As a new year begins and we prepare to celebrate Rosh Hashanah, I wanted you to know how much we appreciate everything you do for Givat Haviva and the work that we do, especially in these turbulent times.
The last year was difficult for all of us in Israel. We faced political instability, violent riots between Jews and Arabs in our streets, a war in Gaza, and an ongoing fight against Covid. The trauma of May is still present within our society, but the majority of Israeli citizens know that Givat Haviva stood tall against racism, violence, and bigotry. As you know, working for equality, democracy, and Shared Society is our answer to the extreme elements within Israel that are trying to dissolve the ties that we have built between Jews and Arabs over these last many decades.
Unfortunately, we can't know for certain if we will be able to visit you this upcoming year, or in turn, if we will be able to welcome you at Givat Haviva. However, Rosh Hashanah is a time of hope and good wishes for the New Year, a tradition that not even Covid can stop. So, although we are apart, and we can only meet through Zoom, please know that we wish you and your loved ones a happy and safe New Year, and Shana Tova from everyone at Givat Haviva. Having your support and friendship is a privilege, and I wish you nothing but the best in the year to come.