Sweet. Healthy. Happy. Successful. Family. Friends. Joy. Shana Tova Uโ€™metuka from the team at WIZO NSW ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐ŸŽ
As we head into one of the most beautiful times of the year, the team at WIZO NSW wish you Shabbat Shalom - a day of rest before preparations for Rosh Hashanah begin on Sunday, bringing in the New Year with family, friends and food! ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ
๐ŸŒŸWIZO ISRAEL  Staff Spotlight ๐ŸŒŸ

Dganit grew up with WIZO. After graduating WIZO Canada High School in Haifa, she enlisted in the IDF and after her discharge, she enrolled in WIZO Haifa Academy of Design and Education to get an arts education degree. 

As part of her studies, she visited WIZOโ€™s Ahuzat Yeladim, a youth village and dormitory for children with emotional and psychological difficulties. There, she met an art therapist who shared with the visiting students the secret of the profession. It was a defining moment in her life. She realized two things: she wanted to do art therapy and she wanted to do it right there, in Ahuzat Yeladim.

Seven years later, after completing a bachelor's degree and art therapy studies, she landed a position in Ahuzat Yeladimโ€™s school.
29 years have passed since then and Dganit has been an integral part of the village โ€“ from writing curriculum to shaping treatment methods and initiating innovative programs, she has left an indelible mark on the lives of many, many young people who have experienced this special boarding school. 
And, she made her dream a reality. Kol hakavod Dganit! WIZO NSW is so proud to highlight your remarkable journey! #doingwhatmatters #teamworkmakesthedreamwork ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ
WIZO AYELET & JIFF! What a great combination! A wonderful brunch with guests Lindy and Eddie Tamir - weโ€™re looking forward to a great JIFF (Jewish International Film Festival) season, from Tuesday 25 October - Monday 28 November #wizoayelet #jiff #events ๐ŸŽฅ๐ŸŽฌ๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿ“ฝ
Such joy to give! A grateful recipient of WIZO honey cake this week - a sweet way to start a New Year. ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ#doingwhatmatters #volunteers #shanatovaumetuka
A very special time - this week, WIZO NSW will deliver 200 honey cakes to golden members of our community - wishing them and their families a sweet New Yearโ€ฆ.we are grateful to the 17 drivers who have volunteered their time - such a beautiful mitzvah to start the New Year ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ
Todays the day! Blue Illusion in Westfield Bondi Junction is the place to shopโ€ฆ..
Noa Gertz, a WIZO Nahalal Youth Village graduate who was born with muscular dystrophy, is working to integrate people with disabilities, illnesses and special needs in the fashion industry. 

As part of the project "I Can Too" she founded a year and a half ago, the 21-year-old fashion blogger produces inspiring photo shoots that combine designer clothes, desirable brands and models with and without special needs. Last month, she produced a sizzling summer photo shoot with influencers Einav Cohen and Mia Dagan. 

"I can say that in the last two years I have begun to accept and love myself, to come to terms with the "flaws" and embrace them," said Noa in this news article. "There is a wide variety of beauty and I think it should be given a place."

Photos: Shai Hanesev courtesy of Walla
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ A life-changing experience in Israel is waiting for you with registrations for the WIZO Taglit -Birthright trip in January 2023 still open๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ

1-11 January 2023 (18-26 yrs)

Register here: http://int.birthrightisrael.com
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ A life-changing experience in Israel is waiting for you with registrations for the WIZO Taglit -Birthright trip in January 2023 opening today.๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ 

1-11 January 2023 (WIZO - 18-26 y.o) 

Can't wait to see you in Israel! 

Register: http://int.birthrightisrael.com
WIZO NSW Safety Net Campaign 2022 featuring Eve Barlow - in somewhat difficult Covid times, WIZO members and friends helped by #doingwhatmatters - supporting this incredible cause, helping women, children, families escape the cycle of abuseโ€ฆrehabilitating, rehousing, treating. Caring. Listening. What WIZO does best. To donate, call 9387 3666 Am Israel Chai!๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ
The women and children in these photos are doing yoga, arts and crafts, participating in a drum circle, playing with dogs. But that's not all they're doing. They're also healing. Learning to trust again. Rebuilding their shattered lives. 

They are victims of domestic violence who have recently left shelters and they are being guided and nurtured by the professionals and volunteers of WIZO's Safety Net program in Hadera. Aliza Koniak, the program's coordinator, sent an emotional text to her colleague this week: 

"I think that spending hours every day with these kids over the past week gave me a feeling of true hope. They very much respect and appreciate us and it warms my heart to know that we are likely on our way to making a change in the perception of these tender children, that the love we give them is unconditional. I admit that I was very afraid that it would be challenging and I found myself feeling calm...so grateful for all this goodness!" This is WIZOโ€™s Safety Net Program at its best. Doing what matters. Looking after women and families, helping with rehabilitation. Using funds raised by YOU, our remarkable NSW donors. Itโ€™s not to late to participate and help rebuild a life. Call WIZO on 9387 3666  or https://wizonsw.org.au/safety-net-campaign/. Itโ€™s never too late to make a difference ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ
Help at-risk women and children in Israel escape the cycle of abuse. 

Any support you can manage will make a big difference. 

Donate via the link in our bio or by calling the WIZO office on 93873666.
Thanks to generous WIZO NSW donors, significant funds were sent to Israel this past June, supporting summer programs for Ukrainian students. How wonderful to be able to bring joy to groups of students in our care. Thank you. ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ #weโ€™re withwizo #generousdonors #wearewizowomen ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ
As you read this, hundreds of women and children -from all religious affiliations and cultural backgrounds- rely on WIZOโ€™s Safety Net Program to improve their lives and leave the abuse, fear and isolation they have experienced in the past. 

Help us continue to keep them safe by donating today via the link in our bio.
๐Ÿ›ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Join us on a trip of a lifetime with WIZO on Birthright Israel, this Jan 2023. This trip is offered to 18-26yr olds. 
Pre-registration is open now. 
https://tinyurl.com/BRRego ๐Ÿ‘ˆ

Email lorna@wizonsw.org.au for more information

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