Ben Gurion’s grandson gives colorful narrative of Israel’s creation at Federation’s campaign kickoff


By Jewish Federation of Jacksonville


                Alon Ben Gurion, grandson of first Israeli Prime Minister David Ben Gurion highlighted the Jewish Federation of Jacksonville’s annual campaign kickoff last month.  Held at Etz Chaim Synagogue, Ben Gurion took to the podium after an evening that featured drinks and dessert, in addition to an inspirational video spotlighting Federation’s work at home and abroad. Community leaders Haley Trager and Hal Resnick were also honored as Trager was given the Ilene Sari Selevan Young Leadership Award, and Resnick (of blessed memory) was given the Joe P. Safer Community Service Award.


                Ben Gurion, who grew up in Israel and now lives in the U.S., gave a captivating narrative about the creation of the world’s only Jewish state, much of which his grandfather played an integral role in. From conceptualization in the 1920s to declaration on May 14, 1948. The Prime Minister’s grandson also read the portion of a now famous 1937 letter that his grandfather once wrote to his father (Armos), about the establishment of a Jewish state.


                “Nevertheless the Jewish state will not rely only on the Jews living in it, but on the Jewish people living in every corner of the world,” the letter stated. “A Jewish state must be established immediately, even if it is only in part of the country. The rest will follow in the course of time. A Jewish state will come.”  Nearly 70-years later Ben Gurion’s vision and fervent hopes have come true and are thriving in modern-day Israel.


                A big thank you to the staff and clergy at Etz Chaim for hosting and to GrayRobinson Law Firm for being the event sponsor. 


Alon Ben Gurion, Grandson of 1st Israeli PM David Ben Gurion speaks at Etz Chaim Synagogue

Federation Award Winners

Haley Trager - Young Leadership Award
Hal Resnick (of blessed memory) - Community Service Award