Last month, PresenTense had the privilege to host Ralph Goldman at the Jerusalem Hub for a discussion on the past, present and future of Israel. It's not every day that you meet a living legend. Goldman is a father of modern Israel whose service to the Jewish state and her people continues to this day.
Leading up to the War for Independence, Goldman worked to organize and prepare Israel's military. He traveled to and from the United States recruiting volunteers to bring back to Israel. After the establishment of Israel, Goldman served as an adviser to Prime Minister Ben-Gurion on relations with the U.S. Jewish community. He founded Israel's first social services infrastructure and went on serve as the Executive Vice President of the JDC in the 1970s and 80s, where he played an instrumental role in breaking the Soviet iron curtain. He truly is a remarkable person.