From January 2-9, 2019, Federation Development Manager Janet Wainright will be taking her first-ever trip to Israel, accompanied by her daughter, Lucy. Janet will spend most of her trip visiting with many of our partners in the Afula-Gilboa region in northern Israel, and will get a firsthand look at some of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee's projects in Jerusalem. 


Follow Janet on her journey and see through Janet's eyes the impact that our Federation and our community are making in Israel!

January 10, 2019

I walked into the office today and everyone asked me about my trip. I had many things to share, but in the back of my mind, I thought about how often so many people that I cross paths with take for granted the life they have.

I am grateful for what I have and I try very hard to never lose perspective.

I live in a beautiful town, I have three children that I adore and a wonderfully supportive husband. I own a lovely home and a br...

January 9, 2019

We checked in late last night to our hotel in Jerusalem, which is wonderfully located just steps from the Old City and Ben Yehuda Street. We are looking forward to doing some sight-seeing at some point, but until then, we will spend our morning with Naava Shafner of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC).

Accompanied by Naava, we had the privilege of visiting Susan’s House, an organization established in 2002 in...

January 8, 2019

Today is our last day in Afula and staying at the Partnership House on Kibbutz Yizre’el. The rain held off and Rahel was finally able to give us the grand tour before heading out to our final destination. The view from the top of the kibbutz and from the dining room was beautiful; the valley below was so green and full of life. Kibbutz life is so close-knit and you really feel like part of the family, even while visiting. We w...

January 7, 2019

We headed north to Karmiel with Grace Rodnitzki, Director of International Relations at the Ethiopian National Project (ENP). ENP unites global Jewry, the Government of Israel and the Ethiopian-Israeli community in its mission to advance the integration of Ethiopian-Israelis into Israeli society. The program provides social and educational opportunities to Ethiopian-Israeli youth ages 13-18 addressing their cultural, social an...

January 6, 2019

Although it was raining and cold, we were welcomed and warmed by the wonderful leaders and the incredible work of Be-Atzmi. Be-Atzmi (“On My Own”) is a social NGO that works to alleviate poverty and narrow socio-economic gaps in Israel, through employment advancement of underprivileged and excluded populations. They serve approximately 9,000 men and women each year, mainly from Israel’s social and geographical peripheries, hel...

January 5, 2019

Today we visited with five deserving organizations where I asked the question, “What is your greatest need?”

They all answered the same way, hands gesturing everywhere.

As Ariel Rasovsky of Beit Singer said, “How do you choose? There are so many needs.”

There are 97 children currently at Beit Singer, 70% of them victims of sexual violence. It is heartbreaking to hear the statistics, their needs unimaginable. They receive a stipen...

January 3, 2019

As soon as you land in Israel, you realize that, although we may speak another language and live many miles apart, the warmth and kindness of the people make you feel right at home.

Beginning with Lev, our taxi-driver from the airport to Kibbutz Yizre'el. Once learning that it was our first time in Israel, he began naming all the sites we passed, telling us about his life, his career, and his twin daughters -- one who is now a...

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