May 28, 2020 — NEW YORK, NY - Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America National President Rhoda Smolow and CEO/Executive Director Janice Weinman released a joint statement today following the Never Again Education Act being signed into law by President Donald J. Trump.
"Hadassah applauds President Trump for signing the Never Again Education Act into law. His act caps a bipartisan effort to ensure educators will have enhanced resources available to teach the critical lessons of the Holocaust.
"America's commitment to 'Never Again' is unwavering and unifying. Studying how the Holocaust happened, to whom and why is not just simply history. It's a lesson for today and for the future. You cannot stand up against hatred if you can't identify it. The Never Again Education Act will help educate millions of Americans to be prepared to act.
"Now, Hadassah will bring the same level of focus and determination that brought both parties together to encouraging educators, school administrators and school boards to apply for support and take advantage of the resources this law will make available. Last year, President Trump said, 'American students should learn the important lessons of the Holocaust' and that 'we should promote awareness of these lessons.' We agree. And we are ready to get to work."
To read the April 2019 op-ed by Weinman and then-National President Ellen Hershkin in JTA, please click here.
To watch a video of Smolow and Weinman marking the passage of H.R. 943 in January 2020, please click here.
To read the March 2020 op-ed by Hadassah’s Karen Paikin Barall and Christians United for Israel Action Fund’s Alexandria Paolozzi in The Hill, 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 300,000 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.