Written by Tribune Staff, SyossetJericho@antonnews.com Saturday, 31 August 2013 00:00
More than 140 people gathered at the Jericho Jewish Center on August 11 to honor Rabbi Marvin Richardson and his wife Maureen at a special event to promote the sale of State of Israel Bonds.
Israel Bonds, or the Development Corporation for Israel, is a New York-based broker-dealer that underwrites securities issued by the State of Israel in the United States. The money goes to strengthening Israel’s economy and technology infrastructure development.
U.S. sales of Israel Bonds hit $816 million in 2012—a 29 percent increase over the previous year—according to the organization, with worldwide sales averaging more than $1.2 billion annually for the past decade. Online investments in the bonds, which began in late 2011, have exceeded $31 million.
The Jericho event emphasized the close connection of the Richardsons to Israel.
Not only did the couple receive part of their education in Israel, but they also married in Jerusalem and lived there with their young daughters during the Gulf War and other turbulent periods of Israel’s history.
The rabbi and his wife stressed how meaningful the Jewish homeland is to them and their family. Past Jericho Jewish Center (JJC) president Arlene Wittels, who has been to Israel 60 times, added some personal recollections.
Former JJC president Barbara Rosenblum presented the Richardsons with an Israel Bonds award. She also thanked JJC co-chairs Evelyn Rubin and Aileen Novick for organizing the event, as they have done for the past 13 years.
The Jericho Jewish Center is a traditional Conservative synagogue, located at 430 N. Broadway in Jericho.