Catching Up With Lori
3 MIN READ

On Alert

I am speaking, fundraising, and visiting with family in North America while the “Red Alert” app on my phone continually announced incoming missiles raining down on Israel. I disabled the siren sound and placed it on vibrate. The constant buzzing is heard and felt day and night….and now, thank G-d, goes silent.

How do we go about our daily lives in the Diaspora when rockets are pouring down on Israel, and our people huddle with their elderly parents and children in bomb shelters?

Finding ourselves in the United States these past weeks has been a mixed blessing. Some have said to us, “Thank G-d you got out just in time.” That is true, as missiles over the airport have caused airport closures, and a few days more may have canceled our flights.

I comfort myself by saying that this trip abroad was important– I am speaking and fundraising for the Momentum movement, I am visiting my elderly mother, my kids who live in the U.S., and of course, meeting our new yummy granddaughter.

But as I navigated through airports, juggling a Starbucks, and babysit our granddaughter to give our kids a break, the Red Alert app did not stop.
I find myself looking at the locations not with the constant fear and heart-stopping dread I had when it all began, as it is clear that our three kids and two grandchildren who live in Jerusalem are far from the trajectory of the incoming rockets.

And that feeling made me sick.

I decided that each day I must turn on the siren that accompanies the app alerts, even for a few minutes. We cannot become numb to what is happening now to our Israeli brothers and sisters. We need to imagine that we are in Ashkelon, Gvaram, Mishan, Beit Shkima, Yad Mordechai, Sderot, and more…. Their Alarms are not on vibrate as they quickly gathered up their children and headed for the bomb shelters.

I hope we never, ever have to use this app again, but just in case, no matter where you live, please download “Red Alert” on your phones. Be there with our people, pray for their safety, and, like us, make plans to return and stand with them in solidarity very, very soon.

THIS WEBSITE WAS CREATED IN LOVING MEMORY OF RITA KRAKOWER MARGOLIS

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.

APPLY NOW

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 NOW

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 NOW

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

APPLY NOW

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.

APPLY NOW