Hadassah Adopts New Policy Statements Celebrating 125 Years of the Zionist Movement and Outlining a Vision for Women’s Health

Friday, July 8, 2022

Lilly Freemyer

NEW YORK, NY – Yesterday, Hadassah, The Women’s Zionist Organization of America, adopted two new policy statements at its semi-annual national board meeting. “125 Years of the Zionist Movement and Israel at 75” reaffirms Hadassah’s commitment to a strong future for Zionism in the US, Israel and around the world. “A Vision for Women’s Health” reaffirms Hadassah’s dedication to achieving women’s health equity through empowered wellness, integration in all aspects of women’s health and innovation. 

“Hadassah continues to educate and advocate to advance women’s health, to support a strong Israel and to instill Jewish values in future generations,” said Hadassah National President Rhoda Smolow. “As stakeholders in the land of Israel, both through our commitment to Zionism and our support for the Hadassah Medical Organization, we proudly adopt these policy statements. The ideas they contain are central to our mission and demonstrate our commitment, purpose and resolve as we take on new challenges and work to bring healing and justice to the world.” 

Hadassah’s policy statement “125 Years of the Zionist Movement and Israel at 75” celebrates the upcoming 125th anniversary of the First Zionist Congress and the 75th anniversary of Israel’s independence. In the statement, Hadassah reaffirms its unequivocal support for Zionism and the State of Israel and confirms the organization’s desire to amplify the voices of young Zionist adults who are the next generation of leaders and to empower people to publicly and proudly state their support for Israel. Through programs like “Evolving Zionism: Widening the Tent,” Hadassah will work to educate the public about Zionism’s roots and modern-day challenges and Hadassah representatives will participate in the 125th anniversary celebration in Basel, Switzerland, in August.  

Hadassah’s policy statement “A Vision for Women’s Health” reaffirms and deepens Hadassah’s commitment to help women in the United States live their healthiest lives possible. The hallmarks of Hadassah’s vision for women’s health are empowered wellness, integration and innovation. To help realize this vision, Hadassah, calls for government, industry and community-driven solutions to increase awareness, improve clinical education, promote women’s leadership and collaborative opportunities, expand women’s health research and access to care. 

Read the full “125 Years of the Zionist Movement and Israel at 75” here and the full “A Vision for Women’s Health” here.


Hadassah, The Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Inc. (HWZOA), is the largest Jewish women’s organization in the United States. With nearly 300,000 members, Associates and supporters, HWZOA brings women together to effect change and advocate on such critical issues as ensuring the security of Israel, combating antisemitism and promoting women’s health. Through the two hospitals of the Hadassah Medical Organization (HMO) in Jerusalem, HWZOA helps support both exemplary care for more than one million people every year and world-renowned medical research. HMO serves without regard to race, religion or nationality and earned a Nobel Peace Prize nomination in 2005 for building bridges to peace through medicine. Additionally, HWZOA supports several Youth Aliyah villages that set at-risk children in Israel on the path to a successful future. For more information, visit www.hadassah.org or follow Hadassah on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.