WRJ's Blog

On June 20th, nations, communities, congregations and individuals across the globe will observe World Refugee Day. World Refugee Day was established in 2001 to recognize the 50th anniversary of the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees. This convention is the foundational document guaranteeing basic rights for refugees who have fled persecution in their home country – particularly protection from being returned to a country where they face danger or death...

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This blog was co-written by Heather Lorgree and Nanci Pompan. They each share their unique experiences on the Women's Journey to Israel in their pieces below.

 

Heather Lorgeree:

"What do you mean you have never been to Israel?," my friends would exclaim when I told them I hadn't yet visited. Birthright wasn't very big when I was in college and the congregational trips never felt like the right opportunity for me. When this trip was announced, an all women's trip appropriate for first-timers, I knew that I needed to sign up. After almost a year of waiting and...

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"Six Days you shall labor and do all your work, but on the seventh day is a Sabbath of Adonai your God.” (Exodus 20:9-10) Shabbat is a day of rest. A special day. The days of Friday and Saturday occur automatically, but Shabbat occurs when we make it happen.

Typically, Sharon lights the Shabbat candles at home; recites the blessings over the wine and challah. Currently, Sharon is congregational president and she attends Shabbat services more regularly and finds it calming, rejuvenating, and spiritual.

Robin also enjoys baking challah prior to Shabbat…can you smell it?...

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I like to celebrate often after a period of spiritual reawakening and rededication to Torah study and observance. In traditional Judaism this is called a Bat Mitzvah Sheni (a second Bat Mitzvah) and I am not obligated to have one since my first bat mitzvah was Shabbat HaGadol, April 9, 1976.

So what went into my decision to create a Bat Mitzvah Sheni ceremony for myself? I will start in 2008, when I took my first trip to Israel with my husband, David (z’l”).  We went to the women’s section of the Kotel and I was not pleased not being able to be with David...

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When I signed up for WRJ’s 2017 Journey to Israel I knew that the itinerary would not only include the historical and cultural sights one would expect to visit in Israel but also offer unique and very special experiences that would set it apart from my previous two trips decades ago. And indeed, this last week delivered on the promise: long days spent together with a bus load of WRJ women and their mothers, mothers-in-law, daughters and friends; a panel discussion with local women rabbis and another with participants in a Mother/Daughter Bat Mitzvah program; a visit to the Druze village of...

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