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.

“Desert Woman” was a trip that made me feel that I belong, it was so meaningful and it made me feel happy with my life. The feeling was that we are all together, that no one is truly alone. It was a short trip which involved forging bonds, both within the group and with inspiring women on the outside. It was a short trip but it included anything and everything, and everything was fantastic.

  • Michal Dor

“Desert Woman” is simply a brilliant concept. It was an amazing experience in its first year as well. It was fun, it was a great workout, and it was a cultural and interpersonal experience that left you wanting more. I met a diverse group of women, we hiked through the desert, ate delicious meals and experienced an evening program that was both light and thought-provoking. It was obvious that someone had planned and organized everything exquisitely, and from the bottom of her heart.”

Tamar Frenkel

HIKING

A two-day, 24-kilometer desert hike Rides, refreshment stations and overnight stay at the antelope ranch at the Khan (sleeping on mattresses), dinner and breakfast (kosher), discussion and a performance (This program is suitable for those who keep Shabbat as well. We will conclude on time on Friday)

CAMPING

Overnight accommodation and meals at the Arava Antelope Ranch

INSPIRATION

We’ll meet inspirational women and hear their captivating stories

ENTERTAINMENT

Evening concert by Israeli singer Dafna Armoni

Event Schedule

5:45 a.m. – Assembling at pick-up stations for the bus ride:
Modi’in – Yishpro Center, near Aroma café / Jerusalem – Teddy Kollek Stadium  /  

Tel Aviv – Reading bus terminal

6:00 a.m. – Buses depart

8:30 a.m. – Assembling at Khan Hatmarim in Zukim : drinks and refreshments, shirts and participant numbers

9:00 a.m. – Kickoff: Briefing and toasts, followed by a 17-kilometer hike to the Arava Antelope Ranch. There are refreshment stations on the way.

3:00 p.m. ­– The last hikers reach the Arava Antelope Ranch, kits are distributed, and the group meets back at the Khan.

4:00 p.m. – Pilates with Dalia Mantver

6:00 p.m. – Dinner

8:00 p.m. – Evening performance with Dafna Armoni and dance party

9:00 p.m. – Discussion circles with agunot and women refused a get.

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

Registration

The registration fee is 820 shekels, and it includes:

  • The two-day 24-kilometer desert hike
  • Overnight accommodations at the Khan Antelope Ranch (mattresses), dinner and breakfast (kosher), performance and lectures
  • Rides

(suitable for Shabbat-observant women as well, we’ll get back on time for Shabbat on Friday)

 

Sponsorship track to raise money for agunot and women refused a get

1. Register here with your personal details in order to create a page for fundraising. 2. After registration, you’ll receive a link to your personal webpage, which you can then send to your friends and family in order to raise your target amount. 3. Once donations exceed the registration fee, your spot on this trip will be reserved, and registration details will be sent to you. * If you haven’t raised the minimum amount of 820 shekels by February 20th, 2019, you can complete the outstanding amount in order to participate in the program.

Arrivals - Departures

Shuttles will depart at 5:00 a.m. Thursday morning from the central train stations in Modi’in and Jerusalem (there may also be shuttles from other areas… more details to follow).

Independent arrival by car – you should arrive at the Antelope Ranch by 7:45 a.m. – click here to navigate with Waze. 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 end 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)

Overnight gear:

Bedding or a sleeping bag, toiletries, warm clothes for the night, a towel, a swimsuit, and flip flops

Comfortable walking shoes

Map of Route

Health and Safety

Participants in this event must be able of walking 16 kilometers over a duration of no longer that 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:

1.   We recommend getting a physical at your family doctor’s office before beginning training.

2.   Do not participate in this event if you suffered from a sickness that included a fever, an upset stomach or diarrhoea in the days leading up to the event!

3.   Read up on how to prevent heat stroke, and get yourself used to drinking lots of water.

4.   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.

5.   Prepare your walking gear and make sure it’s comfortable and suitable for a long walk.

6.   Make sure to wear a hat. We also recommend wearing sunglasses

Medical Approval

In light of the 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.

YAD LA'ISHA

Yad La’isha, part of the Ohr Torah Stone network, is the oldest, largest and most comprehensive support center for agunot in the world, providing not only legal support in the rabbinical and civil courts but also social services and personal coaching which support clients emotionally during their struggle and empower them to rebuild their lives. For more information: www.ots.org.il/yadlaisha

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