Meet Karen Pisk
WIZO Women come from all walks of life.
Let’s get to know some of our members and find out what WIZO means to them.
Hi Karen, tell us when and why you joined WIZO
I joined WIZO in 1979 when we moved to Lane Cove. My family were always associated with WIZO and I had a WIZO pre-wedding party.
How would you explain WIZO to someone who has never heard of it?
WIZO is essentially raising funds for underprivileged people in Israel.
What does WIZO mean to you?
To me, WIZO means a number of things. Yes it’s about helping the needy, but it’s also about friendship, Jewish community and sound values.
Why is WIZO important today?
It’s important simply because the situation is desperate. Many Israelis live in poverty and they need our help.
Is there a WIZO function or event that stands out in your mind? Why?
The World WIZO conferences in Israel are always the highlight for me. Within Australia, I have enjoyed the many major functions over the years and the guest speakers from Israel.
What would you tell someone who was unsure about becoming a WIZO member?
I would tell them that WIZO can be experienced in a number of ways. I would tell them to start with a pre-wedding party or bat mitzvah celebration to raise funds and exposure. Start early.
Tell us about yourself outside of WIZO – your family life, work life, other interests.
I was previously a careers adviser working at both Moriah and Masada College. We now live in Israel six months of the year.
Is there a WIZO project that you have a particular interest in? Why?
My interest lies in two areas. The first is WIZO Ahuzat Yeladim. The second are the Day Care Centres. Why? The need. The children in Israel really need our support – now more than ever.
Is it time you became a WIZO woman too?