A Beautiful Gesture from RBG - New Israel Fund Australia

A Beautiful Gesture from RBG

We wanted to share a deeply moving moment that will make you proud to be part of the NIF family.

A note from NIF’s global CEO, Daniel Sokatch:


This year has been an emotional rollercoaster. Over the last 12 months, we have seen so much tumult and heartbreak in Israel, in America, and around the world.

For many of us, one of the saddest moments was learning of the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg z"l on the eve of Rosh Hashanah. Already bracing from the ups and downs of this coming election, it was hard to contemplate what her death might mean for the values we cherish: equality, fairness, and justice for all.

Then, late last week, we were informed that Justice Ginsberg had been honored by the National Constitution Center, and that she divided the monetary prize "among the institutions and organizations that meant the most to her." One of those organizations was the New Israel Fund.

The letter read:

"The donation is a meaningful testament to the esteem in which Justice Ginsburg held your work and a tribute to her blessed memory."

For me, reading the letter was deeply and profoundly moving. The iconic RBG, one of America's greatest legal minds – the Jewish daughter and granddaughter of immigrants who became the second woman to serve on the US Supreme Court – showed how her values extended far beyond the bench, even beyond the United States, to our work building a better Israel.

Justice Ginsburg's donation reflects the ideals of a woman that so many, myself included, consider a hero.

We are humbled and inspired by her incredibly touching gesture of support. And we will do our best to honor her memory, her legacy, and her belief in NIF by working, every day, for equality and democracy in Israel.

I can't help but think of one Justice Ginsburg's famous quotes that reflects the way we think and operate here at NIF: "Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you."

We will strive to do just that.

With gratitude,

Daniel Sokatch, CEO
New Israel Fund