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Chicago-Area Residents Lead the Way for NA'AMAT USA 40th National Convention in July 2010

Chicago, IL, March 24, 2010 --( When one of the most prominent Jewish women’s organizations was choosing leadership for its milestone convention, it found two “shining lights” right in the Chicago area. NA’AMAT USA, the International Movement of Zionist Women, will hold its 40th National Convention from July 11–14, 2010 in Boca Raton, Florida, under the leadership of national chairperson Chellie Goldwater Wilensky of Chicago, and national program co-chairperson Sharon Sutker McGowan of Skokie. Working with a team of lay leaders and professionals from around the country, the pair have assembled an outstanding slate of speakers and panelists. Goldwater Wilensky also is responsible for managing all of the many details involved in running a convention.

“This convention will be an opportunity to celebrate the impact NA’AMAT USA has made as an organization, and to learn how we can continue to support women and children in Israel in the years to come,” said Goldwater Wilensky, who also serves as the organization’s national vice president for membership, and is a former president of its Greater Chicago Council. “Most people think of NA’AMAT as ‘that organization Golda Meir helped to establish’, but may not know about our organization’s unique legacy of support for day care centers, alternative high schools and women's rights in Israel.” (Goldwater Wilensky is a founding member and first president of NA’AMAT USA’s Toladah Club in Chicago, and a daughter of the late Nettie Goldwater, who was an active member and president of the organization’s Rishonah Club in Chicago.)

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.

“We are proud of the impressive group of speakers we have assembled,” said Sutker McGowan, who heads a Skokie-based communications firm, and has served on the national board since 2000. (Her late mother, Phyllis Sutker, was a national president of the organization.). “Convention attendees will enjoy a rich and inspiring mix of political leaders, authors, journalists, entertainers and much more.”

The convention will include a keynote address from Prof. Gabriela Shalev, Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations; Talia Livni, President of NA’AMAT Israel; Masha Lubelsky, World Zionist Organization Executive Committee Member; Rabbi Charles Simon, Executive Director of the Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs; and Eli Kavon, a contributor to the Jerusalem Post. Other highlights of the convention will include the election of national officers and a special celebration of the city of Tel Aviv’s 100th anniversary.

“We are very fortunate to have incredible leaders like Chellie and Sharon, who have volunteered long hours to make this convention a success,” said Edythe Rosenfield of Trumbull, Connecticut, national president of NA’AMAT USA.

For more information on NA’AMAT USA, or for convention lodging packages, please visit or call their local 847-329-7172.

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