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How Diaspora Jews Can Help Israel Today

by David Matlow Nov 11, 2016

 

 

[Editor's note: This article was first published in Algemeiner:https://www.algemeiner.com/2016/11/04/how-diaspora-jews-can-help-israel-today/.

David Matlow is a partner of Goodmans LLP in Toronto. He owns the world’s largest collection of Theodor Herzl memorabilia which he exhibits and speaks about to inspire others to fulfill Herzl’s dream.]

 

It is 1948. The state of Israel is born. The new country requires help. World Jewry and other friends spring into action. Military volunteers sign up to ward off the attack from neighboring Arab armies. Arms are purchased. Funds are raised. Money is lent. The country survives.

It is 2016. The state of Israel is 68. Neighbors still threaten to destroy it. The Jewish connection to Jerusalem is questioned. Terrorists armed with knives attack and kill innocent Israelis, and are celebrated as heroes. Initiatives to boycott Israeli businesses and academics proliferate. Questions regarding the legitimacy of the Jewish state persist. The country still requires our help.

But how can we help today?

In the early years of the state, it was obvious. There was so much to do, and funds were desperately needed to do it. Donating money to Israel was a critical way to help. An advertisement for the 1948 Campaign for the United Jewish Appeal in America (UJA) was very blunt about it:

The destiny of a people is at stake. Whether a new nation will live or die depends on your giving. Your dollars will decide whether this new nation will survive…You are writing history. Write it BIG — as big as this dream come true.

To supplement donations to Israel made through the UJA and other charities, Israel developed the Israel Bond program in 1951.

UJA war bonds ad in 1948.

First UJA Israel Bonds ad, in ‘Life.’

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