About Momentum

Our Mission – to empower women to change the world through Jewish values that transform ourselves, our families, and our communities.

In 2008, eight Jewish women from different walks of life, affiliations, observance, and ages (who are fondly known as the Utah 8) came together to make a difference. They agreed that it was time to empower and inspire women with the rich beauty of their Jewish heritage, and Momentum was born.

Momentum seeks to inspire women to transform themselves, transform their families, their communities, and the world. Our flagship program, the MOMentum Year-Long Journey, empowers women to connect to Jewish values, engage with Israel, take action, and foster unity, without uniformity.

Inspire a woman,

you inspire a family.
Inspire enough families, you inspire a community.
Inspire enough communities, you can change the world.

our goals

The MOMentum Year-Long Journey empowers women to:

Connect to Jewish Values

Living our lives through the lens of Jewish values fuels meaning and impact for ourselves and those around us. Momentum’s Core Jewish Values are unity, generosity, peace and wholeness in the home, dignity, courage, faithfulness and trust, gratitude, and learning and growth.

Engage with Israel

A relationship to the land, the people, and the State of Israel is integral to our Jewish identity and history. Our global sisterhood is strengthened by a powerful connection between our sisters around the world and our sisters in Israel.

Take action

By setting personal goals, becoming role models to our children, and growing as leaders, we can make a difference for ourselves, our families, our communities, and the world.

Foster unity,
without uniformity

When we emphasize the values that we share, we are able to embrace our global Jewish family. Even with our differences, we honor each other because we are all created in the image of God.

Our Results Are Extraordinary

How Have Their Lives Changed One Year After the MOMentum Year-Long Journey?
2017 Results

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Inspiring Stories

"I am forever changed and on a new spiritual path with life. Thank you for lighting my soul on fire. Thank you for your honesty. For your passion. Thank you for selecting me." Melissa G,
New York, NY, USA
“I realized my value as a Jewish woman, and I learned that when we mothers feel good about ourselves, the people in our lives feel good, too. I returned home feeling like a completely new person.” Lea S.
Panama City, Panama
"I'm incredibly thankful for the experience. It was unforgettable. The women I have met on MOMentum have become my Jewish community. We continue to get together, share our lives and inspire one another." Marina O.
Pearland, TX, USA
"Growing up, only my grandparents had Jewish names. My family had lost touch with its Jewish roots. Because of Soviet times, we were disconnected from each other, from religion, and from having pride in our Jewish identity. During my MOMentum experience, I chose the Hebrew name, Ora, which means light. I want to bring light to my family, my community, my friends, and my business partners. I don’t yet know exactly who I am. But I do know that I want to reconnect and empower my Jewish and feminine self.” Rita A.
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Eight women from different backgrounds and affiliations gather in Utah for a shared purpose – to empower women to change the world through Jewish values that transform ourselves, our families, and our communities. The “Utah 8” creates Momentum.

Back Row (left to right): Dana Sicherman, Lori Palatnik, Rebecca Dorfman, Cindy Zitelman

Front Row (left to right): Manette Mayberg, Michelle Leader, Lara Novack, Jeanie Milbauer

Momentum launches its inaugural MOMentum Trips. Three trips, with 100 women each, explore their souls, their heritage, and the Jewish homeland.


Momentum welcomes more Partner Organizations. Our Partner Organizations double from 12 to 24, and the Momentum community expands to include Latin America.


Israeli women join Momentum. During their MOMentum Year-Long Journey, Israeli women explore their Jewish identity and strengthen their connection to the Jewish people, while serving as a living bridge between Israel and their sisters all over the world.


Momentum hosts its first North American Momentum Conference in Washington, D.C., bringing 75 women together for leadership skill-building sessions; discussions with international educators, motivational speakers, and entrepreneurs; and continued growth opportunities.


Momentum launches its first MoMENtum Trip for Men with 85 men, answering its community’s growing demands. An effective complement to our MOMentum Year-Long Journey for women, the MoMENtum Trip for Men is a boot camp for living awesome lives that are guided by Jewish values.


