NEW YORK – Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America CEO/Executive Director Janice Weinman and National President Rhoda Smolow released the following joint statement today following the successful vote, 393 to 5, in the US House of Representatives to pass the Never Again Education Act (H.R. 943). The bill establishes a new federal program and fund to award Holocaust education grants to educational institutions offering classes, resources, teacher training, and student field trips.
“Hadassah welcomes this historic vote and congratulates Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney on leading the effort to make comprehensive Holocaust education available to this generation of students and generations to come. This legislation addresses a critical need for our country and an urgent priority for Hadassah. It is imperative that we make every effort to push back against the hatred, bigotry, anti-Semitism and extremism fueling violent attacks – and the best way to do that is by passing the Never Again Education Act.
“Improving the availability and enhancing the quality of Holocaust education is within our reach. Educators deserve our full support in their efforts to instill its universal and timeless lessons in every generation. The House has spoken clearly and on a bipartisan basis. Now is the time for the US Senate to make the same powerful statement by quickly passing the Never Again Education Act.”
Holocaust education and the need for comprehensive educational materials and resources is a top priority in Hadassah’s advocacy agenda, and both the organization and its members will continue to advocate for the bills until they are passed and signed into law.
To watch a video of Weinman and Smolow updating Hadassah’s 330,000 members, Associates and supporters and urging them to take action by contacting their senators, please click here.
To watch a video of a press conference earlier today on Capitol Hill featuring speakers including Weinman, please click here.
To download photos from today’s press conference, credit to Hadassah, please click here.
Contact: Josh Silberberg
Hadassah, The Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Inc. (HWZOA) is the largest Jewish women’s organization in the United States. With 330,000 members, Associates and supporters Hadassah brings Jewish women together to effect change and advocate on critical issues such as medical care and research and women's empowerment. Through the Hadassah Medical Organization's two hospitals, the world-renowned trauma center and the leading research facility in Jerusalem, Hadassah supports the delivery of exemplary patient care to over a million people every year. HMO serves without regard to race, religion or nationality and earned a Nobel Peace Prize Nomination in 2005 for building “bridges to peace” through equality in medical treatment. For more information, visit www.hadassah.org.