Women's Groups 2013 - Women’s International Zionist Organisation (WIZO)

Women’s International Zionist Organisation (WIZO)

Purpose of the group

As an international organisation, WIZO had the aim of helping women and children in Eretz, Israel. Assisting Jewish children emigrate from Germany and Poland to make a new start was considered important early work. Fundraising was undertaken to support the Jewish National Fund.

Several groups existed within WIZO over the years including Negev, Sharon, Galil, Yaffa, Ilana, Aviva, Golan, Ziona, Tikva and Ayelet. These were formed for members of different age groups or different areas of interest.

Time period

Madame Ida Benison came to WA in June 1937 to promote the formation of a local WIZO branch. During 1937 there were 100 members, which was 10 per cent of the female Jewish population in WA. Membership increased as more Jewish migrants came to the State. WIZO remains an active group in WA.

Key achievements

WIZO has organised many successful fundraising functions and provides kosher catering. Dinners, card parties, film evenings, concerts, fashion parades and wine auctions have been held to raise money over the years.

Key people and positions in the group

  • Hannah Breckler, first president/co-founder.
  • Other founders included Rose Rappeport, Vera Rosenwax and Ethel Finkelstein.
  • Freda Masel, first treasurer.
  • Presidents included Lily Gild, Betty Harris, Adrienne Walters, Rae Craddock, Annie Segler, Renee Rosenberg, Esther Schenberg, Vivienne Levin and Anne Topelberg.
  • Other women of distinction include Lily Adonis, Bracha Berad, Ada Berinson, Anne Green, Leah Gunzburg, Vivienne Levin, Zelda Pearlman, Dora Topelberg, Lydia Weil, Bella Zeitlin, Judith Hirschfield, Elaine Rudaizky, Frances Setty and Judy Shorrock.


Landau, Miriam and Hoffman, Louise. 2010. Women of Worth: A history of WIZO in Western Australia. Available SLWA 296.67 LAN.

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