Alon Ben-Gurion and His Grandfather’s Legacy

By Nancy B. Greer
President & CEO

Israelis pull out the stops to celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day, enjoying concerts, parades, street parties, barbecues, and fireworks.

Israel has much to celebrate on Yom Ha’atzmaut, which fell on Monday and Tuesday this week. Since David Ben-Gurion declared the founding of the State of Israel on May 14, 1948, Israel has undergone a breathtaking transformation during the ensuing 69 years. From the early years of struggle and austerity feeding and housing waves of immigrants, Israel has blossomed into “Startup Nation” – giving the world an astonishing array of medical, high-tech, renewable energy, and other innovations that have benefited all of humanity.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle is honored and excited to host David Ben-Gurion’s grandson, Alon Ben-Gurion, who will be in Seattle the evening of Tuesday, May 16 at the Seattle Central Library to share with us his perspectives on his grandfather’s vision and on Israel’s exciting journey. His talk is entitled “Israel – From Creation to Innovation.” This special community gathering is free of charge – but please RSVP, as seating capacity is limited.

Alon’s message has high salience for us at our Federation. Since before the State of Israel’s founding, the Seattle Federation has been the primary bridge between the Puget Sound Jewish community and Israel and the global Jewish community – from rescuing and resettling Holocaust survivors in the 1940s, to helping Ethiopian and Russian immigrants, to supporting humanitarian and Jewish identity programs in Israel and Jewish communities worldwide. As I mentioned in my letter two weeks ago, we place high priority on advocating for Israel and helping our community make personally meaningful connections to the Jewish state.

When we gather to hear Alon Ben-Gurion give his first-hand observations about his grandfather’s legacy, know that Israel’s remarkable story reflects in part our story, as a community that has extended its heart and helping hands to our Jewish homeland.

We hope to see many of you on May 16. Shabbat Shalom!

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