Meet Mimi Weiss
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 Mimi, tell us why you joined WIZO initially. What year was it?
I joined WIZO a few months ago after my Buba passed away. I was very moved to hear in her eulogy that she had rescued and saved lives with her WIZO projects and I was very inspired to continue her legacy and take over where she left off.
I hadn’t heard most of the stories and I was moved by her humility, persistence, and determination to save others despite the circumstances that came her way.
How would you explain WIZO to someone who has never heard of it?
I would say that WIZO is an organisation of Jewish women who support other Jews (especially women and children) in need in Israel.
What does WIZO mean to you?
To me, WIZO means women coming together simply because they love Israel. They are committed to helping other Jews who have nowhere else to turn to.
Why is WIZO important today?
I was amazed to hear that 1 in 4 Israelis benefit from WIZO, from educational facilities to housing for the needy. The numbers themselves show how important WIZO is.
Whilst there are so many thousands of projects that WIZO supports, there are still so many more people that need our help. Life in Israel is definitely not easy, but we have the duty to support the people who live in our homeland because without them we would not have a Jewish State.
Is there a WIZO function or event that stands out in your mind? Why?
The WIZO Gala Dinner this year, and the dedication ceremony to my Buba Nelly Weiss in particular, was especially moving. I learned so much about her – I didn’t even know half of the things she had achieved in her time here until I heard it at these events.
She had been sick for so long and it was special to be reminded of how driven, courageous, determined and powerful she was.
WIZO was like family to her and she achieved some amazing things through the organisation. These events were huge nachas moments for our family and I loved watching my Grandfather’s face light up when WIZO members reminisced on the special moments they shared with our Buba.
What would you tell someone who was unsure about becoming a WIZO member?
Definitely join! If you don’t want to join because of the pressure to donate, whilst donating is important, being part of WIZO is also being part of a community, having a fun time, and having a meaningful goal to work towards.
Being a member should not solely be about fundraising. To me, being a member is more about learning/raising awareness about the problems many face in Israel. It is also about finding our own identity within our own Jewish community.
Tell us about yourself outside of WIZO – your family life, work life, other interests.
I am 22 years old and currently studying Interior Architecture at UTS. My dream job would be to work in a commercial architecture firm and work on large scale projects such as hotels and malls.
In my spare time, I love to go for walks and discover new things/interesting places (I try to get 10,000 steps per day!). I also love making things… jewellery, food, a mess etc.
The top 3 things on my bucket list are to be on The Block, create a font, and learn how to backflip.
A perfect day for me would be 24 degrees, sunny, and eating sushi on the grass in Bondi with my friends, listening to great music.
Is there a WIZO project that you have a particular interest in? Why?
Yes!!! I hope soon we can start a team of young women under 30 and build from there. The project we will be aiming to support is still to be decided, but how amazing would it be if this does work!
Not only would we be raising money/awareness for WIZO and Israel, but it would be a great way to bring Zionism, Judaism, Jewish ideas, and our Jewish community back into the lives of many people that don’t currently have that connection to this community.
Is it time you became a WIZO woman too?