Princesses in desert cliffhanger

The Jewish Chronicle - - News - BY DANA GLOGER

A GROUP of UK Jewish women has been strug­gling to sur­vive for the past week in Is­rael’s Negev desert, sleep­ing in tents, as­sem­bling their own bi­cy­cles and ab­seil­ing off a cliff.

Un­der the su­per­vi­sion of a for­mer Is­raeli army of­fi­cer, the women have also driven Jeeps over tough ter­rain, baked their own pitta bread and as­sem­bled a gi­ant jig­saw of the logo of the re­li­gious women’s Zion­ist char­ity, Emu­nah, in the Dead Sea. But it was all for a good cause. The 15 women, aged 20 to 57, joined the sec­ond “Jewish Princess” chal­lenge in a bid to raise £150,000 for a variety of Emu­nah projects help­ing chil­dren in Is­rael.

Th­ese ini­tia­tives in­clude a cri­sis and in­ter­ven­tion cen­tre in Sderot, a day cen­tre for chil­dren in Akko, a chil­dren’s cen­tre in Afula, a school in Bnei Brak for girls ex­cluded from main­stream ed­u­ca­tional es­tab­lish­ments, and a cen­tre for fam­ily vi­o­lence pre­ven­tion in Tiberias.

One of the princesses, Nikki Fenton, 30, told the JC: “Watch­ing 15 women hang­ing off the edge of a cliff back­wards and then ab­seil­ing down was the big­gest thrill.”

An­other princess, Bobbi Wolens, 53, said: “Jeep-driv­ing was tough and very scary, but we did it. It felt like we were go­ing over the cliff, but some­how we stayed calm.”

Added Bayla Per­rin, 46: “It was well out of my com­fort zone, and we’ve been pushed to the limit.”

Louise Nathanson, Bobbi Wolens and Shiffy Sil­ver­stone source wa­ter

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