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Dear Friends,

When you think of the Purim story, Queen Esther probably comes to mind as the leading lady but there was another powerful woman who played an important role in the story: the Megilah's less celebrated heroine Queen Vashti.  When the King summons Vashti to be paraded in front of his guests she refuses to objectified, shows the courage to face tremendous consequences, the conviction to demand dignity, decency and equality. Vashti was a feminist before the world even knew what one was. In today's world women continue to be the focus of sexual objectification. WIZO is taking a stand and speaking out. Its annual campaign against sexist advertising raises awareness to the deeply ingrained societal perceptions of women as objects and the social damage advertisements can cause when negatively exploiting the female body image.

Judaism teaches us that in times of joy we must also realize life brings sadness and sorrow. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the 1996 Dizengoff Center suicide bombing which occurred on the eve of the Purim claiming the lives of 13 innocent victims among them the mother and sister of friends of mine. We will honor their memories by continuing to live our lives proudly in our homeland.  

Wishing you and your families a festive and fun Purim.
Janine Gelley 
Chairperson, Organization and Tourism Division.
World WIZO.
EGM 2016 - Moran Samuel
"Take a step” - Moran Samuel world-ranked Paralympic athlete in rowing captivated the audience at the World WIZO EGM with her inspirational talk. Watch and share it with others!

Surprising findings from first Pew study of Israelis

Nearly 70 years after the establishment of the modern State of Israel, its Jewish population remains united behind the idea that Israel is a homeland for the Jewish people and a necessary refuge from rising anti-Semitism around the globe. But alongside these sources of unity, the first Pew survey in Israel highlights deep divisions in Israeli society – not only between Israeli Jews and the country’s Arab minority, but also among the religious subgroups that make up Israeli Jewry. Read more...

Lighting a continent

Sivan Ya’ari is the Founder and CEO of Innovation: Africa, an incredible organization that utilizes Israeli technology to provide better, cleaner, safer, and more reliable resources to the people of Africa. In the past 8 years, Innovation: Africa has brought Israeli solar and agricultural technologies to African villages and has improved the lives of nearly 1 million people. This is an Israeli woman truly making the world a better place for all. Read more...

The Secret of the Hamantash

Purim is a holiday where the Jewish people celebrate their triumph over Haman and all of their enemies. What better way is there to celebrate the holiday than by eating a cookie that symbolizes the victory over their rivals? But what exactly is the history behind these triangular cookies? Read more... 
We share with you an innovative recipe for Pita and Hummus Hamantaschen. Try it, you won't be disappointed.   

Israeli Holocaust survivor is world's oldest man

There are times when the world seems like a cruel and unforgiving place, and times when it gives us something that inspires you to hope regardless. Yisrael Kristal,112 an Auschwitz survivor has been has been named by Guinness World Records as the world's oldest living man. "I don't know the secret for long life," Kristal, who lives in Haifa, Israel, told Guinness. "I believe that everything is determined from above and we shall never know the reasons why. There have been smarter, stronger and better looking men than me who are no longer alive." But few men have lived through so much tumult and turmoil. Read more...

Former NY mayor Giuliani praises Israel's resilience

Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani praised Israel’s resilience in the face of terrorism, saying it left him inspired in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks. “I came to Israel thinking I would lift morale, but I came back uplifted,” he said Sunday at a meeting of the World Jewish Congress and the Israel Council on Foreign Relations in Jerusalem. Giuliani said the U.S. and the Jewish state’s struggle against terrorism is one and the same. Read more... 

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Editor-in-chief: Janine Gelley, Chairperson
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