Home > What we do > US Initiatives > Hadassah Advocacy Center > Hadassah National Action Center

Hadassah National Action Center

Hadassah Action Center

Please Sign In





Forgot your password? Not a member? Join Now

Advocate for Gun Control in Memory of Sandy Hook

December 14 is the one-year anniversary of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Hadassah members, associates and supporters have participated in Faiths Call-In Days to Prevent Gun Violence previous this year and are encouraged to participate again! Join advocates across the country in calling Congress in support of background checks and other gun safety measures!

In response to the tragic events in Newtown, Conn., Marcie Natan, National President of Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, released a statement urging Congress to take all necessary actions to enact stronger gun control laws that will protect our nation, and especially our children, from such violence. Click here to read the full statement.

In January, the National Board of Hadassah reaffirmed the statement it made in 2000 in support of stronger gun control legislation and expanded it to call for a ban on assault weapons. Click here to read the press release and new Gun Control Policy Statement.

Earlier this year, the Senate had several votes on amendments to the Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act of 2013,, including on the bipartisan compromise to expand background checks that was proposed by Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Pat Toomey (R-PA). The background check proposal failed to gain the filibuster proof 60 votes, but the fight for gun violence protection is not over!

In October, Hadassah advocated for background checks for Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The presence of a firearm in a domestic violence situation increases the risk of a fatality by 500 percent1 and the FBI estimated that intimate partner violence accounted for 64 percent of women murdered with guns in 2010. Once a restraining order is filed, background checks would prevent that party from purchasing a firearm. However, in 2012 alone, 6.6 million guns were purchased without a background check.

Hadassah continues to work with the Jewish Council of Public Affairs (JCPA), of which it is a member, to support their initiatives on gun control. Hadassah members, associates and supporters are also encouraged to sign the JCPA petition Zichronam Livracha (For their memory as a blessing) and visit the End Gun Violence Facebook page for the latest updates.

Click here to review all of Hadassah's Gun Control Policy Statements.

1 A 2003 study published in the American Journal of Public Health.


Take Action

Message Recipients

Your Federal Senator(s)


Your Federal Representative(s)


Review the Message









Your Information

*Required Fields











(xxx xxx xxxx)

Newsletter Subscriptions


Account Information

Creating a username and password is not necessary to take action, but doing so will allow you to access your profile later and personalize the website.







Advocacy Alerts

  • Slavery: A Modern-Day Reality
  • Central to the celebration of Passover is the remembrance that once we were slaves, and now we are free. Tragically, slavery remains a modern-day reality for an estimated 27 million people worldwide—more than at any other time in history.
  • Support Fair Pay for Women & Families
  • Today—April 8, 2014—is Equal Pay Day and there is work to do! Women make 77 cents to a man’s dollar and a single mother of two working full-time at minimum-wage is living nearly $4,000 below the federal poverty line. America’s women and families are worth more and they deserve better!
  • The Peace Process: Updates & Uncertainty
  • Over the last nine months, Israelis and Palestinians have been engaged in peace negotiations coordinated by Secretary of State John Kerry. As part of the peace negotiation framework, set to expire April 29, 2014, Israel agreed to release 104 convicted terrorists in four stages and the Palestinians agreed to delay seeking any additional recognition by the United Nations and other international authorities.
  • Advocate for Israel's Security
  • Within the last 24 hours, over 70 rockets were launched at southern Israel and three rockets headed for population centers were intercepted by the Iron Dome system.
  • Stand Up For Israel
  • February 24-March 2 is the 10th Annual Israeli Apartheid Week in the United States, which will feature anti-Israel events, film screenings, and Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) initiatives on college campuses and in communities throughout the country.
  • Take Action for Human Trafficking Prevention Month
  • Every day, women and children are forced, defrauded, or coerced into labor or sexual exploitation. In recent years, the United Nations, as well as the United States and Israel have made significant progress towards the elimination of trafficking; however, there is still much work to be done.
  • Reproductive Rights after Roe v. Wade
  • Today is the 41st anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade, recognizing a woman’s constitutional right to make her own reproductive health choices—including seeking access to legal abortion.
  • Urge Congress to Prevent a Nuclear Iran
  • Last week, Hadassah released a statementcriticizing the American Studies Association decision to issue a boycott of Israeli academic institutions. Hadassah is a staunch advocate against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which aims to tarnish and delegitimize the State of Israel. Hadassah maintains its long—standing policy against all forms of organized boycotts—opposing destructive actions in favor of constructive dialogue in order to pursue a future of peace in the Middle East.

Read more from our archives >>

   |  Who We Are  |  What We Do  |  Where We Do It  |  Read About It  |  Join Now  |  Donate  |
  |  Login  |  Contact Us  |  Careers  |  Terms & Conditions  |  
Copyright ©2014 Hadassah is a registered trademark of Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America