Israel's accomplishments extend beyond its 7 decades

Hadas Kuznits
April 27, 2018 - 12:15 am
Panorama of Jerusalem, Israel

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — As a relatively young country compared to its counterparts, what does the future hold for Israel?  

Rita Risen Poley, director and curator of the Temple Judea Museum housed within Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel in Elkins Park, said it has already accomplished a great deal, which is documented by the artists who live there.

"The struggle of the pioneers, the wars, the human sacrifice and the respect for the land," she explained. "It's a young country, it's only 70 years old."

She said its important to note that even artists with a controversial point of view who criticize the government are protected, and even given a platform.

"This is a country that respects its diversity and speaks in many different voices," she added.

Those voices vary because the immigrant community is so diverse.

"What the Law of Return provides is that any Jew, no matter where they are in the world, has the right to move to Israel and become a citizen," said Joe Wolfson, president of the board of the Alexander Muss High School in Israel.  

Each year, thousands of students — from Muss, Birthright Israel, March of the Living or other groups — participate in youth programming in Israel.

"Our students are learning the history as it happened, where it happened," he explained, "because it's not just learning, it's celebrating the history."

Wolfson concluded it's the millennial generation who will determine the future of the country, the strength of the relationships between Israel and the diaspora, and the possibility of peace.

"It's something that we've yearned for and we say at the end of every Passover seder, 'Next year in Jerusalem,'" he said.