An official partnership with the Israeli Ministry of Diaspora Affairs enables Momentum to bring more women to Israel. The Israeli Ministry of Diaspora Affairs shares Momentum’s vision that women can and will positively transform the world through Jewish values.


With new Partner Organizations in the Commonwealth of Independent States and Eastern Europe, Momentum inspires more Jewish women through Jewish values, impacting families across the world.


In a year of many firsts, Momentum launches its first Influencer Trip – a Fashion Trip for women in the fashion industry. We publish our Year of Growth curriculum, partner with 20 Jewish Federations, and welcome our 10,000th Momentum Trip participant.


Our Inaugural Momentum Fellowship invites 16 women around the world to turn their passion into action. We launch our first Latin American Momentum Conference, Conferencia Momentum, and expand the Momentum experience, welcoming women of all backgrounds and ages on Momentum Grand. Our second influencer trip, Media Magnets, brings 30 leading North American Jewish women influencers to Israel. The Momentum Community in Israel blossoms to 500 people.


We host two Momentum Conferences – the North American Momentum Conference and the Israel/CIS Momentum Conference. Two new Momentum Grand Experiences explore Jewish values on an extraordinary, five-star journey to Israel. Momentum reaches a total of 15,000 participants.

With deep gratitude

to all donors who have invested in the movement in 2019. Today thousands of families are living inspired Jewish lives, engaging with Israel, and taking action in their communities.
We would especially like to recognize our major supporters from 2019:

$500,000 - $1,000,000

Michelle Leader
William Davidson Foundation
Mayberg Family Charitable Foundation
Debra and David Magerman

$50,000 – $99,999

Debra and Dennis Berman
Cheri Fox
Marcus Foundation
Amy and Alan Meltzer
Beatrice and Steve Rosedale
Allen E. Stein Family Foundation

$25,000 - $49,999

Diana and Michael Epstein
Irma Fralic
Barrie and Richard Galanti
Cheryl and Bruce Leon
Solomon Margolis
Elaine Pearlman
Pincus Fund for Jewish Education
Kellie and Jeff Singer

$100,000 – $499,999

Pamela and Aba Claman
David Hager
Andrea and Stuart Hytman
Edna and Amir Jaffa
Evelyn and Shmuel Katz
Lauren and Ezra Kest
Jeanie Milbauer and William Knapp
Helen and David Zalik
Cindy and Rick Zitelman

$10,000 - $24,999

Deanne and Jordan Berman
Albert and Eleanor Feldman Family
Israel Foundation
Darlynn and Thomas Fellman
Nancy and Dov Friedberg
Cindi and Harold Goldfine
Mazal and Victor Hadad
Sheryl and Gerald Hartman
Rebecca and David Heller
Julis Family
Barbara and Alan Kruglak
Gideon Naim
Lady Daniela Pears, Pears
Lynda and Jonas Prince
Ramos Family Foundation
Ilana and Daniel Ratner
Cindy Smukler
Staenberg Foundation
Marla and Bob Stark
Max and Bella Stein Foundation
Janet Sitchin
Lillian and Moris Tabicinic



Choose your Journey

For Jewish mothers with children under the age of 18

FREE (excl. airfare)

Each woman gets a $3,300 scholarship

Partner Organization contributes $700 per woman

The Israeli Government contributes $700 per woman

To participate in the Momentum Year-Long Journey, women must live in close proximity to a Partner Organization. See our partners list here. Please notify your Community Leader with any updates to your application


Mainly for the husbands of Momentum sisters

$900 for Momentum husbands

Each man get a scholarship of $2,100-$2,400

Partner Organization contributes $700 per man

The Israeli Government does not contribute to the Men’s Trips

To participate, men must live in close proximity to a Partner Organization. See our partners list here. Please notify your Community Leader with any updates to your application


Upcoming Trip: October 20-27, 2020

$5,500 and package cost per woman in a double room
This is not a subsidized trip

$1,500 Single supplement