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Zionist women’s group Hadassah elects new president

Rhoda Smolow is officially elected national president of Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Inc., the group announces.

The new president, the organization’s 27th in its 107 years, will lead over 300,000 members, associates and supporters through the beginning of Hadassah’s second century as the world’s largest women’s Zionist organization, says a statement.

Rhoda Smolow of the Hadassah Women’s Zionist Organization. (Courtesy of Hadassah/via JTA)

The announcement follows Hadassah’s convention at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel.

Smolow, who has been with Hadassah for 39 years and served as the group’s national secretary before becoming its president, will oversee Hadassah’s continued efforts and initiatives in support of Israel, public advocacy on women’s health, leadership training for women, and support for the organization’s two Jerusalem-based hospitals, the statement says.

Outgoing National President Ellen Hershkin, whose term ends December 31, 2019, has led the organization since 2016.

— JTA

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