In the days after Oct. 7, Momentum sister Alissa Haroush felt called to help.
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“I lost three babies, and I always felt like people were looking at me every time I walked into the synagogue, as if everyone was asking, ‘Where are her kids?’” said Silvia. “I felt so alone, as if I was failing at the most important job a Jewish woman is bound to fulfill.” During her MOMentum trip, Silvia shared her story – and her openness created a safe space for numerous other women who had also battled infertility, suffered pregnancy loss, and endured treatments to speak up as well.
As a serial entrepreneur, Jamie Hogland lives by the mantra “if it doesn’t exist, let’s start it.” That’s how she ran a nationally-recognized bakery, decided to build a $15 million baseball/softball facility, and, this year, started her own Partner Organization for Momentum called Jewish Mothers of Oregon.
Amanda has three children with disabilities, including a son who is severely disabled and uses a wheelchair, so she often feels isolated from other moms who don’t understand her challenges. But over the course of the trip, she heard stories from a mother who had lost a child, women dealing with divorce, mothers who were caregivers for their own parents, and moms facing many other difficulties. She understood more deeply that each mother is fighting her own unique battle.
Before joining the MOMentum Yearlong Journey, one of Dr. Tameika Minor’s biggest concerns about the trip was whether or not there would be other participants from diverse backgrounds. But when she arrived in Israel, she was surprised to see many different types of Jewish women, from all different countries, different levels of observance, and different backgrounds.