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  Speech from Gabi Ladowski, David Diego's brother,
    at the award ceremony of the David (Diego) Ladowski
    Merit Scholarship  -  Hebrew University of Jerusalem,
    in Jerusalem, Israel.  June 8, 2005.

    The speech was read by Eliad Moreh.


It’s amazing how time goes by!

It’s hard to believe that we’ve been giving these Merit Scholarships for 3 years now.

The first year there were 3 scholarships; last year there were 4 and this year are 6!

We are incredibly honored to be able to do things such as this, because we are not only helping students realize their dreams, but also because the students that are getting the Merit Scholarships are very-well-deserving and talented people who hope, someday, to make a difference in this world.

That’s what characterized David Diego; helping others, striving to better people’s lives and making this world a better place, so I believe he would have been very proud of all of you, as we are, of your achievements, your hard work, and your objectives.

Every time someone gets this Merit Scholarship, we know we are following David Diego’s footsteps through a path he laid for us. The world continues to be a shaky place where intolerance, hatred, hunger, poverty, and illness are a big part of our daily lives, so we need more people like you, who through higher education will find ways to help others and try to make all these bad things diminish.

It is one step at the time, and I believe this is a giant step toward achieving that goal.

The smallest acts of love and goodness will always be much higher and much more powerful than the biggest acts of hatred.

That’s the story of this nation and its people, always overcoming adversity and triumphing in the end to improve lives, not only for this land, but for all humans in this planet regardless of creed, race, or nationality. And that is the purpose of this incredible institution, for what we are so grateful to have the opportunity of being part of it.

I would like to thank everyone at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the School of Public Policy for all their help to make this event possible. To Professor Magidor, Ofra Commere, and everyone involved in this evening’s event and for providing leadership to all the students at this prestigious institution. To Eliad for honoring me by reading this speech, my parents for their support and of course all the generous people that through their generous contributions made this possible.

Congratulations to this year’s recipients of the David Diego Ladowski Merit Scholarship Awards, this is just a small reward to your hard work and talent, and we want to wish you all the best in your lives and careers, hoping that Love, Wisdom, Knowledge and Peace will be with you always. It’s a great honor, and we are very proud to be able to continue doing this every year.

Shalom, and Thanks!

Gabi Ladowski and family


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