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Momentum Founding Director Lori Palatnik has been chosen to light the “Diaspora” torch at the national ceremony for Israel’s 72nd Independence Day on April 28th. The ceremony honors Jewish leaders who have made a significant impact on the Jewish people. Each year, 12 torches are lit, each signifying a specific category. It is a tremendous honor to be selected to light a torch, and we’re thrilled that Lori will be lighting the torch on behalf of Jewish people around the world!

This year’s ceremony will focus on bringing together and unifying the varied voices in Israeli society – a cornerstone value of Momentum. The annual event usually brings together celebrity guests and dignitaries. Because of the pandemic, the ceremony will be broadcast internationally from Har Herzl with no live audience – but with millions watching from the comfort of their homes.

Israeli Minister of Culture Miri Regev, who selected Lori Patanik for this exciting opportunity, wrote, “Momentum works tirelessly to strengthen Jewish identity and connection to Israel through young mothers in their communities. Rebbetzin Lori is a leading, unique and exciting version of the ‘Queen of the Desert,’ a Zionist who loves Israel, two values for which Momentum never stops striving… Palatnik, who lives part-time in Jerusalem and part-time in Washington, is gifted with incredible qualities which enable her to create a strong connection with the varied voices in Israeli society, bearing the eternal and victorious relationship between us and our brothers and sisters in the Diaspora.”

Check out our featured article in the Jerusalem Post.

Last week, Lori was also included in Izzy’s “Global Jewish 100” list, which celebrates individuals who are moving Jewish culture forward.

Mazel tov to Lori and to the entire Momentum family. We feel so fortunate that Momentum is able to inspire Jewish individuals, families, and communities across the world.


Choose your Journey

For Jewish mothers with children age 18* and under

FREE (excl. airfare)

Each woman receives a $3700 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

*For 2021, applicants may have children ages 21 and under to participate


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


Mothers of Lone Soldiers

Upcoming Trip: July 5, 2021

FREE (excl. airfare)

Each woman gets a $3,700 scholarship

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Momentum Grand

Upcoming Trip: November 2-8, 2021

Land Package Cost: $5,500/person in double room; $1,500 Single Supplement