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For 15 years, Momentum has built a movement based on Jewish values and taking action.

The Momentum Action Network is a consistently updated collection of initiatives for Israel since 10/7.

Our dedicated, global network of Jewish mothers and fathers, leaders, influencers, change-makers, and Partner Organizations have created and participated in over 500 grassroots initiatives in 24 different countries.

Submissions to date:

624

Here are some of the featured initiatives from our Momentum community:

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Family Volunteering in Israel

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Joshua Burgin, a Men’s Unity alum, has made it to Israel for a month with my family. We are staying at an Airbnb on Sheinken. His wife, Angie, will be volunteering, and their son Xander is doing a 3-week BBYO trip with volunteering and educational activities. Joshua’s op-ed has been published in the Jerusalem Post: https://www.jpost.com/opinion/article-809302

Fundraiser for Impacted Family

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Jane Faynshteyn has started a fundraiser for a woman she met during the May Unity mission.

The fundraiser is for a 6-year-old child who survived an attack on Kibbutz Holit. Jane met the child’s mom, Anat, during her first trip in May and visited her and her family before the mission started. The experiences they went through are simply unbelievable. You can read more here: https://www.spotfund.com/story/0a41aaa0-0423-4a43-a50a-d8415e54aabd

Raising Awareness

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Jill Butensky, a participant in the July unity mission, is working in a warehouse, packing, sorting, and breaking down boxes. She is also helping to promote events to raise money for IDF, displaced families, and families who have lost relatives on Oct 7.

270 signs for 270 days

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270 days have passed since the Israeli hostages were taken captive. It’s devastating to think about how long the hostages have been away from and missing their families and loved ones. People were asked to show their support by stopping by Aish Detroit and taking a sign for their yard.

Canada’s “Walk with Israel”

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We are so proud of the numerous partner organizations and Momentum alums who took part in Canada’s “Walk with Israel”, which saw a turnout of over 50,000 people

Sharing the Impact of the Unity Mission

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Shevet Ahim / JLev Panama

JLEV Panama is hosting a Zoom meeting for the Panama community where the 54 women who joined the May mission will share their incredible experience and how it impacted their lives.

Bring Them Home

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Fundacion Hispano Judia

Fundación Hispano Judía took part in a global event to bring the hostages home

Supporting the Jewish Community

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Maman Nonprofit

Maman Nonprofit, in collaboration with Bel Air Church and the October7Coalition (a Christian group supporting the fight against antisemitism), hosted an event in Los Angeles. The event featured actress Patricia Heaton and survivors of the Nova Music Festival, who shared powerful testimonies. The night was dedicated to supporting the Jewish community and included a special performance by Israeli country music star and IDF soldier Omer Netzer

Chabad of Suffern hosted Moran Steliana

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Chabad Suffern

Chabad of Suffern hosted Moran Steliana as a speaker. Moran is an Israeli woman who was held hostage by Hamas for 54 harrowing days. This impactful presentation focused on the resiliency of the people of Israel.

Support for MOLS

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AISH LA

JWI/Aish LA recently held its annual luncheon. At the event, Patti Spindel, a 2017 alumna, a recent Unity participant, and the mother of a lone soldier, shared her story. Attendees also wrote letters for soldiers’ mothers to send to Israel.

Shavuot Gathering

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Over 20 women from different trips gathered for a Shavuot flower arrangement event with Adrienne Gold, joining in for an inspiring talk over Zoom.

Floral Maps of Israel

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AISH LA

JWI LA alumni, organized by Loren Putterman and Alissa Haroush, came together to create floral maps of Israel and listen to the testimony of 2 survivors.

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Yellow Ribbons

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JCC Mid-Westchester

On Yom HaZikaron, JCC Mid-Westchester hung 132 yellow ribbons to symbolize the 132 hostages held in Gaza.

Beth Jacob Irvine holds event to support Israel

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Mezuzot for Be’eri

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Belinda Schneeweiss, a Toronto Fellowship attendee, was inspired to help survivors of the attack on Kibbutz Be’eri. She organized the Mezuzah Mamas group to create Mezuzot for the community. The group has raised funds for over 300 Mezuzot and over $40,000 for early education centers in Be’eri. Their efforts have gained momentum, drawing support from countless women in the Toronto community.

JCC Bridgewater brought the Shufuni Band to the community

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JCC Bridgewater brought the Shufuni Band to the community. This group of young musicians from Otef Aza, Gaza Envelope, bravely shared their stories of surviving the October 7th massacre through music.

Luis Har

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Sari Romano, Community Leader, Aish México hosted Luis Har, one of the freed hostages, to share his story in Mexico City.

Momentum Staff Member Speaks to 100 Community Members

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One hundred people came together at a Hadassah Event in South Jersey. Momentum staff member Haleh Rabizadeh spoke about our collective Identity post-Oct. 7th from the perspective of having lived in Iran and then being forced to move to America in 1979. 

Inspiring Others to Go on a Unity Mission

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Nikki Vernon went on the January unity mission, returned to Sydney, and spoke to 200 people to share her experience. Because of her inspiration, four women came on the May unity mission.

Art Initiative for Healthcare Workers in Israel

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Today, the Israelis are crying for the lost of the heroes that died while fighting for our freedom and the existence of the state of Israel. It’s a very difficult day since we all have a connection to a family that lost someone. We are all a big family as you all, my sisters know. The war made us sensitive to gestures, especially from you all. We thought we were strong enough- but the fact is that your help and support lifted us so many times in the last 7 months!


Today, I want to share a gesture that Traci Portnoff and others did. I got a massage that she wanted to help, and she sent me a package. It took time for it to arrive, but when it did, I was so touched. Today, we gave the staff the beautiful paintings and letters we received.We wanted to thank you, Traci, for doing that. There is nothing like family, sharing the bad as well as the good. Hope to have only good news ahead.


Yifat Kuperman – CL for Israelis Healthcare Heroes

Supporting the IDF

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Allison O’Mara, Community Leader for the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County, shared what she is bringining for our IDF soldiers on the May Unity Mission trip.

Medical Supplies to Israel

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During a recent initiative to support Israel, Hillary Bressler spearheaded the collection of medical supplies from Orlando and arranged for them to be transported to Miami, where they were flown into Israel for distribution. An article was written about the collection, accompanied by a photo. Additionally, Renee Freidman and her husband were featured in the magazine for printing ‘I Stand For Israel’ signs. 

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Bearing Witness

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Jabad

Two participants from Jabad Uruguay who went on the March mission have created a video in support of Israel. Lili and Silvia are the amazing women who created this video along with an accompanying article.

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Advocating for Israel

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Susan Isenberg is taking action by attending a Unity Mission to Israel and continuing to support pro-Israel advocacy efforts

Walking for Awareness

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Cindy Perlow walks every Sunday for a mile in honor of the hostages

Jewish Wellness Network

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Robyn Slot is helping start up a Jewish Wellness Network for Cape Town Jewish Community members to find out where they can get help & improve their well-being on a physical, mental, emotional & spiritual level.

Helping Soldiers Tell Their Story

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Judi Horowitz is helping injured IDF soldiers improve their English so that they can travel to the US and share their stories.

Talking About Israel

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Let’s Talk About Israel hosted a discussion with Shalom Orzach and Omer Friedland that brought together over 100 Buffalonians to discuss confidently “calling out what is wrong”.

Inspiring a Community

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More than 300 people gathered to listen to Leat Unger, cousin of Omer Shem Tov, speak in Sarasota, FL. Her words were so inspiring that a local fund has pledged to subsidize ten men for an upcoming Unity mission. It’s amazing to see how much of a positive impact one person’s message can have on a community.

