Yom Hazikaron and Haatzmaut Message from International President Mervyn Druian

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On behalf of International President Mervyn Druian:

Greetings to All our AO Members and Friends,

Yom Hazikaron is this Sunday evening, Israel's Memorial Day. A day for all of us both in Israel and in the Diaspora to pause, reflect and remember the remarkable Israelis who made the supreme sacrifice to keep Israel safe.  How typical of the Jewish people to follow this sad and poignant day with a celebration. A celebration of the dynamic, amazing State of Israel, Yom Haatzmaut, Israel's 69th birthday.

Andy and I will have Israel in our thoughts over the next few days. We want to wish our Israeli Fraters and their families a future free of strife and conflict and only good news will flow from this outstanding country.  Having remembered the Holocaust last week, I would like to quote Former Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks's comments on the 60th anniversary of  Israel’s Independence.

Israel, brought into being three years after the Jewish people stood eyeball to eyeball with the angel of death during the Holocaust, is the Jewish people's collective affirmation of life. Its existence and achievements are living testimony to one of Judaism's greatest messages to humankind: the principled defeat of tragedy by the power of hope. And though Israel was built by human hands, it is impossible not to sense beneath its history, the hand of heaven.








Mervyn Druian|
2017 International President 


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