HADASSAH HONORS FOUR CHAPTERS/REGIONS WITH IZAIA AWARD
(New York, NY -- July 30, 2007) -- Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, recently recognized two chapters and two regions with its third annual Israel, Zionist, and International Affairs (IZAIA) Award for Study, Advocacy, and Action. The award was designed to encourage development of comprehensive programs of study and action related to Zionism, Israel, and international Jewish communities, and to reward Hadassah units nationwide that utilize these resources to disseminate a positive message about Israel. The awards were presented at the organization’s 93rd National Convention in New York, New York.
The Portland, Oregon Chapter of Hadassah was recognized with the IZAIA Award for a unit with fewer than 2000 members. Their initiatives – which included a Machon Hadassah Leadership Academy program, a newsletter entitled Israel Today, and an Israel film series – attracted new members and a new coalition with the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC).
The IZAIA Award for units with over 2000 members was presented to the Hadassah Northeast Co-op, which includes the Boston Chapter, the Southern New England Region, and the Northern New England Region. Their collective annual theme was “Making the Case for Israel: Moving Ahead in Challenging Times.” Accepting the award were: Mady Donoff and Noreen Goldwasser for the Boston Chapter, Kathy Hershfield and Paula Waxman for the Southern New England Region, and Beth Aaronson and Karen Siegel for the Northern New England Region.