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Hadassah Workshop Announced for UN Conference in Paris

NEW YORK, NY – At the United Nation’s 61st Annual Department of Public Information/Non-Governmental Organization (DPI/NGO) Conference, Hadassah: The Women’s Zionist Organization of America will run a workshop on one of its flagship causes: women’s rights in health. This year’s DPI/NGO Conference will be held in Paris, France , at the beginning of September at the UNESCO Headquarters.  

Community Outreach: The Right to be Healthyfeatures women who are working to educate and provide good health care to women of all ages and cultures. The session will be moderated by Nava Braverman, with panelists Rachel Ben Zeev, an Israeli Orthodox Jew, and Hiyah Rahman, a Muslim Arab. Ben Zeev volunteers at Hadassah’s Women’s Health Clinic in Beit Shemesh; Rahman volunteers at the Women’s Health Clinic in Abu Gosh. Hadassah – the largest women’s and largest Jewish organization in the world – is committed to providing quality healthcare, no matter the background or religion of the patient.

“It’s both and honor and a privilege for Hadassah to have presented workshops at several DPI/NGO Conferences throughout the years,” says Nancy Falchuk, National President of Hadassah. “Hadassah embodies almost everything the UN stands for. We are an organization that proves, time and time again, that by bringing people of different cultures and religions together, we can accomplish great things. We are working toward peace, better health care and information for women, and a variety of other causes – not only for Jews, but with everyone who shares our common goal.”

Recommendations from this conference will be compiled into a comprehensive report and presented at the United Nations General Assembly.

The Annual DPI/NGO Conference, Reaffirming Human Rights for All: The Universal Declaration at 60, convenes non-profit organizations that have missions in line with the United Nation’s Department of Public Information. Through the NGOs, the DPI is able to reach a broader audience to disseminate the work and aims of the United Nations.

Judy Shereck, Chair of Israel, Zionist and International Affairs,and Janice Greenwald, Hadassah Liaison to the United Nations, will both attend the conference and are available for interviews regarding Hadassah’s workshop and the DPI/NGO Conference. Please contact Alix Fried at 202/265-3000 or alix@rabinowitz-dorf.com to arrange an interview.


Nava Braverman, Israeli born of Holocaust survivors, is a nurse midwife with a Master's degree in Public Health. She volunteers with Physicians for Human Rights-Israel, a sexual abuse center, and at a women's association for health action and responsibility. She is the project director of the Women's Health Center at Hadassah. Rachel Ben Zeev, an Israeli from the development town of Bet Shemesh, has been a volunteer since 1980, when she established a center for single parent families after the loss of her husband. For seven years she has been an active volunteer of the Hadassah Women's health promotion project and has become an influential leader of this project. Hiyah Rahman, born in the Muslim Arab village of Abu Gosh, is a graduate of the Hebrew University in law and social work and holds a Master's degree in management. She is involved in the advancement of women's rights and a partner in the Hadassah Women's health promotion project in the village. 

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Founded in 1912, Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America , is the largest women’s, largest Zionist, and largest Jewish membership organization in the United States . In Israel , it supports pacesetting medical care and research, education and youth programs, and reforestation and parks projects.  In the US , Hadassah promotes health education, social action and advocacy, Jewish education, volunteerism and leadership skills, Young Judaea and connections with Israel . For complete information about Hadassah, visit www.hadassah.org


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