A Time for Reflection and Renewal of Efforts
General Benny Gantz said in a New Year celebration hosted by Tzav Pius, "changes that took place during my 38 years in uniform accentuated to me that maintaining unity exceeds in importance any response to any external threat".
On Sunday, September 6, 2015, Tzav Pius held a toast for the New Year on the banks of the Yarkon with special guest former IDF Chief of Staff, Benny Gantz, and members of the Tzav Pius Israeli new Public Council.
Educators, school principals, head of state religious education in the Northern District, business people and intellectuals convened on the grounds of Green Point, located on the banks of the Yarkon river to celebrate Tzav Pius’s efforts over the past year to promote tolerance and unity among the various sectors in the Israeli society while reenergizing for the year ahead when much work remains to be done.
CEO Aliza Gershon congratulated the guests and emphasized Tzav Pius objectives of promotion of cohabitation of observant and secular people, called upon those present to be part of spreading of the organization’s message and invited them to see our programs in action at the Joint Schools and Tzav Pius summer camps.
The numerous guests, including members of the Public Council, actress Yona Elian and her husband Sassi Keshet, actress Esti Zakheim, business woman G. Yafit and her husband David Rosenberg, Tzav Pius Board Chairman Eli Shaharabani and Dr. Aliza Korev, a member of the General Assembly, attended the recital held by the summer camp children's musical ensemble.
But first, special guest former IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz spoke of his military service and the changes to the challenges facing the Army and to the Israeli society during his service. "The challenge the IDF faces is different now, the external threats have changed, but the most essential component of security is internal unity. I say this with confidence and based on knowledge." The Chief of Staff recounted visiting all the families of those who have fallen in Operation Protective Edge, from a Bedouin family in the southern part of the country to a family in the north and how he witnessed the deep conviction to serve the nation. "Since I totally agree with the messages of Tzav Pius, I find such importance in being here."
The festivities concluded with Tzav Pius campers performing, followed by a stand-up comedy routine that included great audience participation.