Shalom ZOA Members, Friends and Supporters of Israel,
We are looking forward to our annual Gala on September 24 – and we hope that you are, too!
It will be a truly wonderful evening, as all of our Galas have been. It will be an evening to spend time with people who are as devoted to America and Israel as you are; an evening to see each of our honorees receive their awards and to hear their inspiring acceptance speeches; an evening to enjoy wide variety of delicious glatt-kosher food; an evening to participate in rousing versions of the national anthems of both countries and other familiar songs; an evening to benefit from listening to the wisdom from ZOA National President Mort Klein in his annual address; and also to hear from master-of-ceremonies and communal leader Gary Erlbaum. We are also especially looking forward to honoree Dr. Jason Hill’s keynote address.
All of this – and more – will take place at our Gala at the Hilton Philadelphia City Avenue.
Please do not wait until the last minute to purchase your tickets!
There are also special discounts for young professionals and students!
See our lineup of honorees below, as well as ticket-purchasing information.
If you have any questions, please call our Office at 610-660-9466.
See the Gala invitation at: [link removed]
Purchase tickets online at: [link removed]
To purchase tickets by check, send the appropriate amount to:
P.O. Box 56
Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004
If you have questions about the Gala or if you would like to volunteer before or during the event to help make it an even bigger success, please call Steve at 610-660-9466.
Greater Philadelphia ZOA Needs Volunteers!
Greater Philadelphia ZOA is looking for help next week in our Bala Cynwyd Office making phone calls.
If you are able to lend us your time and talent, please call Steve at 610-660-9466.
Thank you in advance for your help!
Back to School!
School has started up again.
Vigilance is important.
Please look through your children’s or grandchildren’s textbooks and other materials they are given.
If there are inaccuracies, distortions, omissions or lies about Israel, the Middle East or Jewry – please call us and/or complete our Greater Philadelphia ZOA Textbook Survey Form.
We must put a stop to the mis-educating of young Americans.
Stimulating Conversation Guaranteed:
Thank Honduras & Nauru for Recognizing Israel's Capital Jerusalem
In these often difficult times, it is a pleasure to report good news. Last week, two more nations – the Republic of Honduras, led by President Juan Orlando Hernandez Alvarado, and the Republic of Nauru, led by human rights lawyer President Lionel Aingimea – recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. These nations are following the wonderful example of U.S. President ([link removed]) Trump, and the bipartisan members of the U.S. Congress who overwhelmingly passed the Jerusalem Embassy Act ([link removed]) of 1995.
ZOA thanks and strongly praises the Republics of Honduras and Nauru.
Nauru’s Mission to the UN sent a formal letter to the Israeli Mission stating ([link removed]) : “The Mission of Nauru has the honor to convey the decision of the Government of the Republic of Nauru to formally recognize the City of Jerusalem as the Capital City of the State of Israel.”
Honduras’ Council of Ministers formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, approved the opening of a trade office in Jerusalem, and approved a resolution, stating ([link removed]) : “The Council of Secretaries of State resolves to support the constitutional president of the Republic in its decision to establish an official diplomatic mission in Jerusalem as an office of political, cultural and commercial cooperation.” The resolution added that the trade office “is an extension from the Honduran embassy in Tel Aviv,” and that Honduras “recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.”
Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez traveled to Jerusalem to inaugurate ([link removed]) the diplomatic office in Jerusalem on Sunday September 1st, and was warmly welcomed ([link removed]) by Israeli officials and the Israeli people.
Also previously, in December 2017, both Honduras and Nauru courageously voted against a despicable non-binding United Nations Resolution (ES-10/L.22) to condemn the United States’ recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Then-U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley tweeted ([link removed]) after the vote: “we appreciate these countries for not falling to the irresponsible ways of the @UN.”
The terrorist Israelophobic Palestinian Authority is attempting to derail and retaliate against Honduras’ and Nauru’s brave actions. The PA announced ([link removed]) its plan to file a formal complaint against Honduras at the United Nations.
It is thus particularly important that all of us thank the Republics of Honduras and Nauru and their leaders.
Republic of Nauru Permanent Mission to the United Nations:
(Ambassador H.E. Ms. Marlene Moses)
Phone: (212) 937-0074
Fax: (212) 937-0079
Email: [email protected] (mailto:[email protected])
President of Honduras Juan Orlando Hernandez twitter ([link removed])
Republic of Honduras Mission to the United Nations:
(Ambassador Mary Elizabeth Flores Flake)
Phone: (212) 752-3370
Fax: (212) 223-0498
Email: [email protected] (mailto:[email protected])
Ambassador of Honduras to the United States Marlon Ramsses Tábora Muñoz email contact ([link removed])
ZOA to Trump: Allow Jerusalem-Born Americans to List “Israel” on Their Passports
The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) praised the Trump administration today for considering permitting U.S. citizens born in Jerusalem to list “Israel” as their birthplace on their U.S. passports, and strongly urged the administration to authorize that listing as soon as possible.
In an interview published last Thursday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told the Jewish News Syndicate that what can be listed on passports is “something that’s actively being looked at.”
This is an important development. It makes perfect sense for the Trump administration to take the next step and authorize listing Jerusalem, given that in 2017, President Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, and the U.S. embassy was moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Morton A. Klein, ZOA’s National President, and Susan B. Tuchman, Esq., director of the ZOA’s Center for Law and Justice, urged the Trump administration to finally effectuate the change and permit listing “Israel” on U.S. passports: “Americans born in Jerusalem have been without a country of birth on their passports long enough. In 2002, a federal law gave them the legal right to identify ‘Israel’ as their birthplace on their passports.