WASHINGTON, March 20 – The Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project (JWRP) and Israel’s Ministry of Diaspora Affairs launched an expanded initiative today to provide 5,600 women from 26 countries with eight-day trips to Israel that will inspire them as family and community leaders to make a greater impact.
The ministry and JRWP unveiled the $12.5 million global expansion of the JWRP’s Momentum Israel experiences for women at a ceremony during the AIPAC annual policy conference.
The partnership for 2016 and 2017 will also allow JWRP and the ministry to involve women from Jewish communities facing increased threats of anti-Semitism and economic hardship, including Argentina, Cuba, the former Soviet Union, France, the U.S., and Canada.
Momentum trips, which stretch from Safed to Masada, feature rich itineraries and curated curricula encompassing everything from Jewish values to contemporary Israeli society. The trips aim to inspire women to connect deeply with their Jewish heritage and transform themselves, their families – and ultimately their communities and the wider world.
Since 2009, more than 7,300 women from 150 partner organizations in 26 countries have participated in “Momentum” trips.
Participants also commit to get involved in programs when they return home from Momentum, including community activities, Israel engagement programs, Jewish education, global learning, leadership development and Momentum Israel missions for their husbands.