Received this newsletter from a friend? Subscribe here! Dear Friends, The Jewish New Year, 5775, is a numeric palindrome – a sequence that reads the


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Dear Friends,

The Jewish New Year, 5775, is a numeric palindrome – a sequence that reads the same backward and forward. This special phenomenon will not occur again for another 110 years. Thanks to our WIZO Mexico Chavera, Dalia Shwartz for sharing this thought with us.

The high holidays are an opportunity for us to engage in self reflection and introspection, to look backwards only for the purpose of going forwards; to assess ourselves inside and out and make changes will lead to a more meaningful life.

On the eve of Yom Kippur I would like to share with you this chilling rendition of IDF Chief Chazzan Shai Abramson singing Unesaneh Tokef one of the most powerful prayers Jews say on the holiest day of the year. Click to view clip...

In conjunction with the International Shabbos Project, WIZO members worldwide will be #SPREADINGLIGHT by lighting the Shabbat candles on Friday eve, 24th October. Help us spread the word by sending us photos by Tuesday, 7th October with the hashtag #SPREADINGLIGHT to Tene Abraham - or send through WhatsApp to 972-58-580059 (add a short caption and the name of the Federation).

May you be inscribed in the book of life.

Janine Gelley
Chairperson, Organization and Tourism Division
World WIZO


WIZO is spreading the light

President of World WIZO Tova Ben-Dov reaches out to WIZO members and Jewish women around the globe in unity, friendship and peace and encourages them to spread the spirit of Shabbat by lighting candles on Friday 24 Oct as part of the International Shabbos Project initiated by South Africa’s Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein. Read more...

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Arab Israeli and Jewish Israeli artists showcase their work together

"Olive Tree", a travelling exhibition of Jewish and Arab Israeli women artists, falling under the auspices of the WIZO Afula Community Center is set to be a showstopper in leading city hot spots throughout Europe. This exhibition is a unique Hasbara tool that shines the spotlight on the cultural diversity and social cohesion of Israeli society. Manuele Amar, WIZO France Executive Member is spearheading this project in conjunction with WIZO Presidents from Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Belgium, Holland and UK. Read more...

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Baking a Great Campaign

This short video highlights the essential elements needed to create a successful fundraising campaign. Whether sharing with new board members, or just as a refresher, this film will show you what decisions you need to make before the launch. Watch and share...

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Photo by Rachel Rotem Sela

Fighting gender segregation from the front-lines

Rachel Azaria, deputy mayor of Jerusalem has been at the forefront of the fight against the exclusion of women from the public sphere in Israel’s capital, and in Israeli society in general.An Orthodox feminist, she is not afraid to speak out against those who oppose her and her allies’ efforts to create a more tolerant, pluralistic Jerusalem. Read more...

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Photo:Yaakov Israel for Time Magazine

Young Israeli activist wins international acclaim

Adi Altschuler,the 27-year-old Israel manager of Google for Education, has been named one of Time magazine’s six “Next Generation Leaders. Hailed as a social entrepreneur who has created “communities of kindness” through the establishment of Krembo Wings, a nationwide youth movement that runs after-school activities for children with disabilities.Read more...

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From Challah to Jalapenos:Latin American Jews Redefine a Culinary Heritage

Latin American Jewish cuisine is heating up restaurants and kitchens throughout the Americas.
There is no single unifying cuisine, but Jewish food from Central and South America is coming into its own.Read more...


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Compiled by World WIZO Organization & Tourism Division

Co-editors: Lisa Moss, Raquel Dar