A group of Hillel participants in the Taglit-Birthright Israel program packed a little something extra in their suitcases this summer: 5,860 birthday wishes from people around the world. The students presented Hillel’s birthday card to their Israeli counterparts during their August visit to Jerusalem.
Hillel students deliver birthday card to Israel in Jerusalem.
Hillel’s birthday greetings were collected in honor of the country’s 60th anniversary celebration. Messages came from well-wishers of all ages and backgrounds from around the world.
The messages were:
Yiddish: MAZEL TOV. Oif dayn geburtstog! Zol Zayn mit hartsiken glik und nachas!!!
Hebrew: Chag Sameach b'Ahava!
Spanish: Medinath Israel. Que sigas tan firme como estos 60 años por 1000 años mas!
Portuguese: Parabens Voce!!!! Feliz Cumpleanos!!!!!!!! Eu Amo Israel!
Desde ARGENTINA les envio mis mejores deseos de Paz y Prosperidad.
Greetings From Melbourne, Australia, on Israel's 60th Birthday
I wish I could be there for the celebration, but I am on deployment with a US Navy Destroyer. Happy Birthday!
May the next 60 years resound with peace.
How wonderful to be able to celebrate 60 years of miracles. May we go from strength to strength!
I am proud to be the same age as Israel! Many more happy birthdays!! Next year in Jerusalem!
Keep strong!!! Many, many, many, many more Happy Birthdays for forever!! Am Yisrael Chai!!!
Mazel Tov and "Toda Raba" for being there for all of us!!!
Number 60 on paper, number 1 in my heart. Much love Israel
Have a peaceful but boistrous birthday.
Happy birthday you crazy little state you...
Happy Birthday, Israel! You rock!
Damn Israel... Have you lost weight??
You can still send belated birthday wishes to Israel by signing the card electronically. Also, see how American campuses celebrated Hillel's 60th birthday last semester!