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Keeping the Hostages Top of Mind

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Jewish Community Alliance of Southern Maine

JCC of Staten Island supports awareness of Israel and hostages

Israel Update

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Jewish Federation CEO Ari Rosenblum spoke to the JCC Adult Life Group about the complexities of the situation in Israel.

Raising Awareness

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Alumni from Aish San Diego participated in a walk to raise awareness for hostages in the city.

Alumni from Aish San Diego participated in a walk to raise awareness for hostages in the city.

From Trauma to Resilience

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Mission participant Brian Seigal, Momentum Educator Yehuda Reiss, along with Motti Gallam, an Israeli mental health officer, are organizing an event.

The purpose of the event is to provide practical tips for resilience to a global audience. Motti will share his experiences and stories in this discussion, focusing on offering support to Nova survivors, IDF soldiers, and families affected by the events of October 7th.

Raising Funds for Displaced Families

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Amara Kaiyalethe, who participated in our January Unity Mission, organized a fundraiser that raised $2500 for Israel. Second and 4th-grade students from the Donna Klein Jewish Academy raised $126, and they also made hundreds of cards.

Amara’s grandfather matched the amount that was raised, so a total of $5,000 was raised for displaced children in Israel in just 24 hours! Additionally, she is selling the jackets shown in the photo to raise funds for Israel.

We Will Dance Again

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Momentum Canada

Canadian board member Marla Buck recently showcased her latest artwork titled “UNEARTHED; We Will Dance Again” at the Petroff Gallery in Toronto. The event was a huge success, with a great turnout of supporters from all over. It marked the end of a dark time and the beginning of a new chapter. All profits from the event will be donated to organizations like Brothers For Life and Thank Israeli Soldiers for PTSD recovery.

Women’s Passover Experience for Israel

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Temple Beth El of Boca's sisterhood is hosting a special Women's Passover Experience titled "Soldier On", which will be attended by 150 participants. The event will feature a true story of Bracha Horovitz, which highlights the transformational power of hardships, strong character, and a purposeful life. Bracha will share her story of growing up in Israel when it was just becoming a country, serving in the IDF, participating in the Miss Israel beauty pageant, and raising a family in Israel. After moving to the US, Bracha's son was born with severe disabilities, and she had to confront permanent hardships in her life. However, instead of feeling defeated, Bracha embraced resilience and asked herself, "Why not me?" This attitude enabled her to lead a life of strength and purpose.

Temple Beth El of Boca’s sisterhood is hosting a special Women’s Passover Experience titled “Soldier On”, which will be attended by 150 participants. The event will feature a true story of Bracha Horovitz, which highlights the transformational power of hardships, strong character, and a purposeful life. Bracha will share her story of growing up in Israel when it was just becoming a country, serving in the IDF, participating in the Miss Israel beauty pageant, and raising a family in Israel. After moving to the US, Bracha’s son was born with severe disabilities, and she had to confront permanent hardships in her life. However, instead of feeling defeated, Bracha embraced resilience and asked herself, “Why not me?” This attitude enabled her to lead a life of strength and purpose.

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Speaking Up

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HCH alum Stacey Kellar spoke out against the proposed ceasefire resolution at the Virginia Beach City Council meeting.

Combating Antisemitism in School

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Alissa Haroush, JWI alumni and Momentum fellow is hosting an event to protect Jewish children in LA public schools.

Run For Their Lives – Baltimore

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Alumni participated in a run for their lives in Baltimore are continuing to raise awareness for hostages.

JLev Panama Event to Talk About Unity Mission Experience

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JLev Panama’s women gathered for a special coffee morning to share their experiences after their unity mission.

Maman Pack Bags for Soldiers With Local High School

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Maman, a nonprofit organization, partnered with local high school students to pack bags for soldiers.

Spanish Group From March Unity Mission Raising Money for IDF

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A mother named Debby shared that her son is a paratrooper serving in Gaza with a group of 130 soldiers. They are all between the ages of 18 and 21 and require special vests for protection. These vests are not the standard issue from the army, as they only protect against small bullets. The vests needed are lined with ceramic, which provides full protection against stronger weapons.

Debby mentioned this and how she is trying to get donations for these vests. Nathalie Riess, one of our educators, mentioned that her husband in Tsfat has been helping with the manufacturing of these vests. As a team, we are making it happen together. The need for 130 vests is not cheap, as each vest costs $580 US dollars.

We are sending this message to ask for your help. The total cost of the vests is $75,400 US dollars, and we are currently at the $18,000 mark. We have been sending out messages to family and friends, where every dollar helps. Nathalie Riess and her husband are helping gather the funds through their Kabbalah Center in Tsfat.

We have a video of a group of soldiers thanking everyone for this effort. We are calling on you, reading this, to be part of saving a young man’s life in the battlefield. You can donate any amount that helps by clicking the link provided. If you want to donate a full vest, costing $580 dollars, you will be literally saving a life.

Together we can make a difference in saving lives. Donations are tax-deductible in the US, and there are many ways to donate, such as via PayPal, credit card on the donation site or transferring funds in Israel.

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Meira Cowland in California

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On April 1st, Sheba Grobstein and Lisa Kodimer from JWI/Aish LA held a session with Meira Cowland. Meira spoke about the situation in Israel to the community, with many alumni will be attending

Hostage Awareness in Sarasota

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Sarasota

An alum of the Unity Mission has organized a community event in Sarasota, FL, to raise awareness about hostage-taking. Leat Corrine Unger, the cousin of 21-year-old hostage Omer Shem Tov, will share her family’s experience. The event is expected to feature a speech by the organizer’s mother, who will talk about how her experience with the Unity Mission inspired her to take action.

Tastes Like Home

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JCC Bridgewater

JCC Bridgewater has started a new tradition: they will recognize one of the hostages every Tuesday and Friday with recipes that represent them.

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Talking About Israel

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Coffee with Love

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Panamanian women provide soldiers with coffee made with love.

Purim and Israel

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Beth Jacob Irvine had a gathering to make Hamantaschen while discussing Purim and its relation to Israel in the aftermath of 10/7.

Israel Swimmers Visit USA

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JCC Mid-Westchester

JCC Mid-Westchester welcomed a group of Israeli teen swimmers who came to share their personal stories on October 7.

Volunteering in Israel

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Stacey Maiman and Michelle Conwisar, alumni of AISH LA/JWI, volunteered and participated in a mission with Hadassah.

Disney Surprise

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Michelle Auslander Cohen posted a Facebook fundraiser for her friend from Israel. The goal is to surprise him and his family with an adventure at Disney.

Alums Raising Money for Israel

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Suzie Mossa and Lisa Pinto, AISH LA/JWI, recently contributed to a fundraising campaign for Israel organized by Alissa Haroush (JWI) and Maman Nonprofit. As part of the campaign, they received yellow pins to help raise awareness about the hostages. During their 2021 momentum trip, they developed a strong connection with Israel and are actively supporting its causes.

Yellow for Hostages

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Healthcare Hero Karin Schor-Schteinfeld has shared a picture of a yellow display on social media to bring attention to the hostages.

De Madre a Madre

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Kehila Uruguay

Kehila Uruguay organized a project to support mothers of IDF soldiers by handmaking 100 bracelets that were personally delivered to them in Israel.

Horse Farm

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Hadassah

Jody Comins, a volunteer from Hadassah and HCH, helped out at a horse farm located in the south.

Oscars “Red Pin”

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Ellen Simon, from the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey, wrote a blog for The Times of Israel about the red pins worn by celebrities at the Oscars.

