The birth of our movement
“It was in the Hotel Russell in London that WIZO was born”
Before there was a WIZO, there was “Western Women’s Tent” – an intriguing name for the first Women’s Zionist Society in England, Established in 1891. The aim of the group was the establishment of a working community of Jews in Palestine. Later came the English Zionist Federation, founded in 1897. This had a ladies committee that included Rachel Sieff.
Rebecca Dora Sieff was born in 1890 in Manchester, the daughter of Michael and Hannah Marks. She attended Manchester High School for girls and continued on to Manchester University where she studied English literature.
In 1910 she married Israel Sieff, an ardent Zionist. They both formed a close bond with Chaim Weizmann who was also studying at Manchester University.