Hadassah Adopts Policy Statement Defining Antisemitism

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Joshua Silberberg
Plus PR

NEW YORK, NY – January 27, 2021 - Hadassah, The Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Inc. (HWZOA) National President Rhoda Smolow released the following statement today following a vote by the HWZOA National Board to adopt a new policy statement expressing “support for and adoption of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) Working Definition of Antisemitism, including all 11 accompanying illustrative examples.”

“We cannot eliminate antisemitism without first defining what it is. In reaffirming Hadassah’s support for the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s Working Definition of Antisemitism, we are saying to organizations, institutions and government leaders both here at home and around the world what we believe the standard ought to be.

“We must be able to easily identify antisemitic acts, whether they are physical acts of violence or inflammatory rhetoric. Nations around the world continue to adopt the IHRA’s Working Definition of Antisemitism, as have successive presidential administrations, but Congress has not yet written the definition into law. We will continue to call on lawmakers in Washington to codify the IHRA working definition into law and bring us one step closer to building a safer, more inclusive world.”

To read Hadassah’s policy statement, Defining Antisemitism, please click here.

To read Rhoda Smolow’s October 2020 op-ed in Jewish News Syndicate, “Time for America to Write the IHRA Definition of Antisemitism Into Law,” please click 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, Hadassah 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 Hadassah Medical Organization's (HMO) two hospitals in Jerusalem, Hadassah delivers exemplary patient care to over a million people every year and supports 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.” Additionally, Hadassah 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.