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Portraits of Fallen Soldiers

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Rosie Rubin has taken it upon herself to draw portraits of our fallen soldiers. Her first drawing was of Lavi, and it gave her the strength to continue with this task. She has since drawn portraits of more soldiers. The local newspaper interviewed her about her work, and an article was written.

Educational Conference

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Jewish Agency for Israel

Recently, JAFI (Jewish Agency for Israel) Marseille organized a conference aimed at addressing the issue of anti-Semitism and promoting knowledge about Zionism.

Baking for Israel

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Momentum alumni from JAFI Marseille are baking special Moroccan pastries to support Israeli soldiers during Purim.

Attending Fundraiser for Friends of IDF

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AISH

A group of Aish LA/JWI alumnae and madrichot attended a fundraiser for Friends of IDF where they were impressed by the resilience of the Jewish people, as demonstrated by the DJ who survived and performed that eveningt. Am Yisrael Chai.

Volunteering in Israel

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Hadassah

Jody Comins has been volunteering in Israel – pictured here helping at a BBQ at Sheba Medical Center

10/7 Inspired Art

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Marla Buck, a member of the Village Shul community, unveiled her latest art pieces at Petroff Gallery in Toronto. Her artwork pays tribute to and is inspired by the events of October 7th, highlighting the themes of brokenness and wholeness, anti-fragility, and the hope that comes from knowing that we will dance again.

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Annual Shabbaton Honors IDF

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AISH LA/JWI held their annual Shabbaton with over 60 participants, including alumni from Beth Jacob Irvine. Each woman was assigned a soldier’s name to honor during Shabbat.

Hafrashat Challah With Israelis

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AISH Chaim

Gevura Davis, part of JCC Kaiserman/Aish Chaim, participated in a Hafrashaet Challah with a group of Israelis, many of whom took part in this ritual for the first time.

Women’s Day Run for Their Lives

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Sarasota

Jewish Federation of Sarasota Organizes Women’s Day Run for Their Lives

Donated Shoeboxes to Create Western Wall

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Ahava of Chester County

Amy Kaminsky used donated shoeboxes to create a Western Wall at her synagogue for an annual fundraiser

Raising Money for Kibbutz Mizra

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Maman

Kibbutz Gevim in “Otef Gaza” is close to the fence with Gaza (0 – 4 Km). On October 7, the kibbutz came under rocket fire for 30 hours while terrorists came to their gates gate. Whole families were in their safe rooms, at times in total darkness, without the possibility of getting food, drinking, or using the toilet. On October 8, with only 15 minutes to prepare and pack, the people of Kibbutz Gevim were evacuated in an armored bus, with an army escort, to Kibbutz Mizra.

The community lost three residents, and the chief of security and a resident who came to his help were severely injured, as were others who joined them later.

Maman Nonprofit learned of this community and adopted it in partnership with “Smiles for the Kids” to bring some smiles and happiness to the children while they were still in Mizra.

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Mishloach Manot for IDF

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JEM Miami Selling Mishloach Manot for IDF

Walking in Marseille

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JAFI Marseille participates at a walking in Marseille for the release of the hostages

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The Osher Project

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Maman

Many teenage kibbutz survivors and southern communities affected by the war have had their happiness stolen from them by the massacres of October 7th. Because of this unspeakable trauma, these kids are falling through the cracks.

Our mission with this project is to promote the tools necessary to cope, and to help them instill life skills and coping mechanisms.

Maman has created a 3-part program for teenagers.

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Sharing their Momentum Journey

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Jane Toledano returned from a Momentum mission feeling inspired and is now encouraging others to join future missions.

Run for Their Lives – Chicago

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Eve Levy organized the L’Chaim Center to participate in Run for Their Lives.

Candle for a Hostage

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Torah Links of Monmouth County

Merri Shapiro Cohen, with Torah Links of Monmouth County, lit an extra Shabbat candle for her assigned hostage that she received from attending Momentum on the Road – NY.

Stories of the Homeland

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Nikki Vernon facilitated an impactful evening for the community with over 150 people turning up to hear “Stories for the Homeland” with Nikki sharing her day-by-day itinerary and the stories she heard, all while promoting the next Momentum Mission in March.

Ema

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JCC Chicago

JCC Chicago has launched a new initiative called Ema to provide support to the Mothers Helping Mothers and MOLS programs, as well as the alums of Chicago Momentum.

Momentum alum Bonnie Vozar: “Momentum taught me to take responsibility, which led to me taking action. Upon returning home, I asked my partner organization, JCC Chicago, to host a program for mothers to help mothers, including lone soldier moms and other leaders of the Chicagoland Momentum partner organizations. The JCC Chicago community creators agreed to the proposal, and they created opportunities for the community to learn more. Recently, Pam spoke to JCC staff and board at a luncheon about her experience as a lone soldier mom and her experience on the Momentum Unity trip. Today, her son, whose job is along the Gaza border, spoke to 110 people in the community about Israel before 10-7, during those first few days, and now.

The group will meet monthly to support each other and work on service projects to help Israeli soldiers.

Nova Festival Survivor in PA

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Aish Chaim Philadelphia hosted Millet Ben Haim, Nova festival survivor.

Strategic Regional Briefing with Yisrael Klitsner

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Aish Chaim Philadelphia – Men chaired a strategic regional briefing on Israel.

Sharing the stories of the hostages

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Boca Women Inspired/Liumi hosted family members of Luis Har and Fernando Simon Marman, who shared their stories with their community. We must hear their stories, share their pain, and give them love, and we must tell the world! Tom and Natalie, thank you for allowing us to welcome you and give you love and support today at Liumi. #BringLuishome #BringThemHome #StandwithIsrael. Am Yisrael Chai!

Shabbat of Love

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Jewish Philanthropies of Southern Arizona hosted 81 individuals representing 24 unique family units at a Shabbat of Love dinner.

The children had a special project decorating flowerpots in advance of Tu B’Shevat and writing letters to IDF soldiers. While the children participated in their project, the adults (and older teens) heard from a woman, who happened to be visiting Tucson’s community shaliach, share the story of her husband who was murdered on Oct. 7 (he was a police officer). It was a moving and impactful program – and a launching off point for more programming engaging young families to come!

Supporting the Community

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Traci Portnoff and Kimberly Fenton-Zeira, from our new partner Neshama Care, hosted a Zoom for healthcare heroes professionals with Adrienne Gold Davis. 

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Hosting Survivors from Kfar Aza

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AISH LA

Sivan Kobi, from Aish LA/JWI, hosted survivors from Kfar Aza and raised awareness for the hostages.

Adopted an Israeli community

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Maman

Maman Nonprofit adopted a Miluim community in Carmel Gat and organized a carnival to raise funds for women and children.

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Blankets of Hope

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Chabad Wayne NJ

Making beautiful blankets to be sent to Israel

Circle of Comfort for Mothers of Lone Soldiers

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Lala, the mother of a lone soldier who was in the January Mission, started an online support group for mothers of lone soldiers.

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Five Minutes Today

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Join the WhatsApp group “5 Minutes Today,” fighting antisemitism and supporting Israel, started by a Momentum LA Retreat participant in San Diego.

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Art Therapy for Nova Survivors

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Maman

Maman organized an art therapy session in LA for survivors of the Nova festival with Tomer Peretz, a local Israeli artist who volunteered for Zaka.

Mompreneur

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SparkIL

Israel Community ambassadors are leading the Mompreneur project together with SparkIL, creating a strategy to involve the rest of the community and the women abroad. Currently, we have nine women steering this forward.

