Apr 29, 2014
Support the New Israel Fund at the Israel Day Parade: We will not be deterred.
I share below an email from Dan Sotatch, CEO of the New Israel Fund, in light of vocal hatred from within the Jewish community being directed at NIF.
And so, I make the following request: Please, even if you are affiliated with other Jewish organizations, join the NIF in the Salute to Israel Day Parade in New York on June 1st. They are confronted by anti-Zionist protesters as we all march for Israel, they fight for Israel's internal strength as we all march, they and we are in this together. I am a progressive Zionist who proudly supports both AIPAC and New Israel Fund as manifestations of Theodor Herzl's two-fold vision:1) securing international legitimacy for the right of the Jewish people to a state of our own (ie, AIPAC), and 2) deepening the life of our national home (ie, NIF).
And, having battled against BDS in Berkeley many times, I can truly say how profoundly grateful I am that NIF does its work. Please, join the NIF at the parade and beyond. We are in this together, as a People, as a family, as a vibrant Jewish community who knows that it takes all of our voices to make a better Israel.
Rabbi Menachem Creditor
p.s. Here is an eloquent OpEd in the NY Jewish Week by Stephanie Ives, entitled, "Why NIF is Marching for Israel."
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