(New York, NY -- June 17, 2005) -- National President June Walker has named Judy Palkovitz of Pittsburg, PA to serve as Co-Chair of the 91st National Convention of Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America. Some 2,000 delegates will attend the annual gathering to be held Sunday, July 17 through Wednesday, July 20, 2005 in Washington, DC.
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 comprise the governing body of Hadassah, and during the convention they elect officials and pass policies and resolutions on Zionist and American issues. Socializing, networking, and rejuvenating one’s spirit are also major components of Hadassah conventions.
The 91st Convention will bring together the two most important concepts to Hadassah members: American patriotism and love of Israel, perfectly captured by this year’s convention theme, “What So Proudly We Hail.” Over the course of three days, a roster of government officials, academic experts, and medical professionals will serve as keynote speakers and on discussion panels, empowering delegates to advocate with their national and local representatives on an array of American and Israel-based issues.
“We greatly look forward to advocating those domestic and international issues that are so important to Hadassah, like Israel and positive stem cell legislation,” said Judy Palkovitz. “There is no better place to charge our advocacy batteries than the nation’s capital.”
A longtime Hadassah activist, Judy Palkovitz is a member of the National Board, its past National Secretary and a past National Vice President. She has also previously served as Chair of External Relations, Chair of the National American Affairs/Domestic Policy Department, and as Chair of Hadassah’s delegation to the 1995 Fourth World Conference on the Status of Women held in Beijing and the 2001 UN Conference on Race held in Durban, South Africa.
Judy represents the Pittsburg Federation on the United Jewish Communities National Funding Council. Since 1989, she has been a Pittsburg delegate to the Jewish Agency Assembly in Jerusalem and a delegate of the General Assembly of UJC since 1981. In 1990, she represented Pittsburg on the first official United Jewish Appeal Allocations Mission to the Soviet Union and Romania. Currently, she is a member of the Board of the Jewish Health Care Foundation. Judy served as Chair of the Pittsburg Women’s Division of Israel Bonds, as National President of the Chatham College Alumnae Association, as Chair of the Women’s Campaign for the UJF, and campaign Co-Chair for the Federation Exodus Campaign. In addition, she is a life board member of Beth Shalom Congregation.
Her Co-Chair for the 91st National Convention is Joyce Rabin of Woodmere, NY. Judy was recently named to serve as Co-Chair of the 92nd National Convention to be held in Nashville, Tenn, Sunday, July 23- Wednesday, July 26, 2006.
91st Hadassah National Convention program highlights:
• What So Proudly We Hail will be perfectly expressed in the plenary session, The State of the Union, which will examine the alliance between the U.S. and Israel and feature The Hon. Daniel Ayalon, Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. and Sen. Joseph R. Biden (D-DE).
• In keeping with the convention’s capital theme, it will be run like a political convention with a series of caucuses and plenaries addressing issues of concern:
• Israel on the Hill will feature Prof. Shlomo Avineri, Hebrew University; Ester Kurz, of AIPAC; Tamar Cofman Wittes, Saban Center for Middle East Policy.
• The First Amendment: Are Your Freedoms at Risk?: Gloria Feldt, past president, Planned Parenthood; Rep. Janice D. Schakowsky (D-Il); Nadine Strossen, president, ACLU.
• The Future of Advanced Medical Research: Rep. Mike Castle (R-DE); Prof. Benjamin E. Reubinoff, Director Hadassah Research Center of Human Embryonic Stem Cells; Daniel Perry, president, Coalition for the Advancement of Medical Research.
• Heart Disease Doesn’t Care What You Wear: Dr. Nieca Goldberg, Lenox Hill Hospital; Dr. Vivian W. Pinn, NIH; Judy Palkovitz, convention Co-Chair.
• Politics & Policy – Why Women Matter: Ellen Malcolm, president, EMILY’s List; Letty Cottin Pogrebin, author; Linda Chavez, political analyst; Dee Dee Myers, political commentator.
• Some 1,500 delegates will spend an entire morning on Capitol Hill advocating on U.S. and Israeli issues with their own senators and representatives.
• The Henrietta Szold Award, Hadassah’s highest honor, will be given to the Hon. Daniel Kurtzer, U.S. Ambassador to Israel, and Mrs. Sheila Kurtzer, president, Corps Diplomatique.
• Delegates will be fully briefed on Hadassah’s medical and educational projects in Israel and entertained by Israeli singer Dudu Fisher and the political satire musical group, the Capitol Steps.
To register for the 91st National Convention, please call the Convention hotline at: (877) 790-2676 or visit firstname.lastname@example.org.