Keren Hayesod’s International Women’s Division European Conference Meets in Paris   

on  22/09/2016 
Paris, 14-18 September, 2016

​Sixty-five members of Keren Hayesod’s International Women’s Division from around the world, including key leaders and activists, convened in Paris in mid-September for the organization’s European Conference.

The gathering gave the participants the opportunity to explore the “City of Lights”, particularly from a Jewish perspective, while learning about the many challenges facing French Jewry, and mainly about Keren Hayesod’s role in encouraging aliyah to Israel and supporting the many projects strengthening the Israeli society.
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With the Israeli ambassador to France, Mrs. Aliza Ben-Nun (standing in the middle).

The participants met with the Chief Rabbi of France, Haim Korsia, and were hosted at the official residence of Israel’s Ambassador to France, Her Excellency Aliza Bin-Noun. They took part in professional workshops, and met with new immigrants on the eve of their departure for Israel as well as French participants in Jewish Agency programs in Israel, who shared their experiences and excitement. 
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A moving ceremony was held near the site of the heinous terror attack at the Hyper Cacher market.  
After a visit to the Museum of Jewish Art and History and the ORT Jewish school, the women started Shabbat at the La Victoire Synagogue, Paris’s main synagogue.
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During the conference, the International Women's Division’s Award of Excellence was presented to two leaders, Mrs. Patricia Fine and Mrs. Nina Kovensky, co-chairs of the Lion of Judah in Cape Town, South Africa, in recognition of their dedication and devotion to strengthen the involvement of Jewish women in the development if Jewish continuity and ties between Jewish communities and the State of Israel.
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from l-r: Nelly de Bobrow; Penny Hurst OAM.

The highlight of the event was the changeover of presidents, as outgoing head, Nelly de Bobrow handed over the leadership to Penny Hurst OAM from Australia. 

The worldwide Keren Hayesod family salutes Mrs. De Bobrow for her dozens of years of activity, and wish Mrs. Hurst great success in her new and challenging position.



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