There are thousands of women whose lives have come to a standstill, who are trapped in marriages by husbands who are unwilling or unable to grant them a get (a religious writ of divorce). These women, called agunot, can only dream of the day they will be set free.
Yad La’isha: The Monica Dennis Goldberg Legal Aid Center & Hotline invites you to our first annual desert hike to raise awareness and support for these agunot, who are unable to climb forward on their own.
Help them complete their journey!
February 15-16, 2018
Event Highlights (details below)
- HIKING Hike on a 22-kilometer path through the Arava – the southern Jordan valley – with its breathtakingly beautiful views
- CAMPING Overnight accommodation and meals at the Arava Antelope Ranch
- INSPIRATION Meet inspirational women and hear their captivating stories
- ENTERTAINMENT Evening concert by Israeli singer Si Heiman
- MAKING A DIFFERENCE Raise awareness and funds for agunot
Thursday, February 15, 2018
8:00 – Meetup and distribution of kits at Khan Temarim, in the Arava community of Zukim
9:00 – Kickoff from Zukim, followed by a 16-kilometer hike to the Arava Antelope Ranch (participants should reach the finish line by 4:00 p.m.).
4:00 p.m. – Orientation
7:00 p.m. – Dinner
8:30 p.m. – Meeting with inspirational women
9:30 p.m. – Evening concert featuring Si Heiman
Friday, February 15, 2018
5:00 – Wake-up, tea and cookies
5:30 – Preparations for departure and loading equipment onto buses and cars
6:00 – Departure to complete the last 4 kilometers of the hike
8:00 – Closing ceremony and distribution of medals
9:00 – Breakfast
9:30 – Conclusion
*Schedule is subject to change
Map of Route (click to enlarge)
Accommodation: The Antelope Ranch
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Evening Concert by Israeli Singer Si Heiman
30 years have gone by since Si released her hit song “I don’t work for anyone.” Si is a performer and an artist working with and on behalf of women from all parts of society for years, through singing and other activities.
Si joins us after a difficult year since the passing of her father, Nahum “Nachtze” Heiman, one of the greatest Israeli composers and the recipient of the Israel prize in 2009.
Si boasts a rich and moving repertoire consisting of songs written by her and her father, such as “Anita and Juan,” “Wooden horse,” classic hit “Like a wild plant,” and new songs from her new soon-to-be-released album, “Recalculating my route.”
The Women Moving Mountains registration fee is 640 NIS, which includes:
- The 22-kilometer, two-day desert hike (refreshments and entertainment at stops along the route)
- Overnight stay at the antelope ranch (sleeping on mattresses), dinner and breakfast (kosher), concert and lectures
Three Ways to Help
The standard registration track is the “fast track” on the Marathon Israel website (Hebrew only), which immediately reserves your spot
Registration via the FundMe donation platform allows you to register while also raising awareness and additional funds to help agunot.
To register through the FundMe fundraising track:
- Visit the FundMe donation platform and create a personal page by clicking on the “Join the campaign!” button.
- Fill out your personal details to become a fundraiser for this cause.
- Press share and send the link to your personal page to family, friends, social media accounts and acquaintances, so that they can support your participation in the event.
*To participate in the activity through the FundMe donation platform, you must raise the entire 640 NIS participation fee through contributions — but you are invited and encouraged to raise more than that amount! The top five fundraisers will be acknowledged on the event website.
**If you do not raise the 640 NIS through contributions, you may still participate in the event if you make up the difference.
***If you choose not to complete the amount, all contributions will be given to Yad La’isha to help us represent and empower trapped women.
Shuttles will depart at 5:00 a.m. Thursday morning from train stations in Jerusalem and the Center of Israel (more details to follow).
Independent arrival by car: you should arrive at the Antelope Ranch by 7:45 a.m. A shuttle will depart from the ranch to the assembly point – Khan Temarim in Zukim.
A shuttle will also depart from the finish line at Lake Sapir, returning to the ranch on Friday at the conclusion of the event.
List of Gear
Participant kits: each participant will receive a shirt and a bib number. We recommend you wear the shirt at the event and attach the bib number to the front.
Backpack: Be sure to pack water and food for a day (there will be water and light refreshments at the refreshment stops along the route)
Overnight gear: Bedding or a sleeping bag, toiletries, warm clothes for the night, a towel, a swimsuit, flipflops
Comfortable walking shoes
Health and Safety
Participants in this event must be capable of walking 16 kilometers over a duration of no longer than seven hours, including stops. Bear in mind that we’ll be walking in nature, which takes longer than street walking. To participate in this sporting event, you must be in good health and in good shape.
A few pointers:
- We recommend getting a physical at your family doctor’s office before beginning training.
- Do not participate in this event if you suffered from a sickness that included a fever, an upset stomach or diarrhea in the days leading up to the event!
- Read up on how to prevent heat stroke, and get yourself used to drinking lots of water.
- Devote some thought to diet, sleep, and preparation for the event. There are stops throughout the route with drinks and nutritional snacks – use them, quench your thirst, bring along an energy bar, and keep going.
- Prepare your walking gear and make sure it’s comfortable and suitable for a long walk.
- Make sure to wear a hat. We also recommend wearing sunglasses.
In light of a December 2015 court ruling, medical approval is not required, but participants must sign a health declaration during registration. If, however, a participant answers “yes” to any other medical questions on the form, she will have to obtain medical approval. The approval should be uploaded onto the regular/mobile registration site. Participants who do not upload their medical approvals up to 48 hours before the event will not be able to receive a participant kit when kits are distributed, and will not be able to participate in the event. Participant kits will only be handed out after medical approval has been provided, and participants will not be able to make any claims in relation to the producer’s refusal to provide a participant kit and allow her to participate in the event.