It was the week of the woman in Israel, unofficially speaking. For one, the Knesset Christian Allied Caucus announced the formation of an international women’s council that, with both Jewish and Christian representatives will tackle inequality and violence against women.
Coinciding with that, Aglow International, a worldwide women’s ministry, had about 600 women from 13 different nations including Britain, Iceland, Holland, American Samoa, Ireland, Slovakia, Trinidad and Jamaica for a conference in the nation’s capital. It was an amazing turnout for this time of the year in Israel and for the lagging tourism industry.
But more than that, the women brought a phenomenal love and support for Israel and the Jewish people. A group of 150 Canadians were with the conference, 90 percent of them in Israel for their first time. Anna-Lee Chiprout, an honorary Jewish member of Aglow, and networker of Jews and Christians who love and support Israel, led the group.
“Each and every woman is going to leave the State of Israel with a better understanding,” she said. “When they go back to their cities, because of their faith and the fulfillment they got here spiritually, they’re going to bring this back to their ‘lighthouses.’ They’re going to talk to them about Israel and the Jewish people.”
According to the ministry’s website, this was Aglow’s sixth journey to Israel since the year 2000. Aglow brought more than $30,000 and over half a ton of suitcases filled with medicine, books, clothing, CDs, toys and games for children and more.