Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to Address United Jewish Communities General
Jewish Communities (UJC) and the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington
announced today that Israel's Prime Minister Ariel Sharon will address
the 2001 General Assembly in Washington, DC November 9-13.
The Prime Minister
will deliver an important message to the largest gathering of lay and
professional Jewish communal leaders in the Diaspora, one he feels is
essential to deliver at this time.
"United Jewish Communities welcomes Prime Minister Sharon to our
annual gathering where Jews in the Diaspora will continue to demonstrate
our unwavering solidarity and unity with the people of Israel," said
UJC General Assembly Chairmen Sandy Baklor and Arlene Kaufman. "We
are looking forward to an extremely important and memorable General Assembly."
Michael C. Gelman, president of The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington,
said, "We are particularly heartened that Prime Minister Sharon is
coming to the nation's capital at this time to attend the General Assembly.
It highlights the importance and closeness of the relationship between
the North American Jewish community and Israel and between the U.S. government
and Israel. Since Sept. 11, it has really come home that, as one of my
non-Jewish neighbors recently said, 'We are all Israelis now.'"
Due to the heightened
security situation in Washington, DC, security measures for Sharon's speech
and the entire General Assembly will be much tighter this year than in
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United Jewish Communities
(UJC) represents 189 Jewish Federations and 400 independent communities
across North America. Together, they demonstrate unparalleled philanthropic
success. Last year, 700,000 people contributed
more than $826 million to the UJA Federation Annual Campaign and another
$1.2 billion to endowment funds, capital campaigns, foundations and other
special projects. UJC is a $2 billion annual enterprise that provides
life-enhancing humanitarian assistance to those in need, and translates
Jewish values into social action on behalf of millions of Jews in hundreds
of communities in North America, in towns and villages throughout Israel,
in the former Soviet Union, and 60 countries around the world.