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Dear Friends,

As we mark WIZO's 96th anniversary, we celebrate our many accomplishments. Ninety-six years after its founding, WIZO continues to impact the lives of the most vulnerable children, youth, women and elderly in Israeli society.

Looking forward towards our centenary in 2020 we reaffirm the principles and purposes of our founding mothers, as relevant today as ever they were. We pledge to continue their legacy, fulfilling their vision of making the world a better place and ensuring a prosperous and flourishing future for all of Israel's citizens. Working hand-in-hand with our dedicated and engaged volunteers in Israel and abroad we are empowered and ready to tackle whatever challenges lie ahead.

With warm WIZO regards,

Janine Gelley
Chairperson, Organization and Tourism Div. 
World WIZO.
Jerusalem - Startup Capital of Israel
Who says ancient and innovative can't go together? This is the face of high-tech in one of the oldest cities in the world: Jerusalem!

On Brexit and the Jewish question

Brexit is the topic everybody is talking about – a meaningful world event that we all strive to understand and interpret. And as we try to make sense of what happened, we also try to understand what it means for us, the Jews. But before we go deeper into the subject, we ought to ask: which Jews? In other words: will Brexit be good or bad in the same way for all Jews – or is it something that will be good for some Jews and bad for other Jews? Read more... 

Ultra-Orthodox women embrace hi-tech

The high-tech industry is currently somewhat of a boy’s club, with two thirds of employees in the sector being male. However there is one notable exception in Israel, where a new study conducted by Gavan Tzruya, a Ben-Gurion University student who is also a strategic consultant at a large bank in Israel, revealed that Haredi (ultra-Orthodox Jewish) women outnumber their male counterparts 2-to-1 in the tech industry. Read more...

Iraqi Kurdistan sees a Jewish revival

The Kurds are the world’s largest ethnic group without a state of their own. As they prepare for possible independence, they are reaching out to both Israel and their own Jewish community.

Prayers were said, speeches made, and candles lit in memory of the six million Jews who lost their lives in the Holocaust. It seemed like any other remembrance service held on Yom HaShoah. Yet it was anything but ordinary. It was history in the making. For the first time, the Holocaust was being marked by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in the semi-autonomous region in northern Iraq. Read more...

Ancient cemetry offers a glimpse of the Hebrew Bible's most infamous villains

Goliath’s death is described in gruesome detail in the Bible, but how the Philistine champion would have been laid to rest has been a mystery. Scientists now say an extraordinary find may lay that giant enigma, much like the biblical villain, to rest. Archaeologists digging at the southern coastal city of Ashkelon announced Sunday the discovery of the first cemetery belonging to the ancient Israelites’ dreaded and shadowy nemeses, the Philistines. Read more...

New York's hummus hunk

His chickpea spread’s très chic. By day, Ohad Fisherman, 30, is a handsome, smartly dressed real estate broker. By night, he’s a hummus maker for the city’s elite legume lovers. Three years ago, shortly after moving to New York from his native Israel, Fisherman launched Hummus Joonam. He was fed up with subpar American brands such as Sabra and thought he could do better. He does, after all, have tahini and pureed garbanzo beans in his blood. His family owns the Tel Aviv, Israel, restaurant Mifgash Hasteak, which has been making some of that city’s best hummus since 1965. Read more...

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Compiled by World WIZO Organization & Tourism Division
Editor-in-chief: Janine Gelley, Chairperson
Co-editors: Lisa Moss & Raquel Dar
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