A few weeks ago, I read a story in JTA (Jewish Telegraphic Agency) about Gal Gadot (the Israeli star of the blockbuster movie Wonder Woman) that really struck me. Gadot had recently responded on Facebook to a note from a 7-year-old girl lamenting the lack of Wonder Woman merchandise in Israeli stores. It was a sweetly personal response with the feeling of validation and encouragement a parent might offer their own child, let alone an unknown fan.
P.S. On my recent trip to Israel on a Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) leadership mission, I had the privilege of meeting Leya, part of the Ethiopian National Project (also known as ENP SPACE). Thanks to your support, and that of Jewish communities from throughout North America, ENP SPACE helps Ethiopian students to close the scholarship gap with their peers and advances their integration into Israeli society. When I asked Leya, a beautiful and confident 17-year-old who came to Israel at age 5, what she wants to do when she finishes school, she responded, “I’m going to be in Hollywood.” With the doors and opportunities opened by ENP SPACE, Leya has a chance to make her dreams a reality – perhaps even as the next Wonder Woman.
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