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Hadassah’s 92nd National Convention in Nashville, TN, July 23-26 1,800 Delegates Keep in Step With Country Music Capital of the World

Ricky Cheung


(New York, NY -- July 07, 2006) -- To the steady beat of the Nashville sound, Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, will hold its annual national convention in the Tennessee capital this year, Sunday, July 23 through Wednesday, July 26. It is the first time the organization, whose convention draws some 1,800 delegates from all over the U.S., will convene in the country music capital of the world and the heart of the South.

In keeping with the musical environment, the theme of the 92nd Convention is Step to the Rhythm of Our Lives, and will be a celebration of the various stages and passages of a woman’s life. Woven into the theme will be Hadassah’s dual platforms: support for and love of Israel, and advocacy for issues of concern to women and families.

The national convention serves as an educational and motivational forum to launch and enhance volunteer programs that delegates will use in their chapter and unit activities throughout the upcoming year. Attending delegates elect officers and pass policies and resolutions on Zionist and American issues. The co-chairs of the convention are Judy Palkovitz, of Pittsburgh, PA and Barbara Topol of Chevy Chase, MD.

Hadassah 92nd National Convention program highlights:
“Step to the Rhythm of Our Lives” will kick off with a visit from one extraordinary woman who made a difference: Linda Hooper, Principal of the Whitwell Middle School in Whitwell, TN, where the Academy Award-nominated film, “Paper Clips” documented a project that brought profound understanding of the Holocaust to rural Tennessee schoolchildren and their community.
Greetings from the Hon. Daniel Ayalon, Israel Ambassador to the U.S., and Nashville Mayor Bill Purcell.
The Henrietta Szold Award, Hadassah’s highest honor, will be given to Rabbi Irving “Yitz” Greenberg, president of the Jewish Life Network/Steinhardt Foundation and his wife, author and lecturer Blu Greenberg.
Women Shaping the Future: Choices and Challenges with Marie Wilson, President and Founder, The White House Project; Shulamit Reinharz, professor of sociology, Brandeis University, Olivia Cohen-Cutler, senior vice president, Broadcast Standards and Practices, ABC, Inc.; Lynn Sherr, national news correspondent; Judith Viorst, author and poet.
Israel at the Crossroads: The Journey Ahead will feature Marvin Kalb, Shorenstein Center for the Press, Politics and Public Policy, Harvard University; Ron Dermer, Minister, Economic Affairs for the Israel Embassy; Brig Gen. (Ret.) Michael Herzog, visiting fellow, Washington Institute for Near East Policy; David Makovsky, senior fellow, Washington Institute for Near East Policy and director of the institute’s project on the Middle East Peace Process.
Perception vs. Reality: Boosting Israel’s Image with Dan Raviv, foreign correspondent; Jonathan Medved, venture capitalist; Daniel Kurtzer, former U.S. Ambassador to Israel; Donna Rosenthal, author; Larry Weinberg, Israel 21C Executive Vice President.
Daniel Pipes, Director of the Middle East Forum, discussing the threat of militant Islam to Europe.
Science and Science Fiction: Ideology in the Science Policy Debate with Barbara Lerman-Golomb, acting director, Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life; Eric Rothschild, Esq., partner, Pepper Hamilton, LLP; Susan F. Wood, former director, Office of Women’s Health, Food and Drug Administration.
Life Below the Mason-Dixon Line: Southern Culture and Jewish Roots with Cathy Glaser, regional director, Anti-Defamation League; Melissa Rogers, visiting professor of Religion and Public Policy, Wake Forest University; M. Alexis Scott, publisher, The Atlanta Daily World.
Jewish Reality Unwrapped with Rabbi Kerry Olitzky, executive director, Jewish Outreach Institute; Abigail Auer and Michael Rukin, community activists.
· Delegates will be fully briefed on Hadassah’s medical and educational projects in Israel and entertained by country star, Pam Tillis.

For more information on the 92nd National Convention, please call the Convention hotline at: (877) 790-2676 or visit convention@hadassah.org.


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