Israel Community Brings the Light

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A group of 50 members from the Israeli community recently came together to take action. The event was initiated by the Vice President and Chairwoman of the Israel Committee, Racheli Chefetz. The program began with a beautiful learning session prepared by Jessica Berkowitz, followed by a teaching session led by Dana Sender Mulla. After this, the attendees were invited to become ambassadors for the #KeepTheLightGoing campaign and the Momprenuer project, which aims to support three Israeli businesses in need, along with Committee member Naama Ore.

During the event, each woman was gifted a candle to add to their Shabbat candles. The candles were chosen to be lit for 24 hours, so that the light for hostages would stay with them throughout Shabbat. It was hoped that this act would bring merit and safety to the hostages and help them return home soon.

HaTikvah for Baby Kfir

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Jewish Agency for Israel

On 1/18/24, in front of the UN building in Geneve, Switzerland, “celebrating” Kfir’s first birthday, Yael Donath, our Swiss CL with JAFI, sang Hatikva out loud.

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You Plus 2

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JWC Atlanta

In response to the Israel-Hamas war and growing anti-Semitism worldwide, a group of Jewish women organized the “You Plus 2” event to educate and promote understanding among Jewish and non-Jewish women. The event featured an expert panel and was attended by 275 women. The success of the event has inspired the organizers to plan for future events.

Bracelets for the IDF

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Alumni and their school-aged daughters made and sold bracelets, raising almost $4,000 in just two days. The money will be used to host IDF soldiers with therapists in the coming months.

Jewish Women’s Connection of Atlanta Takes Action

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JWC Atlanta had a Zoom call with an Israeli mother whose child was kidnapped by Hamas. They heard her story and spread the word in hopes of finding help.

Bring Them Home Now

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Bring Them Home

Mindy Berger, a former Momentum staff member and a Unity mission alumna, mobilized the community to support Momentum Israel sister, Adi Shachar. Adi’s brother-in-law, Tal, is still held hostage while eight other family members are released from captivity.

Challah Bake

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Kol Ami

Alumni mothers from various partners came together for a Challah Bake event at the University of Pennsylvania.

Comfort

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Tifara Tiri, a bereavement officer, and Poreshet CL alumni, connected with Miriam Peretz, one of our members of the Israel Public Council, to provide comfort during this time.

#LIVEBRAID CHALLENGE

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AISH

The founder of https://livebraid.com/ is now encouraging all her followers to bake two Challahs and give one to a friend/neighbor

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#KeepTheLightGoing

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Fifty members of the Israeli community joined forces to take action. Following this, we invited them to become ambassadors for the #KeepTheLightGoing campaign and the Momprenuer project, which aims to support three Israeli businesses during their time of need.

Messages of Support

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Patti organized Momentum alum, sending dozens of messages to their Israeli sisters from the trip offering support and love.

250 Pounds of Luggage!!!

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Eve Levy was on her way to the Unity Mission and she brought along 250 pounds of luggage. Her luggage included hundreds of cards for soldiers, letters for mothers, wives and families of hostages, gifts, winter coats, hats, gloves, sweatshirts, hand warmers, warm socks, protein bars, M&Ms, and chocolate kisses

Travelled to Israel

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AISH

AISH LA alum Cheryl Benton went to Israel to bring supplies and volunteer.

Mezuzot for Displaced Families

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Maman

Maman Nonprofit partnered with a local Chabad to create an event for women supporting Israel. One of the activities included making mezuzot for displaced families.

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“The Hope”

HostagesTaking Action
Jewish Agency for Israel

On January 18th, 2024, Yael Donath, a Swiss CL with JAFI, celebrated Kfir’s first birthday in front of the UN building in Geneva, Switzerland by singing Hatikva.

Therapy

USACaliforniaIsrael SupportTaking Action
Maman

Maman has joined hands with a local LA farm and others to develop an all-encompassing trauma-therapy program for Nova survivors, displaced kibbutz families, and teenagers who have been directly affected by war.

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Pick a Mitzvah

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Shevet Ahim / JLev Panama

Pick a Mitzvah, launched by Panamanian Jewish organization Shevet Ahim, encourages users to honor and keep Shabbat by fulfilling a new mitzvah of their choosing without fear, social pressure, or stigma.

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Physicians Against Antisemitism

USACaliforniaCommunity SupportIsrael SupportTaking Action
Hadassah

A Momentum Healthcare Hero, co-founded Physicians Against Antisemitism, a popular Instagram page combating harmful misinformation around Israel and the Jewish people from a medical perspective. Many of her fellow Healthcare Heroes alumni are now contributing content.

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Medical supplies for Israel

FranceCommunity SupportIsrael SupportTaking Action
Jewish Agency for Israel

Momentum sister and pharmacist Ann Laure Cohen contacted over 80 colleagues, who sent 78 boxes of medical supplies, including medicines and other hygiene products, to Israel.

Influencing for Israel

USANew YorkEducationIsrael SupportTaking Action
Experience Tel Aviv, Masada, and Shabbat in Jerusalem

An Instagram influencer and blogger with over 133,000 followers, Momentum sister Melissa Chapman shares content about the painful reality of life in Israel right now, and highlights worthy causes that need our attention.

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I Am a Quiet American Jew

USAMarylandEducation

“I am not religious, I never publicly display my love for Judaism or Israel. But something is awakening inside of me.” In this moving op-ed, Momentum sister Heather Kafetz shares how deeply she has been affected by the terror attacks in Israel and the rise in antisemitism around the world.

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Therapy for IDF Soldiers

USAFloridaIsrael SupportTaking Action

Silvia Oppenheim-Findling, a Momentum sister from B’nai Aviv of Weston, collaborated with her young daughters to make and sell bracelets – and raised almost $4,000 in two days. The money will be used to sponsor therapy for IDF soldiers in the coming months.

Night of local shopping

USAOhioIsrael Support
Cinncinnati

Lisa Cook, a Momentum sister whose 2023 MOMentum Trip to Israel was postponed due to the terror attacks in Israel, organized a night of shopping in her community where all proceeds were donated to support Israeli families.

240 lights

USAOhioHostages
JFX

Momentum Educator Ruchi Koval and her community are lighting up the night with love and prayers for peace. Outside the Jewish Family Experience building in University Heights, Ohio, 240 lights stand as beacons of hope. Each light symbolizes solidarity, resilience, and unwavering support for those affected by the war in Israel.

Volunteered at a Trauma Center

USAIndianaVolunteering

Dr. Louis Profeta is an ER doctor who came to volunteer at Galilee Medical Center.

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Breast Pumps Donation to MDA

Community SupportTaking Action
JCC Chicago

Bonnie Vozar raised funds to buy 50 breast pumps from an Israeli supplier. These pumps were donated to Magen David Adom, Israel’s national emergency services, to be distributed among new mothers in need. The pumps were provided to soldiers on the front lines as well as single parents whose partners were not present. Bonnie also brought two large duffle bags of donations along with her during the Momentum Israel Unity Mission.

Run For Their Lives

USAMarylandHostagesTaking Action
Run for their lives

Momentum Alumni took part in the Run for Their Lives event.

100 Days

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Fundacion Hispano Judia

Marking 100 days of Hostage captivity at Parque De Madrid.

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Empty Strollers

USACaliforniaHostagesTaking Action
Maman

Momentum sister Sara Jacobs mobilized her community to send supplies to Israel – soliciting donations, ensuring that all items were pre-approved by the IDF, and packing the items. She then secured three chartered planes, arranged logistics with El Al, and ensured that there was a system in place in Israel to get the supplies directly to soldiers.

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Reflections from Israel

USAColoradoEducation

Darren Finke and Scott Grossman, who attended the Momentum Men’s Israel Unity Mission, were invited to share their reflections from the experience with the Denver Jewish community.

