Momentum Trip Invites Pittsburgh Moms to Connect With Jewish Values

Special Itinerary Extension Offered to Pittsburgh Cohort

A two-year wait for a 12-month adventure: Women on the Nov. 1-8, 2022, Momentum trip to Israel will be the first Pittsburgh cohort to experience the Momentum Year-Long Journey since COVID-19 restricted travel in 2020. A two-day itinerary extension, tailor-made for Pittsburghers, will allow the cohort to travel to Karmiel/Misgav. Trip partners Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh and Classrooms Without Borders, a Federation agency, will coordinate pre- and post-travel activities that will extend through a year. The goal of the adventure, offered to moms with children at home under age 18, is to empower women to connect with Jewish values, engage with Israel, take action and foster unity — without uniformity.

“The Momentum experience is truly life-changing.”

Chani altein, momentum year-long journey trip co-leader

Chani Altein, trip co-leader, has led the Momentum Year-Long Journey before. “The Momentum experience is truly life-changing,” Altein said. “I am so excited that we are offering this amazing opportunity once more to Jewish moms of Pittsburgh.”

The philosophy of Momentum, a Maryland-based nonprofit, is that an inspired mother will inspire her family, her family will inspire the community and community transformation will model world renewal.

The itinerary in Israel includes Tel Aviv, Tzfat, Jerusalem, Masada and the Dead Sea, and the cooperative village of Neve Ilan. Each day explores a theme of personal growth.

Carolyn Slayton, Jewish Federation young adult programming associate and trip co-leader, noted: “The Pittsburgh cohort will share a bus with cohorts from Warsaw, Poland, and Karmiel/Misgav.” Both Warsaw and Karmiel/Misgav are sister cities through the Jewish Federation’s Partnership2Gether program. The two-day itinerary extension will allow the Pittsburgh cohort to see projects funded by the Pittsburgh Federation and to meet Israeli partners.

In Pittsburgh, Momentum partners are the Israeli Ministry of Diaspora Affairs (, Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh ( and Classrooms Without Borders (

Applications for the Nov. 1-8, 2022, journey close Sunday, March 27. Partner organizations underwrite travel; airfare is typically each woman’s largest expense. For details visit or contact Chani Altein (412-421-5449,

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