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Dear Friends,

After a 2 month hiatus our "Beyond the Headlines" newsletter is back.

As the dust begins to settle on the 26th World WIZO EGM we can reflect on what a fantastic experience it was. WIZO chaverot, from around the world, took part in inspirational lectures, interesting and beneficial workshops, networked with friends, old and new and most importantly, got the chance to see the incredible work their federations are doing by visiting WIZO projects in Israel. It was an amazing week of inspiration, emotion, and empowered Jewish women celebrating Zionism and Jewish heritage.

We thank the participants for joining us in Israel, reaffirming their unwavering support for WIZO, solidarity with Israel and commitment to the Jewish Peoplehood.

Looking forward to seeing everyone again in 2020 to celebrate WIZO's centennial milestone.  
With warm WIZO regards,
Janine Gelley 
Chairperson, Organization and Tourism Division.
World WIZO.
The Island of Tears

Check out this inspiring video that highlights the incredible work of IsraAID, an Isareli NGO that is helping thousands of desperate refugees flooding Europe from the Middle East, Asia and Africa.

Women leading change: the 26th World WIZO EGM

World WIZO's quadrennial conference, convened in Tel Aviv from 17 - 21 January and brought together hundreds of international Jewish female leaders for a week of thought, reflection, decision-making and celebration. Brazilian Erica Saubermann-Alem, the newly elected Aviv representative to the World WIZO Executive shares her thoughts and feelings on an event full of moving, exciting and memorable moments. Read more...

The challenge of the Diaspora: fighting anti-Semitism

A fantastic article from the Jerusalem Post interviewing members and heads of international WIZO federations, discussing the difficulties of Zionist leadership around the world and the anti-Semitic and anti-Israel challenges their communities are facing. Read more... 

Our legacy is to keep their stories alive

Nations and Jewish communities around the globe commemorated International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27 coinciding with the 71st anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. As the years go by, and survivors of the holocaust are aging, how do we keep the voices and the lessons of the Holocaust alive for this generation and the next? We need to educate them about the dangers of hatred and discrimination which led to the Holocaust. Holocaust educator, Dr. Elana Heideman expertly guides us on why something young people are so disconnected from should matter to us all. Read more...

Ancient wisdom optimized for the digital age

Can Jewish ‘wisdom’ become the new religion of corporate America? Jewish values are at the core of the new Wisdom 2.0 movement, believes Yaakov Lehman, who is dedicated to bringing that message to America’s top executives. Spirituality, of course, is what Judaism thrives on, and Lehman wants to bring the Jewish take on spirituality to the world of business, using Torah-grown ideas and concepts to enhance the work environment — and the internal life of workers and managers. Read more...

You don’t have to be Jewish to love Shabbat dinner

Thousands of Jerusalem’s non-Jewish tourists pay to enjoy a special meal they can’t find in any restaurant: Friday night dinner in a Jewish home. Most of the visitors had never heard of Shabbat dinner until but they were eager to soak up every drop of the experience, hoping it would add to their understanding of Israeli and Jewish culture, which they saw as key to figuring out how such a small country could make a name for itself globally in the industry. Read more 
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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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