WIZO joins UNICEF, World Zionist Congress assists with the war effort

WIZO is recognized as an NGO member of UNICEF. WIZO Federation in Germany is reestablished. WIZO runs three workshops providing hundreds of women with income and employment. WIZO helps with the war effort.

WIZO is recognized as an NGO member of UNICEF. WIZO Federation in Germany is reestablished. WIZO runs three workshops providing hundreds of women with income and employment. WIZO helps with the war effort.1960-3

Home Industry and Shops

1960-4The three shops, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Haifa used every opportunity to channel the craft departments of the WIZO Schools into the general market. Since the Six Day War, the shops served as a source of employment for Arab women in East Jerusalem, Gaza and Bethlehem, where the women embroider tablecloths and dresses. Prior to this work had been supplied to the Druze women in P'kiin. The Department of Home Industry, supplied work to provide items for practical daily use, such as housecoats, raffia products and plastic lattice work. 

The work is done by women who cannot leave their homes, for reasons of age or health, or they have many children, and who need money for their basic needs of survival. The women also worked in workshops set up by the Department of Home Industry.  

These workshops provided hundreds of women with vocational guidance and a place of work, tools for their work, raw materials, and paid employment to provide a living for their families. The role of the Department was to train these women to work at home, and help with the family budget. Women were encouraged to participate by training them, by obtaining orders for them and by marketing the products to factories or to private purchasers.

WIZO Milestones:

1960- WIZO is recognized as an NGO member of UNICEF.
The first issue of Bamat Haisha (Women’s Forum), the Hebrew periodical of WIZO Israel appears, edited by Shulamit Aloni.
It features a report on a mock trial organized by WIZO, accusing Israeli women of being apathetic towards public and political life in the country.  

WIZO Federation in Germany is reestablished. Hellen Israel becomes the President of WIZO Germany.

1962- A decision is made to give priority to assisting social absorption of new immigrants. The first WIZO club for Arab women opened in Nazareth.

1960-11963- With Rebecca Sieff too ill to continue, Rosa Ginossar, the first female lawyer in Eretz Israel, is elected 2nd President of World WIZO.   

1964- Cornerstone laid in Tel Aviv for the World WIZO Center, to be named Rebecca Sieff House, in the presence of Rebecca Sieff.
WIZO delegation led by WIZO Executive Chairperson Raya Jaglom is the first Zionist organization to pay an official visit to the Soviet Union, as guest of the Soviet Women’s Committee.
 WIZO is invited to join the World Jewish Congress as an associate member, during its annual meeting in Jerusalem.
The first annual Bible Day is initiated by Fay Grove-Pollack.

1965- At the 26th World Zionist Congress, WIZO is granted, for the first time, 12 members with voting rights and a seat on the Executive with full voting rights, to which it nominates Raya Jaglom.
The first annual Aviv Seminar of younger members of European Federations held in Paris.

1966- The Rebecca Sieff WIZO Center opened in the presence of Sieff family. David Ben-Gurion attends WIZO’s 3rd annual Bible Day.
15th World WIZO Conference recommends that all WIZO branches run candidates in local municipal elections.



1967- Six Day War:  WIZO reorganizes to assist the war effort. WIZO centers turned into local civilian headquarters for assistance to the front.

In response to Jerusalem mayor Teddy Kollek’s request to strengthen reunited Jerusalem, WIZO builds new day care centers in the city, initiated by Raya Jaglom. 
Care of Families of War Casualties Department opened by WIZO Israel.
Theodore Heuss Rest Home for Mothers of Large Families opens in Herzlia Pituach, at the initiative of Raya Jaglom. It is named in honor of West Germany’s first president and sponsored by WIZO Germany.

1968- At the 27th World Zionist Congress, WIZO has 18 members with voting rights and 18 alternates.
First annual bar mitzvah celebration for immigrant boys is  organized by Immigrant Absorption Department.

1969- WIZO begins to work actively on behalf of Soviet Jewry.
Cornerstone laid for WIZO France Municipal High School in Tel Aviv.