JWRP Sister Spotlight: Lynn Oves
Lynn Oves is a wife, mother to three daughters, life coach, and a member of AIPAC’s Executive Council in Atlanta, as well as AIPAC’s National Council. She is also a co-chair of the JWRP’s AIPAC Committee. We spoke to Lynn about her MOMentum experience, what first drew her to Israel advocacy, and why she hopes to see so many of her JWRP sisters at the AIPAC Policy Conference.
Why did you decide to participate in a MOMentum Trip to Israel?
I have always sought out experiences that help me grow as an individual and as a community leader. When I learned that the MOMentum Trip was a spiritual women’s trip, I thought that it sounded amazing, and I knew that I needed to go.
What were some of the highlights of your trip?
Taking classes in the center of Jerusalem’s Jewish quarter was wonderful. We also visited Jewish sites that I never would have made it to on my own. I came away spiritually refreshed, returning home with digestible lessons that I could incorporate into my life.
You’ve been involved in AIPAC for over 20 years! What first drew you to Israel advocacy?
Right after I graduated from college, I put on a backpack and traveled to Israel. I didn’t have plans, and I ended up volunteering on Kibbutz Hatzerim in the south. I worked in the drip irrigation factory, and learned that when the supplies were distributed to Arab countries, they did not include a Hebrew label. Also while I was in Israel, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin signed the Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty in front of US President Jimmy Carter. These experiences were very impactful, and planted the seeds for my involvement with AIPAC, which works to strengthen, protect and promote the US-Israel relationship in ways that enhance the security of both countries.
Why do you think that the AIPAC Policy Conference is a natural fit for JWRP sisters?
During our MOMentum year-long journey, we learned that, as women, we are at the center of our families and communities, and that it is our responsibility to inspire them and to create positive futures for them.
As part of that, it is our responsibility to ensure that the US-Israel relationship stays strong. It is because of this strong relationship that we, as Jews, can live safe and fulfilling lives in the United States. We can walk the streets and ride public transportation without the fear of being accosted. We can’t take that for granted, and we need to be informed about Israel in order to maintain that relationship.
AIPAC’s Policy Conference brings together thousands of pro-Israel advocates to listen to brilliant and sophisticated lecturers, as well as Israeli and American politicians. JWRP sisters will love learning more about Israel, and having the opportunity to support their country and their Jewish homeland in a very real way.