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Sunday, May 16, 2021 Dear students,

I address you today, Sunday, May 16, 2021, the eve of Shavuot, following another difficult night during which we witnessed barrages of rocket fire from Gaza into Israeli cities, including Tel Aviv and Be'er Sheva.

These rockets were fired at a civilian population with the intent to kill. It is not hard to imagine what the consequences would have been were it not for the remarkable protection provided by the "Iron Dome".

I hope that all of our students and alumni are safe.

I especially wish you, the reservists stationed on the Gaza border, and you who live in the most bombarded cities – Ashkelon, Ashdod, Sderot and the Gaza Envelope communities – a swift return to campus, and the ability to leave behind the memory of these last days and resume your studies and the building of your future. Please feel free to contact us with any help you may need, be it related to assignments or anything else.

Immediately following the rocket fire on Jerusalem, I asked our public diplomacy and ACT.IL activists to activate the Public Diplomacy Room. It was up and running within a very short time, with intensive activity led by Goor Tsalalyachin and Tom Berman together with student volunteers.

Cooperation with the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism, headed by Prof. Boaz Ganor, the sending of data assessments and messages to the IAC in the United States, and the galvanizing of ACT.IL’s international online community all contributed to the sounding of an influential civic and independent voice.

We cannot forgive the violent attacks by members of the Arab community in Israel against defenseless Jews in many mixed cities, from property destruction to lynching. These thugs should be tracked down and held accountable under the full force of the law as soon as possible.

Equally shocking is the phenomenon we have witnessed of nationalist gangs. It became clear very quickly that they were not coming simply to help Jews who were under attack, but rather to instigate lynches, physical violence and vandalism against Arabs and their property.

It is painful that we have reached a point where Jews are behaving like those who unleashed pogroms against us in the past. Criminal law must be applied to these vigilante gangs just as it will be applied to the Arab delinquents.

To the Arab students of IDC Herzliya, I say to you today: You are part of our family. IDC is your home. We see you as part of the future leadership of the State of Israel. If you are experiencing any difficulties at this time, please contact us.

To the students of the Raphael Recanati International School: I am proud of the maturity and resilience you are demonstrating, even while you are alone in Israel, far from your families and facing many challenges.

The last few weeks have brought to the fore tough questions about governance, values, coexistence and political strategy. As an institution that trains the leadership of the future, we intend to discuss all of these questions with you when the winds die down.

After the Coronavirus pandemic and the current war against Hamas, I hope we can open the gates of campus and greet you all with renewed strength, eagerness to learn, and creativity.

Wishing you a safe and happy holiday.

Yours sincerely,

Prof. Uriel Reichman

President & Founder

Dear Friends, Supporters, Parents and Alumni, American Friends of IDC stands in solidarity with Israel as they face terrorists attacking their country and threatening their safety. The IDC campus with has set up an operations room to keep people up to date on the situation and hundreds of students are volunteering to post information on social media in their home languages. If you are interested in learning more or getting involved click here and please see below.

Jonathan Davis, Head of the RRIS and VP of External Relations sent out this e-blast to all our students to view it click here. Our hearts are one with the people of Israel and we are praying for everyone’s safety. We are hopeful for better days. Our thoughts and prayers are with our students and alumni who have been called up for reserve duty and we wish them a safe return home.

Warmest Wishes,

Leslie Skyba Executive Director American Friends of IDC

To read more click here

April 2021 Newsletter

Dear Friends, Supporters, Alumni, and Parents, I hope you had a nice Passover holiday and that you were able to get to a BBQ for Yom Ha'atzmaut. Happy 73rd Birthday to our great country, Israel!

This week we held our annual AFIDC Board Meeting over Zoom. Prof. Reichman began the meeting by giving an update about all the exciting things taking place on campus. Jonathan Davis followed by giving an update on the RRIS. We were happy to hear that enrollment for next year is up by 10% in the International School. The Board discussed the newly created Endowment Fund and our plans to grow it. I would like to especially thank, our long time supporter and Board Member, Alberto Vitale for leading the initiative to launch the American Friends of IDC Endowment Fund and for making the first contribution to this fund. Alberto’s vision for securing the financial future of IDC Herzliya is truly appreciated by the US and Israeli management. As we spring forward with warmer weather and an abundance of COVID-19 vaccines, we are optimistic towards the future. The US alumni association will be bringing back in person events in June with an alumni Happy Hour in NYC. We will send out the details at a later date.

We look forward to seeing you in person in the near future. Thank you for your ongoing support. Please enjoy the April Newsletter and all that is going on. Wishing you all the best.

Best Regards,

Leslie Skyba

To read the full news letter click here

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