Welcome to the 2017 MOR!

As in previous years, the Meeting of Representatives (MOR)  of World WIZO will take place in Tel Aviv January 22nd-26th, 2017.

This year, we are holding the World WIZO Meeting of Representatives (MOR) at the Rebecca Sieff House – WIZO Headquarter, 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.

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.

Dear Chaverot,

Welcome to Israel! 

It is with great pleasure that I welcome each and every one of you, my WIZO sisters from around the world, to our Israel – the cherished home of the Jewish people.

The spiritual bond between the Jewish people and Israel has been the source of inspiration, revival and some of the greatest miracles in modern history.

For more than 96 years, this strong bond has been at the heart of our WIZO work. Each one of us translates our deep and special connection with the State of Israel into action through our WIZO projects and institutions.

This year, we are holding the World WIZO Meeting of Representatives (MOR) at the Rebecca Sieff House – WIZO Headquarter, 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.

Since 1920, our WIZO sisterhood has been supporting infants, children, youth, and the elderly- and everyone who comes within our warm and empowering WIZO embrace. We promote equality for women, in the home, in the workplace and in society and provide equal opportunities in education for every child, whatever his background, to build a happy future ahead.

Each and every one of you, my dear WIZO sisters, plays an important role in our organization – a prestigious organization of volunteer women, who have been supporting and building Israeli society for nearly a century.

Together, we continue to strengthen the resilience of Israeli society, and serve as a crucial link between Israel and the Diaspora.

My dear Chaverot, I am certain that your participation at this year’s MOR will help you feel the power of our sisterhood that has achieved so much over the years.

I am certain that coming together under the same roof will fill our WIZO soul with pride and joy to be a part of our wonderful sisterhood.

I am certain that each tour, each session and each moment together will encourage, re-energize and empower you to continue the Avodat Kodesh you do every day for the State of Israel and for our people.

May we all have a productive, meaningful and inspiring MOR.

אלוקים יברך אתכם

May God bless you all.


Prof. Rivka Lazovsky


World WIZO

09:00 - 15:00

Visits to WIZO Projects
(according to Federations requests)


Departure from Hilton & Carlton Hotels


“Dreams Create Reality”  Welcoming Reception at WIZO Gan Va’Nof Youth Village (sponsored by WIZO Switzerland and WIZO Panama)


Departure from Hilton/Carlton


Registration and welcome

09:00 - 09:10

Opening of the MOR, Prof. Rivka Lazovsky, Chairperson, World WIZO

09:10 - 09:20

Participants’ Roll Call

09:20 - 09:30

Presentation of new Presidents and Chairpersons in WIZO Federations

09:30 - 09:35

Tova Ben Dov, Honorary President World WIZO

09:35 - 09:45

Esther Mor, President World WIZO

09:45- 09:50

In Memoriam

09:50 - 10:35

World WIZO Report 2018

Prof. Rivka Lazovsky, Chairperson World WIZO

10:35 -11:10

WIZO Israel Report 2018

Gila Oshrat, Chairperson WIZO Israel

11:10 - 11:30

Coffee Break

11:30 -12:10

Presentation of WIZO Budget 2019

Gila Cohen, Treasurer World WIZO

12:10 -12:40

Annual Report of Audit Committee

Miri Pekin, Chairperson

12:40 -13:20

Statutory Approvals

13:20 - 13:30

Report, Rachel Shnay, Aviv co-representative

13:30 - 14:30


14:30 - 16:00

Presentation and approval of the Principles of the Budget and Work Plans 2019,

Igal Dekel, Director General, World WIZO

16:00 - 16:15

Coffee break

16:15 -17:30

Panel:  Innovative Women’s Leadership

Moderator: Dr. Liad Mudrik, journalist and researcher at the School of Psychological Science and the Sagol School of Neuroscience, Tel Aviv University

Prof. Marcelle Machluf, Dean of the Faculty of Biotechnology and Food Engineering at Technion-Israel Institute of Technology

Judith Yovel Recanati, Business & Philanthropy leader, co-Founder and Chairperson of NATAL (Israel Trauma and Resiliency Center)

Oshra Friedman, Deputy Director-General of the Authority for the Advancement of the Status of Women


Presidents meeting- Chaired by Prof. Rivka Lazovsky, World WIZO Chairperson (closed meeting)


