The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) bid farewell to Israeli Consul General Orli Gil at its meeting this week, as she prepares to return to Israel this summer at the conclusion of her term of service in Chicago and the Midwest.
Dr. Steven Nasatir, president of JF/JUF, began with a D'var Torah in which he described how Consul General Gil,whose name means "light is mine," has brought the "light of the State of Israel, the light of Zionism, and the light of a vibrant Jewish community in Israel" to JUF and the Jewish community. Consul General Gil, addressing the volunteer and professional leaders of JCRC's 45 constituent groups, thanked JUF and the Jewish community and urged all to experience the "real Israel," including its "atmosphere of vibrancy, of life, of freedom."
Deputy Consul General Shahar Arieli will also return to Israel this summer, and JUF welcomed the designated Consul General Roey Gilad and Deputy Consul General Anat Sultan-Dadon, who will returnlater this summer to assume their new positions.
Regional Director of Anti-Defamation League Lonnie Nasatir spoke to the JCRC about the ADL's surveys of Anti-Semitism in the United States and Europe. Mr. Nasatir described increasing levels of anti-Semitismin recent years, with about 15% of the population in the United States displaying anti-Semitic propensities and high levels incertain countries in Europe, including Hungary, Poland and Spain. He stated that the best way to combat anti-Semitism is to bring communities together to embrace each other's customs and cultures to realize that "we are not so different."