Princesses in desert cliffhanger
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