Read Bob Seltzer's thoughts on the Arad Orchestra's performances in New Jersey. Bob is the Executive Director of the Federation of Atlantic/Cape May Counties.
It has been a week since our wonderful visitors from Arad spent time with us here in Atlantic/Cape May County, NJ.
For me personally, this was one of the best experiences of my professional career, on several levels: This trip confirmed the best that P2K offers—an exchange among equals, with each party having something profound to offer the other. In this case, the people, and the music—simply exceptional. It was fun, meaningful, inspiring, and motivating.
From our community’s perspective, Arad (and always, Tamar) is now a destination—real, worthy of a visit, with new friends who reside there. The attendance at the concert was standing-room-only, and all in attendance connected with Israel, felt good about Israel, and felt good about Federation and its leadership role in the community. With the difficult headlines and tough economy we all face these days, their visit was a break in the action, a chance to breathe and feel joyous.
Danny Neuman and Marina Glaser did an outstanding job, as did each and every individual in the group. Sivia, too. We thank them with all our hearts.
I know it was not easy, Shimon, to pull this off and get the support you needed both in Israel and here. But I wish to tell you it was worth every effort, and every effort is deeply appreciated. Please extend our deepest thanks to all involved on the Israel side.
We are in a difficult business, all of us. This experience reminded me of the potential in the Israel-Diaspora relationship, and this visit made me proud to be a part of it.
Here’s to all of our dear Arad/Tamar friends--old, new, and future.