As new year celebrations are under way and the sounds of the shofar are still in our ears, I wanted to take a moment to thank our extraordinary partners and staff from around the world for their tireless efforts on behalf of Holocaust survivors.
Two hundred agencies around the world, in fifty countries, helped tens of thousands of Holocaust survivors celebrate Rosh Hashanah. These holiday commemorations leave an indelible reminder of the importance of our work and our commitment to do more.
The idea of tikkun olam, literally means to repair the world, a repair that is intended to come from our actions. We all have a moral imperative to improve the world around us. For the Claims Conference community, tikkun olam is to improve the life of survivors and to take action on their behalf. We take these actions both as a necessity for the survivors in our communities who depend on us, and as an example to those generations behind us.
Thank you to all who have been part of our global family this year. May the New Year be filled with health and joy as well as strength to help those who need us so much.
Tizku l’shanim rabot.
Executive Vice President