Tuesday, May 31, 2016

NA’AMAT USA Celebrates 90 Years of Supporting Women in Israel at Gala Weekend in Las Vegas

Israel U.N. Ambassador Danny Danon to give Keynote Address

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif.—NA’AMAT USA will commemorate 90 years as an organization at its 90th Anniversary Gala Celebration, July 29-31, in Las Vegas. In cooperation with NA’AMAT Israel, they provide a vast network of educational and social services for women, children and families in Israel. Members from around the country will gather to honor outgoing officers and install the historic, nonprofit organization’s new National Board, take part in meetings and workshops, listen to inspiring speakers, and celebrate nine decades of achievement and the prospects for a bright future.

Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations, the Honorable Danny Danon, will give the Keynote Address on Friday night and Prof. Shula Reinharz, Founder and Director of Brandeis University’s Women’s Studies Research Center, will be a keynote speaker on Saturday afternoon. Other speakers will include Judy Telman, representing NA’AMAT Israel; Linda Meisel, Executive Director of the Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Mercer County; and Dr. Nick Spirtos, Director, Division of Gynecologic Oncology at the Women’s Cancer Center of Las Vegas.

Elizabeth Raider
“Our mission is as important today as it was in 1925,” said outgoing President Elizabeth Raider. “In cooperation with our sister organization, NA’AMAT Israel, we continue to expand our programs in Israel in response to the ever-changing needs of Israeli society. We come to Las Vegas with pride for the tremendous progress we’ve made, and resolute in the knowledge that our work is not done. Our organization remains strong and will continue to grow and prosper under our new leadership.”

NA’AMAT USA’s new National Board will be installed at the Gala’s climactic event on Sunday, July 31st. A new President, Chellie Goldwater Wilensky of Chicago will be installed as well as Vice Presidents and other officers. All officers will serve three-year terms.


NA’AMAT, originally Pioneer Women, was formed 90 years ago in New York City by a group of progressive women to provide moral and material support to their sisters making Aliyah to Palestine. In the years since, with Golda Meir heading the organization 1932-34, NA’AMAT USA has broadened its scope and extended its membership around the world. Today, NA’AMAT Israel is the largest women’s movement in the country, with more than 300,000 members. It operates hundreds of daycare centers serving thousands of Jewish and Arab families across Israel, as well as high schools for disadvantaged youth, women’s centers offering health care, legal aid and domestic violence support, and other social, educational and health-related services. NA’AMAT USA also supports a Professional Scholarship Program providing scholarships for women obtaining higher level education. Most recently, they have added the Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Scholarship (recent recipient of the 2016 Golda Meir Humanitarian Award) for women studying law in Israel.

In the United States, NA’AMAT USA serves as a strong advocate for progressive legislation advancing women’s rights, gender equality, child welfare, and educational initiatives. It is a member of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, American Zionist Movement and the World Zionist Organization.

(l to r) Danny Danon, Judy Telman, Linda Meisel, Shula Reinharz, and Dr. Nick Spirtos



Event: NA'AMAT USA 90th Anniversary Celebration
Description: Gala Weekend and installation of the new national board.
Keynote: Danny Danon, Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations and Prof. Shula Reinharz, Founder and Director of Brandeis University’s Women’s Studies Research Center
Where:   JW Marriott Resort and Spa, Las Vegas
When:  July 29 - 31, 2016
Info:   www.naamat.org

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