As we end a very full four days of intense meetings with our grantees here in Israel the following email just received from one of those grantees was a very welcome recognition of the work our donors make possible.
While preparing for Shabbat it struck me that you invest a lot of time and effort in trying to make Israel a better place. I feel comfortable telling you this, because I personally have nothing to gain by mentioning that which gets ignored. No one requires you to come over here year after year with another board member at your expense and to sit hour upon hour weighing how Israelis can improve our society. No one requires you to translate your concern for Israel into concrete action. You do it time and time again, and I believe that your endeavor must sometimes look routine. It certainly is not.
Were all Israelis as concerned about our country as you are, we would be living in a different society here.
In this world of instantaneous media coverage good things are often ignored. I, for one, don’t believe that such a lack of recognition is worthy or even decent. I hope that this Shabbat you will know that you and the people you work with are appreciated here.
And Shabbat Shalom from Tel Aviv where a very premature summer has appeared in all of its glory!