Departure Hilton/Carlton


Arrival Canadian Hadassah-WIZO – WIZOUK Community and Comprehensive School in the name of Hanna Maisel Shohat, Nahalal

(Sponsored by Canadian Hadassah WIZO & WIZOUK)


Departure WIZO Nahalal


WIZO Margaret Gold Music Center –Tiberias WIZO Music Conservatory

(Sponsored by WIZO UK)


Departure Music Center


Dinner and entertainment at WIZO Maison Yehouda & Mazaltov Amar Women’s Center, Tiberias

(Sponsored by WIZO France)


Return to Tel Aviv


Departure Hilton/Carlton

09:00 -11:30

From the Ground Up: Rooting for our Future

Leadership & Global Relations Division

11:30 - 13:30

Fundraising for WIZO: Tradition and Innovation  

 Introduction and Overview: Anita Friedman, Chairperson, World WIZO Fundraising Division

Presentation of new Bar/Bat Mitzvah Campaign:

Danny Shapiro, Director

Annette Crandell, Deputy Director

Adi Dror, Fundraising Coordinator

Presentation: “Think Big – Major Gift Fundraising”  – Yariv Sultan, Senior Advisor, International Development, World WIZO

13:30 - 14:30


14:30 - 16:30

WIZO Raising: Marketing tools and information sharing to spread the WIZO impact

Marketing & Public Relations Division

16:45 - 17:30

Edutainment – group activity

17:30 - 18:30

Keynote address: Israel and the Jews of the Diaspora- What can we expect from one another

MK Dr. Michael Oren, Deputy Minister of Public Diplomacy


Presidents Meeting- chaired by Esther Mor, World WIZO President (closed meeting)


Depart from hotel

09:30 - 10:00

Burning issues in Public Diplomacy

Rolene Marks, World WIZO Executive Member for Public Diplomacy, for the Chairperson’s Office, Marketing & Media Consultant

10:00 - 12:00

Present and Inspire: Federations presentation of one successful event/initiative

12:00 - 12:15

Summing up of the MOR

Ronit Ribak- Madari, Chairperson WIZOUK

12:15 - 12:30

Closing remarks

Prof. Rivka Lazovsky, Chairperson World WIZO

12:30 - 13:45





Passing by the American Embassy

14:45 - 15:30

Address by Aryeh Lightstone, Chief of Staff, American Embassy

at the Falic residence

16:00 - 17:00



Dinner hosted by the Falic Family – Kedma

Program is tentative and subject to change

General Information

The EGM is the Enlarged General Meeting of World WIZO that takes place once every four years in Israel and gathers hundreds of WIZO women from all over the world for a 5 day conference.

The 2020 EGM is going to take place at the Hilton Tel Aviv Independence Park, Tel 972-3-5202222. https://www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/israel/hilton-tel-aviv-TLVHITW/index.html

The 2020 EGM will take place from January 19-23, 2020.

For registration/logistic questions, please contact Sarit at sarit@igt.co.il, for any other questions, you can contact the WIZO Headquarters at lisam@wizo.org


No, registration will be online only via this link: https://bit.ly/38xnqVV

The registration fees for the EGM are as follows:

EGM delegate: US$750

Accompanying person: US$600

The registration fee for delegates includes the following:

Participation in the 2020 EGM, event materials, opening and closing ceremonies, some meals and touring day.
Registration fee for accompanying persons includes the following:

One and a half days of touring for accompanying persons only, one touring day with the EGM delegates, participation in the opening and closing ceremonies.

Upon registration, a $ 300 deposit will be charged, to be applied for any cancellation.

  • From Dec 6, 2019 until Dec 25, 2019 – 1 night’s stay and US $300 handling fee will be charged.
  • From Dec 26, 2019 – No refund will be given after this date.

The IGT registration desk at the Tel Aviv Hilton will be located in the lobby level next to the ballroom. Registration will open on Sunday, January 19. You will receive your tag and materials once all payments are approved. For a smooth registration process   we strongly suggest to settle the entire payment prior to arrival

Einat Wilf

Einat Wilf Back

Monday, January 18th, 2016
14:30-16:30 Session: Yes We Can - Women Making a Difference
TED Style Talks


Dr. Einat Wilf, a Senior Fellow with the Jewish People Policy Institute and the Baye Foundation Adjunct Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, was Chair of the Education, Sports and Culture Committee, Chair of the Knesset Sub-Committee for Israel and the Jewish People, and Member of the influential Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee in the 18th Knesset.

