Florida’s First Coast now home to 20 new Jewish leaders, thanks to recent women’s trip to Israel
BY MARCY RUDOWITZ
Thanks to the Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project (JWRP) and local partner agencies, the Jewish Federation of Jacksonville and Etz Chaim Synagogue, 20 local Jewish women participated in an eight-day subsidized Momentum journey through Israel. Since 2009, the Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project has inspired new Jewish leadership and touched thousands of Jewish individuals, based on the premise, if you inspire a woman, you can inspire a family, a community and ultimately, change the world.
The bond for participants is motherhood and raising Jewish children. More than 11,000 Jewish mothers from 26 countries around the world have already taken part in the Momentum trip to Israel. For the local women, something happened between the cable car up to Masada, swimming in the Dead Sea, riding camels, dancing in Tiberias and rejoicing at the Western Wall that reconnected them to their own Jewish identities and collectively, their community, without borders.
This year’s participants also visited Hadera-Eiron, which as part of the Jewish Federation of Jacksonville Israel Partnership (also known as Partnership2Gether) with communities in North America, the women created meaningful connections with Jacksonville’s sister community in Israel. Returning back home, these women have continued their Momentum journey here in Jacksonville, unpacking their learning and transforming it into action in their daily lives.
These women have already made a real difference in the Jacksonville community and around the world. They have returned as leaders and have started to sponsor new events, bring world-renowned speakers to Jacksonville, increase opportunities to volunteer, challah bakes, holiday celebrations, and more.
A philanthropic Jewish community ensures stability for our future, and these women are making a difference, and now you can too. Support the Jewish Federation of North Florida and Etz Chaim Synagogue to subsidize future trips to Israel. You can inspire change and be part of the Momentum, so for more information, please visit jwrp.org.