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Dear Friends,

During Tishrei, we move from contemplation (Rosh Hashana) to repentance (Yom Kippur) and finally joy as we welcome the New Year with a harvest festival. Sukkot is a full-body holiday celebrated by getting outside and spending as much time in the natural world as possible. It helps us ground in our roots— make sure they’re still attached to Mother Earth. It is a time to sit outside as we bask in the company of friends and family, syncing ourselves with the rhythms of nature. As we enter the Sukkah we will appreciate fully the lessons of this truly festive holiday. We remember our past, celebrate our present, and contemplate our future.

If you're in Israel please join us for our post-Succot tour on Wednesday, 26th October. To register click here.

With warm WIZO regards,

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