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A banner day in Israel

Sara Gittleson (SPARK) and I (JFGO) have been honored to represent our respective organizations on this year’s amazing Israel trip. Here, despite the wind, we proudly unfurl the special JFGO/SPARK flag that made the trek with us from Orlando.


Representing Orlando in the desert!


Our delegation traveled to the desert in Israel on Thursday, where we proudly unfurled our Jewish Federation/JOIN banner. (The trip is co-organized and subsidized by the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando and JOIN Orlando).


Hello from Tel Aviv!

The 21 members of our Orlando MOMentum group had the privilege of attending the Jewish Federations of North America’s General Assembly on Tuesday at the Tel Aviv Convention Center!

We look forward to sharing more photos and updates throughout the trip! 

Our journey begins …

I am excited about taking another group of Orlando moms to Israel for a trip of a lifetime. This is the 4th annual JWRP MOMentum trip that Orlando has participated in and my third. Nineteen local moms will spend 8 days in Israel as the beginning of a yearlong journey aimed at empowering them to improve themselves, their families, their communities and ultimately the world using Jewish values.  

This year is unique because we will be starting our trip by attending the GA, the Jewish Federations of North America’s General Assembly, which is in Israel for the first time. We will be inspired as we join leaders, innovators and Jewish communal change makers at this premier annual gathering. 

For last year’s MOMentum trip, we started our journey visiting Kiryat Motzkin, Orlando’s Partnership 2Gether, P2G, city.  We visited programs that the Orlando Federation helps fund through the P2G program.

We first visited Mashma’ut Center for Cultural Enrichment for Holocaust Survivors.  We listened to a Holocaust survivor’s story from an Israeli’s perspective.  He shared the reasons he is involved in teaching students at the center.

We also heard from new Olim at the Sapir Absorption Center.  We learned about the the process of making aliyah and the great care and time that Israel gives to provide easy transitions for these new Israeli citizens. 

Follow our trip through my blog updates from the road!