In the spring of 1948 I was not a Zionist and I couldn’t understand why there should be a Jewish State of Israel. Sheila’s Uncle Manny, from the Old Country, and I, then a 15-year-old who “knew everything,” were arguing the issue. His final response which stopped me cold was “Where else can we go?”
That response led to our lifelong interest in the future of our Jewish community. We have labored to make that community viable so that our children and our children’s children can live peacefully in this country and in the State of Israel. Our involvement with the Jewish Federation and all Jewish agencies, including the Foundation, is our way of leaving a legacy for those future generations.