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Thank you for helping to make our 2019 Gala a great success!

From memorable speeches by our deserving honorees, to the warmth and camaraderie of 300 like-minded people, to the air thick with love for America and Israel, and of course delicious food — Greater Philadelphia ZOA’s 2019 Gala was a great event.

If you were among the large crowd, then surely you will agree. If you were not at the Gala, perhaps a look at our Gala video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDDSDiT_8PI&t=2405s will give you a sense of what the event was like, and how inspiring and informative were the speeches by honorees Malka Kantor-Rapkin, Cliff Rieders, Rabbi Eliezer Hirsch and keynoter Professor Dr. Jason D. Hill — along with ZOA National President Morton A. Klein, Rabbi Neil Cooper and Emcee Gary Erlbaum.

See the photo collages below for more flavor from this fabulous Gala.

In addition, we want to thank everyone who placed a congratulatory notice or ad in our 2019 Gala Tribute Book and Ad Journal. We encourage you to patronize the businesses and service-providers who participated. Our Gala book is chock full of articles and information in addition to the ads, notices and letters from elected officials. See a list of advertisers below, along with a link to look through the book.

We hope to see you at our 2020 Gala!

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See their ads and the entire 2019 Gala Tribute Book and Ad Journal at: http://philly.zoa.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/6/2019/09/Gala-2019-tribute-book-ad-journal-final-w-Lee-pg.pdf



Purchase Gala Book Ads, Congratulatory Notices Now!

By now we hope you have “met” each of the individuals that Greater Philadelphia ZOA will honor at our Gala on Sept. 24. They are: Malka Kantor-Rapkin, Cliff Rieders, Rabbi Eliezer Hirsch and Dr. Jason D. Hill. These four individuals who are Patriots and Zionists, who are mavericks in their unabashed support for Israel, who are passionate about doing the right thing and put principle over popularity.

We urge you to attend the Gala and enjoy our celebration of America and Israel. It will take place at the Hilton Philadelphia City Avenue.

We hope you will agree that we have a special group of honorees this year, with impressive backgrounds and bold activity – each in their own way — on behalf of Israel and the Jewish People.

We ask that you consider also recognizing them and thanking them in the pages of our Gala Tribute Book. The book will be a keepsake for the honorees and all who attend the Gala. It is also posted on social media and emailed to our large contact list, and available on our Web site. Proceeds from the book make possible many of Greater Philadelphia ZOA’s activities and initiatives throughout the year, and also the bulk of the educational materials that we distribute throughout the region.

These are people whom you will want to meet and hear from at our Gala, and who you will want to publicly thank and congratulate in our Gala Tribute Book with a notice of gratitude and “Mazel Tov.” To do so, please see the information below.

Please see more information about the Gala, the Tribute Book and Ad Journal below.

For Greater Philadelphia ZOA’s Gala Tribute Book and Ad Journal brochure and our mailing address to pay by check:


To purchase ads, notices and tickets electronically:


Deadline for ads and notices is August 24. We suggest payment via check so as to avoid the Eventbrite fees.

Please call us with any questions at 610-660-9466.










Announcing Greater Philadelphia ZOA’s 2019 Gala Honorees!

Shalom ZOA Members, Friends and Supporters of Israel,

We are thrilled to announce Greater Philadelphia ZOA’s 2019 Gala honorees and offer – for now – a very brief description of who they are. There will be more on each of our honorees in the weeks ahead.

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We will have a more streamlined Gala this year.

Tickets are on sale now and Tribute Book/Ad Journal ads and notices can be placed at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-greater-philadelphia-zoa-gala-tickets-64577646479.

We strongly advise you to pay by check so as to avoid the Eventbrite.com service fees. You made send checks made out to ZOA to: ZOA, P.O. Box 56, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004.

For Tribute Book/Ad Journal options and details, please visit:









Israel Needs Your Help in Washington — Participate in ZOA’s Capitol Hill Mission

For Israel’s sake, please come to Washington with ZOA to participate in our annual Capitol Hill Advocacy Mission.

