"HaTikva – the hope that will last forever"

Rep. Jacky Rosen (D-NV): Israel is in my heart. It is in the hearts of my grandparents and in the heart of my daughter.

Eliran Aharon,

Rep. Jacky Rosen and martin Oliner
Rep. Jacky Rosen and martin Oliner
Eliran Aharon

Speaking at the US Capitol at a special event marking the 50th anniversary of Jerusalem's liberation and unification, Rep. Jacky Rosen (D-NV) spoke of her synagogue, Ner Tamid (Hebrew for eternal flame), and of Israel as a beacon of hope.

Rosen was flanked by Martin Oliner, President of the Center for Unity and of Religious Zionists of America. This is the text of her speech:

As a lifelong Jewish person, involved in Jewish philanthropy, the immediate past president of my synagogue, which was the greatest blessing and gift of my life, I can tell you that I stand strong with Israel. It is in my heart. It is in the hearts of my grandparents and those who came before them from Poland and Russia and Austria, it is in the heart of my daughter.

My daughter is an alumnus of a great camp at Santa Rosa, Camp Newman. And they sing songs every week, and of course they have their shira (song) nights and there's a Jewish songwriter they all listen to (she's 21).

His name is Rick Recht. And he wrote a song called The Hope, and it goes like this: "This is the hope that holds us together. HaTikva – the hope that will last forever." My daughter, her friends, everyone I know who goes to Jewish camp – from Chabad to Reform and all across the board – they sing that Rick Recht song with joy in their hearts and joy in their eyes.

And I'm going to be sure that that fire, that ner tamid – my congregation, Ner Tamid – stays a beacon, and we keep that beacon in Israel.




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