Federation is proud to lead this year’s community celebration of Israel‘s milestone 75th year of independence alongside many incredible partners throughout Greater Washington. I encourage you to visit our new Israel at 75 website to learn more about the events, programs, and celebrations happening across our region between now and June. This exciting initiative, however, comes amid complexities and shifts in the relationship between American Jewry and Israel.
Change frequently appears to occur in spurts. For example, with the onset of COVID-19, we witnessed seemingly sudden shifts in American and Jewish life, including changes in work patterns, the use of technology, and Jewish engagement. Yet, most of these shifts were primed to occur well before the pandemic exacerbated them. Crises or pivotal moments frequently accelerate or highlight changes already underway.