Advocacy is central to Hadassah's mission—helping our members and supporters realize their potential as a dynamic force in American society. From supporting the creation of the State of Israel and selling war bonds, to championing stem cell research and women's health equity, Hadassah has a long and proud history of advocacy on issues important to women and the Jewish community. Hadassah, the Power of Women Who Advocate.
The following policy statements reflect Hadassah's most recent and active policy priorities. Read more about Hadassah's policy statement history and procedures, including the breadth of policy statement categories. If you have questions about individual policy issues contact firstname.lastname@example.org. For a synopsis of Hadassah's Zionist and American Affairs policy statements from 1980-2017 click here.
In celebration of its 70th year of independence, Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, Inc. (HWZOA), reaffirms its commitment to the State of Israel. We celebrate our efforts of practical Zionism which helped to build the State of Israel, and pledge to continue our important work of Tikkun Olam. READ MORE ›
In response to a rise in anti-Semitic acts of violence around the world, Hadassah calls on all nations and international bodies to establish or intensify their efforts to address anti-Semitic hate crimes. Hadassah also urges political and religious leaders to denounce anti-Semitic attacks, statements, and propaganda—especially from within their own country or faith. READ MORE ›
Reaffirms prior statements that Jerusalem remain the undivided capital of Israel. Congratulates the people of Jerusalem on their city's 50th year of reunification and celebrates 50 years since Hadassah Hospital reopened on Mount Scopus READ MORE ›
Reaffirms and expands prior policy statements on refugees, asylum, and immigration -- with special attention to the humanitarian crisis in Syria. Urges the U.S. government to expedite refugee status for those fleeing violence and persecution, ensure nondiscriminatory application of immigration law, and negotiate comprehensive bipartisan immigration reform. READ MORE ›
Reaffirms its steadfast dedication to Zionism and firm commitment to the Jerusalem Program, the official platform of the World Zionist Organization and the international Zionist movement. The Jerusalem Program proclaims Zionism as the national liberation movement of the Jewish people, which brought about the establishment of the State of Israel, and views a Jewish, Zionist, democratic and secure State of Israel to be the expression of the common responsibility of the Jewish people for its... READ MORE ›
Reaffirms and expands prior policy statements in response to increasing anti-Israel activity at the UN. States support for the Conference of Presidents' Declaration Opposing Discrimination Against Israel at the United Nations—urging the U.N. to implement broad and substantive changes to its institutions and bodies. READ MORE ›
Reaffirms Hadassah’s position nuclear proliferation, weapons of mass destruction, and the Middle East Arms race and expresses alarm that the proposed agreement will not prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons—an immediate and existential threat to Israel, the region, and the world. READ MORE ›
Central to Hadassah's mission is a staunch and unequivocal support for Israel’s sovereignty and security. Hadassah thanks the United States government for support and urges all nations and leaders to speak out for Israel’s right to defend itself against all threats that endanger the safety and security of Israeli citizens. Hadassah encourages Hadassah members, Associates, and supporters to advocate for Israel. READ MORE ›
Hadassah denounces the systematic global campaign to delegitimize the State of Israel and reaffirms Hadassah's long-standing policy against all forms of organized boycotts. Hadassah supports efforts to counter delegitimization and calls on members of the academic, cultural, and business communities to actively pursue partnerships with Israel. READ MORE ›
Reaffirms its commitment to and support for freedom of worship for all women at the Western Wall and hopes that a resolution can be reached that will allow all women to pray, individually and collectively, at the Kotel freely, without harassment, and in accordance with their own religious practices. READ MORE ›
Hadassah's Policy Statements represent the organization's official stance on a wide variety of issues facing our nation, Israel and other international matters of concern. Policy Statements are debated and voted on at national meetings by Hadassah’s national board and delegates from our membership. Once approved, statements become official policies of the organization and serve to define Hadassah's overall agenda and advocacy priorities. Hadassah, as a charitable organization classified under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, is strictly non-partisan and is prohibited from any direct or indirect support of, or opposition to, candidates for public office.