Aish.com readers know Lori Palatnik for her popular weekly video blog.
What many don’t know is that Lori is the founder and director of the Jewish Women's Renaissance Project, which brings hundreds of women from all over the world to Israel, with one goal in mind: to inspire them to raise Jewish families.
What you may also not know is that Lori is one of the leading nominees for the Jewish Federation’s “Jewish Community Heroes” campaign – which comes with a prize of $25,000 to further the winner’s communal activities.
Until October 15, 2010, anyone can go online and vote for their favorite nominee. Voting for Lori can make a tremendous difference, and all it takes is two seconds. You can vote every day.
More about the Jewish Women's Renaissance Project
JWRP’s "Birthright for Women" trip to Israel is highly subsidized so women (and their husbands) can't say no. In 2010, hundreds of women paid just $699, including airfare from New York, for 10 days of study, touring, bonding and spiritual renaissance.
Ninety percent of participants have children at home, so the impact spreads to the whole family. Based on follow-up surveys, JWRP alumni have started celebrating Shabbat on a regular basis, put their kids in Jewish Day Schools, are more active in other Jewish organizations (Federation, synagogues), have a deeper connection to Israel, and an overall deeper commitment to raising their family in a Jewish environment.
Now that’s a Jewish hero.