October 23, 2020 - NEW YORK, NY – Hadassah, The Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Inc. National President Rhoda Smolow released the following statement today following the World Zionist Organization’s decision by its members to adopt the new Agreement of Principles for the World Zionist Congress.
“Hadassah applauds the compromise that was reached today that will help to ensure that the values of the entire Zionist community are accurately represented. Inclusivity, proper representation and unity are principles that Hadassah cherishes and advocates for, and we are proud to support the revised Agreement of Principles for the World Zionist Congress.
“By our actions this week, Hadassah helped to create an atmosphere in which a fair and just Agreement of Principles could be created. Because of Hadassah’s efforts, the Zionists movements in Israel and in the diaspora are better represented now than they would have been otherwise. An Agreement that emphasizes our commitment to diversity and pluralism is one that we believe can represent all Jews, near and far, and establish opportunities for the next generations of young Zionists to lead. Hadassah is also excited that for the first time in 40 years, a woman will serve as president of the World Zionist Organization.
“Hadassah believes that members of the World Zionist Organization, collectively, can establish a strong framework to strengthen the Zionist movement, ensure a safe and secure Israel, and provide a platform for our children to strengthen the community for generations to come.”