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Alliance and Kollel partner with Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project

Published in The Jewish Voice Rhode Island on February 5, 2016.

Since its inception in 2008, The Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project’s (JWRP) Momentum program has sent thousands of women on eight-day trips to Israel in its mission to “empower women to change the world through Jewish values that transform ourselves, our families and our communities.”

This year, for the first time, the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island is partnering with the Providence Community Kollel and the JWRP to provide the opportunity for local Rhode Island Jewish mothers to go on this trip.

The trip, often referred to as “Birthright for Moms,” offers an opportunity to deeply explore oneself. Thousands of women from 19 different countries have already experienced this life-changing trip, paying only their own airfare, and returning home with a deep, eternal connection to Israel, a profound kinship with each other and a heart filled with Jewish values.

The Israel Ministry of Diaspora Affairs supports the program, along with family foundations and individual donations.

This trip is the starting point for more engagement and participation in Jewish and communal life. The experience in Israel creates the passionate energy so that once back in Rhode Island the women are eager to participate in their Jewish life.

The next trip for Rhode Island-area women is July 11-18. The next informational session is scheduled for Feb. 18 at 8 p.m.

The Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project trip is intended for women who are not Shabbat observant and who have children under age 18 living at home and being raised to identify as Jews. Candidates are reviewed and selected based on an application and interview process.

FOR INFORMATION, contact Elissa Felder at efelder@jewishallianceri.org. To find out more about the trip, go to jwrp.org.

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