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7.29.16 Issue

Annette van de Kamp-Wright, Editor of the Jewish Press

There is no doubt that a visit to Israel can, and usually does, have tremendous impact. This was obvious during the recent Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project’s MOMentum trip, when 10 Omaha women joined a total of 400 women for this experience. Under the guidance of Senior Director of Community Impact and Special Projects Louri Sullivan, the Omaha delegation traveled around, studied, danced and were inspired by the expert programming JWRP offered.

The itinerary included two nights in Tiberias and six nights in Jerusalem. We visited a Mikvah in Tzfat, Independence Hall in Tel Aviv and the Bet Elazraki Children’s Home. We celebrated Shabbat with 400 women in one room and welcomed Havdalah on the roof of the Aish HaTorah building, overlooking the Kotel. In addition to the programming, there were study sessions and lectures, allowing participants to put their experiences in context and grow their Jewish souls.

The trip was a great success, but what is equally important is what the participants bring home to their families and to their community. For that reason, we will be publishing profiles. That way Jewish Press readers can get to know all of us a little better over the next few months. As one of the presenters said (and I’m paraphrasing): “We are all different, and we each have our individual Jewish Journey. But we all share one Jewish heart.”