Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Desert Queen

Dear P2K Executive / Volunteer,

Last year, in honor of Israel's 60th celebration of independence, the Jewish Agency Partnership 2000 program joined the Geographical Tours "Desert Queen" annual Jeep Expedition to establish a new joint-venture - the 60X60 Desert Queen expedition created to bring together P2K volunteers and staff from Israel and abroad. The project was a huge success and as a result the Geographic Society and Jewish Agency decided to continue the undertaking and make this an annual event. I was lucky enough to be one of the participants in last year's expedition and found the experience to be both challenging and inspiring. The expedition is planned, guided and executed in full by women. The bonding of women from Israeli partnerships with the American women who joined the expedition was phenomenal and awe-inspiring. We came out of this experience stronger and prouder of being women and stronger and prouder than ever before of being Jewish, Israeli and part of the P2K relationship.

I am writing to you because I feel a strong personal connection to this program and want to make you aware of the power the desert Queen can have on building and strengthening bonds between the women and ultimately the partnerships on both sides of the ocean. I urge you to go into the Jewish Agency site at the link below and see the photos, comments and testimonials.

Also, in the English version of the Geographic Society Desert Queen site (link below) you will find letters written by last year's participants from Miami and Israel. I believe that when you look at these sites, read the comments and letters, you will understand why I feel it is so important to promote this project. Please discuss this with your committees - I am sure that every Federation and every partnership in Israel can find two or three women who will find this attractive.www.jewishagency.org/desertqueenhttp://www.malka-net.co.il/ePage.asp?PiD=0.10.385&id=387

Please feel free to contact me at any time for more information. I look forward to hearing from you.

Mimi Avishai