“The future of the State of Israel depends on our ability to establish partnerships and a sense of mutual responsibility—both in Israel, and with our sisters and brothers in the Diaspora. A partnership between all the various components of Israeli society—equal, different, and often divided—is a prerequisite for our shared life here, and for Israel to exist and flourish as a Jewish and democratic state.
The Office of the President, Beit HaNasi, calls on every part of Israeli society to bear common responsibility for our shared future and to make its own unique contribution to shaping its character. This is our hope: the Israeli Hope. Because we are destined to live together.”
President Reuven (Ruvi) Rivlin
This exhibition was created to showcase the many creative partnerships that exist within Israeli society and the sense of mutual responsibility felt between Israelis and Jewish people around the world. Each photograph tells a real story, one unfolding here every day— mostly far from the media’s spotlight. These stories and the many many more like them, are the sparks that result from new, bold, and surprising partnerships between and among Israel’s different groups and communities. Taken together, they represent not only the indomitable Israeli spirit, but also the joy, curiosity, vitality, and innovation that flow from the encounter and cooperation between all of us. That is the Israeli Hope.
Israeli Hope is the president’s flagship program for strengthening and establishing the partnership between the various groups that comprise Israeli society. It represents the practical application of the president’s call to Israeli society, as presented in his 2015 speech, later known as the “The Four Tribes Speech”.
Israeli Hope works to promote the full integration of all Israel’s sectors into its society and economy, and to create collaborations and meaningful cooperation between them in key areas such as education, academia, employment, local government and sports. It seeks to strengthen Israeli society’s sense of togetherness while at the same time respecting the unique place of each group and community within it, all with the goal of ensuring the strength and prosperity of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state.