Jerusalem Community and Support Group for Widows

Our Mission for Widows

We serve to empower widows to lean into life, build resilience and make a positive difference in society.

Modern Widows Club is designed to create a safe and private environment for widows to lean into life together through the journey.

We are the club no one wants to be in because you only get in by virtue of experiencing a great loss. Yet what I hope you find once you’re here is that you’re surrounded by a community of really amazing women that you can lean on and learn from. We’re widows helping widows to live- to go upward and onward. Sometimes we cry and sometimes we laugh. We talk about how to tackle challenges without our partners’ help and cheer each other on. We often share food as we do this, because who doesn’t like to eat?

When a woman loses her loved one she tends to feel very alone. Regardless of her age or circumstances, she will benefit from other women in her life who understand the unique challenges she is now faced with. She needs women who will build her up and encourage her in this new life she walks. We are stronger together. No woman is an island. We need each other.

Meet Our Community Advocate

Joelle E.

Joelle was born and raised in Barcelona, Spain and moved to Israel in 1983. After completing her studies at Hebrew University and Bar-Ilan University, she joined the travel business where she first learned about Christian tourism to Israel. She then went on to fulfill her dream of becoming an artist and opened her own hand made jewelry business, only to discover her real passion of helping others through the work of her late husband, Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein.

She dropped everything to join him in his holy mission, until his sudden passing in 2019. Turning her pain into purpose, she started a new nonprofit in her husband’s memory to continue his dream. Her husband’s vision became her mission. She is a mother of 2, and fluent in Spanish, French, Hebrew and English.