Meet Lisa Pillemer
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 Lisa, tell us why you joined WIZO initially. What year was it?
The other night, I found myself sitting next to Lorna at an event, we had never met before, but we found ourselves deep in conversation on all things on Israel, womanhood, Jewish identity and education. As I have recently returned from living in New York, I’ve been looking for ways to re-engage with my local community. Whilst expressing this to Lorna, she mentioned WIZO to me. I was excited by the projects and initiatives of WIZO. The passion and dedication of the women in our NSW community made me in instant fan of WIZO.
How would you explain WIZO to someone who has never heard of it?
It is the coming together of Jewish women from across the globe, from all denominations of Judaism, who believe in the betterment of Israel. WIZO ensures that all sectors of Israeli society are been taken care of. It is using the strength and power of women to ensure all peoples in Israel are looked after.
What does WIZO mean to you?
Joining forces with women to ensure Israel is a place of safety, love and care for all.
Why is WIZO important today?
As much as we like to think of Israel as a perfect society, alas, it has it flaws. As a woman who has visited Israel many times, I have seen the work WIZO is doing to better the children and their families in Israeli society. As the population of Israel increases, the work of WIZO will be needed much more. There continues to be mothers who are unable to take care of their children adequately, children with no bedding, with no backpacks for schools, and this is just the beginning of some of their challenges. We as women have the power to come together, to raise awareness of these problems and make a difference.
Is there a WIZO function or event that stands out in your mind? Why?
Mother’s Day Breakfast
What would you tell someone who was unsure about becoming a WIZO member?
All of the above
Tell us about yourself outside of WIZO – your family life, work life, other interests.
After 5 years of living in New York City, my husband and I have recently to Sydney with our 10-month-old baby girl. In 2018, I will begin teaching at the Emanuel high school. I love to read, watch documentaries, practice yoga and exercise! We love having people over at our house and hanging out with our family and friends.
Is there a WIZO project that you have a particular interest in? Why?
Mother’s Day Breakfast
Is it time you became a WIZO woman too?