Contact: Renee Young
Hadassah National Public Relations
Hadassah Salutes Appointment of Elan Carr as
U.S. State Department’s Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism
February 5, 2019 – NEW YORK, NY – Hadassah, The Women's Zionist Organization of America, Inc. (HWZOA) welcomes the appointment of Elan Carr as the U.S. State Department’s Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism.
According to Hadassah National President Ellen Hershkin, "We are thrilled by the selection of Elan Carr as Special Envoy. Mr. Carr is articulate, knowledgeable, and committed to the Jewish community. And he has an excellent track record of fighting for justice as a Jewish leader, a criminal prosecutor, and a U.S. Army officer. Especially impressive was his leadership in combating BDS on college campuses during his tenure as International President of AEPi."
Hershkin continues, “Hadassah has a long history of speaking out against anti-Semitism, having played an active role in the creation of the Special Envoy office in 2004. In January, 2019, Hadassah members passed a Combating Anti-Semitism policy statement to address this growing issue both at home and abroad. Hadassah continues to advocate for the elevation of the position of the Special Envoy to the rank of Ambassador through The Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism Act of 2017 (HR 1911).”
Janice Weinman, Hadassah Executive Director and CEO, notes, “I have had the pleasure of knowing Elan during his service on the Conference of Presidents, and we appreciate his continued involvement with Hadassah, most recently at the opening ceremony of our Government Relations office in Washington D.C. Elan will make an excellent envoy, and Hadassah looks forward to working with him in our joint efforts to combat global Anti-Semitism."
Weinman adds, “Hadassah thanks our colleagues in Congress from both sides of the aisle who worked diligently to see this position filled. Hadassah applauds the President of the United States and The Secretary of State for filling the Special Envoy position and recognizing that the United States must act to combat anti-Semitism in all its forms. Special Envoy Elan Carr will build on the success of his predecessors: Gregg Rickman, appointed under President George W. Bush, and Hannah Rosenthal and Ira Forman, both appointed under President Barack Obama.”
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, research and women's empowerment – meeting with elected officials on Capitol Hill and locally through its Day in the District Program. 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.