More than 100 community members came together at Congregation Rodeph Sholom last month to celebrate Israel’s upcoming 75th anniversary while learning about Jewish National Fund-USA’s game-changing initiatives for shifting population from central Israel to the country’s north and south.
The event featured Alon Ben-Gurion, the grandson of David Ben-Gurion, the first prime minister of Israel and one of the country’s founding fathers. His keynote speech addressed the legacy of David Ben-Gurion as a statesman, father, and grandfather, as well as his active push for development in Israel’s Negev Desert.
Ben-Gurion quoted his grandfather’s vision: “Our historic yearning has been for a new society built on liberty, equality, tolerance, mutual aid, and love for man,” he said. “A society without exploitation and discrimination, slavery, or tyranny. Our stance in the world will not be determined by our supposed material wealth nor by our military might but by the moral light of our understanding. And although there are some shadows, among them heavy shadows in our lives now, we have the grounds to believe that we can be an example nation.”
Jewish National Fund-USA, Tampa Co-President Nat Doliner called Alon Ben-Gurion a “compelling speaker whose relationship with his grandfather, and his dream of developing the Negev desert, made for a fascinating subject.”
Doliner added that he is proud to support efforts to fulfill Prime Minister Ben-Gurion’s dream through Jewish National Fund- USA’s Blueprint Negev strategy, which aims to bring 500,000 people to Israel’s south.
To learn more about Jewish National Fund-USA or about future local events , contact Marc Silver, Tampa director, at email@example.com or (727) 536-5263 ext. 891.
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