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Top 10 Moments: 26th World WIZO EGM

The 26th World WIZO EGM, which took place during the last week of January 2016, was a week full of moving, exciting and memorable moments - here are 10 which were simply unforgettable.

February 02, 2016

1.       AVIV Night

WIZO's younger generation of leaders spent a long, energetic night out in Jaffa, eating dinner, listening to live Jewish and Israeli music and participating in a creative teamwork workshop.

 

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2.       “Women of WIZO” Panel

The panel discussion "WIZO Women as Agents of Change" included three astounding women who spoke to the EGM audience about the revolutions they had created, both personal and public, all connected to WIZO: Shulli Goitein spoke about her experiences in a WIZO women's shelter and becoming a successful independent jewelry designer; Ghada Kamal spoke about her WIZO work among the Druze women of Daliyat el-Carmel; Fainy Sukenik discussed the painful divorce that shaped her personal life and her work as a WIZO-affiliated social activist empowering ultra-Orthodox women.

 

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3.       Moran Samuel

The champion Israeli Paralympic rower delivered nothing less than a powerful and moving presentation about her life overcoming the adversity of physical handicap, her achievements and her Jewish/Israeli pride.

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4.       Opening Gala

The opening event of the EGM was a wonderful opportunity to hear from the organization's leaders, outgoing President Tova Ben-Dov and Chairperson of the World WIZO Executive, Prof. Rivka Lazovsky, who welcomed all of the attendees and set the tone for the upcoming days.

 

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5.       Tours

From Be'er Sheva in the South to Haifa in the north – the day of touring brought chaverot from around the world to the grass-roots level of WIZO's work and gave them a first-hand look at the work the organization is doing in Israel. There is nothing more exciting than meeting an Israeli child or woman that WIZO had helped and supported.

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6.       The Falic's Jerusalem Evening

Simon and Jana Falic generously hosted all of the WIZO EGM attendees as their guests at a moving ceremony beside the Western Wall in Jerusalem and afterwards, at a lavish banquet at the Waldof Astoria Hotel, the highlight of which was a rousing concert by Israeli singer Kobi Peretz!

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7.       Maxine Fassberg

The accomplished and impressive general manager of Intel Israel delivered a highly informative lecture about women in the Israeli workplace and the challenges facing them, which opened the eyes of many in the audience.

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8.       Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon

Israel's minister of defense gave the WIZO EGM audience a rare insider's account of the state of Israel's security at the beginning of 2016, its achievements and the immediate challenges it faces.

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9.       New Executives

One of the highlights of the EGM was welcoming the newly elected members of the organization's executive committee, and especially the new President, Esther Mor.

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10.   Farewell to Tova

The last event on the EGM schedule, and perhaps the most emotional, was a farewell ceremony for the outgoing president of World WIZO, Tova Ben-Dov, who celebrated 51 years of volunteer work for the organization.

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