As the holidays approach, I always feel overwhelmed with the hustle and bustle of events, activities and additional professional responsibilities that come with leading an organization that is either traditionally observant or sensitive to the Jewish holidays.
As the intensity mounts, I’m reminded to stop, simplify and recall my initial priorities — G-d, family, work, community — and understand the value of each.
Everyone may have different priorities, and even if yours are the same, maybe you have them in a different order. The main thing to remember, however, is that if we are fulfilling our priorities and simplifying the clutter, we can accomplish our purpose and perform at a higher level.
As Rosh Hashanah approaches and I reflect on my priorities, I am reminded that G-d is first, and as a part of fulfilling that priority, I have been given an opportunity to support and stand for the land of Israel, the apple of G-d’s eye and the homeland of our Jewish people.
Despite the mounting pressure and responsibilities, when I stop and reflect whether I am truly dedicating my time first to my priorities, I am ultimately reminded of how blessed I am to lead an organization whose sole purpose is uniting Americans and others all around the world to stand with Israel.
Americans United With Israel is the American branch of United With Israel, the world’s largest pro-Israel community, representing millions of supporters around the world deeply committed to the success and prosperity of Israel. Our mission is to educate, inspire and promote building a strong connection with the people, country and land of Israel.
It is my honor to pay tribute to Jewish Atlanta’s unwavering support of the Jewish state.
I want to thank you for embracing the citizens of Israel and Jewish people around the world with friendship, kindness and genuine concern. It is a mitzvah and blessing to all of us to be recognized as one of Israel’s closest friends and most devoted allies. Thank you, Jewish Atlanta, for your unwavering support and participation.
It is with great honor and pride that we published a historic book containing the names of over 600,000 people, including more than 300,000 U.S. citizens, who have signed the Jerusalem Declaration, a global statement of public support for a united Jerusalem.
This volume is a testament to the power of grassroots support for a Jerusalem that is recognized as both the eternal capital of the Jewish people and the undivided capital of the state of Israel. It is my greatest pleasure to be a part of an organization dedicated to uniting Americans in steadfast support of the people of Israel.
We are marching toward true international awareness of the underlying issues: Israel’s right to exist and the necessity of a strong and undivided Jerusalem as the foundation of the one and only Jewish homeland.
In addition, as the United With Israel community approaches the important milestone of 5 million supporters on its Facebook page, the world’s largest pro-Israel page, we celebrate Rosh Hashanah as a sweet new year that will unite 5 million strong.
No matter what your first, second or third priorities may be, I invite you to join me as an American united with Israel.
In addition to being the AJT’s associate publisher, Kaylene Ladinsky is the president of Americans United With Israel (americaunitedwithisrael.org).