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LIGHT A CANDLE FOR MEMBERSHIP

LIGHT A CANDLE FOR MEMBERSHIP

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NA’AMAT USA IS EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE A NEW CHAPTER IN SARASOTA FLORIDA!

NA’AMAT USA IS EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE A NEW CHAPTER IN SARASOTA FLORIDA!

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If you live in the area and want to get to know more about NA’AMAT, or you’re already a member and want to become active with other members, join us for a get acquainted meeting: Wednesday, November 12th, 10:00 -11:30 AM
The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, 580 McIntosh Rd, Sarasota, FL 34232
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NA’AMAT USA Research Fellowship Program

NA’AMAT USA Research Fellowship Program

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The Zionist women’s organization NA’AMAT USA, the sister movement of Na’amat Israel, is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for women, children, and families in Israel, the U.S., and around the world. Founded in 1925, NA’AMAT USA (originally named Pioneer Women) has a rich and storied history. Over the course of many decades, it has been instrumental in helping to create, build, and sustain the State of Israel. Continue Reading





FALL 2014 NA’AMAT WOMAN Magazine

FALL 2014 NA’AMAT WOMAN Magazine

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SUMMER 2014 NA’AMAT WOMAN Magazine

SUMMER 2014 NA’AMAT WOMAN Magazine

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Foreign dignitaries mark Int’l Women’s Day in Israel with tour of NA’AMAT shelters

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By LIDAR GRAVÉ-LAZI
03/08/2014 19:47

http://www.jpost.com/National-News/Foreign-dignitaries-mark-Intl-Womens-Day-in-Israel-with-tour-of-NAAMAT-shelters-344709

The day’s activities focused on strengthening the status of women and on cooperation between Jewish and Arab women.

Foreign dignitaries tour the NA'AMAT Glickman Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Domestic Violence in the Family in Tel Aviv on Thursday Photo: GPO

Foreign dignitaries tour the NA’AMAT Glickman Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Domestic Violence in the Family in Tel Aviv on Thursday Photo: GPO

The global community marked International Women’s Day on Saturday. On Thursday, the Government Press Office, the Ambassadors Club of Israel, led by Ambassador Yitzhak Eldan and Na’amat – Movement of Working Women & Volunteers joined in the celebrations with a tour for foreign diplomats and journalists.

“There is a glass ceiling for women today and there are very few who have been able to break it and reach top positions, these women need to support each other whether they are from Israel or abroad,” Galia Wolloch, president of NA’AMAT Israel, told The Jerusalem Post during the tour.

Focusing on strengthening the status of women and on cooperation between Jewish and Arab women, the event included a visit to the Na’amat Hashalom daycare center in Jaffa, a bilingual center for Jewish and Arab children, where the envoys were able to see how Jewish, Muslim and Christian children peacefully coexist on a daily basis and learn about the working women’s organization.

The foreign dignitaries included representatives from the embassies of Italy, El Salvador, Moldova, Spain, Croatia, Nigeria, Philippines, Nepal, the People’s Republic of Congo and Taiwan.

“It is important for us to expose the ambassadors to all aspects of Israeli life, so they can witness the positive areas, and not just focus on the conflict,” said Reut Portugal, assistant to the president of the Ambassadors’ Club of Israel.

The group visited the Na’amat Glickman Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Domestic Violence in the Family in Tel Aviv and heard from Vered Swid, director of the Authority for the Advancement of the Status of Women at Prime Minister Office; Nitzan Chen, director of the GPO; Elpida Rouka, chief for regional affairs, Office of the Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, UNSCO; and Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai.

“I like to think of Tel Aviv as the social backbone of Israel,” Huldai said, speaking of the city’s diversity and openness to all sectors of society. He praised Na’amat and the work being done at the Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Domestic Violence, saying it was crucial to advancing and caring for women’s rights in Tel Aviv, regardless of race, religion or socioeconomic standing.

The center operates a closed shelter for battered women and their children as well as an open section, which offers counseling, legal advice and seminars for battered women, children and battering men.

Shirli Shavit, director of the International Department at Na’amat, explained that the open section sees walk-ins from all levels of society, whereas the shelter receives mostly poor Jewish and Arab women who have nowhere to turn.

During the tour, a young boy living in the shelter with his mother and two sisters ran up to Shavit and hugged her leg.

She said that the first time she met the boy he ran to his room and wanted to show her his blanket. She went with him to his room and saw a very ordinary blanket.

His mother, who was pregnant at the time and later gave birth to the first girl born at the shelter, explained to her that this was the only possession he could take when they ran away from home.

“He could not bring any toys, only the clothes he was wearing and this blanket, which he has had with him since he was a baby,” Shavit said.

The day concluded with a panel discussion on women’s issues in Israel, focusing on the progress made toward the advancement of women and what could be done to improve women’s equality in all areas of life.





On International Women’s Day NA’AMAT campaign targets men

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By LIDAR GRAVÉ-LAZI
03/08/2014 19:47
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NA’AMAT debuted a unique campaign geared towards fathers to become more equal partners and take responsibility through joint parenting.

Saturday March 8, 2014 marked International Women’s Day.