Previously, Dr. Wilf served as Foreign Policy Advisor to Vice Prime Minister Shimon Peres and prior to that she was a strategic consultant with McKinsey & Company. Born and raised in Israel, she served as an Intelligence Officer in the Israel Defense Forces.

Dr. Wilf holds a BA in Government and Fine Arts from Harvard University, an MBA from INSEAD in France, and a PhD in Political Science from the University of Cambridge.

Dr. Wilf is the author of four books that explore key issues in Israeli society. Her first book, “My Israel, Our Generation”, is about Israel’s past and future from the perspective of the younger generation. Her second book, “Back to Basics: How to Save Israeli Education (at no additional cost)“, offers a detailed and feasible policy proposal for improving Israel’s education system. Her third book, “It’s NOT the Electoral System, Stupid”, demonstrates through comparative analysis why Israel’s electoral system is no worse than those of other democracies and therefore should not be changed. Her fourth and most recent book, “Winning the War of Words”, compiles her key essays on Israel and Zionism.

Daniel Benn

Daniel Benn Back

Monday, January 18th, 2016
Hilton Tel Aviv Ballroom
12:15-13:00 Panel: WIZO Women as Agents of Change


Director of the WIZO Gruss Community Center Afula

Daniel Benn (32) was born and raised on Moshav Devora near Afula. He served as an emissary in the USA prior to his enlistment into the IDF, where he served as an officer in an elite combat unit. After completing his military service Daniel was accepted into the Atidim Cadets for Public Service. This program aims to help improve the face of public service in Israel by integrating specifically trained, top-quality personnel in the public service sector. Daniel earned his bachelor’s degree in Political Science and History from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem parallel to completing a full course load at the School of Public Policy. After graduating from the Atidim program he worked at the Ministry of Internal Security and the Ministry of Culture and Sport as a Senior Coordinator, Project Manager and Advisor to the Director-General. He also joined an organization engaged in strengthening and developing the Negev and the Galilee as an administrator.

At present, Daniel is the Director of the Wizo Gruss Community Center in Afula. He and his wife Reut returned to the moshav where he was born, where they are raising their children Dar-Lee and Arad, and tending to their olive grove.

Adi Altschuler

Adi Altschuler Back

Monday, January 18th, 2016
11:30-12:15 Keynote Address: "Building Communities of Kindness"


Adi Altschuler serves today as the Israel manager of Google for Education. She is an educator, social entrepreneur and activist who has been at the forefront of two prominent initiatives in recent years – Krembo Wings, the first and only Israeli youth movement for special-needs children, which she set up at the age of 16, and Memories@Home, a project in which young people invite survivors into their homes on Holocaust Remembrance Day and hold discussions on the significance of keeping the memory of the Holocaust alive.

Altschuler has won multiple awards, including the “Tamari Award” in 2005, in 2006 the “Bernstein Award” for Social Leadership; in 2008 she was announced “Israeli Woman of the Year” by LIONS; in 2013 she received the “Rappaport Award” for leading social change in the Israeli society; In 2014, Adi was elected by “TIME” Magazine as one of the six future world leaders, and in the same year she was chosen to speak at the UN on Social entrepreneurship as a vehicle for growth in developing countries.

Emi Palmor

Emi Palmor Back

Monday, January 18th, 2016
14:30-16:30 Session: Yes We Can - Women Making a Difference
TED Style Talks


Emi Palmor, Director General of the Ministry of Justice, born and raised in Jerusalem, mother to Nimrod, officer in the IDF, and Yuval, now volunteering for a year of community service prior to her military service.

Previously, Ms. Palmor served as the Director of the Department of Pardons in the Ministry of Justice. In that role, she was responsible for preparing the Minister of Justice’s recommendations for the president of Israel, regarding pardon requests, including relief from prison sentences, fines, disqualification penalties & removal of a criminal record. In addition, Ms. Palmor was a Member of the Negotiation Team for the Release of POW Gilad Shalit, and has been appointed to coordinate and carry out political gestures for prisoner release to the Palestinian Authority.

In the past, Ms. Palmor served as a prosecutor in the criminal section of the Office of the State Attorney. In that position, she appeared before the Supreme Court regarding various criminal proceedings.

Ms. Palmor sees the Ministry of Justice as “the foundation stone of the existence of the rule of law and as the protector of human rights in the State of Israel – a Jewish and democratic country”.