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WIZOuk comes to town

WIZOuk members had an action-packed mission in Israel that included visits to WIZO projects and cultural activities around the country

November 17, 2014
WIZOuk comes to town

WIZOuk members wore smiles and comfortable shoes for their action-packed mission that included visits to WIZO projects and cultural activities around Israel. On day one they headed north to Haifa visiting Rainbow House, and the Ahuzat Yeladim boarding school as well as taking in the breathtaking views from the Bahai Gardens. In the evening they were hosted by World WIZO Organization and Tourism Chair Janine Gelley and her husband Danny at their home in Kfar Saba. The following day they went south to Sderot visiting the Margaret Thatcher Centre and Meverhof Day Care Centre in Netivot and took the salad route as a pleasant diversion. Wednesday saw them visit the Latrun museum then head to WIZOuk flagship, The Rebecca Sieff Centre for the Family, where they unveiled a plaque in memory of the late Sylvia Morris, founder of Southgate WIZO (UK). 

After touring the facilities and meeting youth who have been given the tools to learn new trades, the visitors  enjoyed lunch. After a brief stop for fun and photos at Mini Israel they joined diplomatic personnel at the residence of HE British Ambassador Matthew Gould in Ramat Gan for a nice cup of English tea and were delighted to talk to His Excellency and meet the newest member of the family. That evening, they were joined by World WIZO President Tova Ben-Dov and invited guests for dinner in Tel Aviv.

On the final day of their tour, they visited Independence Hall and relived the exhilarating moments leading up to 15th May 1948 when the State of Israel was born. At the Beilin & Tager Multipurpose Day Care Centre, the group were able to take photos with the toddlers and they met with Lisa Obligenarz, the day care centre inspector responsible for day care centres in the South Tel Aviv and Ramat Gan areas. Lisa gave a comprehensive explanation of the issues and challenges faced in Israel today and how WIZO provides a total care package for all the children in its care, particular those who are vulnerable. At the WIZO Manchester Centre in Ramat Gan, which houses the Helena Glaser WIZO Centre for the treatment of Domestic Violence in the family, WIZOuk members learned more about the potentially life-saving support WIZO affords to abused family members. Guests were hosted to a delicious banquet by the dedicated volunteers at the branch, led by chair Rivka Gil-Or and dropped into the 'Bigudit' (good as new) shop which generates funds for the centre that does so much for its local community.