This year the traditional Independence Day opening ceremony on Jerusalem’s Mount Herzl paid tribute to civilian heroism and applauded those everyday heroes among us— courageous individuals who have demonstrated great bravery; crusaders for social justice and equality in a wide variety of sectors; agents of hope and change who have committed themselves to improving the lives of others.
Everyday heroes model the pillar of caring. Caring means more however than a concern for the well-being of oneself or others. Caring also includes a passion about making the world a better place to live. WIZO women worldwide are everyday heroines, inspiring examples of how simply living your life with a spirit of generosity and kindness can make a huge difference in the lives of all those you touch.
With warm WIZO regards,
Chairperson, Organization and Tourism Division.
Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah is an iconic song, but this version by the IDF choir may be the best yet. Listen and share with your friends.
WIZO Leadership Program graduate lights Independence Day torch
Three of the torch lighters at this year's Yom Ha'atzmaut ceremony at Mt. Herzl were women who have led the fight for equal rights in various realms of Israeli civic life. Amongst them was Jerusalem single mother Fainy Soknick, teacher and educational consultant, founder and director of "Ba'asher Telchi," an NGO dedicated to helping ultra-Orthodox women going through a divorce. Fainy is also a graduate of WIZO's Women's Leadership Program as well as WIZO's Greenhouse Program for Social Initiatives and her participation in these programs spurred her on to create change within her community. Read more...
Israel celebrates 68 years of independence
On the eve of the State of Israel’s 68th Independence Day the population numbers approximately 8.5 million — more than 10 times what it was when the state was founded. Data released by the CBS (Central Bureau of Statistics) shows that not only has the Israeli population grown exponentially over the 68 years since the Jewish state's establishment, but it has also become modernized and its economy has grown by leaps and bounds. Read more...
2015 Antisemitism report by Kantor Center
The Annual Report on Antisemitism for 2015 compiled by the Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry at Tel Aviv University was published recently. New research reveals that over the course of 2015 violent antisemitic attacks against Jews decreased under increased security, but at the same time there was a serious rise in "institutional antisemitism." Dr. Moshe Kantor, President of the European Jewish Congress (EJC), spoke about the findings of the study and attributed the drop in attacks to the massive deployment of security to Jewish institutions following the January attacks in Paris. Read more...
Fighting a disease that dare not speak its name
With societal factors deterring ultra-Orthodox women from obtaining the knowledge and care they need to prevent and treat breast cancer, a grassroots effort is making headway. Ruth Colian, a 34-year-old Haredi mother and law student, founder of "B'Zhutan, Israel's first haredi women's party is raising funds to print posters in the Haredi style and distribute them in neighborhoods where women do not know that they can save their own lives. The posters will be a modest call to women to be aware of the disease, to get informed and have mammograms. She is convinced they will save lives. Read more...
Playing a difference
Anat Shperling and Yifat Anzelevich, cofounders of Toya-Play a Difference, have created a new category of mobile games that are about flouting rules and inventing new ones, as well as dismantling stereotypes and encouraging equal opportunities. Their intention is to expose girls to new content and to inspire them to open their minds, to identify with new role models, and believe that they can really be whomever they want to be and do whatever they wish to do! Read more...