Kensington & Chelsea WIZO
am writing to thank you most sincerely for your kind donation
to our Summer Lunch and to tell you a little of why we are
raising money for WIZO and where our money goes.
eighty years ago in 1918, the British Federation of the
Womens International Zionist Organisation was created
in Manchester and at that time Rebecca Sieff and her colleagues
were eager to organise social and welfare services for the
pioneers in Palestine. The underlying principles of WIZO
remain as relevant to Israel today as they were in pre-State
are now in Israel today a WIZO network of 800 projects and
services ranging from daycare centres, special schools,
youth clubs and WIZO family centres. WIZO also plays a significant
role in supporting the socially oppressed and with the mass
immigration of the many poor immigrants.
Kensington & Chelsea WIZO group was started over 40
years ago by an enthusiastic and energetic group of women,
most of whom are sadly no longer with us. They decided to
raise money and build their own Mother and Baby Home (as
they were then called) for WIZO and with the help of money
from husbands, parents and many friends, they were soon
able to lay the foundation stone in Kiryat Nordau for the
home which has now been in operation for well over 30 years.
These Mother & Baby homes are now called Day Centres
and The Kiryat Nordau Day Centre caters for poor immigrant
children who are looked after all day, receiving food and
we as a group can no longer fully maintain the upkeep for
this centre, which is now under the general umbrella of
WIZO, but our commitment to WIZO is directed to help in
the general umbrella of WIZO, but our commitment to WIZO
is directed to help in the general maintenance of the Kiryat
Nordau Day Centre and we are happy to know that in our way
we are participating with WIZO in helping with their many
commitments in Israel.
is with the generosity of people like yourself that make
our efforts worthwhile and help us to continue.
with our grateful thanks is our official receipt.
you for your letter explaining the work of the WIZO and
the various projects which you have undertaken, to make
life easier for various people (which I presume includes
recently watched a television programme on cave dwellers
in Mount Carmel 15,000 years ago one cave was occupied
by human s and the other by Neanderthals. The Neanderthals
vanished from the surface of the earth because they did
not reproduce sufficiently to replace previous generations.
It is as simple as that.
former President Yitzchak Navon gave a talk at our synagogue
when he explained to us that merely a quarter of Israelis
now live abroad, another quarter being religious do not
want to fight for Israel. The remaining Israelis are only
producing 1.6 children per couple, while Palestinians and
other Arabs are doubling and re-doubling every generation.
is our problem and WIZO would do well to tackle this anomaly.
We need quantity more than quality. It is a matter of life
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