Who We Are

About Greater Philadelphia ZOA

The Zionist Organization of America-Greater Philadelphia Chapter is the region’s leading pro-Israel education, advocacy and outreach organization.
ZOA’s activities on behalf of the people and land of Israel include:

  • Meeting with lawmakers to promote pro-Israel legislation;
  • Producing education programs and encouraging purchase of goods produced in Israel;
  • Promoting balanced programs on the Middle East at educational institutions;
  • Working within the Jewish community for pro-Israel positions and activities;
  • Leading rallies and demonstrations;
  • Writing articles, op-eds and letters-to-the-editor and appearing on electronic media and social media to promote Israel, or correct media inaccuracies and fight biased reporting; Reaching out to media;
  • Holding public meetings featuring prominent speakers;
  • Actively participate in National ZOA’s Washington Advocacy Mission;
  • Partner with like-minded groups including Christian Zionists;
  • Meeting with Israel’s Consul General and other officials.

Everyday we educate and advocate on behalf of Israel and reach out to the under-informed, uninformed and misinformed.

Founded in 1897, the Zionist Organization of America (“ZOA”) is the oldest pro-Israel organization in the United States. With offices around the country and in Israel, the ZOA is dedicated to educating the public, elected officials, media, and college/high school students about the truth of the ongoing and relentless Arab war against Israel. ZOA is also committed to promoting strong U.S.-Israel relations. ZOA works to protect Jewish college and high school students from intimidation, harassment and discrimination, and in fighting anti-Semitism in general.

Since its founding in 1897, the Zionist Organization of America has been fighting for the Jewish people and the Land of Israel. Under the leadership of such illustrious presidents as Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, Rabbi Dr. Abba Hillel Silver, and current National President Morton A. Klein, the ZOA has been on the front lines of Jewish activism.

With a national membership of over 25,000, and chapters throughout the United States, the ZOA today works to strengthen US-Israeli relations, through educational activities, public affairs programs, working every day on Capitol Hill, and by combating anti-Israel bias in the media, textbooks, and on campuses.

Wherever our message is needed, our voice is being heard.

The ZOA is the only organization that documents and exposes Palestinian Arab violations of the Road Map plan. The ZOA leads the efforts on behalf of American victims of Palestinian Arab terrorism. The ZOA’s campaigns have repeatedly led to the defeat of hostile critics of Israel who were nominated for important government positions.

The ZOA has played a key role in Congress regarding victims of terrorism, keeping Jerusalem unified under Israeli sovereignty, fighting Hamas and Fatah, and working on the imposition of sanctions on Syria and Saudi Arabia.

The ZOA’s growing Campus Activism Network organizes college students to combat Arab propaganda on campuses from coast to coast. The ZOA regularly brings student activists to Israel for leadership training programs; we are preparing the Jewish activist leadership of the future.

The ZOA’s Center for Law & Justice works through the courts to help Israel and the Jewish people. The Center has filed suit against the State Department for ignoring the law requiring that “Jerusalem, Israel” be stamped on the passports of U.S. citizens who are born there. The Center also helped bring about the shutdown of ten pro-terrorist web sites. The ZOA initiated a groundbreaking case under federal civil rights laws to rectify the anti-Semitic/anti-Israel climate on campus.

The ZOA speaks out for Israel – in reports, newsletters, and other publications…in speeches in synagogues, churches, and community events, in high schools and colleges from coast to coast…in e-mail action alerts…in op-eds and letters to the editor…in radio and television appearances by ZOA leaders.

Always on the front lines of pro-Israel activism, ZOA has made its mark.

“The ZOA is the most credible advocate for Israel on the American Jewish scene today.”

The Wall Street Journal

“The ZOA is one of the most important and influential Jewish groups in the U.S. today.” 

The Jerusalem Post



Kevin Ross

Vice Presidents:

Heather Berman

Ruth Gleit

Lynne K. Lechlter

Andrew Teitelman

Kevin Williams

Wendy Woloshin


Leonard Getz

Recording Secretary:

Sharon Frisch

Chairman of the Board:

Morton Gleit