Spotlight: Orly Bitty

Developing the Future Leaders of NA’AMAT

Orly Bitty is a board member of NA’AMAT Israel and oversees the organization’s multicultural and young generation programs.
A lawyer specializing in labor law and collective agreements, she is a lifelong political activist and a long-time member of Israel’s Labor Party. She describes herself as “a lawyer by profession, but a politician by addiction.” Currently, she leads a program to teach leadership skills to young women.

Recently, Orly Bitty spoke with NA’AMAT USA about her work with the organization and her commitment to women’s issues.

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NA’AMAT USA: You have been an activist for your entire adult life, what issues are important to you?
Orly Bitty: I am interested mainly in three issues. The first is peace. For many years, I have been involved in the Peace Now Movement and the Labor Party. I am also anxious to promote a shared society of Arabs and Jews. Peace and a shared society go together.
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San Fernando Valley Council Hosts Celebration for Formerly Homeless

Event marks the 1-year anniversary of the opening of LA Family Housing’s Day Street Apartments.
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More than two dozen formerly homeless residents of the Day Street Apartments enjoyed an afternoon of good food, door prizes and fun at a special celebration marking the residential facility’s one-year anniversary. The San Fernando Valley Council of NA’AMAT USA hosted the July 19th event on behalf of LA Family Housing, which operates the contemporary 45-unit housing complex. Opened last July in the Los Angeles suburb of Tujunga, the Day Street Apartments provide permanent homes to single adults affected by chronic homelessness.

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NA’AMAT Awards University Scholarships to Women Studying Science, Technology

Program supported by NA’AMAT USA and NA’AMAT Canada provides more than $100,000 in scholarship and grants annually to female students in Israel.
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SCHOLARSHIPSNearly 200 female students received university scholarships to study engineering, science, medicine and other fields at the annual NA’AMAT Scholarship Ceremony held last week in Israel. Sponsored by NA’AMAT USA and NA’AMAT Canada, the program helps women of merit from every level of Israeli society complete their degrees. Scholarships are designed to help them escape poverty, attain promising careers and become contributing members of Israeli society.
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NA’AMAT WOMAN

Summer 2015
“Israel: (Unofficial) Fertility Capital of the World”
“Discovering the First Jewish House in North America”

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Spotlight: Shirli Shavit (Part 1)

A passion for women and Israel



Shirli Shavit is the Director of the International Department of NA’AMAT, a position she has held for 17 years. As such, she serves as the lynchpin connecting NA’AMAT Israel with its sister organizations around the world.

ShirliPlusOneHere in the first part of a two-part interview, Shirli describes her career with the organization and the work that it is doing in Israel. She also discusses the Scholarship Fund, which was initiated 40 years ago by NA’AMAT USA and has since benefitted thousands of young Israeli women.
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Spotlight: Orly Bitty

Developing the Future Leaders of NA’AMAT

Orly Bitty is a board member of NA’AMAT Israel and oversees the organization’s multicultural and young generation programs.
A lawyer specializing in labor law and collective agreements, she is a lifelong political activist and a long-time member of Israel’s Labor Party. She describes herself as “a lawyer by profession, but a politician by addiction.” Currently, she leads a program to teach leadership skills to young women.

Recently, Orly Bitty spoke with NA’AMAT USA about her work with the organization and her commitment to women’s issues.

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NA’AMAT USA: You have been an activist for your entire adult life, what issues are important to you?
Orly Bitty: I am interested mainly in three issues. The first is peace. For many years, I have been involved in the Peace Now Movement and the Labor Party. I am also anxious to promote a shared society of Arabs and Jews. Peace and a shared society go together.
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San Fernando Valley Council Hosts Celebration for Formerly Homeless

Event marks the 1-year anniversary of the opening of LA Family Housing’s Day Street Apartments.
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More than two dozen formerly homeless residents of the Day Street Apartments enjoyed an afternoon of good food, door prizes and fun at a special celebration marking the residential facility’s one-year anniversary. The San Fernando Valley Council of NA’AMAT USA hosted the July 19th event on behalf of LA Family Housing, which operates the contemporary 45-unit housing complex. Opened last July in the Los Angeles suburb of Tujunga, the Day Street Apartments provide permanent homes to single adults affected by chronic homelessness.

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NA’AMAT Awards University Scholarships to Women Studying Science, Technology

Program supported by NA’AMAT USA and NA’AMAT Canada provides more than $100,000 in scholarship and grants annually to female students in Israel.
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SCHOLARSHIPSNearly 200 female students received university scholarships to study engineering, science, medicine and other fields at the annual NA’AMAT Scholarship Ceremony held last week in Israel. Sponsored by NA’AMAT USA and NA’AMAT Canada, the program helps women of merit from every level of Israeli society complete their degrees. Scholarships are designed to help them escape poverty, attain promising careers and become contributing members of Israeli society.
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Spotlight: Shirli Shavit (Part 2)

Building an International Movement



We continue our conversation with Shirli Shavit, Director of NA’AMAT’s International Department. Here Shirli discusses NA’AMAT’s position as a world movement, its every day impact in Israel and the challenges of maintaining a strong and growing organization.
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NA’AMAT USA: You have described NA’AMAT as a “world movement.” What do you mean by that?

SHIRLI SHAVIT: NA’AMAT is a world movement whose centrality is Israel. Israel and Zionism are its essence. NA’AMAT has approximately 300,000 members in Israel and close to 20,000 members in nine other countries around the world. We are in the United States, Canada, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay, Belgium and Australia. We are the largest women’s movement in the world. Continue Reading





Taking Action

Marcia J. Weiss encourages NA’AMAT USA members to use their voice to promote social change.

MarciaWeissIn the current issue of NA’AMAT WOMAN, Marcia J. Weiss, J.D., NA’AMAT USA’s vice president of program and education, writes about the issue of campus sexual assault. She cites some alarming statistics: nearly 1 in 5 women are victims of sexual assault during their college years, yet less than 5 percent of rapes and attempted rapes are reported either to college authorities or law enforcement.
Rape on campus is not a new problem, but it has recently been gaining more attention because courageous young women are increasingly speaking out. “In my day, you didn’t do anything like that,” says Weiss. “No one talked about it.” Continue Reading





Undercover NA’AMAT

Galia Wolloch is overwhelmed by the hard work and dedication of the organization’s employees in an appearance on the popular reality series.

galia2Israeli television viewers got to meet some of the everyday superstars who keep NA’AMAT’s school and day care programs running through a recent episode of the reality show Undercover Boss featuring NA’AMAT president Galia Wolloch.
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For nearly 90 years, NA’AMAT USA, International Movement of Zionist Women,
has had one mission: to support the women and children of Israel through its sister organization in Israel. With former pioneer women leaders such as Golda Meir, NA’AMAT is made up of 350,000 members with local clubs worldwide advocating for the advancement of women’s status and providing vital social services. Through its 233 day care centers, NA’AMAT provides affordable day care to nearly 17,000 preschoolers. NA’AMAT’s 20 technological high schools, 20 multi-purpose centers and two youth villages, we provide a safe empowering environment for at-risk youth. Last year alone, NA’AMAT provided 165 scholarships for women seeking college and higher education degrees. Couple that with a 24-hour hotline, five women’s right centers and a domestic violence center, NA’AMAT stands out as the leading advocate for women and single most important provider of core social services - legal counseling, education, child care, health and much more. We are proud of the work NA’AMAT does.

Help make a difference by joining NA’AMAT:
Be a part of A Voice for Women & Children, A Voice for Israel.

Visit www.naamat.org or call Toll Free at (844) 777-5222.


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