WIZO Shares the Light of Giving

An appropriate header for an organization that cares.

What Is WIZO All About?

The Women’s International Zionist Organization (WIZO) was founded in 1920, as a direct response to the needs of women and children in Israel. A volunteers’ organization dedicated to social welfare in all sectors of Israeli society, the advancement of the status of women, and Jewish education in Israel and the Diaspora.

Now 250,000 members strong, acting as the main agent of change for women, children and youth in Israel, WIZO continues to identify the needs of Israeli society and creates solutions to meet them.

At a mainly women attendees’ Chanukah luncheon, that took place at the Four Seasons Hotel, Beverly Hills, California, chaired by the always upbeat Gina Raphael, and awarding Shanee Zamir, a graduate of the WIZO’s school system in Israel and the talented singing artist of the event’s United States and Israel national anthems’ extraordinary rendition, with the Honorary Spokesperson Award, Rinat Newman with the first Zionist Award, Marisa Weingarten with the Honoree Award, and honoring this chapter’s departing Chairs, Malka Fogel, Hanna Rubinstein, and Mirian Wizman, WIZO members shine a bright light on this remarkable organization.

WIZO, Gina Raphael and Shanee Zamir at Women's International Zionist Organization
Gina Raphael and Shanee Zamir
Rinat Newman
Rinat Newman

L-Hanna Rubenstein, Miriam Wizman, Malk Fogel, Marisa Weingarten, Gina Rapahel

L-Hanna Rubenstein, Miriam Wizman, Malk Fogel, Marisa Weingarten, Gina Rapahel

Rabbi Tal Sessler, Sephardic Temple addresses the event
Rabbi Tal Sessler, Sephardic Temple addresses the event

Education is a person’s guiding light. WIZO is a leading light and it shares it with others. The organization helps youth at risk who have no place to go after school and it teaches them a slice of Zionism while changing their life for the better.

Every dollar donated to WIZO counts, especially when the social fabric of Israel is on the agenda. And during the joyful lights Chanukah season, the ancient victory, on the ground, of the Jewish people in the land of Israel, translates into the celebration of Jewish continuity, the Jewish people eternity.

The women who voluntarily toil for WIZO are modest and are never about themselves, representing the hallmark of this organization. They all volunteer for a purpose that is greater than life, which is the trend of Judaism.

There is a saying in Jewish culture, ‘all of the nation of Israel is responsible for one another.’ WIZO follows this Jewish culture’s characteristic in the most productive way.

During the 2006 second Lebanon War, Nurit Greenger, referenced then as the “Accidental Reporter” felt compelled to become an activist. Being an ‘out-of-the-box thinker, Nurit is a passionately committed advocate for Jews, Israel, the United States, and the Free World in general. From Southern California, Nurit serves as a “one-woman Hasbarah army” for Israel who believes that if you stand for nothing, you will fall for anything.

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