Our collective hearts are broken at the loss of Shimon Peres, the last founding father of the Jewish state. He died as he lived - passionately committed to Israel - and leaves a massive void. End of an era, but his vision lives on.
The Hebrew word for “year” - “shana” – is based on the same root as the word “shinui"
which means “change.” It reminds us that the start of each year presents us with new promise and potential; it is an opportunity to change, to renew, to dream and fulfill dreams and to pledge ourselves to grow in meaningful ways. May all of the journeys that you embark upon this year — whether personal or professional, lead you to a place of fulfillment and peace.
Following the success of last year's initiative WIZO Mexico again calls on Jews to join an international day of Tehilim "Psalms" readings on 6 October, 2016. The formation of this "Psalm chain" via social mediai, email, or other internet outlets is intended to create unity, empathy, and connections that cross social, racial, and cultural borders. Take part by clicking on the link.
If you're in Israel over the Chaggim we invite you to join our post-Succot tour on Wednesday, 26th October. Details to follow.
With warm WIZO regards,
Chairperson, Organization and Tourism Div.
L' Shana Tova
With warmest wishes for peace,happiness,health,prosperity,hope and renewal in the New Year
Janine,Dalia,Beto,Raquel and Lisa
Israel - fifth best country for social entrepreneurs
Social entrepreneurs using businesses as a way to tackle social problems are emerging across the world but which are the countries that are providing the best resources, access and policies for it? Thomson Reuters Foundation teamed up with Deutsche Bank, UnLtd and the Global Social Entrepreneurship Network to conduct the world’s first experts’ poll on the best countries for social entrepreneurs. Israel is ranked in 5th place. Read more...
Better late than never
“L’chaim” will take on a whole new meaning for the world’s oldest man. Yisrael Kristal is celebrating his 113th birthday by finally having a bar mitzvah — 100 years later than he originally planned. About 100 of Kristal’s family members are going to Israel to help him celebrate his historic birthday. He’ll take part in the Jewish rite of passage, which should have happened a century earlier. But in 1916, when Kristal was supposed to become a man, World War I was ravaging his Polish homeland. Read more...
Humanitarian mission work is part of the Israeli-Jewish DNA
After serving eight years in an elite Israeli army unit, Gili Cohen, like most discharged IDF soldiers, decided to go on a post-army trip abroad. While spending the Jewish New Year at Chabad House in Koh Samui Thailand, along with 1,300 other Israelis he came to a realization that Israeli backpackers could do some good for the local people during their travels. Subsequently, Cohen and two other IDF officers founded Fighters for Life in 2013. Read more...
Saving the Dead Sea
Five years after bringing his trademark mass-nudity projects to Israel, American photographer Spencer Tunick returned to the Dead Sea to push an environmental message. The 2011 photoshoot, attended by over 1,000 Israelis, was intended to raise awareness to the state of the sea’s shrinking shores, and the harmful impact this was having on the surrounding environment. Things have only gotten worse since then. Read more...
The link between wine and Israel dates back to biblical times — wine is central to Jewish ritual and is mentioned in the Bible countless times. And now, Israeli viticulture is prominently featured in a different bible of sorts: on the cover of Wine Spectator magazine. In its latest issue, the wine connoisseur’s must-read is shining a spotlight on Israeli wines. And through in-depth research, Wine Spectator arrived at a “surprising” fact: Israeli wines are good. Read more...