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Walk to Israel: podometer fundraising challenge for Jews around the world

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The initiative will be launched during an event on Sunday with an online Worldwide Warm Up at 2:00 PM (EDT)  which will feature legendary Israeli entertainer and renowned ‘‘mentalist’’ Lior Suchard and will be hosted by Beatie Deutsch, the Israeli runner and ‘marathon mom’ who is training to represent her country at the next Olympics.

 

After months of lockdown, Jews around the world are encouraged to take on the challenge to Walk to Israel – a global pedometer fundraising initiative launched by Olami, a global community representing a united effort of 320 Jewish organizations in over 20 locations around the world.

The challenge is to inspire Jewish communities to raise vital funds for Jewish organizations around the world at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has negatively impacted so many Jewish organizations, as well as restricted our ability to exercise together outdoors or at the gym.

Walkers commit to walking 100 miles each over 30 days, collectively going the distance from the Diaspora to Israel, and getting sponsored for their efforts. ‘’It’s a chance to get fit while raising money for local Jewish organizations,’’ says Olami.

Each walker will need to cover 100 miles on foot. So, over 30 days, that’s around 4 miles or 10,000 steps a day. Each team will cover the distance from the Diaspora to Israel.

If 100 miles in 30 days doesn’t feel achievable, there is also an extended option of completing the challenge in up to 60 days.

Any Jewish charity or non-profit, including schools, synagogues and youth groups, can create their team on WalkToIsrael.com and invite people to join as team members.

Each team member will be able to set up a personal fundraising page and ask family and friends to sponsor them on their journey.

The WalkToIsrael.com platform enables individual walkers to track their steps using any smartphone or fitness device. Team members can share their walking and fundraising success with friends and family, using their personal fundraising page.

The initiative will be launched during an event on Sunday with an online Worldwide Warm Up at 2:00 PM (EDT)  which will feature legendary Israeli entertainer and renowned ‘‘mentalist’’ Lior Suchard and will be hosted by Beatie Deutsch, the Israeli runner and ‘marathon mom’ who is training to represent her country at the next Olympics.

‘’Walk to Israel will unite the Jewish community across continents and raise essential funds to ensure the next generation is inspired, educated, and committed to our Jewish future,’’ commented Olami COO Rabbi David Markowitz.

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