Yom Yerushalayim

May 24, 2017 by J-Wire
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Jerusalem Day 2017 commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of the city’s unification during the Six Day War.

Israel’s Minister of Education and Diaspora Affairs Naftali Bennett has sent a video message to Jewish students around the world urging them to become more connected and proactive with the Israeli capital through education.  Bennett has been credited with investing considerable effort and resources in promoting pro-Israel education across the Jewish world.

Minister Bennett stressed that the city’s uniqueness emerged from the fact that “our tradition and our destiny are in Jerusalem.” Describing how the city has been the scene of both great tragedy and victory, Bennett pointed to the events of 1967 as historic in finally reuniting the city as the Jewish capital.  “I think it’s important that every Jewish boy and girl come to the city and see the history.”

Mickey Katzburg, CEO of Israel Connection, an educational resource centre dedicated to advancing the bond between Diaspora communities and Israel praised the Minister for his words and said it reflected a growing commitment of the Israeli government to global Jewry.

“Minister Bennett’s words are motivated by the appreciation that even those Jewish children who might not be living in Israel still deserve to understand the centrality of our traditions and history,” he said.  “Events like Jerusalem Day deserve to be celebrated by every Jewish student and they need to learn about the remarkable events that brought about the modern city’s unification and the overall modern experience of Israel.  There is no way to understand Israel without understanding what made the country what it is and we need to commend Minister Bennett for these types of initiatives and embrace his call to action to educate more Jewish students to create a lasting connection.”

Israel Connection provides a wide network of services from educational support programs, tourism consulting and overall consulting to allow schools and individuals to become better familiarised with Israeli language, culture, society and history.

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