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Negev Gala honouring Rabbi Green with net Proceeds to World’s Jewish Museum a Huge Success

by Rhonda Spivak June 15, 2017

This year's JNF Gala Honouring Rabbi Green, with net proceeds being directed to the World Jewish Museum, was a huge success. There were over 1300 tickets sold for the event to honour Rabbi Green, and the large crowd was treated to an excellent performance of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra conducted by Rony Weiss, along with Israeli singers Shlomit Aharon and Yevgeni Shapovalov.

 

In his remarks, Rabbi Green said that it was “a huge honour to be chosen as tonight’s Gala honoree," and noted that great community leaders, such as Izzy Asper, have been JNF Honourees. “I always took note of who the community honorees were.  And they've always been the great ones of society; the pillars of the Jewish community, and the community at large.  I never imagined I'd ever be numbered among them."'.

          Rabbi Green then spoke about the World’s Jewish Museum to be built in Tel-Aviv, the brainchild of the Asper Foundation, where the proceeds of the Gala are going. He indicated it was "a great joy and high privilege to be associated with this project." He explained:

"These days’ synagogues, and Jewish life as a whole, are in transition. And we don't know exactly what the future holds for the Jewish people.

"But what an inspired idea!--to change our focus from what's challenging about Jewish existence--to the great contributions we Jews have made throughout time.    

  “This is what the Asper Foundation's World's Jewish Museum is all about.  Many Jewish museums highlight our tragic history.  However, awareness of suffering can never be the whole of Jewish identity. 

" All too often, we forget--how the Jewish people created the moral order of Western civilization; how we gave birth to Christianity, and inspired Islam; and how our modern judicial system stems from the principles laid out  in Torah, and rabbinic law.

 "We forget--that three of the most significant figures of the twentieth century--Freud, Marx, and Einstein--were all products of Jewish culture.   We forget--that 22% of all Nobel prize winners, spring from a tiny, two-tenths of one per cent of the world’s population.

 "These are just a few examples of high Jewish achievement. However, not only are most people ignorant of this huge influence. Jews themselves suffer from this same malady.

 "  So I believe it's high time, we create an institution--the World’s Jewish Museum--that will declare, loudly and clearly, for all to hear--that we are in fact, Mamlechet Kohanim, V'Goy Kadosh--"a kingdom of priests, and a holy nation"; that we are, in fact--"a light to the nations"; and, that "all peoples on earth" have indeed, been "blessed by (us)". 

 
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