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JUF/Federation mourns the passing of Ariel Sharon

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Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has died at 85.

The Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago joins with the people of Israel and Jews worldwide in mourning the passing of former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. We offer our deepest, heartfelt condolences to his family.

Throughout his brilliant and storied life, Ariel Sharon embodied the history and spirit of Israel in the 20th century, and led the Jewish nation into the 21st century. He personified the Zionist values, the fighting spirit, the economic drive, the political fortitude, and the unparalleled resilience of the people of Israel. From before the state was founded, through its birth, and into the current era, he was a fearless, towering leader. As farmer, soldier, politician, and statesman, Ariel Sharon was pivotal in nearly every struggle to achieve security for the people of Israel.

Chicago Jewish leaders will never forget their meetings with Prime Minister Sharon, some held during the darkest days of terror during the early 2000s. Our community especially recalls Ariel Sharon's visit to Chicago in the fall of 2000 when, in conjunction with the Federation’s Centennial Celebration, we hosted the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America. His indomitable spirit, ahavat Yisrael, and efforts on behalf of Jews everywhere inspired all.

As our sacred texts say, “A generation comes and a generation goes, but the land endures forever” (Ecclesiastes 1:4). Ariel Sharon was a leader of Israel's greatest, founding generation. The legacy of his contributions to the land and people of Israel will long endure.

May his memory be a blessing, and may his family be comforted among the mourners of Zion.

David T. Brown
Chairman

Steven B. Nasatir
President

A book of condolences will be open for signatures at the Consulate General of Israel (500 W. Madison Street, Suite 3100) from 1 to 4 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 13, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 14 and from 1 to 4 p.m. again on Wednesday, Jan. 15.

JUF has also written a letter of condolence to the Sharon family:

4 Sh'vat 5774
January 12, 2014
The Sharon Family
c/o Gilad and Omri Sharon
Shikmim Farm
D.N Hanegev 79860

Dear Gilad and Omri:

On behalf of the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, the Chicago Jewish community, and friends of all faiths, we extend our deepest, heartfelt condolences on the passing of your beloved father.

Throughout his brilliant and storied life, Arik personified the Zionist values, the fighting spirit, the economic drive, the political fortitude, and the unparalleled resilience of the people of Israel. From before the state was founded, through its birth, and into the current era, he was a fearless, towering figure.

We will never forget our own meetings with him and other Diaspora leaders, some held during the darkest days of terror during the early 2000s. We especially recall our time together here in Chicago in the fall of 2000 when, in conjunction with this Federation's Centennial Celebration, we hosted the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America. His indomitable spirit, ahavat Yisrael, and efforts on behalf of Jews everywhere inspired all of us who were privileged to know him and to work with him.

May his memory be a blessing, and may you be comforted among the mourners of Zion.

David T. Brown
Chairman

Steven B. Nasatir
President

 

Posted: 1/12/2014 2:18:23 PM
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