Marking 100 Days with Learning

USAEducation

Debra Mesnick studied with her HCH group to mark 100 days of Hamas captivity.

Storytime for Kids

USACaliforniaCommunity SupportEducationTaking Action
Aventura Chabad

Moran Lev-Ary is a speech therapist who discovered her own voice during her MOMentum Trip to Israel in May 2022. She currently hosts daily storytelling sessions for children aged 3-9 in both Hebrew and English, which more than 500 children regularly attend.

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Family Volunteering in Israel

Joshua Burgin, a Men’s Unity alum, has made it to Israel for a month with my family. We are staying at an Airbnb on Sheinken. His wife, Angie, will be volunteering, and their son Xander is doing a 3-week BBYO trip with volunteering and...

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State Washington
Country/Region USA
Category Israel Support
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Fundraiser for Impacted Family

Jane Faynshteyn has started a fundraiser for a woman she met during the May Unity mission.

The fundraiser is for a 6-year-old child who survived an attack on Kibbutz Holit. Jane met the child’s mom, Anat, during her first tr...

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juf
State Illinois
Country/Region USA
Category Israel Support
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Raising Awareness

Jill Butensky, a participant in the July unity mission, is working in a warehouse, packing, sorting, and breaking down boxes. She is also helping to promote events to raise money for IDF, displaced families, and families who have lost re...

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State New York
Country/Region USA
Category Taking Action
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270 signs for 270 days

270 days have passed since the Israeli hostages were taken captive. It’s devastating to think about how long the hostages have been away from and missing their families and loved ones. People were asked to show their support by sto...

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State Michigan
Country/Region USA
Category Hostages
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Canada’s “Walk with Israel”

We are so proud of the numerous partner organizations and Momentum alums who took part in Canada’s “Walk with Israel”, which saw a turnout of over 50,000 people

State Ontario
Country/Region CANADA
Category Israel Support
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Sharing the Impact of the Unity Mission

JLEV Panama is hosting a Zoom meeting for the Panama community where the 54 women who joined the May mission will share their incredible experience and how it impacted their lives.

Shevet Ahim / JLev Panama
Country/Region Panama
Category Community Support
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Bring Them Home

Fundación Hispano Judía took part in a global event to bring the hostages home

Fundacion Hispano Judia
Country/Region Spain
Category Hostages
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Supporting the Jewish Community

Maman Nonprofit, in collaboration with Bel Air Church and the October7Coalition (a Christian group supporting the fight against antisemitism), hosted an event in Los Angeles. The event featured actress P...

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Maman Nonprofit
State California
Country/Region USA
Category Community Support
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Chabad of Suffern hosted Moran Steliana

Chabad of Suffern hosted Moran Steliana as a speaker. Moran is an Israeli woman who was held hostage by Hamas for 54 harrowing days. This impactful presentation focused on the resiliency of the people of Israel.

Chabad Suffern
State New York
Country/Region USA
Category Hostages
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Support for MOLS

JWI/Aish LA recently held its annual luncheon. At the event, Patti Spindel, a 2017 alumna, a recent Unity participant, and the mother of a lone soldier, shared her story. Attendees also wrote letters for soldiers’ mothers to send t...

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AISH LA
State California
Country/Region USA
Category Israel Support
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Shavuot Gathering

Over 20 women from different trips gathered for a Shavuot flower arrangement event with Adrienne Gold, joining in for an inspiring talk over Zoom.

State New Jersey
Country/Region USA
Category Community Support
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Floral Maps of Israel

JWI LA alumni, organized by Loren Putterman and Alissa Haroush, came together to create floral maps of Israel and listen to the testimony of 2 survivors.

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AISH LA
State California
Country/Region USA
Category Israel Support
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Yellow Ribbons

On Yom HaZikaron, JCC Mid-Westchester hung 132 yellow ribbons to symbolize the 132 hostages held in Gaza.

JCC Mid-Westchester
State New York
Country/Region USA
Category Israel Support
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Beth Jacob Irvine holds event to support Israel

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BJI2OC / Beth Jacob Irvine
State California
Country/Region USA
Category Israel Support
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Mezuzot for Be’eri

Belinda Schneeweiss, a Toronto Fellowship attendee, was inspired to help survivors of the attack on Kibbutz Be’eri. She organized the Mezuzah Mamas group to create Mezuzot for the community. The g...

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State Ontario
Country/Region CANADA
Category Israel Support
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JCC Bridgewater brought the Shufuni Band to the community

JCC Bridgewater brought the Shufuni Band to the community. This group of young musicians from Otef Aza, Gaza Envelope, bravely shared their stories of surviving the October 7th massacre through music. Read more

JCC
State New Jersey
Country/Region USA
Category Taking Action
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Luis Har

Sari Romano, Community Leader, Aish México hosted Luis Har, one of the freed hostages, to share his story in Mexico City.

Country/Region Mexico
Category Hostages
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Momentum Staff Member Speaks to 100 Community Members

One hundred people came together at a Hadassah Event in South Jersey. Momentum staff member Haleh Rabizadeh spoke about our collective Identity post-Oct. 7th from the perspective of having lived in Iran...

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State New Jersey
Country/Region USA
Category Community Support
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Inspiring Others to Go on a Unity Mission

Nikki Vernon went on the January unity mission, returned to Sydney, and spoke to 200 people to share her experience. Because of her inspiration, four women came on the May unity mission.

Country/Region Australia
Category Israel Support
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Art Initiative for Healthcare Workers in Israel

Today, the Israelis are crying for the lost of the heroes that died while fighting for our freedom and the existence of the state of Israel. It’s a very difficult day since we all have a connection to a family that lost someone. W...

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Country/Region ISRAEL
Category Israel Support
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Supporting the IDF

Allison O’Mara, Community Leader for the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County, shared what she is bringining for our IDF soldiers on the May Unity Mission trip.

South Palm Beach
State Florida
Country/Region USA
Category Taking Action
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Medical Supplies to Israel

During a recent initiative to support Israel, Hillary Bressler spearheaded the collection of medical supplies from Orlando and arranged for them to be transported to Miami, where they were flown into Is...

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State Florida
Country/Region USA
Category Taking Action
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Bearing Witness

Two participants from Jabad Uruguay who went on the March mission have created a video in support of Israel. Lili and Silvia are the amazing women who created this video along with an accompanying artic...

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Jabad
Country/Region Uruguay
Category Taking Action
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Advocating for Israel

Susan Isenberg is taking action by attending a Unity Mission to Israel and continuing to support pro-Israel advocacy efforts

State New Jersey
Country/Region USA
Category Taking Action
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Walking for Awareness

Cindy Perlow walks every Sunday for a mile in honor of the hostages

Neshama Care
State Maryland
Category Hostages
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Jewish Wellness Network

Robyn Slot is helping start up a Jewish Wellness Network for Cape Town Jewish Community members to find out where they can get help & improve their well-being on a physical, mental, emotional & spiritual level.

Country/Region SOUTH AFRICA
Category Community Support
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Helping Soldiers Tell Their Story

Judi Horowitz is helping injured IDF soldiers improve their English so that they can travel to the US and share their stories.

Country/Region ISRAEL
Category Israel Support
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Talking About Israel

Let’s Talk About Israel hosted a discussion with Shalom Orzach and Omer Friedland that brought together over 100 Buffalonians to discuss confidently...

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Jewish Buffalo
State New York
Country/Region USA
Category Education
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Inspiring a Community

More than 300 people gathered to listen to Leat Unger, cousin of Omer Shem Tov, speak in Sarasota, FL. Her words were so inspiring that a local fund has pledged to subsidize ten men for an upcoming Unity mission. It’s amazing to se...

