Trading high heels for hiking boots, a bold group of women will embark this November on a one week desert challenge to raise money for children in need across Israel.
About the Jewish Princess Desert Odyssey
The Jewish Princess Desert Odyssey, sponsored by Emunah, urges participants to raise $10,000 USD (45,000 NIS) each that will go toward hot meal programs, crisis intervention centers, all girls schools, and other community programs identified as having significant need. The Princesses are also responsible for funding their own travel costs, including their flight to Israel, and equipment expenses for a physical experience in the desert.
During their Negev stay, the Princesses will be lead by IDF commander Maxie Katzir who specializes in desert expeditions and low impact living. They will be sleeping outdoors in sleeping bags, going on nocturnal adventures with night vision goggles, digging their own latrines in the sand, and participating in team challenges, timed events up Masada, and numerous other activities. All proceeds raised will go directly to Emunah.
Princesses Seeking Sponsorship
Many Princesses (aka Desert Queens) are still seeking sponsorship in order to meet their $10,000 goal and welcome support. You can view their biographies here or donate to the program in general.
I know someone who went on the program in its first iteration and had a great time, using it as a new way to engage with an Israel she had visited many times as a tourist, but never from a more natural perspective. She was also grateful for the contribution she could make to Israeli civil society while doing it. I hope to share with you a personal perspective of one of our Princesses upon the program’s completion in November. Stay tuned.
Emunah, which means “faith” in Hebrew, is the largest women’s religious Zionist organization in Israel, sponsoring an extended network of social support services for children and their families across the country. Click here to learn more about their good works.