Welcome to the 2017 WIZO Aviv Ambassadors Seminar!

As in previous years, the WIZO Aviv Ambassadors Seminar will take place in Tel Aviv from 5th -9th  November.

The seminar is a week-long conference aimed at cultivating young Jewish women’s leadership. Attendees hail from 15 countries around the globe, including Brazil, Chile, India, Germany, Sweden, Panama, South Africa, UK and USA. Aviv is a special subgroup of WIZO, which was launched to encourage and nurture the next generation of WIZO leadership (until the age of 45).

The seminar has several goals, amongst others providing participants with leadership and public diplomacy (hasbara) training giving participants tools for effective event planning, fundraising and membership recruitment, as well as allowing for networking and the exchange of ideas between the emerging leadership of WIZO federations worldwide.

In addition participants will experience the sights and sounds of Israel: Tel Aviv street art tour, creative workshop with Hanoch Piven, the world famous Israeli artist,  biblical party in the Judean desert and of course visits to a myriad of WIZO projects enabling them to experience first-hand the vast scope of the organization’s work.




In the annual Aviv Seminar, the young generation of WIZO comes to Israel to strengthen their relationship with WIZO and the State of Israel. These women, aged 25-45 are provided with practical tools for their work in their local federations. Most importantly, they are exposed to the worldwide WIZO Aviv network and become part of our powerful international sisterhood which provides them with the platform to create meaningful synergies and cooperation. The Aviv Seminar is the entry point to leadership roles in WIZO worldwide.


Welcome to Israel! 

World WIZO welcomes young chaverot from all over the world to its 2017 WIZO Aviv Ambassadors’ Seminar. Here, You will be given valuable tools to become tomorrows’ WIZO leaders, enabling you to inspire and empower other women to drive the WIZO message into the future. During the seminar, you will also learn about WIZO’s crucial and life-saving work as a leading social servces provider in Israel. You will visit WIZO projects and meet the people for whom WIZO has changed their lives for the better.

World WIZO applauds you, our Aviv delegates, who have made time out of your busy home schedules to come to Israel to ‘see and believe’ and bond with other women, from all walks of life, who demonstrate their Zionism and volunteerism through WIZO.

You, the young Aviv ambassadors, are crucial to WIZO’s future and we thank you for answering WIZO’s call and for your promise to spread the WIZO impact with passion.

I wish you a very fruitful and motivating seminar.


Prof. Rivka Lazovsky


World WIZO

Dear Chaverot

We are very excited to welcome all the delegates to the Aviv Seminar 2017 – WIZO International Ambassadors.

The seminar is an extraordinary opportunity to meet like-minded women that are passionate about gender equality, social justice and equality of opportunity for all.

We are very excited to show you the exceptional and crucial work WIZO does in Israel, understanding WIZO’s impact.

During this week, you will develop your leadership skills and gain self-confidence to be strong WIZO ambassadors when you return to your home country.

With warm regards,

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Janine Gelley
Chairperson, Leadership & Global Relations Division
World WIZO


12:30 – 14:00

Registration & lunch
Carlton Hotel | Azure Hall | 2nd Floor

14:00 – 14:30

Janine Gelley, Chairperson
Zohar Shalhevet, Director
Leadership & Global Relations Division

14:30 –15:00

Getting to Know WIZO
Tricia Schwitzer, Executive Member
in charge of Special Projects for the Chairperson’s Office

15:00 – 16:00

20th Century Female Zionist Role Models

16:00 – 16:15

Coffee break

16:15 – 17:15

Sharing & Caring

17:15 – 18:30


18:30 – 19:00

Erica Sauberman, Aviv Representative to the World WIZO Executive

19:00 – 20:15

Welcome Dinner

20:15 – 22:15

Workshop: Weaving Your Identity
Sima Oren, Craftswoman and Mentor


Departure / Meet in the lobby

09:30 - 11:00

Judy Mandleman Vancouver Day Care Center
(sponsored by CHW)

11:30 – 16:00

WIZO Nachlat Yehuda Youth Village
(sponsored by WIZO Switzerland & WIZO USA):
Volunteering and interaction with students

16:00 – 18:00

Workshop: How to Develop and Deliver Your Message
Fleur Hassan-Nahoum, Co-founder of Message Experts


