NEW YORK (Apr. 28)
Leon Dulzin, Chairman of the World Zionist Organization and Jewish Agency Executives, said “the bond between Latin American Jewry and Israel on this 35th Anniversary has never been firmer and more meaningful than it is today. I can assure the world that Latin American Jewry is alive and well and fully supportive of Israel.”
Dulzin made a brief stopover on his return to Israel from his guest appearances at Yom Ha’atzmaut celebrations in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Montevideo, Uruguay and Santiago, Chile. He said he addressed more than 20,000 Argentinian Jews who filled Buenos Aires’ Luna Park, and thousands more outside who couldn’t get in.
“At least half of them were young people,” Dulzin said. “This was an unforgettable manifestation of all the Jewish organizations of Buenos Aires and its Zionists who came to salute Israel on her birthday. In all three cities I emphasized Jewish education and aliya which has increased considerably from these nations this year.”
In all three cities the Jewish community “turned out en masse in a monumental display that was personally inspiring to witness and to participate in,” Dulzin added. “The cheering multitudes, Joyously celebrating Israel’s 35th birthday, confirmed the fact of the centrality of Israel in their lives. They expressed their absolute commitment to the diaspora-Israeli partnership as the basis for Jewish survival and a personally fulfilling Jewish life both in the diaspora and in our beloved homeland,” he emphasized.
“On Yom Ha’atzmaut 1983, Latin American Jewry is determined to achieve a creative Jewish life based upon Jewish knowledge and understanding, a positive Jewish identity and strong personal and communal ties to and identification with Israel.”