Hadassah Statement On Violence At US Capitol

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Joshua Silberberg
Plus PR

NEW YORK, NY - Hadassah, The Women's Zionist Organization of America, Inc. (HWZOA) National President Rhoda Smolow and CEO/Executive Director Janice Weinman released the below joint statement following the violent attack on the US Capitol earlier today.

"Earlier today, Americans of all political stripes watched with anger, fear and sorrow as the United States Capitol — a great symbol of our democracy — was desecrated by a violent mob intent on impeding a constitutional process. They have failed.  

"The criminal behavior and events of this afternoon are abhorrent, as are attempts to disrupt democracy with incitement to violence. As Jews, we know the power of words and demand our elected leaders raise the level of discourse and lead with civility.

"We feel the heavy weight of today's events and the chasms that divide our nation. We hope that we will continue to learn from and about others, to love our neighbors, and to move forward as one nation.

"We are grateful to the law enforcement agencies who stood in harms way, and that our elected representatives have safely returned to the House and Senate to continue the business of the people."

About Hadassah, The Women’s Zionist Organization of America:

Hadassah, The Women’s Zionist Organization of America, is the largest Jewish women’s organization in the United States. With nearly 300,000 members, donors and supporters, Hadassah brings women together to effect change on such critical issues as ensuring Israel’s security, combating antisemitism and promoting women’s health care. Through its Jerusalem-based hospital system, the Hadassah Medical Organization, Hadassah helps support exemplary care for more than 1 million people every year as well as world-renowned medical research. Hadassah’s hospitals serve without regard to race, religion or nationality and in 2005 earned a Nobel Peace Prize nomination for building bridges to peace through medicine. Hadassah also supports two youth villages that set at-risk youth in Israel on the path to a successful future. Visit www.hadassah.org or follow Hadassah on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Threads and X.