B’nai B’rith salutes Israel on its 70th birthday.
With global recognition of Israel’s relentless innovations in medicine, technology and science, many of the things we take for granted in today’s modern world were invented in Israel.
Israel truly made the desert bloom. With scant natural resources, Israelis successfully built, maintain and thrive on somewhat inhospitable land. A global leader in water desalinization, Israeli scientists have made the most of their natural setting and are helping other nations meet water challenges. Other breakthroughs include the Pillcam, which allows doctors to see inside patients, Waze, which finds drivers the best routes, USB flash drives, smart-drip irrigation to control the flow of precious water to crops, Mobileye, which more than 25 global automakers use to make cars safer by using tiny cameras and data to warn drivers of hazards like pedestrians in their way, or the ReWalk exoskeleton, that can help quadriplegics walk again. Israel also sets a global example of selflessness, often being the first of first responders to send rescue teams to such global catastrophes as the devastating earthquake in Haiti.
Since 1980, the B’nai B’rith World Center-Jerusalem has been a vital link between Israel and B’nai B’rith members, donors and supporters around the world. Through innovative programming, the World Center-Jerusalem, with its strong ties throughout Israel’s government and business worlds, strengthens Israel-Diaspora relations.
Israel is a thriving democracy and innovator, all while having to constantly focus on existential threats and self-defense.
We salute Israel, for its innovation, its leadership and for providing a continuous home for Jews around the world.