Twenty women from the Jewish Women’s Renaissance Mission in Rockville, in partnership with the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, spent Sunday in Beit Shemesh, Federation’s sister community in Israel, but canceled their second, planned visit there due to the current security situation in Israel.
While in Beit Shemesh, the women visited the Ethiopian National Project, helped create a puppet show with the children they visited and were treated to a traditional Kurdish meal.
“Because of the security situation, there was a change in the itinerary. They went to Tel Aviv instead,” explained Federation CEO Steve Rakitt.
The trip ran from June 29 to July 9.
The Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project partnered with Israel’s Ministry of Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs to bring 2,500 mothers of varying religious affiliation to Israel for nine days of touring and education. — Suzanne Pollak