In the aftermath of the 7 week long operation in Gaza and the incessant rocket fire that has plagued Southern Israel during the summer of 2014; the leadership of WUJS unanimously agreed to move the annual WUJS Congress away from it’s regular home in central Israel to travel to the South. We are very excited by this prospect and are looking forward to a truly unique conference in one of the most beautiful yet often forgotten parts of the Jewish state.
WUJS Congress in the South is, for us, far more than simply a tokenistic show of solidarity. We intend for the Congress 2014 to support the South as much as possible for the fact that the cities and villages of the South were hit, not only by the rockets, but also socially and economically, which is often overlooked. During Operation Protective edge commerce and agriculture in southern Israel suffered massively; the agricultural sector alone has reported NIS 30 million ($8.76 million) in damages. Many local businesses were forced to close down temporarily, and although they continued their activities after the ceasefire, an area which is already one of the most socially deprived areas of the country has lost hundreds of thousands of dollars, especially in tourism. In order to support the local economy and local businesses, we plan to purchase all congress material from local companies, hire local services and provide opportunities for our participants to volunteer with local charities.
The Congress schedule will, of course, still include day-trips to other major Israeli cities, including meetings at the Knesset in Jerusalem and visiting high-tech centers in Tel-Aviv.
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