This Is My Israel: A Tapestry of Hope, Vibrant Communities and Purpose

By Shosh Mitzman


As a proud advocate for Israel and of social engagement, I have had the privilege of witnessing the transformative change that can be achieved by creating vibrant communities, collaboration, and unity. Yet, the challenges our Jewish homeland faces are not to be overlooked. Economic disparities, security tensions, and social complexities challenge the resilience of our people.


However, it is precisely during these difficult times that we witness the true spirit of Israel—a spirit that triumphs over adversity and fosters hope even in the face of uncertainty.


In Israel, diversity is not a mere buzzword; it is the very fabric of our existence. From the bustling streets of Tel Aviv to the tranquil beauty of the Galilee, from the ancient walls of Jerusalem to the serene landscapes of the Negev Desert, Israel is a mosaic of cultures, religions, and traditions that intertwine to form an intricate masterpiece.


Members of MAKOM Communities in Israel


At the heart of Israel’s cultural mosaic are its flourishing vibrant communities. These communities, made of involved and committed individuals and families, small and large, rural, and urban, embody the spirit of resilience and cooperation that defines our Jewish homeland. They are the lifelines that connect us, providing spaces where people from diverse backgrounds come together to create bonds, shape thriving communities, build dreams, create lasting impact, living a life of purpose, and changing lives of children, youth, immigrants, and seniors, daily.


At the forefront of cities throughout Israel, is Jewish National Fund-USA’s MAKOM Communities. We work tirelessly to empower residents to shape their own futures by providing educational opportunities for all, enhancing the social services for those in need, recognizing the need for arts & culture and creating the opportunity for it to develop. These actions are what makes communities thrive.


We believe in the potential of every person and place, recognizing that strength lies in collaboration and the power of community has a ripple effect.


Jewish National Fund USA has played a pivotal role in developing the infrastructure and providing the resources needed to empower the Galilee and Negev. From establishing community centers to supporting local initiatives, Jewish National Fund USA has been a catalyst for progress and positive change. It is through their unwavering commitment to building a better Israel that we as proud affiliates, find inspiration and momentum working together in creating a stronger future for Israel and its people.


Let us celebrate the stories that unfold in every corner of our MAKOM communities. It is in the mixed neighborhoods where Arabs and Jews live side by side, fostering intercultural understanding and cooperation. It is in the community centers where young and old come together, to ignite a flame of mutual respect and appreciation. It is in the schools where Israeli children, hailing from a myriad of backgrounds and cultures, learn together, become involved in their communities by volunteering, and discover the beauty of each other’s heritage and the power of acceptance.


The true beauty of Israel lies not only in the present but in the promise of the future. Our communities are beacons of hope, exemplifying the extraordinary potential for positive change. They are incubators for social innovation, nurturing groundbreaking programs and pioneering initiatives that have far-reaching impacts for all.


This is my Israel—a nation that thrives on the unwavering belief in the power of community, mutual respect, and resilience. It is a tapestry woven with the threads of hope, strengthened by the commitment of individuals who dare to dream and make a difference.


As we look to the future, let us recognize the profound significance of supporting and investing in our communities. Through collaboration, dialogue, and collective action, we can continue to build a prosperous Israel that is a shining example of what can be achieved when we each contribute time and efforts to society and come together as one nation.


Join me in celebrating MAKOM communities and everything we have achieved in Denver Colorado this November at Jewish National Fund-USA’s Global Conference for Israel. Register today at


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