This month we celebrated Shavuot—when we recognize the giving of the Torah to the Jewish people, celebrate with delicious dairy-based foods, and stay up all night reading the inspirational story of Ruth, a convert who came to the Land of Israel after her husband died. Ruth inspires us each year through her commitment to the Jewish people. Motivated by Torah and by inspirational figures like Ruth, we all make sacrifices so that the state of Israel and the Jewish people will be strong. Standing together, we celebrate that strength.
This month, we are thrilled to announce the launch of the third annual “Inspired by Israel” video contest, where pro-Israel videos are submitted and voted on for a chance to win a grand prize of $8,000 from a total of $20,000 in cash prizes. Registration is open now until June 24th.
We are also pleased to share Adam’s recent op-ed from The Jerusalem Post, about why celebrating Israel’s 70th anniversary is important for Americans. Both the US and Israel have withstood existential threats because of the courage and patriotism of their people, and Americans are excited to celebrate Israel's 70th birthday with the Israeli people..
You can also watch Adam’s powerful presentation to the students of YULA Boys High School in Los Angeles about how and why Jewish pride and courage can combat antisemitism.
We also hope you enjoy reading the Times of Israel’s insightful feature about the world’s most comprehensive Zionist anthology to date, which includes Adam because of his impactful work introducing the concept of Israeliness. Israeliness incorporates many elements of Israeli culture, Jewish values, and the Hebrew language; extraordinary pride in Jewish tradition and our history; a deep belief in Zionism; an incredible connection between Israelis and the Land of Israel; and a commitment to the idea ‘Kol Yisrael areivim zeh lazeh.’ Adam promotes the use of Israeliness to enrich and strengthen the Jewish community around the world and he is honored to be featured alongside influential Zionists like Theodore Herzl, Saul Singer, and Shimon Peres.
Lastly, we're proud to feature Artists 4 Israel (A4I), an extraordinary partner that brings the world’s most talented artists to Israel to teach them the truth about Israel. The artists return to their home countries feeling empowered to use their talents to express their love for Israel on campuses, creating beautiful murals, painting unique t-shirts, and designing popular, engaging artwork in a variety of media.
We thank you for all that you do to advance our shared mission. We and look forward to partnering with you in the months ahead, as we work together to strengthen the State of Israel and the Jewish people.
With sincere love and admiration for Israel and the Jewish people,
Gila and Adam Milstein