Foreign dignitaries tour the NA'AMAT Glickman Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Domestic Violence in the Family in Tel Aviv on Thursday Photo: GPO

Foreign dignitaries tour the NA’AMAT Glickman Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Domestic Violence in the Family in Tel Aviv on Thursday Photo: GPO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Na’amat – Movement of Working Women & Volunteers on Thursday debuted a campaign asking fathers to take responsibility through joint parenting.

“The idea of the campaign is that if fathers become partners in raising their children, the gaps between mothers and fathers in the workplace will diminish and eventually disappear,” Galia Wolloch, president of Na’amat Israel, toldThe Jerusalem Post.

According to Wolloch, employers (and society as a whole) see women as responsible for raising children, so when the time comes to promote an employee, they prefer to promote a man above a woman. This in turn leads to “ridiculous wage gaps” and inequality in the workplace.

“Why should only women stay home and take care of the children when they are sick? Why can’t fathers take a day off work to take their children to get vaccinated? Why can’t fathers pick up their children from pre-school even twice a week? Why can’t fathers also share the responsibility?” Wolloch asked.

As more fathers share the burden of raising their children, gender barriers will slowly break down and women will advance in the workplace and in all areas of society, she said.

As part of the campaign, Na’amat launched a hotline offering counseling for fathers wanting to become more involved in raising their children.

“This also includes the need for fathers to also receive rights from their employers,” Wolloch said.

Today, she explained, new mother get three months paid maternity leave that they are entitled to share with fathers, though fewer than half a percent of fathers do so.

Na’amat, in an effort to promote gender equality, is working on advancing a bill sponsored by MK Erel Margalit (Labor), which would grant fathers three weeks of paid paternity leave, in addition to the three months maternity leave granted to mothers.

The bill would allow men to spend time at home taking care of the baby and join in parenting responsibilities, Wolloch said.





SPRING 2014 NA’AMAT WOMAN Magazine

SPRING 2014 NA’AMAT WOMAN Magazine

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NA'AMAT USA'S RESOLUTION ON SEX TRAFFICKING

NA'AMAT USA'S RESOLUTION ON SEX TRAFFICKING

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Human sex trafficking is the most common form of modern-day slavery. Scores of women and children, both girls and boys, are trafficked each year within or across national and international borders as part of a $32 Billion annual industry. As the third largest and fastest-growing organized criminal enterprise in the world, sex trafficking is big business. An estimated 800,000 women and children are trafficked across international borders and additional individuals are trafficked within countries.

WHEREAS trafficking occurs in every country, in all fifty states, and in all cities and towns, both large and small;

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U.S. Head Start program modeled after NA’AMAT Day Care

U.S. Head Start program modeled after NA’AMAT Day Care

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NA’AMAT was founded 88 years ago as Pioneer Women. Today, we’re still pioneers, providing day care for over 17,000 children in Israel. Founded in 1925, NA’AMAT day care centers are the largest network of day care centers in the country. We have become a world leader in early childhood education. In fact, the Head Start program of the U.S. was modeled after the NA’AMAT centers in Israel.  BE A PIONEER of the future and JOIN US in our cause by setting up a DONATION using our NEW Recurring Payment form to help us continue to be at the forefront.
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Helping over 1,000 battered Israeli women every year

Helping over 1,000 battered Israeli women every year

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NA'AMAT opens new day care center!

NA'AMAT opens new day care center!

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On September 1st, NA’AMAT expanded its Day Care Centers with its NEW Ramleh center opening with three state-of-the-art classrooms and 77 wonderful children! We wish them much success! See PHOTO GALLERY. Click “continue reading”! Continue Reading





41st National Convention ROCKED!

41st National Convention ROCKED!

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conv-website_05Our 41st National Convention, “Rock with NA’AMAT”was jam-packed with exciting speakers, NA’AMAT USA departmental reports, new videos, trips to museums, interactive sessions and gala evening sessions with great entertainment! The 4 days were energizing, informative, interesting and a chance to meet with NA’AMAT USA members from around the country as well as NA’AMAT leaders from Israel, Brazil and Canada. Special thanks to Chellie Goldwater Wilensky, Convention Chair, who truly made all this possible!

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NA'AMAT Int’l welcomes new president Galia Wolloch

NA'AMAT Int’l welcomes new president Galia Wolloch

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On July 12, 2012, at the Twentieth NA’AMAT Convention in Israel, Galia Wolloch was proudly installed  as the  new President of NA’AMAT Israel and President of the World Movement for NA’AMAT (NA’AMAT International). Kicking off a five-year term, the evening was festive beginning for all who attended and was blessed with the presence and participation of the President of Israel, Mr. Shimon Peres. Please read below her warm acceptance speech!

Dear Chaverot,

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Golda Meir, “NA'AMAT was the first & last woman's organization for which I ever worked!”

Golda Meir, “NA'AMAT was the first & last woman's organization for which I ever worked!”

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In 1928, Golda Meir was elected National Secretary of Moetzet HaPoalot (Working Women’s Council), which required her to spend two years (1932–34) as an emissary in the United States.

As one of the early great pioneer of  NA’AMAT’s beginnings, we owe great grattitude towards her and other powerful American and Israeli women who helped form our great nation of ISRAEL. We also owe great gratitude for Golda’s leadership paving the way for Jewish women around the world. READ MORE






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