This past June, 12 women from
|The Cleveland mission in the Cardo|
"This trip has made us so much more intelligent about what is going on and better able to represent
For two of the twelve participants, it was their first time ever in
|Visiting the Supreme Court|
Ilana, who has been on several missions, appreciated the blend of participants. "I always enjoy seeing people connect with the land and the people, especially people who are coming for their first time. When someone says, ‘I've never really connected with
"I am with inspiring people, seeing inspiring things, doing inspiring things," said Heidi Goldstein, an environmental lawyer. Since the content of the trip was shaped by the participants' own interests, the diversity of the group allowed everyone to experience a variety of activities, each of which molded the trip. "Everyone's experience is a variation on one theme," added Heidi. "I hope everyone takes back a personal experience that will provide a meaningful connection to the work we are doing both here and back in
Hedy Milgrom, Vice President, Endowments and Development, of the Jewish Federation, together with mission co-chairs Andrea Kanter Grodin, Chief Operation Officer,
|Touring the Old City|
For Sarah Gabinet, a highlight was meeting with Joanna Landau, CEO of Kinetis, a nonprofit educational organization established to promote the recognition of
Stephanie Schaeffer Silverman, co-founder of Your Teen Media, is an entrepreneur and found many relatable experiences during the mission. "Being with a mission like this is like being with a mini community of women. There's also a disconnection with our current life and we are connecting through the perspectives of other women."
The group was able to tackle, hands-on, the challenges faced by Israeli civil society. Meeting with Susan Weiss, the group heard about marriage and divorce in the Israeli court system. Ilana Isakov-Katz commented, "It's both fascinating and infuriating to learn about the ongoing issues of the agunot [women refused a religious divorce by their husbands]. I'm very glad to hear there are people protecting human rights. In this country, there are a lot of amazing women doing amazing things."
The trip was able to build up the women's intellectual and spiritual resources and strengthen their connection to
Ilana Isakov-Katz summarized the week, to the agreement of the group. "It's been like a PhD! I've learned so much this week! It's hard for me to understand why these types of missions have not happened before, and I hope we can be an inspiration for other communities to do a similar mission. We also look forward to providing an opportunity for women who weren’t able to join us this time to participate in the next professional women’s mission in the near future.”