[W]hat finally makes the JDC in Israel exceptional is our ability to see and recognize Israel's centrality in contemporary Jewish life: We learn from Israel, we benefit from the cross-fertilization of Jewish life, and we are grateful for the opportunity to partner with the Jewish State.
As Israel celebrates its 59th birthday, it is still fighting a war on two critical fronts. The first is military, securing and defending the state and its citizens.
The second front is the social: bridging gaps in society, creating better options and opportunities for vulnerable populations, and striving for excellence in education and culture.
It is this essential second front where the JDC stands unconditionally and indefatigably with the people of Israel. It is our honor to do so.
The writer is the Executive Vice-President of The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC).