Lehitraot – See you again
As we enter July, my time at NIF draws to a close. This is my last newsletter introduction as I leave my role after 10 unforgettable years as chief executive.
This has been more than a role – I have been shaped by it and I remain incredibly honoured to have had this opportunity to contribute to driving forward NIF’s vision.
At its core, NIF is a global community committed to passionately defending Israel’s democracy and promoting equality and justice. I am proud of how we have grown and nurtured this community in the past decade especially here in the UK.
I am warmly welcoming my successor David Davidi-Brown this week. I have little doubt that David will work with our fantastic staff team and exemplary board of trustees to further develop and grow NIF and enhance its impact.
By way of a short introduction to David, you can get a sense for his dedication to inclusion and diversity, combating prejudice and embracing complexity in the articles linked to, as well as his 15-minute JDov talk – From the Other Side.
Over July, I will be working to ensure a smooth handover. This handover period will enable me to find time to thank you, our community of supporters, for all you contribute and for what you help nurture.
You have been and are part of what makes us great.
As many know, in Hebrew we don’t like to say “goodbye”, it sounds so final. Rather, we say, “lehitraot – לְהִתְרָאוֹת”, see you again. In my case it is a promise not a cliché! My journey and support for NIF pre-dated taking up this role and my passion and commitment for our joint endeavour will ensure I find other meaningful ways to contribute and stay involved.
Adam Ognall, Chief Executive