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A Message from Shep Remis, Israel & Overseas Chair 

It is with special pride that I reflect on this past year. Israel & Overseas has been both proactive and reactive, making progress on our long-term goals as we responded to global events. Sometimes, as in the flotilla crisis and the recent Carmel fires, those events have been unexpected and complex; yet our team was there, sensitively providing needed background information, even as we began coordinating next steps.

Our efforts, in partnership with religious leaders and the Jewish Agency, to contest the Conversion Law have also required timely action. Here, our leadership has entered the fray to help remedy a complex problem that threatens the future of the Jewish people. These developing ventures have been nurtured alongside our ongoing efforts to serve the federations, providing guidance and opportunities for collaboration on any number of social service and community building projects.

In a year of special challenges, it is a particular honor to be able to help our people. May we continue to have the privilege to serve in this way.