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Dear Friends,
 
Rabbi Simeon ben Gamaliel taught: "The world rests on three things: truth, justice and peace" (Avot 1:18). 

Peace is a concept that is central to Judaism. Along with truth and justice, it is one of the three key Jewish values. The Jewish concept also recognizes that true peace is part of a totality which includes justice and compassion, reflected in the idea of 'Tikkun Olam' – the imperative to 'repair the world' through social action. It recognizes that each act of kindness, no matter how small, helps to build a new and better world. This principle is central to our movement and WIZO volunteers worldwide are dedicated to doing good, working towards those miracles that give children, youth and women in Israel hope for a better tomorrow, for a better future.
 
The New Year is a time for fresh starts, for new adventures. May all of the journeys that you embark upon this year — whether personal or professional, lead you to a place of fulfillment and peace.
 
Wishing you L'Shanah Tovah Tikatevu "May you be inscribed (in the Book of Life) for a good year."
Janine Gelley 
Chairperson, Organization and Tourism Division.
World WIZO.
"Why I am a Jew" by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks
In this innovative whiteboard animation, former British Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks calls upon Jews to appreciate their status as part of an “eternal people”. 
WORLDWIDE TEHILIM BY WIZO
Join WIZO Mexico in a worldwide reading of Tehilim (Psalms) during the Ten Days of Awe between Rosh HaShana and Yom Kippur.

WIZO Mexico hopes to create worldwide 'Psalms chain'

As part of WIZO's 95th anniversary, WIZO Mexico (which is, itself, celebrating its 75th year) is inviting Jewish people of different countries to join a worldwide "Psalms chain" – via social media, email, or other internet outlets. Through this initiative the event's promoters hope to create unity, empathy, and connections that cross social, racial, and cultural borders. Read more...

A modern day Oskar Schindler

A Talmud verse reads: “And whoever saves a life, it is considered as if he saved the world.” This adage is cited by Montreal businessman Steve Maman as his motivation for facilitating the release of 128 Yazidi and Christian girls who were captured by Islamic State militants for purposes of sexual servitude. A Montreal businessman is on a mission to save scores of women and girls from being sold into sexual slavery by Islamic State militants in Iraq, What began as a campaign among members of Montreal’s Sephardic Jewish community, to which Maman belongs, has now developed into a global movement. Read more... 

 

Israel and the apartheid analogy

Israel just got some serious support from a South African MP who experienced real apartheid himself. In an interview for Israel's Channel 10,  Kenneth Meshoe President of the African Christian Democratic Party, spoke out against the claim by Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement activists that Israel is an "apartheid state saying that this "is an empty political statement that does not hold truth. You see people of different colors, backgrounds, and religions [coexist in the country]." Read more...

Palestinian and Israeli restaurateurs make chick peace

An Israeli and a Palestinian walk into a hummus joint - this is not the beginning of a joke, but a new culinary venture that has taken The Hague by storm. Love & Peas, the hummus restaurant opened by two friends - Israeli Yuval Gal and his partner, Muawiyya Shahadeh, a Palestinian has become a hit, and has been featured on several food TV shows. Under the motto "food brings people together," the restaurant not only breaks the political stereotype of the impossibility of harmony between Israelis and Palestinians, but also the religious stereotype. Read more...

 

Making Israeli culture a uniting force for Jews everywhere

Historically, and for good reason, the conversation between Israel and American Jews has skewed heavily toward what Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik called “The Covenant of Fate” — that is, political solidarity and mutual concern for security and wellbeing. This pillar is absolutely essential to the survival of the Jewish people and must continue to be at the heart of the Israel-Diaspora bond. But this alone is no longer enough. There are only so many young American Jews who will want Israel to be central to their lives if all we tell them about is Israel’s problems. Read more...
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Compiled by World WIZO Organization & Tourism Division
Editor-in-chief: Janine Gelley, Chairperson
Co-editors: Rolene Marks, Deputy Chairperson
Lisa Moss & Raquel Dar
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