Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I am writing to inform you that after fifteen years of work at the IJL, the time has come to spread my wings and fly on to the next stage of my life. These were years replete with activities, during which I learned about a new legal world.

It has been my privilege to work alongside three IJL Presidents, Alex Hertman, Irit Kohn and Meir Linzen. Each contributed to my development, both as an individual and as the CEO of the Association. Three leaders, three leadership styles, three epochs in my career. I was fortunate to have also worked earlier with the mythological  IAJLJ President, the late Hadassa Ben-Itto, who enriched my experience.  At the same time, I am grateful to “my” Iris, Director of the ILJ office, who played a most significant and major role in so many of our accomplishments. 

As a child,  I was always intrigued by the Holocaust. It constantly guided and instilled in me a will to combat evil. My late grandmother survived the Holocaust, and she even saved the person who eventually became my father, although at the time he was just infant. This background rendered my work at the IJL a personal mission.

I extend personal thanks to all members of the Board of Governors with whom I worked, and consequently learned from them as they enriched me and contributed to my empowerment.

I thank all the members of the IJL for so many memorable and meaningful moments. Thank you for being a substantial part in my life!

The IJL is founded and relies on committed individuals like yourselves, dedicated to the continuous struggle to fight antisemitism and Holocaust denial through the legal tools that you possess. Were it not for your involvement, the IJL could not continue to function as it does.

It is my sincere hope that the IJL will continue to grow, and that we will maintain our conviction that together we are strong, always.

Thank you for fifteen meaningful years!

Yours,

Ronit
Ronit Gidron-Zemach, Adv.
Chief Executive Officer