September 2012 Rosh HaShana 5773
Dear friends of Metzilah
The year 5772 is reaching its end and 5773 is about to begin.
Each year we deal with new and great challenges and each year we hope to be able to deal with those challenges on the personal and on the professional level. We wish to have the personal strengths, the spiritual and concrete sources and the tools to face the challenges with which reality confronts us.
The Metzilah Center had dealt with quite a few challenges this past year. We entered this year with the great challenge of redefining the organization structure of Metzilah and its staff as well as the professional challenges of completing great projects. Each of us entered the year with the task of dealing with personal as well as professional challenges.
We can look back on the past year with great pride and satisfaction. The organizational structure has been stabilized, we have completed the long process of translating into English the book "65 Years to the November 29th Resolution, 1947" and we have reached the highpoint of the great project of "Civil Marriage in Israel". But even as we share this satisfaction we face a great deal of uncertainty regarding our future activities. The economic situation is not simple and constantly reminds us that we always have to devote considerable efforts to fundraising and of course to holding on to our loyal and devoted friends
"I once mentioned that Zionism is an endless ideology and I truly believe that also after achieving our goal of a Jewish State, the Land of Israel will never cease to be an ideology. Zionism, as I understand it, includes not only the aspiration to a piece of land for our sorry nation, but to a moral and spiritual wholeness as well" (Benjamin Theodor Herzl)
For us, here at Metzilah Center, Zionism is not only a challenge but also an endless ideology and will always be one. Throughout the 120 years of Zionism other values such us Judaism, Liberalism and Humanism have been joined to it and throughout the year and through all the years we have endeavored to uphold these values in unison.
We wish all our friends a year of personal and professional fulfillment; a year in which we will all aspire to moral and spiritual wholeness. We know that this goal and the effort to achieve it are in themselves endless tasks, but that is precisely what makes them both challenging and exciting.
A Happy New year
The Metzilah Center Staff