It is with deep sadness that I begin this message with the news of the death of Dr. Max Glassman z”l who made it possible for us to move into the wonderful offices we have in Talpiot, named after him, his wife Gianna and family.
Max was a true lover of Israel and a great benefactor to numerous organizations, but I think that he had a special place in his heart for AACI. He and Gianna had an apartment in Jerusalem and when they came to Israel they often met with many of the AACI officers and staff, attended Board meetings and participated in AACI programs.
Max will be sorely missed by his family and especially by AACI. May his memory be a blessing.
I believe that one of the ways we can help perpetuate Max’s dream and faith in Israel is by strengthening AACI and ensuring that its vital services are available throughout the country.
In the early days of the State, AACI was the address of every American and Canadian oleh. Today we have the capability – if we have the will – to ensure that all English-speakers in Israel know that they can turn to us for advice and assistance.
But this requires a commitment from each of us – a commitment to spread the word of our ever-so-many activities, and of our vital services.
All too often we take AACI for granted, and even assume that our friends, neighbors and the people we know who have made aliyah, realize that AACI has something for everyone – whether it be one of our activities, including our trips both at home and abroad, or advice on taxes, employment, health and a myriad of other questions.
Unfortunately this is not true. All of us who have participated in these activities and benefitted from the excellent advice we received from our professional counselors must spread the word that AACI “serves the English-speaking community in Israel.”