Thankfully, that terrible event did not deter the Agudah from continuing to do its incredible work. Thanks to their leadership, Israel's gay community is growing and evolving. Gone are the days when Tel Aviv was simply thought of as a capital of gay nightlife. Today: gay couples are more focused on starting families and raising children. Indeed, we heard one amazing statistic suggesting that 30% of all Tel Aviv kindergarteners have gay parents. It's true that Tel Aviv is unique amongst Israeli cities, but thanks to the Agudah's good work, this remarkable sense of inclusion will hopefully grow to the rest of the country in the years to come.
Chunks of our program tomorrow and the day after will explore the complex issues of co-existence and peace, so I'll refrain from saying more about it now. But I feel grateful that we had the chance to pay homage to Rabin at the start of our trip. His vision for a future in which Jews and Arabs might discover a way to live peacefully together still idealistically informs my own.
I'll conclude with links to the final speeches of Dr. King and Prime Minister Rabin. Their words still reverberate to us, as we remain called to the justice work that defined their lives and their legacies.