Joint program with JWRP
In November 2018 Achim will be sending 15 women from Baltimore's Russian speaking Jewish community to Israel on a mission in conjunction with JWRP. This mission is unique since all the participants are already close friends and have been developing their sense of connection to the Jewish community for already more than 15 years. This mission will take their connection to a higher level and we anticipate their circle of influence to grow to other women.
What is the mission and purpose of this program?
The purpose of this trip is to deepen the connection these women already have to the larger community. We anticipate that with a deeper connection these women will spread their commitment to their peers.
The trip is an eight day mission to Israel together with JWRP which brings hundreds of women with similar backgrounds. The trip includes three pre-trip meetings during which the women bond and prepare themselves for the trip. For a year following trip there are monthly meetings and other activities in which the women participate. The monthly sessions cover a curriculum of basic Jewish values and engagement in Israel.
The rate of Jewish apathy is apparent by all measures. It is critical that we engage Jewish families in their heritage, history and homeland. There is no stronger influence than the Jewish mother.
The JWRP trips have demonstrated incredible success in engaging their participants in their Judaism. My personal experience of this success comes from a number of children who enrolled to Achim's Sunday School because their mother took the JWRP trip. Her two girls attended our Sunday School and are now being transferred from public school to Beth Tfiloh, the local Jewish Day School.
How do you measure the success of your program?
This is a new program.
One measure of success of the program is how many friends of these participants are interested in joining our next trip.
A second measure of success is how many participants move their children into a Jewish educational program.
A third measure of success is the level of commitment to the larger Jewish community and to Jewish values these women demonstrate.