Return to the Carlton Hotel

At your leisure

9:00 – 10:30

Let’s Talk Fundraising
Anita Friedman, Chairperson
Daniel Shapiro, Director
Fundraising Division

10:30 – 11:30

Sharing & Caring

11:30 – 13:00

Exceptional Women Leaders through the Cinema’s Lens
Einat Kapach, Director and film lecturer

13:00 - 14:00


14:00 – 16:30

Portrait of a Leader
Hanoch Piven, World famous Israeli collage artist and educator



17:30 – 19:30

Tel Aviv street art tour


At your leisure


Departure to Jerusalem

9:45 – 11:15

From Victim to Victor
Gina Fromer Women’s Shelter
(sponsored by WIZO USA)

11:15 – 12:15

WIZO Rebecca Sieff Center for the Family
(sponsored by WIZO UK):
Visit to vocational high school

12:15 – 13:00


13:15 – 15:00

Hidden Stories of the Women of Mt. Herzl
Alexandra Benjamin, Jewish educator and guide


Depart Mt. Herzl

16:00 – 19:00

Genesis Land – Celebrating time travel in the Judean Desert

19:30 – 20:30

“There are stones with a human heart” – Western Wall


Return to the Carlton Hotel


Departure to WIZO House

9:00 – 10:00

WIZO stories – Testimonies of WIZO’s Impact

10:00 – 10:45

Summing Up & Feedback

10:45 -12:15

Workshop: Making Israel Advocacy Sexy!
Rolene Marks, Executive Member for Public Diplomacy (Hasbara) for the Chairperson’s Office, Marketing & Media Consultant

12:15 - 13:30

Workshop: Telling the WIZO Story in a Digital Era
Meytal Wolf, Spokesperson & Director
Iris Bdolach, Digital Marketing Manager
Publicity & Communications Division

13:30 – 15:00

Lunch with World WIZO Executive Members

Program is tentative and subject to change

General Information

The EGM is the Enlarged General Meeting of World WIZO that takes place once every four years in Israel and gathers hundreds of WIZO women from all over the world for a 5 day conference.

The 2016 EGM is going to take place at the Hilton Tel Aviv Independence Park, Tel 972-3-5202222.http://www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/israel/hilton-tel-aviv-TLVHITW/index.html

The 2016 EGM will take place on January 17-21, 2016.

For registration/logistic questions, please contact Sarit at sarit@igt.co.il, for any other questions, you can contact the WIZO Headquarters at wizo@wizo.org


No. We encourage you to register for the EGM as soon as possible to get the best deals. https://goo.gl/BE8jMH

The registration fees for the EGM are as follow:
EGM delegate: $600 USD
Accompanying person: $450 USD

We will be offering an outstanding program for accompanying persons that will include two and a half days of touring, opening and closing ceremony of the EGM.

Upon registration, a $ 100 deposit will be charged, to be applied for any cancellation.
For cancellations between Dec 1 – Dec. 31, a 1-night cancellation fee will be applied as well.
For all cancellations from Jan 1- full cancellation fee will apply.

A WIZO registration desk will open at the Hilton Tel Aviv next to the ballroom at the lobby level on Sunday January 17th, 2015.
You will be receiving your badge and materials once all payments are approved.
For a smooth registration process, we strongly suggest to settle the entire payment prior to arrival.

YES! We are offering an early bird discount of $50 USD until October 15, 2015:
Delegate: $550 USD
Accompanying person: $400 USD

The registration fee for the delegates include the following:
Participation at the 2016 EGM, event materials, opening and closing ceremonies, some meals and touring day.
Registration fee for accompanying persons include the following:
One and a half days of touring for accompanying persons only, one touring day with the EGM delegates, participation at the opening and closing ceremony.

Einat Wilf

Einat Wilf Back

Monday, January 18th, 2016
14:30-16:30 Session: Yes We Can - Women Making a Difference
TED Style Talks


Dr. Einat Wilf, a Senior Fellow with the Jewish People Policy Institute and the Baye Foundation Adjunct Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, was Chair of the Education, Sports and Culture Committee, Chair of the Knesset Sub-Committee for Israel and the Jewish People, and Member of the influential Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee in the 18th Knesset.

