|Annual opportunity for Jewish women to connect with each other and Israel takes place July 15-18|
93rd NATIONAL HADASSAH CONVENTION SET FOR NEW YORK CITY
Annual opportunity for Jewish women to connect with each other and Israel takes place July 15-18
(New York, NY – June 21, 2007) – The pressing issues facing us as Jewish citizens of the U.S. and the world is the focus of this year’s annual national convention of Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, to be held in New York, July 15-18, 2007. Addressing matters of keen concern from global warming to Islamic fundamentalism, the gathering, whose theme is “Now is the Time,” reflects the urgency of its content, and is the first Hadassah convention to sell-out in advance. This will be the 93rd time that Hadassah delegates will gather annually and more than 2,500 from across the U.S. are expected to attend.
“This response reflects the caliber of the leadership and grassroots membership of Hadassah – that they have so enthusiastically reacted to a program this challenging and provocative,” said Natalie Silverman, of Springfield, IL. She and Barbara Spack, of Edison, NJ, serve as the convention co-chairs. “Coming together to make a difference, to effect tikkun olam is what Hadassah women are all about,” added Spack.
Hadassah’s national convention provides a prime opportunity for Jewish women to connect with one another and with Israel. Through educational and motivational sessions, they deliberate the issues of the day and launch action plans and programs that will be used in chapter activities throughout the upcoming year. In addition, convention delegates elect officers and pass policies and resolutions on Zionist and American issues.
Hadassah’s 93rd National Convention program highlights include:
Plenaries and multiple tracks examining topics from the Iranian threat to environmental issues; national security versus individual liberties; the influence of press on public policy; Western medicine’s responsibilities to the Third World; raising a Jewish Mentsch, and others. Among the panelists and speakers will be: NBC News Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent Andrea Mitchell; Ellen Mosely-Thompson, world-renowned research scientist on global warming; Nadine Strossen, President, American Civil Liberties Union; Rabbi Daniel Gordis, Vice President of the Mandel Foundation.
Dignitaries and government officials including Zeev Bielski, Chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel; The Honorable Sallai Meridor, Israel Ambassador to the U.S.; MK Dalia Itzik, Speaker of the Knesset (invited); New York Senator Charles Schumer (invited); and Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives (invited).
Presentation to Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor of the City of New York, of the Henrietta Szold Award, Hadassah’s highest honor.
Election of Hadassah’s 24th National President, Nancy Falchuk, a dynamic leader from Newton Center, MA, as June Walker, current National President and newly elected Chair of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, concludes her term.
The launch of a major fundraising campaign to build the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Tower on the campus of the Hadassah Medical Center in Ein Kerem. In addition, a host of representatives from Hadassah’s medical and educational projects in Israel will participate in numerous sessions.
A pre-convention forum on Israel-US business relations, featuring a star-studded roster of CEOs and entrepreneurs who have found success working in Israel, including former Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu (on tape), the president of Motorola Israel, and the chairman of El Al, Israel Airlines.
Daily passes are still available to the 93rd National Convention; for more information, please call the Convention hotline at: (877) 790-2676 or visit www.hadassah.org/convention.