Prof. Gabriela Shalev, Israel's Ambassador to the United Nations, to Give Keynote Speech at NA’AMAT USA 40th National Convention

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“Spreading Sunshine With NA’AMAT” to be held in Boca Raton, Florida, July 11 – 14, 2010

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NA’AMAT USA, the International Movement of Zionist Women, will hold its 40th National Convention in Boca Raton, Florida, from Sunday, July 11 to Wednesday, July 14, 2010. The theme of the convention will be “Spreading Sunshine with NA’AMAT,” and it will be held at the Marriott Boca Raton at Boca Center.

The convention will be highlighted by a keynote address from Prof. Gabriela Shalev, Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations (UN), at the opening reception on July 11. Ambassador Shalev is Israel’s 14th Permanent Representative to the UN, and the first woman appointed to this post. She will be discussing the role that the UN plays in shaping the perception of Israel in the world.

“We are elated to have a pioneering figure such as Ambassador Shalev as this convention’s keynote speaker, and look forward to hearing her thoughts on Israel’s evolving role on the international stage,” said Edythe Rosenfield of Trumbull, Conn., national president of NA’AMAT USA. “We invite members and supporters from around the country to join us at this convention; an important milestone in our organization’s rich history,”

Other notable speakers and panelists scheduled to appear at the convention include Talia Livni, president of NA’AMAT Israel; Rabbi Charles Simon, author of “Building a Successful Volunteer Culture: Finding Meaning in Service in the Jewish Community”; Masha Lubelsky, executive committee member of the World Zionist Organization; Paul Hirschson, deputy consul general of the Israel Consulate General to Florida and Puerto Rico; Andrew Rosenkranz, Florida regional director of the Anti-Defamation League; and Mark Raider, professor of modern Jewish history at the University of Cincinnati. These and other speakers will address a wide range of issues concerning Israel, Judaism, Zionism, and the status of women.

For more than 84 years, NA’AMAT has helped women and children in Israel build and rebuild their lives through its large network of social services. With NA’AMAT organizations in nine additional countries around the world, NA’AMAT USA, in conjunction with NA’AMAT Israel, provides care for more than 18,000 children in more than 250 day care centers throughout Israel. Special multi-purpose day care centers work with 1,600 children who require special services. They operate two agricultural boarding schools and 17 technological high schools. The Status of Women Department offers, among other services, legal aid to mothers and their children coping with domestic violence.

Chellie Goldwater Wilensky of Chicago, Ill., serves as national chairperson of the convention, while Sharon Sutker McGowan of Skokie, Ill., and Gail Simpson of Agoura, Calif., are national program co-chairpersons. Boca Raton residents Rita Sherman and Joyce Schildkraut serve as local co-chairpersons.

For more information on NA’AMAT USA, or for ticket and lodging information, please visit http://www.naamat.org or call 212-563-5222. The NA’AMAT USA National Office is located at 350 Fifth Avenue, Suite 4700, New York, NY 10118.

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