ZOA Mourns Passing of Its Vice-Chair and Zionist Giant, Irwin Hochberg
News Press Release
October 16, 2017

The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) mourns the passing of our beloved Vice-Chair Irwin Hochberg. 

Irwin was a Zionist giant who was a leader in numerous Jewish organizations from the UJA-Federation, New York to Israel Bonds and ZOA.

Irwin’s love of Israel and devotion to Israel and the Jewish people was second-to-none.  He spent almost all of his time and energies fighting for his beloved people and our ancient homeland.  Early on, Irwin understood the dangers of the Oslo accords, the Gaza withdrawal, and the Arab/Islamic War against Israel and the West.

He also worked tirelessly with Christian Zionists to facilitate their work on behalf of Israel. Irwin was an indefatigable leader of ZOA dealing with and improving numerous aspects of ZOA’s operations, including ZOA’s departments of Campus Activism, Law and Justice, and Government Relations in Washington D.C.

ZOA will be forever in Irwin’s debt for his wise counsel, extraordinary knowledge, and attention to the details of ZOA’s work.

Along with his brilliance came a great sense of humor and a disarming manner of dealing with serious issues.  He was a formidable advocate for his position and would readily sway those with a different opinion.

Irwin frequently spoke of his love and pride of his family, children and grandchildren.

Our heartfelt condolences are extended from the ZOA family to his sons Mitchell, Richard, Jonathan and the entire Hochberg family.

Irwin Hochberg is irreplaceable and will be sorely missed.

With deepest sympathy,


Dr. Michael Goldblatt

Chairman of the Board, ZOA


Morton A. Klein

National President, ZOA

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