Dear Friends, Anne Frank (1929-1945) wrote in the essay “Give” on March 26, 1944: “Give and you shall receive, much more than you would have ever th


Dear Friends,

Anne Frank (1929-1945) wrote in the essay “Give” on March 26, 1944:
“Give and you shall receive, much more than you would have ever thought possible. No one has ever become poor from giving"

Volunteerism, the value of "giving to others" has exemplified WIZO since its inception and is an important part of fulfilling some of our most important Jewish values. Helping others who may be in a less fortunate position than oneself is one of the ultimate acts of generosity and a most satisfying and empowering experience. For Diaspora youth, volunteering in a WIZO project exposes them to the magic of WIZO and will ensure that the WIZO passion will be passed down from one generation to the next. We share with you an inspirational video clip on the value of volunteering and the opportunity it affords to make an impact and change lives.

With warm WIZO regards,

Janine Gelley
Chairperson, Organization and Tourism Division
World WIZO


Volunteering at a WIZO project: Diaspora youth experience Israel from the inside

"WIZO 4EVA" is a wonderful initiative by WIZO New York to empower volunteers abroad. These "gap-year" students studying in Jerusalem come from NY, Miami, Toronto, Paris and London and they dedicate a few hours every week to play with, tutor and help kids and teens at WIZO centers around Jerusalem. Their enthusiasm and love for Israel should inspire us all.
Click on the image to view the video clip.

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It's not all anti-Semitism for Jews in Europe

In an interview for Tablet Magazine's podcast series, Vox Tablet! Andi Gergely outstanding young activist and Chairperson of the World Union of Jewish students (WUJS) offers her perspective on the reality facing Jews in Europe today.Read or hear more..

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A step back in time: Herzl's musings on Pope Francis's "gesture of apology"

Pope Francis laid a wreath on Theodor Herzl’s grave in Jerusalem during his historic visit to Israel, signifying the change in the papacy’s attitude toward Israel., When Herzl approached then-Pope Pius X for support in establishing a Jewish state 110 years ago, he was denied outright.Read more...

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Example to the World: IDF speaks to NATO on women’s roles

The Women’s Affairs Adviser to the Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff, Brigadier General Rachel Tevet-Wiesel, participated recently in the annual conference of NATO’s Committee on Gender Perspectives, which took place at the organization’s headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. The IDF stands out among the world’s militaries for the high representation of women in its ranks.Read more...


How millennials are reinventing Jewish names?

Jewish surnames aren't what they used to be.Today's Jews are creating weird new ways to build a name. A generation ago, the solution for many couples would simply have been to hyphenate. But some of the millennials (those born from 1980 to 2000), and even those at the younger end of Generation X, already grew up with hyphenated or double-barrel names. Read more...

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Mick Jagger jabbers in Hebrew

Mick Jagger hit back at pro-Palestinian protesters who requested that The Rolling Stones cancel their Israeli show by speaking in Hebrew during the bands performance at Tel Aviv's Hayarkon Park where they played to a capacity crowd of 50,000 rapturous fans Read more...


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Compiled by World WIZO Organization & Tourism Division

Co-editors: Lisa Moss, Raquel Dar