World Emunah, the International Religious Zionist Women's Movement, opened its four-day convention in Jerusalem on Sunday, focusing on the challenges today to the national religious family.
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Hundreds of participants in the conference will visit the Har Herzl Museum, view films on family life that were produced by the Maaleh film and art school, and tour a selected list of the Emunah Israel projects they help support, which include a Teacher's College of Arts and Technology, 11 children's homes and high schools, 13 family counseling centers and 140 day care centers for working mothers.
Emunah Israel's members meet at local branches all over Israel for various activities and lead in aiding all sectors of Israel's needy population, immigrants and the elderly as well as youth. Emunah Israel has been awarded the coveted Israel Prize as well as the President's Prize for Volunteerism; its institutions have received the Israel Education Prize.
Sessions at the convention at Jerusalem’s Crown Plaza Hotel include: Israel and the Diaspora and Long-distance Relations, Challenges of the Present and the Future, and the question of whether there are several streams in religious Zionism or whether there are separate religious Zionist camps. A gala dinner will be held on Monday night.
Among the speakers at the various sessions and the dinner are former Chief Rabbi of Israel Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau, now Chief Rabbi of Tel Aviv, Science and Technology Minister Daniel Hershkowitz of the Jewish Home party, head of the Jewish Agency Natan Sharansky, chairman of the World Zionist Organization Avraham Duvduvani, former Canadian Minister Irwin Cotler, World Emunah President Naomi Leibler who will be honored at the dinner after ten years as president, World Emunah Chairperson Dina Hahn, Emunah Israel Chairperson Liora Minka, deputy Jerusalem Mayor David Hadari, Rabbanit Naomi Shapira, and Knesset Members Zevulun Orlev of Jewish Home and Tzipi Hotovely of the Likud.
World Emunah has branches around the world, including South America, Europe, Central America and South Africa.