CHW Hadassim

CHW Hadassim Children & Youth Village
Sponsored by CHW

In Israel, approximately 345,000 youth are categorized at various levels of risk.  As a result of personal circumstances, poverty, dysfunction or death in the family, these children often have severe challenges, in addition to behavioral, academic, and social difficulties.

Without WIZO

Without intervention, these lost youth will continue their downward plunge. With no structure, support system or encouragement, they will gravitate toward anyone or anything that makes them feel like they belong.


WIZO’s five youth villages specialize in taking disadvantaged youth, giving them a home and enabling them to learn on par with their peers from normative backgrounds. Each has a unique combination of areas of study and special projects.

WIZO Hadassim Youth Village located north of Tel Aviv has 1,300 studentsand is among the largest youth villages in Israel. WIZO Hadassim runs an excellent school which is attended by local area students, as well as 200 students who reside in the dormitories on campus. These students, from difficult or new immigrant backgrounds, build their future here at WIZO. WIZO Hadassim has been accorded recognition by the Israeli Ministry of Education as an experimental school.

WIZO Hadassim High School offers a full academic course of study in preparation for university enrollment.  The youth village also provides a huge range of specialized studies tailored to the interests and needs of outstanding students as well as students who are experiencing difficulties with their studies.  Among the subjects offered are:

  • Criminology
  • Natural sciences
  • Agriculture
  • Horse breeding
  • Therapeutic horse riding
  • Art and sculpture
  • Photography

There is also a musical group featuring the musical tradition of Ethiopian students called “Ethiopian Sun”.  The group performs all over Israel.

Special Projects:

13 WIZO foster family apartments – These facilities provide a warm and supportive home to 85 children aged 6 – 15 from dysfunctional families. The children live with foster parents and receive everything they need to thrive and succeed.

Emergency center for children at high risk – Children aged two to four years old who are removed from their parents’ homes due to neglect and abuse are fostered here temporarily until a more permanent solution is found for them. A team of social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, teachers, therapists and counselors care for each child.

Naaleh – Jewish teens from all over the world come to study in Israel and participate in the Naaleh program, which gives them all they need to integrate and succeed as Israeli citizens. Twenty-five students from France and the Former Soviet Union learn at Hadassim and participate in Naaleh.

Therapeutic Center – The center works with dysfunctional students who are in distress. The staff of social workers and psychologists use various therapies to help each student work through their crises and integrate socially and academically.





Dear Chaverot, Bruchot Haba’ot, welcome to Israel!

I want to welcome each and every one of you, my dear WIZO Chaverot from all four corners of the world, to Israel. How wonderful it is to welcome you back home.

This year, we are holding a very special WIZO event–– the 27th EGM – Enlarged General Meeting, which also marks the beginning of our centennial celebrations.

One hundred years ago, four visionary women dreamed of creating a democratic, advanced and equal society in Eretz Israel – a safe haven for every Jewish person in the world.

Over the decades, it has been the role of hundreds of thousands of dedicated WIZO women, and their men, to create, develop, and shape the founders’ dreams and turn them into a flourishing reality. The end-result is this Empire of Good – the WIZO projects and institutions that are spread across Israel.

Each one of us is an active agent of change. Each one of us plays an important role in the realization of these dreams. Each one of us embodies the WIZO legacy, which we in turn share with those around us.

Chaverot, our Founding Mothers could have never dreamed of the beauty that now surrounds us: the dynamic and inspiring WIZO sisterhood that we share – one hundred years later. Together, we lead the most remarkable Zionist force, which has been forever changing the lives of the Jewish people in Israel and around the world.

At this once in a lifetime EGM, we will celebrate together 100 years of WIZO’s courageous, inspiring and life-saving work for the benefit of Israeli society. Chaverot, how lucky we are to be alive at this historic moment!

At this centennial EGM, we will be empowered, we will exchange ideas and experiences and mark our achievements – all in our beloved Eretz Israel. We will feel the power of our movement and our sisterhood. This is a rare event that none of us will ever forget. An event where we will feel and let the world see the strength and greatness of our WIZO movement!

David Ben Gurion once said: “In Israel, in order to be a realist you must believe in miracles”.

Chaverot, welcome to Israel, welcome to the land of the WIZO miracles – where our dreams are the reality and future of tens of thousands of Israelis every day.

I wish us all a meaningful, inspiring and unforgettable centennial EGM.

