2710 Genesee St.
Utica, New York 13502
Phone: (315) 724-4751

A Conservative Jewish Congregation
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and the Practice of Righteous Deeds


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CantorA Message from Cantor Socolof

70 years ago this month, a miracle occurred. Like most miracles, it involved a lot of hard work.

It involved the work of Theodore Herzl who just over 50 years earlier convened the first World Zionist Congress. Additionally, he travelled extensively and worked indefatigably to speak with leaders and to address audiences promoting the notion of a Jewish state.

It involved the work of Chaim Weitzmann, a noted chemist and fervent advocate of Zionism. It was Weitzman who took an important part in the negotiations that led up to the British government issuing the Balfour Declaration in 1917. Over the next 30 years he went all over the globe to promote and raise funds for establishing a Jewish state, eventually becoming Israel‟s first President.

It involved the work of David Ben-Gurion, who was dedicated to Zionism from an early age, and moved to what was then called Palestine at the age of 20 with an eye towards building an independent Jewish political entity. Ben-Gurion went on to found the Histradrut, the Israeli Federation of Workers, and became the nation‟s first Prime Minister.

It involved the work of Shimon Peres who, at the age of 24, was responsible for coordinating manpower and arms during the war for independence. He went on to mastermind the Sinai campaign, and to serve in numerous government posts, including Prime Minister and President.

It involved Golda Meir who moved from Milwaukee to Palestine at the age of 23 to live on a kibbutz. She was elected as a representative to the Histadrut, where she became a member of the executive committee. She worked to negotiate for the release of Jewish refugees who had come in violation of the British immigration quotas.

She was a signatory of the Declaration of Independence of the State of Israel, and served in the Knesset as well as Prime Minister.

Needless to say, it also involved the work of countless others, both in what would become the State of Israel and outside of it. People set aside pennies, nickels and dimes so that they could be turned over to the efforts to resettle and restore the land. People purchased trees (sometimes entire forests!) to help reclaim the soil. It was a matter of work, sacrifice and will.

On the fifth of Iyar, 5708 (May 5th, 1948), the State of Israel was established with a functioning democratic government. It exists. More, it flourishes. As anyone who has been there can tell you, it is a vital, vibrant place. While not downplaying the role of divine providence, it is no less because of the tireless efforts of a people. That this is so does not make it any less miraculous. As Ben-Gurion noted, "In order to be a realist, you must believe in miracles."

Cantor Socoloff

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