Growing up in Montreal, Simcha Chiffert-Sherzer would hear about State of Israel Bonds, the New York-based organization that supports Israel’s economic development through investments in its infrastructure.
For Rivka Abbe, helping Jews has always been part of the dinner-table discussion. “My father, now 74, has spent a life of activism helping Jews escape Ethiopia, Syria, Russia, and Romania,” Abbe said. “The question for me was never if I’m going to help Jews, but how.”
Anna Zicer radiates American warmth, yet she gestures like a hard-nosed Israeli. She’s just 25, yet her credentials suggest someone much older. She has barely a trace of an accent, yet she maintains deep familiarity with the Russian-Jewish community.