אלוקים יברך אתכם
May God bless you all
With warmest wishes,

Prof. Rivka Lazovsky
Chairperson, World WIZO


My WIZO family,

I am delighted to welcome you all to the 27th World WIZO EGM, here in our beloved country. What awaits you is a WIZO once-in-a-lifetime experience.

We will launch WIZO’s Centenary – its 100th anniversary celebrations – a significant and exciting milestone in our movement’s outstanding history, and attend the 27th EGM focusing on “WIZO: Doing What Matters”.

The passion, love, caring and lifelong commitment of WIZO members is visible throughout the Jewish homeland Whether you are a first, second or third generation WIZOite, the spirit of our Founding mother Rebecca Sieff flows in your veins, making you a full partner in whatever WIZO does and achieves; making WIZO the biggest Voluntary Women’s movement in the world.

For nearly a century, WIZO has been sharing in the establishment and building of Israel and its society, while preserving the Jewish education and culture in the Diaspora. When WIZO started its activities in Eretz Israel, there was little infrastructure, if any. Therefore, it is no wonder, that many of WIZO’s pioneering projects became the infrastructure of The National Social Services as we know them today.

WIZO maintains its relevance by adapting its core goals and concepts to the reality in which it operates. WIZO continues to share in Israel’s “sweet and sour” reality, always looking for new and innovative tools to improve the Israeli society.

Almost 100 and still going strong, thanks to every one of you, the society in Israel still needs a strong WIZO to turn dreams and vision into reality, and to create new opportunities for those without any.

I wish everyone an interesting, intensive, informative, inspiring and motivating week, revisiting the past, celebrating the present and looking to the future.

I look forward to meeting each and every one of you this week, and sharing this amazing experience – our Centennial .

In appreciation,


Esther Mor
President, World WIZO




Welcome to the 2020 Centennial World WIZO EGM!

Hundreds of WIZO members from across the globe will converge on the Hilton Tel Aviv from 19-23 January 2020 for the 27th World WIZO EGM – Enlarged General Meeting to celebrate WIZO’s first 100 years and the launch of its next 100 years.
WIZO’s powerful network of volunteers are an integral part of its global community. No matter which country they come from, which language they speak, they stand united in their commitment to keeping the WIZO legacy strong and relevant, changing lives and building futures for those in need.
Together they are all part of something much greater than any individual can be on their own, and can all be proud of WIZO, an incredible hundred-year-old movement that has made such a significant contribution to the State of Israel and its people.
Let’s join together to make memories of a lifetime, honor WIZO’s glorious past, celebrate its present and inspire its future.

EGM 2020 – About

WIZO: Doing What Matters

Your presence matters!

The World WIZO convenes its 27th EGM in January 2020.

The World WIZO EGM, which is held every four years in Tel Aviv, is a gathering of WIZO chaverot from all over the world who come together for a four-day event that focuses on WIZO’s crucial work here in Israel and the beneficial impact of your support and partnership. This important assembly is an excellent opportunity to strengthen links between us all in the spirit of sisterhood for the greater good of the movement that matters so much to all of us – WIZO.

The theme: ‘WIZO: Doing What Matters’ reflects WIZO’s relevance to Israeli society with the well-being, education and empowerment of the citizens of Israel at its core and the relevance of international participation.

The year 2020 is also the year that WIZO will celebrate its centennial. One hundred years of WIZO is a very impressive milestone, and worthy of great shared pride. At the EGM, we will begin the festivities that surround such a momentous occasion and it is hoped that you will join us as we applaud WIZO’s 100 year-strong contribution to the people of the State of Israel, and look forward to continued success in strengthening and empowering Israel’s citizens through all their tomorrows.

Do join us. You make WIZO matter. Register here


Dear Chaverot,

Welcome to Israel! 

I am delighted to welcome you, my WIZO sisters from around the world, to Israel – and to our WIZO house.

This year, our Meeting of Representatives (MOR) opens on Tu Bishvat – the new year of the trees.

It is in this season of rejuvenation in nature that WIZO will celebrate its long transformation in a time of change and renewal.

In WIZO House and in our institutions, you will see with your own eyes the growth in our achievements, in our impact, and in our institutions.

You will meet the children, women and youth WIZO empowers to believe in themselves and in the beauty of their dreams.

Join us at this MOR, to continue the wonderful work we do together for the State of Israel and for our people.

I wish us all an harmonious, energizing and inspiring MOR. 


