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500 Jewish Mothers From Around the World Bake Challahs in Jerusalem for Israeli Soldiers

JERUSALEM,  Some 500 Jewish mothers from around the world bonded over baking challahs for Israeli soldiers Thursday in Jerusalem in “The Great Big Challah Bake,” an event run by Israel’s Ministry of Diaspora Affairs, the Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project (JWRP) as part of the global Shabbat Project.

The women – 400 of whom are visiting Israel Nov. 6-16 on a JWRP “Momentum” trip together with past participants whom come from Israel – baked over 1,000 challahs for two hours, then packaged the loaves to donate to Israeli soldiers. The visitors, from Canada, the U.S., Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine, are touring Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, the Galilee and other popular destinations as part of the Momentum trip, which features extensive itineraries and curated curricula encompassing everything from Jewish values to contemporary Israeli society.

The Momentum trips, sponsored by Israel’s Ministry of Diaspora Affairs and JWRP, are designed to inspire Jewish mothers to connect deeply with their Jewish heritage and transform themselves, their families – and ultimately their communities and the wider world. More than 10,000 Jewish mothers from 26 countries around the world have already participated in the Momentum trips.

The Great Big Challah Bake was also conducted in partnership with the Shabbat Project, a global grassroots movement that unites Jews of all denominations and backgrounds to celebrate the transformative power of Shabbat. The Shabbat Project 2016 takes place this weekend, Nov. 11-12. Last year The Shabbat Project took place in more than 900 cities in nearly 90 countries.

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'No Woman Left Behind' Campaign Aims to Bring Jewish Mothers From Disadvantaged Countries to Israel

NEW YORK,  The Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project (JWRP), which brings Jewish mothers on life-changing “Momentum” Israel trips, launched a new campaign to help disadvantaged women from around the world experience the trips as well.



The JWRP’s “No Woman Left Behind” campaign was created to bring Jewish mothers in countries deemed “at-risk” – where anti-Semitism is resurging or Jewish heritage is declining. Among the countries JWRP is targeting are France, Poland, Hungary and Romania. JWRP supporters Debra and David Magerman are also providing a matching dollar-for-dollar grant, doubling each dollar donated.



The campaign, which launched last week, has already raised more than $98,000 toward a $250,000 goal, which will enable the organization to bring more than 80 additional women to Israel. Since 2009, the JWRP, in partnership with 150 partner organizations in 26 countries, has brought more than 8,000 women to Israel, and, starting in 2014, has partnered with Israel’s Ministry of Diaspora Affairs. The organization aims to bring another 3,500 Jewish mothers to Israel, including those from at-risk communities, in 2017.


“Momentum trips provide Jewish mothers with soul-stirring Israel experiences, enabling them to return home and transform their families and the wider Jewish community,” said Lori Palatnik, the JWRP’s founding director. “While we have already taken thousands of women to Israel, we want to leave no woman behind. This campaign will enable us to embrace so many more of our sisters around the world.”



One Momentum trip participant from Moscow, Laura Troyanovky, said her journey to Israel with JWRP brought her much closer to her Jewish roots. “After this trip, we started keeping Shabbat with the kids, started baking challah and learning more about our heritage.”



For more details about “No Woman Left Behind,” please visit https://www.causematch.com/en/projects/jwrp/.


ABOUT JWRP:

The Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project (jwrp.org) was founded in 2008, with the mission of empowering women to change the world through Jewish values. Its major project is “Momentum,” a nine-day, highly subsidized life-changing journey to Israel, experienced by over 8,000 women from 150 partner organizations in 26 countries worldwide. Since 2014, the JWRP has partnered with Israel's Ministry of Diaspora Affairs.

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