50th Anniversary of the Six-Day War

Itai Tsur
June 5, 2017

Moshe Dayan, Uzi Narkiss, Meir Amit (grandfather of Itai Tsur) and Yesheyahu “Shaike” Gavish at the 1967 liberation and reunification of Jerusalem.

This month marks the 50th anniversary of Israel’s unlikely victory in the Six-Day War. Against impossible odds, Israel was forced to fend for itself and protect the promise of a Jewish nation reborn – not yet two decades old at that time. As noteworthy as the miraculous victory itself was, equally important was the euphoria and sense of connectedness that Jews worldwide felt in the battle’s aftermath. After centuries of being brought together by a world that did not readily accept them, the Jewish community was now coming together out of a sense of pride in and hope for their tiny nation-state.

Much has changed in the last 50 years. Israel, while still tiny, has emerged as a military, economic and technological powerhouse in the Middle East. Over the same period, however, the Jewish community has in many ways begun to drift apart. We should not wait for a crisis to come together, strengthen and build our community.

Atlanta Jewish Foundation stands ready to help make the dream of a reinvigorated community a reality.  We want to partner with you in your strategic philanthropy so that you can honor your individual values and the Jewish ideals of tikkun olam – repairing the world. Together, bit by bit, with each act of communal investment, we can begin to recapture the pride and euphoria that many Jews around the world felt 50 years ago this month.

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