About every 2-3 months I head to The Capitol Hill Used Bookstore in Eastern Market. I walk in with an empty book bag and leave with one over-flowing. Of the books I picked up last time I was there, three were about Israel. They were written in 1949, 1967, and 1978 respectively. As I read the books, I learned of the perspective of people of the time of the State that I call my second home – before I was born – on discolored pages that showed their wear.
On Sunday, June 3rd, hundreds of guests heard an updated story about Israel. Not one of war, but of innovation. Not one of fear, but of hope. Not one of a desert worn down by strife, but of a thriving metropolis in a Democratic land. They heard how they’ve contributed to the country’s growth over the years through their investment of our Homeland.
The story was recited at The Annual Israel Bonds Ambassador’s Gala, which has become one of the premiere nights of celebration by the Washington Jewish community. It was held in honor of 64 years of Israel’s independence.
Ambassador Michael Oren provided the keynote address. Additional speakers included leadership of Israel Bonds and campaign co-chairs Andrew Glick and Elliot Liss. Eva Davis and Micha Weinblatt served as the co-chairs of the New Leader Host Committee. And two Broadway performers performed a medley of show tunes for entertainment.
According to Israel Bonds staff, the event was attended by 450 individuals, including ambassadors from 15 countries, 30 members of the Israeli Embassy staff, and 84 young professionals. $8.3 million in Israel Bond investments have been raised in this region so far in 2012.
The next Israel Bonds event in DC is tentatively scheduled for August 19, 2012, and involves the Nats vs. Mets game. For more information on that event, contact Richard Karlin 240-479-7923.
Here’s what some other community members had to say about the event:
“The event was absolutely fantastic!”- Rebecca Kastan
“I am so thrilled that my husband and I were able to make it to the Ambassador’s Ball. It was a truly wonderful event! I was blown away by the amazing turn out and the exceptionally high caliber of the event the DC Israel Bonds puts on. I look forward to attending future DC events. I am honored to be involved in such a wonderful organization.” -Danielle Levine