Archive | Israel RSS feed for this section

I Want a Bat Mitzvah at the Kotel!

by Doris Schyman On October 24th, Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan, 12-year-old Sasha Lutt of Beer Sheva read from a Torah, completing the first ever full bat mitzvah at the Western Wall in Jerusalem. Irina Lutt, the proud mother who moved to Israel from Russia when Sasha was just a baby, looked on and supported her daughter during […]

Read more

An Arizona Congregation Forms a New Kind of “Israel Bonds”

by Bonnie Golden This article originally appeared at the Arizona Jewish Post. It highlights the experience of one woman with the WRJ-Israel Twinning Program.  Jews of a certain age might share similar early impressions of Israel. In Chicago, where I grew up, the young congregants at Lawn Manor Hebrew Congregation were inculcated with a firm commitment to […]

Read more

Living Near a War Zone

by Rabbi Ayala R. Samuels Several friends and family members have sent emails with words of support and empathy, and have asked about my thoughts and experiences during this time of war. It is hard for me to reflect upon my reality in a coherent and insightful manner. It is even more difficult to be […]

Read more

Reflections on the National Leadership Assembly for Israel

by Rosanne M. Selfon with Sharon K. Benoff, Jeanne W. Kahn, Rachel Maryn, and Helene H. Waranch Inspiring, exciting, honored and distinguished… these words describe how our five WRJ representatives to Monday’s National Leadership Assembly for Israel felt as they joined several hundred Jewish leaders from across North America at the National Press Club in […]

Read more

Thoughts from Israel as “Operation Protective Edge” Continues

by Rabbi Stanley M. Davids As the tragedy in Gaza and throughout Israel continues to unfold, it might be helpful to share some of our personal experiences and feelings.  You certainty don’t need our letters to get the latest facts on the ground, though it is obvious to us that much of what is being reported as facts by multiple sources throughout the world may fall […]

Read more

Under Siege: Jerusalem

by Resa and Rabbi Stanley Davids We made Aliyah on February 22, 2004. We were sitting in our taxi happily chatting about our decision to center our lives in Israel when we approached our new home. As we slowed to make a turn, we looked right and saw a destroyed bus stop. Earlier that day, […]

Read more

An Account of Life in Israel

by Janet Toar How can I write an account of what it is like to live through alerts, sirens, constant worry… to be so immersed in minute-by-minute reporting; thoughts of soldiers, political and military decision makers, children’s reactions, world opinion, and the effect on tourism, economy, quality of life, our personal and national security, and […]

Read more

Global Sisterhood

During our recent mission to Israel, WRJ President Blair C. Marks, WRJ Immediate Past President Lynn Magid Lazar, and I had a chance to visit with numerous women’s groups that have joined WRJ-Israel in recent years. My major take away from those meetings is how much they long for connections and support from their North American […]

Read more

Shalom from Jerusalem

Hard to believe that the WRJ leadership has been here in Israel just a week–we’ve packed in so much that it feels like a month! The weather has been glorious and our meetings have been very fruitful.Most of this first week was spent doing WRJ business. We visited with about half a dozen of our women’s […]

Read more

Mourning the Loss of Rivka Haut, Honoring Her Memory

On March 30, 2014, the Jewish community lost a giant: Rivka Haut. In her advocacy for women’s advancement Jewish life, on behalf of agunot, and Jewish scholarship, Rivka leaves us with a legacy that is not only a guide for what we can achieve, but a call to action to continue her work. Haut might […]

Read more