Previously, Dr. Wilf served as Foreign Policy Advisor to Vice Prime Minister Shimon Peres and prior to that she was a strategic consultant with McKinsey & Company. Born and raised in Israel, she served as an Intelligence Officer in the Israel Defense Forces.

Dr. Wilf holds a BA in Government and Fine Arts from Harvard University, an MBA from INSEAD in France, and a PhD in Political Science from the University of Cambridge.

Dr. Wilf is the author of four books that explore key issues in Israeli society. Her first book, “My Israel, Our Generation”, is about Israel’s past and future from the perspective of the younger generation. Her second book, “Back to Basics: How to Save Israeli Education (at no additional cost)“, offers a detailed and feasible policy proposal for improving Israel’s education system. Her third book, “It’s NOT the Electoral System, Stupid”, demonstrates through comparative analysis why Israel’s electoral system is no worse than those of other democracies and therefore should not be changed. Her fourth and most recent book, “Winning the War of Words”, compiles her key essays on Israel and Zionism.

Daniel Benn

Daniel Benn Back

Monday, January 18th, 2016
Hilton Tel Aviv Ballroom
12:15-13:00 Panel: WIZO Women as Agents of Change


Director of the WIZO Gruss Community Center Afula

Daniel Benn (32) was born and raised on Moshav Devora near Afula. He served as an emissary in the USA prior to his enlistment into the IDF, where he served as an officer in an elite combat unit. After completing his military service Daniel was accepted into the Atidim Cadets for Public Service. This program aims to help improve the face of public service in Israel by integrating specifically trained, top-quality personnel in the public service sector. Daniel earned his bachelor’s degree in Political Science and History from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem parallel to completing a full course load at the School of Public Policy. After graduating from the Atidim program he worked at the Ministry of Internal Security and the Ministry of Culture and Sport as a Senior Coordinator, Project Manager and Advisor to the Director-General. He also joined an organization engaged in strengthening and developing the Negev and the Galilee as an administrator.

At present, Daniel is the Director of the Wizo Gruss Community Center in Afula. He and his wife Reut returned to the moshav where he was born, where they are raising their children Dar-Lee and Arad, and tending to their olive grove.

Adi Altschuler

Adi Altschuler Back

Monday, January 18th, 2016
11:30-12:15 Keynote Address: "Building Communities of Kindness"


Adi Altschuler serves today as the Israel manager of Google for Education. She is an educator, social entrepreneur and activist who has been at the forefront of two prominent initiatives in recent years – Krembo Wings, the first and only Israeli youth movement for special-needs children, which she set up at the age of 16, and Memories@Home, a project in which young people invite survivors into their homes on Holocaust Remembrance Day and hold discussions on the significance of keeping the memory of the Holocaust alive.

Altschuler has won multiple awards, including the “Tamari Award” in 2005, in 2006 the “Bernstein Award” for Social Leadership; in 2008 she was announced “Israeli Woman of the Year” by LIONS; in 2013 she received the “Rappaport Award” for leading social change in the Israeli society; In 2014, Adi was elected by “TIME” Magazine as one of the six future world leaders, and in the same year she was chosen to speak at the UN on Social entrepreneurship as a vehicle for growth in developing countries.

Emi Palmor

Emi Palmor Back

Monday, January 18th, 2016
14:30-16:30 Session: Yes We Can - Women Making a Difference
TED Style Talks


Emi Palmor, Director General of the Ministry of Justice, born and raised in Jerusalem, mother to Nimrod, officer in the IDF, and Yuval, now volunteering for a year of community service prior to her military service.

Previously, Ms. Palmor served as the Director of the Department of Pardons in the Ministry of Justice. In that role, she was responsible for preparing the Minister of Justice’s recommendations for the president of Israel, regarding pardon requests, including relief from prison sentences, fines, disqualification penalties & removal of a criminal record. In addition, Ms. Palmor was a Member of the Negotiation Team for the Release of POW Gilad Shalit, and has been appointed to coordinate and carry out political gestures for prisoner release to the Palestinian Authority.

In the past, Ms. Palmor served as a prosecutor in the criminal section of the Office of the State Attorney. In that position, she appeared before the Supreme Court regarding various criminal proceedings.

Ms. Palmor sees the Ministry of Justice as “the foundation stone of the existence of the rule of law and as the protector of human rights in the State of Israel – a Jewish and democratic country”.