(JNS.org) Republican-Jewish philanthropist Sheldon Adelson and his wife, Miriam, are pledging $14 million to the Israeli-American community, Israel Hayom reported.
The Adelson’s made the announcement on Sept. 26 at end of the Israeli American Council’s (IAC) annual national conference. Adelson told the audience of 2,100 attendees there are hundreds of thousands of Israeli Americans that could integrate into the U.S. Jewish community. He hopes that the IAC can have greater political influence in Israeli-American outreach.
Dr. Miriam Adelson said Israel will be strengthened once the IAC becomes stronger and referred to members as “Israeli soldiers” in the U.S.
Adelson’s efforts to build connections between the U.S. Jewish community and Israel were also evident during a private meeting with a Yesha Council delegation at the IAC conference.
“Mr. Adelson was extremely excited to hear about a new Amazon-like Buycott website that the council is in the process of launching . . . to promote Israeli goods directly to consumers” in the fight against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, read a statement from the Yesha Council, the umbrella organization of municipal councils of Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria.