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Building Bridges : Acknowledgments

This publication would not have been possible without the generous support of The Abraham Fund and its Chairman, Alan B. Slifka. I am particularly thankful for the support and guidance provided by Fund Vice President Joan Bronk. I am also grateful for the assistance of the Fund’s Jerusalem office staff, Rachelle Schilo and Aviva Barazani who did a tremendous job of helping to contact Israeli organizations and schedule meetings for me when I went to Israel. I want to thank Michelle Light and everyone at the Fund for their input and comments on the study. I would especially like to thank the Fund’s co-founder, Dr. Eugene Weiner, who played a key role in identifying the programs to be included in the study.

I want to thank ADL’s Deborah Batiste for her thoughtful and helpful comments in reviewing the draft report.

I would also like to thank all of the Israeli organizations who took the time to respond to my inquiries and the officials who met with me. They are doing marvelous work that deserves the publicity we are providing here. I want to apologize to those groups that did not make the cut for inclusion in this report. Omission does not reflect a judgement of the quality of other programs so much as a determination that not everything done in Israel is unique or easily transferable to the American context.

None of AICE’s work would be possible without the tremendous support provided by our Board of Directors, Advisory Board and contributors. I want to thank our Chairman Eli E. Hertz, President Claire G. Mazer, Vice President Nate Shapiro, Secretary Dr. Arthur S. Bard, Howard Rosenbloom and Judith H. Darsky for building an organization that fills an important niche by bringing the fruits of Zionism home to America.

Finally I want to thank special donors whose early contributions aided in the completion of this and other projects: Nate Shapiro, Sy & Estelle Opper, Howard M. Landau and J. George and Willine Witnick.