Children dance and drum with Federation women
On Thursday the women traveled to Ha-Megenim Elementary School inKiryat Shmona, funded by JCF. The children put on a dance performanceand drum circle in the bomb shelters where people took shelter duringthe war. “I want to thank you very much for your longstandingpartnership. Together with you this school is going to make a bigdifference,” said one of the teachers. The women and children alsoplanted a garden together and ended the work with a blessing.
Left: Ha-Megenim children drumming
Manhigut Esre teens tell about their wartime experiences
The women met with the Israeli teens in the Manhigut Esre Leadershipprogram, a parallel group to the Diller Teen Fellows. The teens toldabout their experiences during the war and their volunteer work plantingtrees in cooperation with the Federation. The two groups then watched adocumentary about a young local Israeli soldier killed during the war.There was not a dry eye among the teens or the women.
Left: Manhigut teens and SF women at lunch
Tuesday, March 13, 2007Working toward a better Israel
JCF Israel Director Gila Noam spoke to the Mission group Tuesdaymorning. “Israel is in the midst of the worst social crisis the country hasever known. One in every three Jews and every second Arab child aregrowing up in poverty.” And secular Jews have lost touch with theirJewish identity. “Fortunately, Federation is bringing us that much closerto realizing the dream behind the State of Israel” through programspromoting democracy, pluralism and economic opportunity for allcitizens. “Federation is setting a great example for Israeli philanthropy.”
Left: JCF Israel Director Gila Noam
JCF helps poor Bedouin families in the Negev
Participants heard Bedouin mothers’ gratitude for JCF’s Echad program,which is enabling them for the first time ever to meet as a group of women, speak about their feelings, and learn from each other and asocial worker about parenting, child development and nutrition. Onemother thanked JCF: “You have taught us how to listen to our childrenand realize our role as their teachers.” Echad trains preschool andkindergarten teachers to detect and address the high rate of growth anddevelopmental deficiencies among Bedouin children.
Left: Group meets with Lakiya women from Echad Project
Monday, March 12, 2007Israeli defense correspondent outlines threats to Israel
Day two began with an overview of the political situation and securityissues with Alon Ben David, senior defense correspondent for IsraeliChannel 10. Despite the war over the summer, “the country feels muchsafer today. That is our major achievement in the last six years,” saidBen David. He also expressed that Iran is the greatest threat to Israel’ssecurity.
Left: Speaker Alon Ben David
Women walk into history in Neve Zedek
The participants traveled to Independence Hall, located in the home of Meir Dizengoff, the first mayor of Tel Aviv. Here David Ben Gurion,Israel’s first prime minister, announced the Declaration of Independenceon May 14, 1948. Many women were visibly moved while listening to therecording of “Hatikva” sung for the first time as the national anthem.
Left: Women at Independence Hall
80-year-old feminist artist lunches with Lions
Following a walking tour of the Neve Zedek neighborhood, six IsraeliLions of Judah gathered at the Rokach House museum. The womenenjoyed a lively luncheon with 80-year-old Lea Majaro-Mintz, one of