WOMEN FOR ISRAEL
Women Empowering Each Other to Strengthen Israel My Path from JNFuture to Women for Israel By Maia Aron I HAVE ALWAYS attributed my love of Israel to my grandfather and his legacy as a model Zionist pioneer. But I would be remiss if I did not mention the other great influence in my life: female empowerment through Jewish National Fund’s Women for Israel (WFI) and its incredible ability to create positive change in Israel. Everyone has heard the saying that “behind every great man there is a great woman,” but I think otherwise. In Israel and in the U.S., many times it is women leading the way, and it is the great men who follow. After two invigorating years as president of JNFuture Miami, the next step was clear and logical—to start Miami’s very own Women for Israel chapter. My decision to pursue this path was influenced in several ways. As women, we have the power to make a difference, and what better way is there than working together, arm in arm, with women who share the same values,
ideals, and love for Israel and our people? JNF empowers a community of like-minded women, and it is through them that I find constant renewed purpose in supporting the land and people of Israel.
As women, we have the power to make a difference, and what better way is there than working together, arm in arm, with women who share the same values, ideals, and love for Israel and our people? My many visits to Israel on JNF’s missions also had a profound impact on me. It was while visiting various JNF sites that I witnessed how JNF women are leaders in fundraising for JNF’s work in Israel; many of them designed to directly benefit Israeli women. It was because of the bold vision of JNF women that Zuqim, an artists’ colony in the Arava desert, was
Nina Paul & Maia Aron
Women for Israel
founded where there was once only sand. In May 2017, I stood proud as JNF inaugurated a new health center in Halutza, a community near the Egyptian and Gaza borders, so that young mothers can take their children for quality healthcare. The new JNF Western Galilee Tourist Information Center in Akko is driving up the number of customers visiting women-owned businesses. There are countless more successes, from north to south, thanks to JNF and the women behind WFI. Above all, there is a proud woman who has inspired me most of all to take on the challenge of starting WFI’s Miami chapter: Nina Paul. Nina is the national president of WFI. We first met while I was in Israel on the JNFuture Leadership Institute Mission in 2016. Nina and I bonded instantly because of our shared love for Israel, our go-getter personalities, and because we are both women who seek to lift up and empower other women. To give you an idea of the type of mentor Nina is and her devotion to others, she traveled from her home in Cincinnati to Miami last year just to see me get re-inaugurated as president of JNFuture Miami. It meant the world to me seeing her there. Without Nina showing me the way, I would not be equipped to illuminate the path forward for other women. Thank you, Nina. So whether you are single, married, divorced, widowed, a young or established professional, a homemaker, a mother, a grandmother, an aunt, a daughter, a lawyer, an accountant, a doctor, a nurse, an engineer, an artist ... join us! You have strength, you have a voice, and Women for Israel needs your leadership. We women are resilient, diverse, and more importantly, vital in ensuring a strong Israel. I’m proud to be part of this growing movement of go-getters. Join me in empowering JNF to empower women.
Maia Aron is a commercial litigator at Kozyak Tropin Throckmorton in Miami, FL, and the incoming president of the Miami WFI chapter. To get involved in Women for Israel, please contact Sharon David at email@example.com or at 212.879.9305 x242.
Published on Oct 3, 2017