Dear Columbus Community,
Now, more than ever we understand how important it is to be untied and to remind ourselves that we are all in this together. The world is going through rough times, and we have the responsibility to strengthen our relationships as Jews here at home, in Israel and abroad. This is exactly what the “Shlichim” (emissaries from Israel) are doing every day; our family has had the privilege and pleasure of doing this for the past four years in Columbus.
When God told Abraham, “Leave your country, your relatives, and your father’s home, and go to a land that I am going to show you,” he probably didn’t know that 3,000 years later, his decedents would follow his lead leave their home, jobs, friend and family in order to establish a new temporary home in Columbus, Ohio.
Four years ago, we knew very little about this state, city and community; or, that there is a nut called a Buckeye! We just hoped that we would have a meaningful time, have some fun, make friends and to get to know this great country. Today, after four years, we couldn’t be more grateful for the privilege of being part of the Columbus Jewish community. The warm smiles, the open hearts, our new friends and so many exciting experiences have made these years an unforgettable time for our family.
Whether it was our P2G missions to Israel, renowned Israeli speakers helping us practice civil discourse through the 70 faces of Israel program or the dozens of Israeli artists who visited Columbus, it was a privilege to reach and engage thousands of people in order to keep Israeli present in our hearts and minds. Creating communities like Mamanet, the enthusiastic participation in Zikaron Basalon featuring our Holocaust Survivors and the many people we taught about Israel in churches, schools and work places, helped us foster a true sense of togetherness.
We would like to thank Joel Marcovitch, JewishColumbus CEO and Gordon Hecker, the former Columbus Jewish Federation CEO for their trust and support over the past 4 years. Another special thank you goes to the amazing lay leaders that led, support and helped all of our dreams to come to fruition; it would not be possible to do any community work without the great people who dedicate their time and energy to making our community thrive.
Thank you for a wonderful 4 years and see you in Israel!
Merav Livneh-Dill, Timor, Michael, Ruth and Noam Dill.