Jerusalem, Israel—Israel’s first Rally of Hope recognized the contributions of medical professionals and others during the COVID pandemic.
About 500 participants joined the national online event on March 21, 2021. In the aftermath of the challenging year of COVID-19, the rally highlighted service and sacrifice by health and medical personnel, volunteering, and acts of care for one another caried out by a tapestry of groups and individuals.
The speakers included medical doctors, religious leaders, political and social leaders, as well as artists and musicians.
The event in Israel was part of the international initiative by UPF co-founder Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon to produce Rallies of Hope. Dr. Moon's message given at the Fifth International Rally of Hope on February 28, 2021, was integrated in the program.
Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon: co-founder of UPF
Hon. Mrs. Dalia Itzik: former president of Israel (2007), speaker of the house (17th Knesset), chair of Hadassah International in Israel
Hon. Mr. Zouheir Bahloul: Knesset member (20th Knesset), founder and chair of Keshet Association, Aker
Mrs. Ronit Haber: director general of the Israel Volunteer Council
Sheik Dr. Omar Kayal: medical doctor and imam of Jadeide-Makr, former national inspector in the division for religious communities, Interior Ministry
Mrs. Talia Harel Bejerano: director general, Krembo Wings
Sheik Samir Aasi: imam of Al-Jazar mosque (27 years), coordinator of Islamic studies in Ort School, Aker
Father Yacoubos Abu Aakel: head of the Arabic Orthodox Church, teacher and educator
Mrs. Liel Weiler Hill: director general of the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification, Israel
Professor Salman Zarka: director of Ziv Hospital, Tzfat
Rabbi Dr. Edgar Nof: rabbi of Netan-Ya community and of Bridges of Hope
Mr. David D'Or
Mrs. Elizet Reter