The traditional Luncheon and Lobbying Day will take place on Thursday, June 20. This year there will be a special Kickoff Dinner the night before, on Wednesday, June 19, which you will have an option to attend. There will be a special guest speaker at the dinner – we will announce who that will be shortly.

Registration is now open for both of these events. See the link below.

Both the dinner and luncheon will be glatt-kosher.

To register for the Mission, go to the link below. Please see the special instructions later in this email for those of you who want to take the bus round-trip from the Philadelphia area on June 20, or return with us that afternoon if you are going for both days.



Why is it important for you to participate in ZOA’s Capitol Hill Advocacy Mission this year?


These times remain perilous and much of the world remains hostile to the Jewish State of Israel.

  • There are now a number of overt public anti-Semitic Israel bashers in Congress. They have repeatedly made hateful statements against the Jewish State and the Jewish people – with no consequences.
  • Mahmoud Abbas’ Palestinian Authority (PA) has codified into Law its policy to pay Arabs to murder Jews and the more Jews an Arab has killed, the higher the pension. These killers are also guaranteed a top government job once they get out of prison. The PA spends $400 million a year on these rewards.
  • The Palestinian Authority never ceases to promote hatred and violence against Jews in their schools, media, speeches, and sermons. They continue to officially praise Jew killers as martyrs.
  • Iran continues to threaten Israel with its buildup of missiles and its nuclear program.


You can help educate our lawmakers in Washington, D.C. about the perils that Israel faces – which also affect our own country’s security. You can have a voice in shaping U.S. policies that are beneficial to Israel and the U.S.


In addition to the optional kickoff dinner, the Mission includes:

  • Attend a briefing from the ZOA Government Relations department on the issues affecting Israel and the U.S.-Israel relationship;
  • Participate in a special kosher luncheon on Capitol Hill with members of Congress, in a magnificent Senate room where dozens of members of the House and Senate will address our delegation;
  • Meet our professional lobbyists, and other ZOA activists from around the country;
  • Meet with your representatives in the House and Senate and/or their top aides to talk about issues affecting Israel and the US.-Israel relationship.


You must pay for the Mission via National ZOA. You can pay by check or credit card. To pay by check, call 212-481-1500. You can also pay with a credit card via phone. To pay online, go to https://zoa.org/mission-events/zoa-mission-to-washington/

See the instructions in the images below if you choose to pay online.


For those who want to go on the Mission for June 20 only: Our Greater Philadelphia bus will leave from Northeast Philadelphia and Merion Station. If there is enough demand, we will try to include a pick-up/drop off from Center City and perhaps Bucks County. You must call our office to reserve your bus spot and pay in advance. To pay for the bus, send a check for $55 per person to: ZOA, P.O. Box 56, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004.


To pay by credit card, you can do so online at our Web site. The cost will be $58.30 per person, which includes processing fees. Go to: https://zoa.org/donate/philly/

Please see all Mission registration and bus instructions in the images below.

If you have any questions or for more information, please call us at 610-660-9466.

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To pay for the Philadelphia bus by credit card:

Go to this link:













“Safety, Security, Self-Defense” Workshop on April 9

Shalom ZOA Members, Friends and Supporters of Israel,

Please join us for our Greater Philadelphia ZOA special event “Safety, Security, Self-Defense” featuring experts in personal and institutional security, self-defense and emergency first aid. It takes place Tuesday, April 9 at 7 p.m. at the Kaiserman JCC.

See all of the details in the flyer below.

We are asking that you please pre-register to attend this event. You may do so at the Eventbrite link below. This event is free and open to the public.

We are also looking for volunteers to help us before, during and after the event. If you can volunteer or have questions, please call our office at 610-660-9466.

Please let your friends, email lists and social media networks know about this event so that the entire community can benefit.