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Dear Friends,

More than the Jews have kept the Sabbath, the Sabbath has kept the Jews - Ahad Ha'am

As the sun dips below the horizon on November, 11 an estimated one million Jews worldwide will be uniting for what might just be the most extraordinary Shabbat in Jewish history. Take part in this initiative to experience the magic of Shabbat and give yourselves an opportunity to disconnect from the routine and challenge of daily live, focus on family and relationships and be part of a really extended Jewish family.

WIZO invites the women of our nation, to spread the light of the Shabbat Project by lighting candles together #SPREADINGLIGHT. Let this momentous Shabbat begin with the warmth and glow of unity, friendship and community.

We are excited to welcome the delegates to the 2016 International WIZO Aviv Seminar which will convene next week in Tel Aviv and promises to be a fun-filled, informative and inspiring experience.

With warm WIZO regards,

Janine Gelley
Chairperson, Organization and Tourism Div. 
World WIZO.
This is Israel: a fast-paced view of a fast-paced nation. Watch and share !

Unity in diversity

WIZOuk's 'Unity in Diversity' tour of Israel took place between 30th October to 3rd November giving the participants a taste of the influence of Israel's dynamic women, from food to the peace process.  Seeing WIZO projects from Afula in the north to Be'ersheva in the south, was an eye-opening experience. Meeting with the wonderful women, and men, that work so hard to bring about a better life for all the people of israel - Jewish, Arab, Bedouin - everyone- was truly amazing and inspiring. One of the participants commented that it was difficult to pick a highlight as truly every day of the tour was so special. Read more...

The Shabbos Project: global Jewish outreach

Following on the heels of last year's successful campaign WIZO is once again partnering with the International Shabbat Project and is calling on all of its members and friends to participate in this year's ‪#spreadinglight‬ campaign by lighting Shabbat candles on Friday eve, 11 November. WIZO believes that participation in this extraordinary initiative offers an opportunity to build new relationships, strengthen existing ones, as well as to spread Jewish identity and love of Israel. and create gatherings of friends & family.  Read more...

Tattoos cover the scars of terror

New York-based Artists4Israel a non-profit organization that is famous in Israel for using graffiti to beautify bomb shelters in Sderot and other areas of the country including a WIZO Day Care Center in Ashdod organized the Healing Ink happening in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv to help victims of terrorism reclaim their bodies by covering scars with beautiful body art. Craig Dershowitz founder of Artists4Israel commented “Tattooing is perhaps the most forbidden project we have undertaken and, I believe, the one with the most power to provide deeply personal healing.” Read more...

Israel's bold beauty queen speaks out  
The world must learn how “unique and diverse” the Jewish state is, an Ethiopian-Israeli beauty queen told The Algemeiner amid a week-long US college campus speaking tour. “There are Americans who I meet who are surprised that I’m Jewish and that I was an officer in the IDF and won Miss Israel,”  commented 25-year-old Yityish ‘Titi’ Aynaw. “It’s weird for them. They don’t understand my story. Everything good that I represent, they don’t realize that these are things that can happen in Israel.” This is the true spirit of Israel! Unity, Solidarity and Diversity Read more...

The 'Hidden Figures' who helped Nasa win the space race

Before NASA, there was NACA—the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, headquartered at the Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. And before there were computers, there were human computers—mathematicians hired to double-check the numbers and calculations the engineers relied on. 
In the 1940s, at the height of World War II, these human computers were women, and their calculations served the war effort to build more effective airplanes. And as many as 50 or more of the women who worked at Langley in those decades were African American women.
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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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