NEW YORK – The World Jewish Congress proudly announces that former Israeli Knesset Member Ruth Wasserman Lande has been appointed as chairperson of WJC’s newly established Women’s Impact Forum. The forum will launch a global effort to support female-led WJC initiatives to strengthen Jewish communities.
Ms. Wasserman Lande was born in Israel and grew up in Cape Town, South Africa. She represented the Blue and White party in the Knesset from 2021 to 2022 and was the co-founder and chair of the Knesset’s Abraham Accords Caucus. She previously served as an adviser to the late President Shimon Peres and as the de facto deputy chief of mission at the Israeli embassy in Cairo. Throughout her distinguished career, Ms. Wasserman Lande has sought to promote mutual understanding and social cohesion among different groups within Israeli society and has advocated for a more united Israel, based on respect for all groups.
“I am delighted to take on this new role,” Ms. Wasserman Lande said. “As a former lone soldier who returned to Israel at the age of 17 to serve in the IDF, it is an honor and a privilege for me to be able to reach out and work with Jewish women across the globe. I’m honored to help the World Jewish Congress carry out its important mission and to contribute lessons from my own life experience that empower people in Israel and around the world.”
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