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Acts Big and Small

July 25th, 2014

This evening will mark the start of yet another Shabbat that Israelis have spent under attack. Like so many of us, I have friends and family in Israel, and some have sons in Gaza. As painful as this is, I am reminded that through acts big and small, we are a people and a community that comes together when it matters…

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July 15th, 2014

These are dark and trying times in Israel. With rocket fire reaching as far as Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and farther north, no one is spared the anxiety of having to find safe shelter within seconds of a siren signaling “Code Red.” We may not know when life will return to normal, but we do know that when the people of…

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July 14th Press Conference: Israel’s Right to Defend Itself

July 14th, 2014

These are remarks from Eric S. Goldstein, CEO of UJA-Federation of New York, made at a press conference outside New York’s City Hall on July 14th. The press conference was organized by the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York, and UJA-Federation was one of its co-sponsors. Thank you to all the speakers here today who stand in solidarity with…

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Memorial For Israel Teens

July 2nd, 2014

On July 1st, UJA-Federation of New York co-sponsored an emotional memorial service for the three Israeli teens who were recently kidnapped and killed. In a program organized by the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York and also co-sponsored by the New York Board of Rabbis, speakers included many members of Congress, the State Assembly, the New York City Council,…