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State Florida
Country/Region USA
Category Hostages
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Keeping the Hostages Top of Mind

JCC of Staten Island supports awareness of Israel and hostages

Jewish Community Alliance of Southern Maine
State New York
Country/Region USA
Category Hostages
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Israel Update

Jewish Federation CEO Ari Rosenblum spoke to the JCC Adult Life Group about the complexities of the situation in Israel.

Rockland County
State New York
Country/Region USA
Category Education
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Raising Awareness

Alumni from Aish San Diego participated in a walk to raise awareness for hostages in the city.

Alumni from Aish San Diego participated in a walk to raise awareness for hostages in the city.
State California
Country/Region USA
Category Hostages
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Sharing Insights from March Spanish Mission

Upon returning home to Uruguay after participating in the March Spanish Mission, Lili Miedzowicz felt compelled to share her experiences and knowledge with the non-Jewish community. She organized a speaking event and over 50 non-Jewish i...

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Country/Region Uruguay
Category Education
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From Trauma to Resilience

Mission participant Brian Seigal, Momentum Educator Yehuda Reiss, along with Motti Gallam, an Israeli mental health officer, are organizing an event.

The purpose of the event is to provide practical tips for resilience to a global...

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State Colorado
Country/Region USA
Category Education
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Raising Funds for Displaced Families

Amara Kaiyalethe, who participated in our January Unity Mission, organized a fundraiser that raised $2500 for Israel. Second and 4th-grade students from the Donna Klein Jewish Academy raised $126, and they also made hundreds of cards. Read more

State Florida
Country/Region USA
Category Taking Action
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We Will Dance Again

Canadian board member Marla Buck recently showcased her latest artwork titled “UNEARTHED; We Will Dance Again” at the Petroff Gallery in Toronto. The event was a huge success, with a great turnout of supporters from all over....

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Momentum Canada
State Ontario
Country/Region CANADA
Category Taking Action
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Women’s Passover Experience for Israel

Temple Beth El of Boca’s sisterhood is hosting a special Women’s Passover Experience titled “Soldier On”, which will be attended by 150 participants. The event will feature a true story of Bracha Horovitz, which h...

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Temple Beth El of Boca's sisterhood is hosting a special Women's Passover Experience titled "Soldier On", which will be attended by 150 participants. The event will feature a true story of Bracha Horovitz, which highlights the transformational power of hardships, strong character, and a purposeful life. Bracha will share her story of growing up in Israel when it was just becoming a country, serving in the IDF, participating in the Miss Israel beauty pageant, and raising a family in Israel. After moving to the US, Bracha's son was born with severe disabilities, and she had to confront permanent hardships in her life. However, instead of feeling defeated, Bracha embraced resilience and asked herself, "Why not me?" This attitude enabled her to lead a life of strength and purpose.
State Florida
Country/Region USA
Category Community Support
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Speaking Up

HCH alum Stacey Kellar spoke out against the proposed ceasefire resolution at the Virginia Beach City Council meeting.

State Virginia
Country/Region USA
Category Taking Action
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Combating Antisemitism in School

Alissa Haroush, JWI alumni and Momentum fellow is hosting an event to protect Jewish children in LA public schools.

State California
Country/Region USA
Category Education
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Run For Their Lives – Baltimore

Alumni participated in a run for their lives in Baltimore are continuing to raise awareness for hostages.

State Maryland
Country/Region USA
Category Hostages
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JLev Panama Event to Talk About Unity Mission Experience

JLev Panama’s women gathered for a special coffee morning to share their experiences after their unity mission.

Shevet Ahim / JLev Panama
Country/Region Panama
Category Education
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Maman Pack Bags for Soldiers With Local High School

Maman, a nonprofit organization, partnered with local high school students to pack bags for soldiers.

Maman
State California
Country/Region USA
Category Volunteering
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Spanish Group From March Unity Mission Raising Money for IDF

A mother named Debby shared that her son is a paratrooper serving in Gaza with a group of 130 soldiers. They are all between the ages of 18 and 21 and require special vests for protection. These vests are not the standard issue from the ...

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Country/Region Country/Region PanamaSpain
Category Israel Support
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Meira Cowland in California

On April 1st, Sheba Grobstein and Lisa Kodimer from JWI/Aish LA held a session with Meira Cowland. Meira spoke about the situation in Israel to the community, with many alumni will be attending

State California
Country/Region USA
Category Community Support
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Hostage Awareness in Sarasota

An alum of the Unity Mission has organized a community event in Sarasota, FL, to raise awareness about hostage-taking. Leat Corrine Unger, the cousin of 21-year-old hostage Omer Shem Tov, will share her family’s experience. The eve...

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Sarasota
State Florida
Country/Region USA
Category Taking Action
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Tastes Like Home

JCC Bridgewater has started a new tradition: they will recognize one of the hostages every Tuesday and Friday with recipes that represent them.

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JCC Bridgewater
State New Jersey
Country/Region USA
Category Taking Action
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Talking About Israel

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Jewish Buffalo
State New York
Country/Region USA
Category Community Support
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Coffee with Love

Panamanian women provide soldiers with coffee made with love.

Shevet Ahim / JLev Panama
Country/Region Panama
Category Israel Support
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Purim and Israel

Beth Jacob Irvine had a gathering to make Hamantaschen while discussing Purim and its relation to Israel in the aftermath of 10/7.

BJI2OC / Beth Jacob Irvine
State California
Country/Region USA
Category Education
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Israel Swimmers Visit USA

JCC Mid-Westchester welcomed a group of Israeli teen swimmers who came to share their personal stories on October 7.

JCC Mid-Westchester
State New York
Country/Region USA
Category Israel Support
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Volunteering in Israel

Stacey Maiman and Michelle Conwisar, alumni of AISH LA/JWI, volunteered and participated in a mission with Hadassah.

State California
Country/Region USA
Category Volunteering
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Disney Surprise

Michelle Auslander Cohen posted a Facebook fundraiser for her friend from Israel. The goal is to surprise him and his family with an adventure at Disney.

Temple Beth El Of Boca Raton
State Florida
Country/Region USA
Category Israel Support
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Alums Raising Money for Israel

Suzie Mossa and Lisa Pinto, AISH LA/JWI, recently contributed to a fundraising campaign for Israel organized by Alissa Haroush (JWI) and Maman Nonprofit. As part of the campaign, they received yellow pins to help raise awareness about th...

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State California
Country/Region USA
Category Taking Action
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Yellow for Hostages

Healthcare Hero Karin Schor-Schteinfeld has shared a picture of a yellow display on social media to bring attention to the hostages.

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State Central District
Country/Region ISRAEL
Category Hostages
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De Madre a Madre

Kehila Uruguay organized a project to support mothers of IDF soldiers by handmaking 100 bracelets that were personally delivered to them in Israel.

Kehila Uruguay
Country/Region Uruguay
Category Israel Support
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Horse Farm

Jody Comins, a volunteer from Hadassah and HCH, helped out at a horse farm located in the south.

Hadassah
State Massachusetts
Country/Region USA
Category Volunteering
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Oscars “Red Pin”

Ellen Simon, from the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey, wrote a blog for The Times of Israel about the red pins worn by celebrities at the Oscars.

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State New Jersey
Country/Region USA
Category Taking Action
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Portraits of Fallen Soldiers

Rosie Rubin has taken it upon herself to draw portraits of our fallen soldiers. Her first drawing was of Lavi, and it gave her the strength to continue with this task. She has since drawn portraits of more soldiers. The local newspaper i...

