Taking Action

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

In 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.”

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.

Israeli 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.

Much More Than a Mom

By Galia Wolloch, president, NA’AMAT Israel

Every year, in honor of International Women’s Day, depressing statistics are published on the inconceivable wage gaps of approximately 30% between women and men. The fact causing the most despair is that the gap has remained at a similar rate for decades already, as if there have been no cultural, social and structural changes in the country.

It is no secret that one of the major causes of the gaps in status and wages is the fact that women still tend to take upon themselves (or accept) primary responsibility for childcare. Even though women have fully entered the job market and constitute about half of it, their traditional role as caretakers of children has not been reduced accordingly – and this dual burden makes it difficult for them to integrate and advance.

New Friends, Inspiring Places

NA’AMAT International Solidarity Conference 2015

More than 30 members of NA’AMAT USA, representing chapters across the country, traveled to Israel last month to take part in the first ever NA’AMAT International Solidarity Conference. During the busy and inspirational week-long event, delegates made new friends among their sisters from Israel, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and Uruguay, and visited NA’AMAT facilities in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Karmiel, Beersheva, Lod and other sites.

Spotlight: Nadera Tannous

Nadera Tannous is the director of the NA’AMAT Technological School, a high school in Nazareth that helps Israeli Arab girls, who have previously struggled in school, become empowered and contributing members of society. The school prepares girls for college and also provides vocational training in a variety of careers.

Israeli Independence Day Community Celebration

Celebrate Israel’s birthday, April 22, in New York City

Yom Ha’atzmaut, scheduled for April 22 in New York City, is a very special community celebration commemorating Israel’s birthday. NA’AMAT USA is a sponsor of this first annual event which will include a Megillah Reading of Israel’s Declaration of Independence and a cantorial concert. If you live near or will be visiting New York in April, we encourage you to attend. There is no cost to attend, but pre-registration is required.

NA’AMAT USA Attends International Solidarity Conference in Israel

US delegates meet Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, attend groundbreaking for a new day care center.

Leaders of NA’AMAT USA joined representatives of the organization from Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Belgium, Argentina, Uruguay and Israel last week for the first NA’AMAT International Solidarity Conference in Israel. The delegation, led by national president Elizabeth Raider, were special guests of the President of Israel Reuven Rivlin during the conference’s opening session on February 10. Raider addressed the group on behalf of NA’AMAT USA.

Spotlight: Hagit Pe’er

Hagit Pe’er is the chairperson of NA’AMAT in the Negev Region. She oversees 14 day care centers, two targeting at-risk youth, as well as a women’s rights center that provides legal counseling and other services to more than 1,300 women and families each year.