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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!