Dana Weiss is known as the Diane Sawyer of Israel. Her talk was well-organized, real and optimistic.
witness to bonds paving the way for the impressive buildings and highways lining Israel today. More than $1 billion in bonds sales have been raised in the past six years, said Executive Director Bradley Young. “We have a perfect repayment record.” (As noted by Warren Buffet in a video shown at the event). Young ended by thanking Fifth Third Bank for sponsoring the evening. Bonds advocate Richard Kopelman made the award presentation to the Hellers. Having traveled together as families, he said, “Rabbi Heller has flawless conversational Hebrew and a photographic memory, but not so adept at driving directions.” He praised Wendy Heller’s tenacity and honesty. Noting the Chanukah season, Rabbi Heller related the bravery of the Israel Defense Forces to that of the Maccabees in their defining struggles. He noted the day as the 71st anniversary of the United Nations voting to establish the State of Israel and said, “Bonds allows Israel to grow with dignity, not charity.” Wendy Heller remembered her grandparents as Holocaust survivors, and that her grandfather fought in the Haganah. She recognized the congregation for becoming “like family” for more than 14 years. Lowell Fine closed the evening by encouraging everyone to buy at least one bond, saying “Israel’s good record enhances our ties to the Jewish homeland.” ■
Congregation B'nai Torah president Michael Siegel chats with Brad Young, Israel Bonds executive director. ATLANTA JEWISH TIMES DECEMBER 7, 2018 | 7
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