Judaism teaches us to start our day with a prayer of gratitude,
Modeh Ani ("I give you thanks" in Hebrew).
This daily verbal act of appreciation has been practiced for hundreds of years by Jews all over the world.
Our mission for Days of Gratitude is to acknowledge blessings and increase resilience for individuals and communities through intentional expressions of gratitude.
Our goals are to enhance relationships through the power of gratitude to increase resilience, strengthen unity and expand kindness.
The initiative was created and launched in Israel as "Ten Days of Gratitude" by Beit Prat-Israeli Midrasha, and is ignited worldwide with support from
M²: The Institute for Experiential Jewish Education and the
The 2020/5780 Team
Elyssa Moss Rabinowitz
An experiential Jewish educator and facilitator and Executive Director of Kol HaOt-Illuminating Jewish Life through Art.
Lives in Jerusalem with her husband and is the mother of five.
“I’m grateful to my Creator for the blessings of health, close bonds with my family - nuclear and extended, for friendship and community, and for the ability to dream and create.”
Founder and CEO of Maven Coaching and Consulting. Lives in San Diego with her husband and two sons.
“I’m grateful for my family, friends and community.”
Joelle Asaro Berman
People-lover, community builder, and experience designer. Facilitates for organizations across the Jewish community and the democracy-building sector. Lives in Brooklyn, New York.
“I'm grateful for the acts of deep courage and radical imagination that are rising from the ashes of this global pandemic in order to transform our world into a more just, loving, and sustainable place.”
Lisa Barkan Matitya
Marketing and User Experience
Branding and marketing consultant specialising in creative user experiences and launching new initiatives. Lives in Jerusalem with her husband, children, an inspiring view and very busy treadmill.
“I’m grateful for every morning that I wake up and for the people I have in my life who dance with me.”
Executive Director ֿBeit Prat - Israeli Midrasha: Israel's leading movement for young adults. Forges a new Israeli mainstream championing Jewish learning, activism and community building.
Lives in Alon, Israel with her husband and two children.
"I am grateful for being part of a warm, vibrant and optimistic community."
Project Manager, Israeli Days of Gratitude
Director, Resource Development, Beit Prat - Israeli Midrasha. Sigal has a Masters Degree in Educational Management and Public Policy. Lives in Srigim with her husband and two children.
“I am grateful for my ability to be flexible and think creatively, which strengthens me in our unexpected reality and helps me lead a joyful and enjoyable life.”
Non Profit Management Consultant partnering with clients from ideation to implementation of their strategic projects. Lives in Jerusalem with her husband and three sons.
"I am grateful for a daily gratitude practice I have begun doing together with my mom since the "Days of Gratitude" initiative started, which helps to ground and support us both during these challenging times."
“I’m grateful to be born into a tradition that guides me and those I love how to show up in the world. And for being being born into surroundings that taught me how to access those traditions.”