The ‘Bezchut Nashim (in the merit of women) Organization’ is made up of a group of caring Jewish volunteers who have seen the pressing need for denominationally specific Jewish care for female Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, and Airwomen, serving our nation day in and day out. While there are numerous organizations that provide care, both logistic and spiritual, for Jewish service members there are none that focus on the specific needs of the female service members.
Rabbi David Gingold-Altchek (CPT, USA Ret.)
Rabbi Gingold-Altchek served, from 2013-2016, as a chaplain in the U.S. Army. He served as the Director of Jewish Services for both Forts Riley and Stewart and served with the 97 MP BN (89th MP BDE) and the 9th BEB (3ID). The Rabbi served also as a civilian Rabbi in Kobe (Japan), Tel-Aviv (Israel), and currently serves as the Rabbi of the Etz Chaim Sephardic Congregartion in Indianapolis, IN. His wealth of experience and wisdom, both worldly and religious, is a major asset to the organization.
Nili Gingold-Altchek is the passionate founder of our organization. Throughout her time as a journalist and supporting her husband in both his roles as a civilian Rabbi and a U.S. Army Chaplain, she has become particularly attuned to women’s issues in the Jewish context. With a wealth of knowledge, experience, and talent, Nili insisted on doing more. Thus, Nili decided to establish a network in support of (ISO) our Jewish female service members. She called this organization Bezchut Nashim, after the description of our sages in the Talmud (Sotah 11b), “R’ Avira said; in the merit of the righteous women the Israelites were redeemed from Egypt”.
Nili, has hosted numerous women’s outreach events and volunteers with women who suffer from trauma. She is an artist and a well respected journalist. She continues to use these as avenues and platforms to help in any way she can.