As Israel prepares to celebrate its 68th Independence Day on Wednesday night, Nefesh B’Nefesh has launched an emotionally-charged video exhibiting the Jewish state's incredible diversity -  of "the human mosaic of Israel."

Entitled "With These Hands" - taken from a line from the famous Naomi Shemer song "Od Lo Ahavti Dai" - "emphasizes the building of the State, a project which began over 68 years ago and continues today," Nefesh B'Nefesh said in a statement.

"From war hero to farmer, teacher to midwife, the video tells the stories of the everyday heroes that epitomize what makes Israeli society unique – the strength of its immigrants. Israel’s human mosaic illustrates both the diversity of Olim and those who have dedicated their lives to securing and building the State of Israel."

Those featured in the video are:

  • Captain Ziv Shilon, who was seriously injured by an explosion on the Gaza border in 2012 and lost his hand. The story of his recovery has made Shilon into a household name in Israel as an icon of resilience, leadership and Zionism;
  • Rena Rapps, a newlywed who made Aliyah from the US in 2014, on her 20th birthday with the dream of starting and raising a family in the Jewish State;
  • Marta Weiss, a Holocaust survivor who at a young age survived Auschwitz-Birkenau camp among other horrific encounters. Last January, on International Holocaust Remembrance day, Weiss represented the State of Israel at the United Nations in an emotionally charged appeal never to forget;
  • Shmuel Jambrina, a 25-year-old soldier from Spain who served in the Nahal Brigade. He is now a reservist who is planning a career in education and starting a family of his own in Israel;
  • Chana Deevon, who recently retired after 53 years of working as a midwife at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem. She delivered nearly 40 thousand babies over the course of her career, including her granddaughter and great-granddaughter.  Four generations of the Deevon family appear in the video.
  • Rabbi David Twersky, who immigrated to Israel in 2013 and now lives in Jerusalem. He made Aliyah in order to live out the aspirations and dreams of his parents and grandparents in the Jewish homeland, closer to the Jewish people.
  • Shachar Nitzan, a 3rd generation farmer from Ein Vered.  He studied agriculture in Rehovot and is farming the same land that his father and grandfather worked before him.