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Dear Friends,
 
“A woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform.” ~  Diane Mariechild

The exciting and highly successful 2015 World WIZO Meeting of Representatives is now behind us. For the participants it was a wonderful experience, a time to share ideas, network with friends old and new, listen to top-level speakers, discuss the issues and challenges confronting our organization, the Jewish people and Israeli society, and also see first-hand how WIZO is changing lives. This annual gathering of WIZO leadership serves to reaffirm the unbreakable bond that exists between Jewish communities across the globe and the State of Israel.

The Meeting of Representatives validated the appointment of Rolene Marks to the World WIZO Executive, as Deputy Chairperson of the Organization and Tourism Division. She brings to the table her vast experience as a media specialist and passionate advocate for Israel. Rolene is looking forward to contributing more to the Hasbara portfolio and will ensure that you and your federation is kept up to date on issues, well informed and armed with the necessary facts to go out and be great ambassadors for the State of Israel. We are interested to hear more about what resources and information you would find beneficial so please let us know. 

This week we celebrated Tu B'shvat, the New Year of the trees. We have been blessed this winter with a healthy rainfall and the signs of spring are upon us. The almond trees on the road to Jerusalem in bloom and the fields of the Negev covered in a carpet of red anemones capture the splendor of Israel's natural beauty at it's best. 

With warm regards,

Janine Gelley 
Chairperson, Organization and Tourism Division.
World WIZO.

A time to scream

To coincide with International Holocaust Day (27 January) the BBC held an hour long debate on whether or not it is time to lay the Holocaust to rest. This is offensive on SO many levels. Anti-Semitism is reaching alarming levels around the world and once again, Jews are fleeing Europe. When we took that vow NEVER AGAIN, we promised  our family members we lost, we promised the victims of the Holocaust we will never let it happen again. More than 70 years after the Holocaust can we really say we learnt anything? In Rwanda and Cambodia, in the former Yugoslavia and in the Ukraine and across the Middle East, genocide and mass murder has resurfaced.Read more of Rolene Mark's enlightening blog post

Singing Hatikva in Auschwitz

A WIZO NY delegation attended the official ceremony in commemorating the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz which was held in front of the Death Gate of KL Auschwitz II–Birkenau with hundreds of survivors and their families from all over the world, heads of State, Steven Spielberg, Ronald Lauder and other invited dignitaries in attendance. They group spent four awe-inspiring days touring Krakow, Auschwitz and spending priceless moments with survivors. This profoundly moving experience is one they will remember for a very long time. Read more...

The WIZO Leadership- Empowerment Seminar: an inspiration infusion 

Delegates to the 2015 WIZO Leadership Empowerment Seminar enjoyed a jam-packed program participating in outstanding sessions dealing with pertinent issues such as: status of women, Zionism, effective messaging and Israel advocacy . They came away enthused, empowered and enlightened and more committed than ever to carrying out their vital WIZO work. Read first-hand impressions of this amazing week...

Tu B’Shvat: springboard for social justice 

Tu B'Shvat (Tu Bishvat), the day that marks the beginning of a “new year” for trees was celebrated this year on Wednesday, February 4. In the Jewish scheme of the world, trees have always occupied a key and revered role. The Talmud sages believed that mankind, which they often compared to trees, owes its existence to them and should treat them with special recognition. Moreover, our Sages were inspired by nature, using it to reveal hidden wisdom, and that’s exactly what we can do on Tu B’Shvat. Read more...
 

Soul food with schmaltz 

Chef Michael Twitty is one of today's most enthralling practitioners of storytelling through food. He is justly celebrated for being to soul food what his mentor Joan Nathan is to Jewish food. The former Judaica teacher's own Jewish roots have led him to a blending of traditions, which he has piquantly branded as "Kosher Soul." Read more...
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