To everyone who helped us support the work of Hadassah Hospital, Jerusalem
Israel is the only nation on earth that inhabits the same land, bears the same name, speaks the same language and worships the same God that it did 3,000 years ago.
Israel is a refuge of human rights in the Middle East. Israelis, regardless of race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation, take part in free and fair elections, are free to speak their minds, have the right to a fair trial, and have the freedom of artistic expression.
Israel’s small size, arid climate, and lack of natural resources have helped turn it into a leader in environmental sustainability. From reforestation and alternative energy to water conservation and combating desertification, Israelis are making discoveries that are leading to a more sustainable world.
Israel is one of the most diverse nations in the world. It is home to Jews from regions from all over the world, including the United States, Russia, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, Ethiopia, Iran, India, Brazil, Argentina, and may others. 20% of the Israeli population is not Jewish; mostly Arab Muslim, with smaller groups of Christians-both Arab and not, Bedouins, Druze, Circassians, Baha’i, and others.
Israel is a world leader in technological innovation. Israelis are filled with entrepreneurial spirit, having turned a tiny, relatively young nation into one of the most technologically advanced on the planet. Many things you use on a daily basis, such as your cell phone and computer, and things you hopefully will never need to use such as two of the top drugs used to treat multiple sclerosis and an emergency bandage used to prevent hemorrhaging, were developed in Israel.
Israel’s relationship with the world has grown drastically in the recent past. For such a small country, Israel does a lot of good in the world. Israel was one of the first responders to the disastrous earthquake in Haiti and one of the first countries to provide aid to the victims of the 2004 tsunami in Southeast Asia. Israel has hosted refugees from Darfur, Bosnia, and Kosovo, and it has shared lifesaving medical and agricultural technologies with communities in need all over the world.