Knesset's First Woman Speaker Dalia Itzik Confirmed for  Hadassah's 98th National Convention (July 25-28) in Atlanta, GA

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

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June 21, 2016 - NEW YORK — Dalia Itzik, the first woman Speaker of the Knesset and formerly President (Interim) of Israel, is confirmed for Hadassah's 98th National Convention announced Ellen Hershkin, National President, Hadassah, The Women's Zionist Organization of America, Inc. (HWZOA). Hershkin states, "Dalia Itzik has made a historic contribution to the ever-expanding role of women in international politics as the first woman Speaker of the Knesset and President (Interim) of Israel. As a political leader, educator, wife and mother of three, Itzik exemplifies the vision, vitality and engagement of 'Hadassah, The Power of Women Who Do™' to affect change in all aspects of their lives." Hadassah's 98th National Convention takes place at the Marriott Marquis Hotel, Atlanta, GA. For registration and schedule information, please visit: http://www.hadassah.org/convention.

Itzik, who was recently named Chair of the Board, Hadassah International in Jerusalem, will lead two plenary sessions on Tuesday, July 26th: "Building Global Partnerships for Hadassah" and "Increasing the Power of Women in the Knesset."

The theme of Hadassah's 98th National Convention — "The Power of Our Dreams" — incorporates the philosophy of Hadassah founder Henrietta Szold, "Dare to dream...and when you dream...dream big." Hadassah's four-day, biennial conference will engage, inspire and educate Hadassah members from across the US. Dalia Itzik joins Oscar®-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow, celebrated mother-daughter authors Letty and Abigail Pogrebin, Iron Dome weapons system developer Natan Barak and a distinguished roster of inspirational speakers, best-selling authors, world-renowned medical experts, charismatic political leaders and passionate social activists. Hadassah's 98th National Convention will showcase the vibrant, thriving organization of 330,000 members, Associates and supporters as a leader in national conversations and programs on health, medicine, Zionism and Israel, and advocacy for women's issues.

Dalia Itzik, the first woman Speaker of the Knesset (2006-2009), and President (Interim) of Israel (January 1-July 15, 2007), represented three different Israeli political parties in the Knesset over a 20 year period including: Labor (1992-99; 2001-06); One Israel (1999-2001); and Kadima (2006-13), later becoming party chair. Formerly Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem in charge of Education, she also served Israel as Minister of Environment (1999-2001); Minister of Industry and Trade (2001-2002); and Minister of Communications (2005). She has a B.A. in History and Literature (Hebrew University), a Teachers Diploma (Efrata Teaching School) and a Law Degree (Herzliya).

For registration and schedule information, visit: www.hadassah.org/convention.

ABOUT HADASSAH:

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, HWZOA 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, HWZOA helps support exemplary patient care for over a million people every year and HMO’s 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, HWZOA 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 or follow Hadassah on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.