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visit to panama & colombia affiliates

fter the May 2016 Executive Meeting in Nashville, President Robyn Lenn travelled with ICJW PR Chair Eva Robey to visit our ICJW affiliate organisations in Panama and Colombia. Here is her report:

On our short visit to Panama we were warmly welcomed and hosted  by Rita Sasso, President of the Sisterhood Kol Shearit Israel in Panama City. Rita organised a Shabbat dinner at the synagogue  in honour of ICJW where we  had the opportunity to meet members, families and members of the community , and a chance to speak about the work of ICJW.

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Meeting the Sisterhood Kol Shearit Israel (l-r)Eva Robey, Rita Sasso (President), Robyn Lenn, Connie Fidanque, and Patricia Maduro

The following evening we had dinner with members of the Sisterhood and learnt more about their important work in the community. Particularly the affiliate had recently been involved in the renovation and stocking of a children's school library, an essential service.

We had a longer visit to Barranquilla, Colombia where our affiliate organisation is Fundacion Amigos De La Comunidad Golda Meir.  We were met by enthusiastic Executive members, affiliate President Lotty Eidelman, ICJW Vice President Dita Levy and Susie Steckerl, a special friend of ICJW.Colombia visit.JPGWe spent a morning visiting the Golda Meir school, greeting children and teachers in every classroom and looking at their work and a special concert. This remarkable project of our Barranquilla organisation is enduring, having been founded forty years ago, its buildings and equipment maintained by the organisation while some funding for students comes from the government. I was particularly impressed by the children of all ages, neatly uniformed and extremely polite and disciplined.
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The Barranquilla affiliate had organised a special lunch in honour of ICJW, followed by a well-attended meeting in the Jewish Club premises. With the aid of an expert translator from the organisation I spoke about ICJW , its aims and its work.