It has been one year since our world was turned upside down by the coronavirus. Almost every facet of our daily life was and continues to be affected by this pandemic. As bad as the situation is, there appears to be a light at the end of the tunnel with more and more people getting the vaccine. NCSEJ, like every organization, scrambled to adapt to the new reality of a virtual work environment.
I am proud of how our lay leadership and staff came together to ensure that NCSEJ’s vital work continued through these new obstacles. In the last year, we have organized dozens of zoom calls with presenters speaking from literally around the world. We put together two virtual board meetings and are making plans for NCSEJ’s 50th anniversary. It is our hope that we will be able to resume in-person meetings and missions by the fourth quarter of 2021.
In the meantime, our agenda remains full as anti-Semitism in the region continues to grow, governments continue to delay and fight initiatives to return communal property, right-wing extremist groups make inroads into the political landscape, and Jewish communities in the region continue to confront efforts to limit brit milah and shechita.
The pandemic has not stopped our outreach on these issues to U.S. and foreign government officials in Washington and overseas. Our methods may have changed but not our perseverance.
On behalf of the entire NCSEJ family, I want to thank you for your ongoing support of the organization and hope you stay healthy and safe.