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Logo
Country/Region Panama
Category Taking Action
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Educational Conference

Recently, JAFI (Jewish Agency for Israel) Marseille organized a conference aimed at addressing the issue of anti-Semitism and promoting knowledge about Zionism.

Jewish Agency for Israel
Country/Region France
Category Education
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Baking for Israel

Momentum alumni from JAFI Marseille are baking special Moroccan pastries to support Israeli soldiers during Purim.

Jewish Agency for Israel
Country/Region France
Category Israel Support
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Attending Fundraiser for Friends of IDF

A group of Aish LA/JWI alumnae and madrichot attended a fundraiser for Friends of IDF where they were impressed by the resilience of the Jewish people, as demonstrated by the DJ who survived and performed that eveningt. Am Yisrael Chai.<...

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AISH
State California
Country/Region USA
Category Israel Support
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Volunteering in Israel

Jody Comins has been volunteering in Israel – pictured here helping at a BBQ at Sheba Medical Center

Hadassah
State Massachusetts
Country/Region USA
Category Israel Support
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10/7 Inspired Art

Marla Buck, a member of the Village Shul community, unveiled her latest art pieces at Petroff Gallery in Toronto. Her artwork pays tribute to and is inspired by the events of October 7th, highlighting the themes of brokenness and wholene...

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State Ontario
Country/Region CANADA
Category Israel Support
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Annual Shabbaton Honors IDF

AISH LA/JWI held their annual Shabbaton with over 60 participants, including alumni from Beth Jacob Irvine. Each woman was assigned a soldier’s name to honor during Shabbat.

State California
Country/Region USA
Category Prayer
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Hafrashat Challah With Israelis

Gevura Davis, part of JCC Kaiserman/Aish Chaim, participated in a Hafrashaet Challah with a group of Israelis, many of whom took part in this ritual for the first time.

AISH Chaim
State Pennsylvania
Country/Region USA
Category Prayer
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Women’s Day Run for Their Lives

Jewish Federation of Sarasota Organizes Women’s Day Run for Their Lives

Sarasota
State Florida
Country/Region USA
Category Hostages
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Donated Shoeboxes to Create Western Wall

Amy Kaminsky used donated shoeboxes to create a Western Wall at her synagogue for an annual fundraiser

Ahava of Chester County
State Pennsylvania
Country/Region USA
Category Israel Support
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Raising Money for Kibbutz Mizra

Kibbutz Gevim in “Otef Gaza” is close to the fence with Gaza (0 – 4 Km). On October 7, the kibbutz came under rocket fire for 30 hours while terrorists came to their gates gate. Whole families were in their safe rooms, at t...

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Maman
State California
Country/Region USA
Category Israel Support
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Mishloach Manot for IDF

JEM Miami Selling Mishloach Manot for IDF

State Florida
Country/Region USA
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Walking in Marseille

JAFI Marseille participates at a walking in Marseille for the release of the hostages

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Country/Region France
Category Hostages
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The Osher Project

Many teenage kibbutz survivors and southern communities affected by the war have had their happiness stolen from them by the massacres of October 7th. Because of th...

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Maman
State California
Country/Region USA
Category Israel Support
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Sharing their Momentum Journey

Jane Toledano returned from a Momentum mission feeling inspired and is now encouraging others to join future missions.

Chabad Wayne NJ
State New Jersey
Country/Region USA
Category Israel Support
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Run for Their Lives – Chicago

Eve Levy organized the L’Chaim Center to participate in Run for Their Lives.

State Illinois
Country/Region USA
Category Hostages
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Candle for a Hostage

Merri Shapiro Cohen, with Torah Links of Monmouth County, lit an extra Shabbat candle for her assigned hostage that she received from attending Momentum on the Road – NY.

Torah Links of Monmouth County
State New Jersey
Country/Region USA
Category Hostages
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Stories of the Homeland

Nikki Vernon facilitated an impactful evening for the community with over 150 people turning up to hear “Stories for the Homeland” with Nikki sharing her day-by-day itinerary and the stories she heard, all while promoting the next Mo...

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Orah Sydney
Country/Region Australia
Category Education
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Ema

JCC Chicago has launched a new initiative called Ema to provide support to the Mothers Helping Mothers and MOLS programs, as well as the alums of Chicago Momentum.

Momentum alum Bonnie Vozar: “Momentum taught me to take resp...

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JCC Chicago
State Illinois
Country/Region USA
Category Community Support
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Nova Festival Survivor in PA

Aish Chaim Philadelphia hosted Millet Ben Haim, Nova festival survivor.

AISH CHAIM
State Pennsylvania
Country/Region USA
Category Education
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Strategic Regional Briefing with Yisrael Klitsner

Aish Chaim Philadelphia – Men chaired a strategic regional briefing on Israel.

AISH CHAIM
State Pennsylvania
Country/Region USA
Category Education
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Sharing the stories of the hostages

Boca Women Inspired/Liumi hosted family members of Luis Har and Fernando Simon Marman, who shared their stories with their community. We must hear their stories, share their pain, and give them love, and we must tell the world! Tom and N...

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State Florida
Country/Region USA
Category Hostages
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Shabbat of Love

Jewish Philanthropies of Southern Arizona hosted 81 individuals representing 24 unique family units at a Shabbat of Love dinner.

The children had a special project decorating flowerpots in advance of Tu B’Shevat and writing ...

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State Arizona
Country/Region USA
Category Community Support
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Supporting the Community

Traci Portnoff and Kimberly Fenton-Zeira, from our new partner Neshama Care, hosted a Zoom for healthcare heroes professionals with Adrienne Read more LEARN MORE

Country/Region USA
Category Community Support
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Hosting Survivors from Kfar Aza

Sivan Kobi, from Aish LA/JWI, hosted survivors from Kfar Aza and raised awareness for the hostages.

AISH LA
State California
Country/Region USA
Category Hostages
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Adopted an Israeli community

Maman Nonprofit adopted a Miluim community in Carmel Gat and organized a carnival to raise funds for women and children.

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Maman
State California
Country/Region USA
Category Israel Support
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Blankets of Hope

Making beautiful blankets to be sent to Israel

Chabad Wayne NJ
State New Jersey
Country/Region USA
Category Israel Support
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Circle of Comfort for Mothers of Lone Soldiers

Lala, the mother of a lone soldier who was in the January Mission, started an online support group for mothers of lone soldiers.

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Country/Region USA
Category Community Support
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Five Minutes Today

Join the WhatsApp group “5 Minutes Today,” fighting antisemitism and supporting Israel, started by a Momentum LA Retreat participant in San Diego.

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State California
Country/Region USA
Category Taking Action
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Art Therapy for Nova Survivors

Maman organized an art therapy session in LA for survivors of the Nova festival with Tomer Peretz, a local Israeli artist who volunteered for Zaka.

Maman
State California
Country/Region USA
Category Taking Action
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Mompreneur

Israel Community ambassadors are leading the Mompreneur project together with SparkIL, creating a strategy to involve the rest of the community and the women abroad. Currently, we have nine women steering this forward.

SparkIL
Country/Region ISRAEL
Category Community Support
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Israel Community Brings the Light

A group of 50 members from the Israeli community recently came together to take action. The event was initiated by the Vice President and Chairwoman of the Israel Committee, Racheli Chefetz. The program began with a beautiful learning se...

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State Jerusalem District
Country/Region ISRAEL
Category Hostages
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HaTikvah for Baby Kfir

On 1/18/24, in front of the UN building in Geneve, Switzerland, “celebrating” Kfir’s first birthday, Yael Donath, our Swiss CL with JAFI, sang Hatikva out loud.

