A staunch feminist and passionate Zionist, Romana Manczyk Goodman found a way for women to contribute to the dream of a Jewish state by helping establish the influential Women’s International Zionist Organization (WIZO). Goodman emigrated to Colorado with her family as a teenager and married Paul Goodman in 1907. Three months later, they attended the Zionist Congress at The Hague, where Romana Goodman became a founding member of the Jewish Women’s League for Cultural Work in Palestine. The couple then moved to London, where Romana became treasurer of the organization’s English branch, and where they hosted meetings for the great Zionists of their day. Goodman joined the executive of the Annual Conference of the English Zionist Federation in 1914, and in 1918 she helped found the Federation of Women Zionists (later WIZO), travelling extensively to recruit and coordinate women’s groups in Germany, Poland, Holland, Russia, and Palestine. She also helped create the first women’s lodge of B’nai B’rith in England in 1919. Goodman served as president of two Women’s International Zionist Conferences in 1923 and 1925, and remained active in WIZO until her health forced her to retire.
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