the (re)telling of history.
Ironically, family, history, and tradition are all generally experienced as binding and limiting, rather than freeing. In Judaism, however, freedom is actually defined by the responsibility to make a difference in one’s world. It is in our collective purpose as a unified People, then, that we can truly feel “free.” This is just as true of modern day Israel as it is of the ancient land to which we made the 40-year trek from Egypt.
I invite you to join me in congratulating a man emblematic of freedom, and of the responsibility it brings, Mr. Natan Sharansky, on his re-election as Chairman of The Jewish Agency Executive.
In his keynote address at the recent Board of Governors meetings in Jerusalem, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Sharansky a "symbol of Jewish unity." We are honored that he continues to lead The Jewish Agency, which leverages our unity in order to meet the greatest challenges facing the Jewish people today.
In this issue of Connections, we'd like to share with you some of the work we do worldwide, in numerous regions, to meet these challenges.
Wishing your family a happy and healthy Passover, filled with meaning and memory, both private and collective.