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Jewish Agency for Israel
Category Hostages
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You Plus 2

In response to the Israel-Hamas war and growing anti-Semitism worldwide, a group of Jewish women organized the “You Plus 2” event to educate and promote understanding among Jewish and non-Jewish women. The event featured an e...

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JWC Atlanta
State Georgia
Country/Region USA
Category Education
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Bracelets for the IDF

Alumni and their school-aged daughters made and sold bracelets, raising almost $4,000 in just two days. The money will be used to host IDF soldiers with therapists in the coming months.

State Florida
Country/Region USA
Category Israel Support
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Jewish Women’s Connection of Atlanta Takes Action

JWC Atlanta had a Zoom call with an Israeli mother whose child was kidnapped by Hamas. They heard her story and spread the word in hopes of finding help.

JWC Atlanta
State Georgia
Country/Region USA
Category Hostages
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Bring Them Home Now

Mindy Berger, a former Momentum staff member and a Unity mission alumna, mobilized the community to support Momentum Israel sister, Adi Shachar. Adi’s brother-in-law, Tal, is still held hostage while eight other fa...

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Bring Them Home
State DC
Country/Region USA
Category Hostages
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Challah Bake

Alumni mothers from various partners came together for a Challah Bake event at the University of Pennsylvania.

Kol Ami
State Oregon
Country/Region USA
Category Community Support
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Comfort

Tifara Tiri, a bereavement officer, and Poreshet CL alumni, connected with Miriam Peretz, one of our members of the Israel Public Council, to provide comfort during this time.

Visit
State Central District
Country/Region ISRAEL
Category Israel Support
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#LIVEBRAID CHALLENGE

The founder of https://livebraid.com/ is now encouraging all her followers to bake two Challahs and give one to a friend/neighbor

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AISH
State California
Country/Region USA
Category Community Support
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#KeepTheLightGoing

Fifty members of the Israeli community joined forces to take action. Following this, we invited them to become ambassadors for the #KeepTheLightGoing campaign and the Momprenuer project, which aims to support three Israeli businesses dur...

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Experience Tel Aviv, Masada, and Shabbat in Jerusalem
Country/Region ISRAEL
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Messages of Support

Patti organized Momentum alum, sending dozens of messages to their Israeli sisters from the trip offering support and love.

Project Inspire
State Arizona
Country/Region USA
Category Prayer
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250 Pounds of Luggage!!!

Eve Levy was on her way to the Unity Mission and she brought along 250 pounds of luggage. Her luggage included hundreds of cards for soldiers, letters for mothers, wives and families of hostages, gifts, winter coats, hats, gloves, sweats...

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State Illinois
Country/Region USA
Category Israel Support
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Travelled to Israel

AISH LA alum Cheryl Benton went to Israel to bring supplies and volunteer.

AISH
State California
Country/Region USA
Category Israel Support
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Mezuzot for Displaced Families

Maman Nonprofit partnered with a local Chabad to create an event for women supporting Israel. One of the activities included making mezuzot for displaced families.

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Maman
State California
Country/Region USA
Category Community Support
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“The Hope”

On January 18th, 2024, Yael Donath, a Swiss CL with JAFI, celebrated Kfir’s first birthday in front of the UN building in Geneva, Switzerland by singing Hatikva.

Jewish Agency for Israel
Category Taking Action
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Therapy

Maman has joined hands with a local LA farm and others to develop an all-encompassing trauma-therapy program for Nova survivors, displaced kibbutz families, and teenagers who have been directly affected by war.

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Maman
State California
Country/Region USA
Category Israel Support
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Pick a Mitzvah

Pick a Mitzvah, launched by Panamanian Jewish organization Shevet Ahim, encourages users to honor and keep Shabbat by fulfilling a new mitzvah of their choosing without fear, social pressure, or stigma.

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Shevet Ahim / JLev Panama
Category Prayer
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Physicians Against Antisemitism

A Momentum Healthcare Hero, co-founded Physicians Against Antisemitism, a popular Instagram page combating harmful misinformation around Israel and the Jewish people from a medical perspective. Many of her fellow Healthcare Heroes alumni...

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Hadassah
State California
Country/Region USA
Category Community Support
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Medical supplies for Israel

Momentum sister and pharmacist Ann Laure Cohen contacted over 80 colleagues, who sent 78 boxes of medical supplies, including medicines and other hygiene products, to Israel.

Jewish Agency for Israel
Country/Region France
Category Taking Action
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Influencing for Israel

An Instagram influencer and blogger with over 133,000 followers, Momentum sister Melissa Chapman shares content about the painful reality of life in Israel right now, and highlights worthy causes that need our attention.

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Experience Tel Aviv, Masada, and Shabbat in Jerusalem
State New York
Country/Region USA
Category Education
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I Am a Quiet American Jew

“I am not religious, I never publicly display my love for Judaism or Israel. But something is awakening inside of me.” In this moving op-ed, Momentum sister Heather Kafetz shares how deeply she has been affected by the terror...

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State Maryland
Country/Region USA
Category Education
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Therapy for IDF Soldiers

Silvia Oppenheim-Findling, a Momentum sister from B’nai Aviv of Weston, collaborated with her young daughters to make and sell bracelets – and raised almost $4,000 in two days. The money will be used to sponsor therapy for IDF so...

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State Florida
Country/Region USA
Category Israel Support
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Night of local shopping

Lisa Cook, a Momentum sister whose 2023 MOMentum Trip to Israel was postponed due to the terror attacks in Israel, organized a night of shopping in her community where all proceeds were donated to support Israeli families.

Cinncinnati
State Ohio
Country/Region USA
Category Israel Support
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240 lights

Momentum Educator Ruchi Koval and her community are lighting up the night with love and prayers for peace. Outside the Jewish Family Experience building in University Heights, Ohio, 240 lights stand as beacons of hope. Each light symboli...

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JFX
State Ohio
Country/Region USA
Category Hostages
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Volunteered at a Trauma Center

Dr. Louis Profeta is an ER doctor who came to volunteer at Galilee Medical Center.

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State Indiana
Country/Region USA
Category Volunteering
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Breast Pumps Donation to MDA

Bonnie Vozar raised funds to buy 50 breast pumps from an Israeli supplier. These pumps were donated to Magen David Adom, Israel’s national emergency services, to be distributed among new mothers in need. The pumps were provided to ...

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JCC Chicago
Category Community Support
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Run For Their Lives

Momentum Alumni took part in the Run for Their Lives event.

Run for their lives
State Maryland
Country/Region USA
Category Hostages
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100 Days

Marking 100 days of Hostage captivity at Parque De Madrid.

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Fundacion Hispano Judia
Country/Region Spain
Category Taking Action
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Empty Strollers

Momentum sister Sara Jacobs mobilized her community to send supplies to Israel – soliciting donations, ensuring that all items were pre-approved by the IDF, and packing the items. She then secured three chartered planes, arranged logis...

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Maman
State California
Country/Region USA
Category Taking Action
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Reflections from Israel

Darren Finke and Scott Grossman, who attended the Momentum Men’s Israel Unity Mission, were invited to share their reflections from the experience with the Denver Jewish community.

State Colorado
Country/Region USA
Category Education
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Marking 100 Days with Learning

Debra Mesnick studied with her HCH group to mark 100 days of Hamas captivity.

Country/Region USA
Category Education
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Storytime for Kids

Moran Lev-Ary is a speech therapist who discovered her own voice during her MOMentum Trip to Israel in May 2022. She currently hosts daily storytelling sessions for children aged 3-9 in both Hebrew and English, which more than 500 childr...

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Aventura Chabad
State California
Country/Region USA
Category Community Support

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