Catching Up With Lori

A Time to Come Together

I grew up feeling connected to Canadians. After my Jewish journey began as a young adult, I felt deeply connected to the Jewish people.

This week I have never felt so connected to every single person on earth.

How many of you feel like we are in the middle of a movie? A virus begins in China and begins to spread from country to country. One day, world leaders tell us everything will be fine. The next day, the NBA, NHL, MLB, schools, houses of worship, Disneyland, trains, planes, even countries…shut down. The stock market plunges. Mr. and Mrs. Tom Hanks get Coronavirus. Airports look abandoned, freeways empty at rush hour…

But it’s not a movie. It’s our new reality.

All of this exploded this week, the week of Purim, a day everything went upside down, when all bets were off, when events suddenly and inexplicably went haywire, and all seemed lost. But after the Jewish people called out to G-d and came together as one, a series of turn-around events happened, and with faith and courage, the Jewish people were saved.

The most repeated line in the Torah is, “Do not fear.” This is not a time for panic and selfish hoarding. This is a time, like at the time of Purim, to come together and trust in G-d. Yes, just like in the Purim story, they had to make their maximum effort — prayer, winning over the King, lifting sword to our enemies. Today we must also make our maximum effort: wash our hands, do not touch your face, do not touch others, etc. But do not fear — G-d was with us then, and G-d is with us now.

Our children, our spouses, our communities, the world, is looking to us to be a true “Light Unto the Nations.” Every human being is created in the image of G-d. Let us think of others, be there for one another, count our blessings, use the time to focus on what’s important, call out in prayer…and then, please G-d, we will surely merit a miraculous turn around in our time.


Choose your Journey

Mother to Mother Israel Unity Mission
May 13-19, 2024 | July 2-7, 2024

Join our leadership, alumnae, and our partner organizations in supporting our sisters and their families with love, strength, and taking action.


Unity Mission for Men
May 13-19, 2024

Momentum leadership, alumni and fathers of lone soldiers are embarking on this critical mission to support our fellow Israeli fathers, brothers, and their families, as we take action and bring them spiritual strength.


Apply to 2024 Fall Trips
For Jewish mothers with children age 18 and under

Participants only pay their acceptance fee and airfare

To participate in the Momentum Yearlong 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


Apply to 2024 Fall Trips
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


November 4-11, 2024

An exclusive, transformational, spiritual, and uplifting journey for women looking to invest in themselves and help us continue to build the Momentum movement.

Please note: This trip is not subsidized.