Israel trip is transformative for group of Dallas Jewish women


Fourteen women, 14 ways to express magnificence — all in the same vein. Dallasites who recently returned from the 2013 Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project summer mission to Israel can’t say enough about their experiences, and their energy is beyond contagious. Unanimously, they hope to fill one or two busses, of 50 women each, to attend next summer.

“I now understand my connection to heritage, to who we are and to how we should live as Jews,” said trip participant Summer Pailet. “My family is now enjoying challahs that I bake, we have taken Shabbat to a new level, we’ve celebrated Havdallah on our patio. My own personal commitment to Judaism, and to the Jewish life I want to bring to my family, has been heightened to a level I never imagined.”

Joining Pailet in Israel were Hudy Abrams, Melissa Bernstein, Carolyn Braswell, Lisa Gerstenfeld, Ayelet Nesher-Haviv, Ilise Kohleriter, Laura Lacritz, Randi O’Brien, Cheri Shapiro, Julie Shrell, Leanne Svec, Devorah Zakon and Kim Zoller. Zoller and Lacritz, each traveling for a second mission with JWRP, worked as group madrichot or leaders.

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