When Tikvah began many years ago, we had two founding principles. First, we believed that Jews and Zionists needed better ideas and strategies. Second, we had a firm commitment to educate young Jews for the responsibilities of Jewish leadership.
We did not know, in those early days, how Tikvah would evolve as an institution or how large the Tikvah community would become. But we got to work: creating summer programs, starting fellowships, launching magazines, convening conferences, creating online seminars and podcasts. We attracted high-school and college students hungry to learn. We found thinkers ready to advance bold arguments on everything from the future of Jewish day schools to the political teachings of Exodus to the changing strategic map of the Middle East. We tried to reinvigorate the study of ancient Jewish wisdom and modern Jewish culture. And we grew: from a few dozen students in a small seminar room at Princeton to many thousands of people, of all ages, around the world.
We all know the challenges facing modern Jewry—including the erosion of Jewish identity in America, the resurgence of anti-Semitism around the world, and the zealous enemies of Israel. It is easy to worry—and surely right to do so.
But anxiety is not a strategy, and the only enduring answer to the so-called “Jewish question” is the belief in Jewish excellence, the Jewish people, and Judaism itself. With the strong support of donors—especially the members of the Tikvah Society—we are working to advance Jewish confidence in our foundational ideas and beliefs, our distinctive way of life, and our sovereign nation of Israel.
We are pleased to share our first-ever annual report: an-depth review of every Tikvah program, publication, and initiative in both the United States and Israel.