In celebration of International Women’s Day, we’ve had the privilege to recognise remarkable women in our community.

In early March, the week leading up to International Women’s Day, Telfed Chairman Maish Isaacson delivered care packages to displaced Olot. Maish met with a number of women from Kfar Aza, Nir Oz and Reim, whose resilience and strength in the face of immense suffering and trauma, continues to inspire us. Gift packages and gift cards were delivered to these women who are temporarily residing in Tel Aviv and Herzliya.

Included in the care packages (packed by a group of women volunteers in Tel Mond), were beautiful handmade blankets knitted by the Grannies of the Sharon. As a thank you for the beautiful blankets, we invited the ‘Knitting Grannies’ to a tea at Telfed to thank them for their handiwork, generosity and concern for evacuees and soldiers.

Through social media platforms, Telfed reached out to the South African wives of soldiers, and wives of South African soldiers, to be in touch with Telfed ahead of international Women’s Day. We were able to send a treat to those who reached out as a token of our gratitude to them, and in recognition of the silent heroes supporting their spouses in battle.

All South Africans and Australians who served since 7 October, both men and women, were invited to our recent braai – a partnership with Yaroni’s BBQ. It was a privilege to partner with the Chitiz family and friends in memory of Yaron Z”L. We had the opportunity to hear from Yaron’s girlfriend, Darah, and sister, Yael – two young women with remarkable strength and courage.

We have the privilege of being surrounded by a community that embodies resilience, generosity, empathy and strength. We pay tribute to the women, of all ages, who are actively involved in our community and in Israeli society in various capacities.

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