Prof. Rivka Lazovsky,
Chairperson, World WIZO

MOR 2019 – About

The Meeting of Representatives of World WIZO is a conference of worldwide WIZO representatives and takes place annually in the years when the EGM is not convened. Twice a year, in January and June the representatives come together.  In January, the meeting focuses on the principles of the budget and work plans of WIZO areas of promoting the status of women, education and support for children and youth at risk. Also discussed is the relationship between Israel and Diaspora Jewry. In June the MOR focuses on  the approval of the Financial statements.


Welcome to the 2019 MOR!

As in previous years, the Meeting of Representatives (MOR) of World WIZO will take place in Tel Aviv from January 20th – 24th, 2019.

This year, we are holding the World WIZO Meeting of Representatives (MOR) at the Rebecca Sieff House – WIZO Headquarters, where we will have an opportunity to reunite with our fellow WIZO Chaverot from around the world and celebrate our wonderful achievements.

As you participate in the MOR this year, you will be able to visit our institutions and projects and see with your own eyes the impact that WIZO’s work has on the lives of the most vulnerable in our society.

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About the WIZO Aviv Young Leadership Mission 2018

For the first time ever, this year the Mission will be based in Jerusalem in celebration of the 70th anniversary of Israeli Independence. Participants will gather in Jerusalem from around the world from all over the USA, Brazil, South Africa, Finland, Panama and more for 5 days filled with opportunities to deepen their connection to Israel and WIZO’s ideology.

The participants will share a meaningful Shabbat in Jerusalem and visit the Kotel, providing a special time for the development of lasting bonds between the Aviv women and the creation of lasting connections which  drawn upon in the participant’s future WIZO work. Professional workshops in fundraising and advocacy are integral to the Mission and of course, interactive visits to WIZO projects forms the core of the Mission.

Participants will think, share, learn and work together before returning to their home Federations to continue supporting WIZO’s vital work.

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Welcome to Israel! 

World WIZO welcomes young chaverot from all over the world to its 2018 WIZO Aviv Young Leadership Mission. Here, You will be given valuable tools to become tomorrows’ WIZO leaders, enabling you to inspire and empower other women to drive the WIZO message into the future. During the mission, you will also learn about WIZO’s crucial and life-saving work as a leading social servces provider in Israel. You will visit WIZO projects and meet the people for whom WIZO has changed their lives for the better.

World WIZO applauds you, our Aviv delegates, who have made time out of your busy home schedules to come to Israel to ‘see and believe’ and bond with other women, from all walks of life, who demonstrate their Zionism and volunteerism through WIZO.

You, the young Aviv ambassadors, are crucial to WIZO’s future and we thank you for answering WIZO’s call and for your promise to spread the WIZO impact with passion.

I wish you a very fruitful and motivating mission.



Prof. Rivka Lazovsky
Chairperson, World WIZO

Dear Chaverot

We are very excited to welcome all the delegates to the Aviv Young Leadership Mission 2018. This year we to welcome you to Jerusalem, where our Mission will be based.

This Mission will be the perfect opportunity to meet, network and share ideas for the future of WIZO Leadership. We are all passionate about gender equality, social change and equal opportunity for all and I cannot wait to share this experience with you

We are eager to share with you the exceptional work WIZO does in Israel. During this week, you will develop your leadership skills, advocacy, fundraising skills and self-confidence to return to your Federations strong WIZO ambassadors, leaders of the future.

With warm regards,


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Janine Gelley
Chairperson, Leadership & Global Relations Division
World WIZO

Leadership message from the Co-Aviv Representatives to the World WIZO Executive

Dearest Chaverot,

We are honored to be the Co- World WIZO Aviv representatives, and are so excited to be leaders in the incredible family of WIZO sisters from around the world.  As proud and passionate Jewish Zionistas, we hope to educate and connect like-minded young women to inspire them to become leaders in their own communities as well with Am Yisrael.

We were both raised with WIZO as part of our extended families so it was natural for us to continue the work that countless incredible women have done before us. It is crucial for younger women to take the lead and continue carrying the WIZO torch to ensure the future of Eretz Yisrael, Klal Yisrael and Am Yisrael.

Le’Tiferet Medinat Yisrael!


Rachel & Shena

Shena Dominitz Falic
Co-Aviv Representative to the World WIZO Executive
WIZO Florida

Rachel Shnay
Co-Aviv Representative to the World WIZO Executive
WIZO New York