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Policy Statements

Advocacy is central to Hadassah's mission—helping our members and supporters realize their potential as a dynamic force in American society. From supporting the creation of the State of Israel and selling war bonds, to championing stem cell research and women's health equity, Hadassah has a long and proud history of advocacy on issues important to women and the Jewish community. Hadassah, the Power of Women Who Advocate.

The following policy statements reflect Hadassah's most recent and active policy priorities. Read more about Hadassah's policy statement history and procedures, including the breadth of policy statement categories. For a full list of Hadassah's policy statements or questions about individual policy issues contact advocacy@hadassah.org.

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 2017 50th Anniversary of the Reunification of Jerusalem
2017 50th Anniversary of the Reunification of Jerusalem

Reaffirms prior statements that Jerusalem remain the undivided capital of Israel. Congratulates the people of Jerusalem on their city's 50th year of reunification and celebrates 50 years since Hadassah Hospital reopened on Mount Scopus  READ MORE ›

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Refugees & Immigration

Reaffirms and expands prior policy statements on refugees, asylum, and immigration -- with special attention to the humanitarian crisis in Syria. Urges the U.S. government to expedite refugee status for those fleeing violence and persecution, ensure nondiscriminatory application of immigration law, and negotiate comprehensive bipartisan immigration reform.  READ MORE ›

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Racial Justice

Reaffirms and expands prior policy statements on civil rights, hate crimes, and racial discrimination. Urges the U.S. government to ensure equal enforcement of existing laws, and to address voting rights, police brutality, criminal justice reform, and other systemic barriers to equality.  READ MORE ›

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Zionism

In response to worldwide increased anti-Zionism, often masking anti-Semitism, the statement reaffirms Hadassah's commitment to Zionism, expressed through practical Zionism, by supporting the Hadassah Medical Organization and other Hadassah projects in Israel, and by promoting and engaging in Zionist education and advocacy in the United States and worldwide.  READ MORE ›

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United Nations Reform

Reaffirms and expands prior policy statements in response to increasing anti-Israel activity at the UN. States support for the Conference of Presidents' Declaration Opposing Discrimination Against Israel at the United Nations—urging the U.N. to implement broad and substantive changes to its institutions and bodies.  READ MORE ›

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LGBTQ Equality

Reaffirms and expands Hadassah's 2006 Policy Statement for LGBT rights. Restates opposition to all efforts to selectively limit or deny civil rights to members of the LGBTQ community. Calls upon federal, state, and municipal governments to enact new public accommodation and non-discrimination measures—especially in the areas of employment, education, housing, and health.easures—especially in the areas of employment, education, housing, and health.  READ MORE ›

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Caregiving

Reaffirms that women are often the primary caregivers for their families, sometimes juggling the responsibilities of caring for both children and aging parents. Recognizes and values the integral role of caregivers—paid and unpaid—in supporting the health and dignity of America's aging and disabled population, and supports policies from the medical community, government, and private sector to further that support.  READ MORE ›

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Iran

Reaffirms Hadassah’s position nuclear proliferation, weapons of mass destruction, and the Middle East Arms race and expresses alarm that the proposed agreement will not prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons—an immediate and existential threat to Israel, the region, and the world.  READ MORE ›

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Unwavering Support for Israel

Central to Hadassah's mission is a staunch and unequivocal support for Israel’s sovereignty and security. Hadassah thanks the United States government for support and urges all nations and leaders to speak out for Israel’s right to defend itself against all threats that endanger the safety and security of Israeli citizens. Hadassah encourages Hadassah members, Associates, and supporters to advocate for Israel.  READ MORE ›

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Combating Delegitimization of Israel

Hadassah denounces the systematic global campaign to delegitimize the State of Israel and reaffirms Hadassah's long-standing policy against all forms of organized boycotts. Hadassah supports efforts to counter delegitimization and calls on members of the academic, cultural, and business communities to actively pursue partnerships with Israel.  READ MORE ›

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Combating Anti-Semitism

In response to a rise in anti-Semitic acts of violence around the world, Hadassah calls on all nations and international bodies to establish or intensify their efforts to address anti-Semitic hate crimes. Hadassah also urges political and religious leaders to denounce anti-Semitic attacks, statements, and propaganda—especially from within their own country or faith.  READ MORE ›

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Women's Preventive Health

Women face unique health challenges and require unique preventive health services through every stage of their lives to ensure they stay healthy. Hadassah calls on Congress and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to provide for the planning and implementation of a national public outreach, educational, and media campaign to raise public awareness, including provider awareness, of women's preventive health.  READ MORE ›

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Combating Human Trafficking

All nations must make the elimination of trafficking a priority by strengthening anti-trafficking legislation, sharing information, promoting demand reduction strategies, aggressively prosecuting traffickers, penalizing all those profiting from the trafficking enterprise, and mounting public information campaigns.  READ MORE ›

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Women’s Economic Equity and Security

Affirms commitment to the necessity of quality childcare for the well-being of American society and calls on the public and private sectors to provide affordable childcare services and subsidies. Affirms commitment to the necessity of quality childcare for the well-being of American society and calls on the public and private sectors to provide affordable childcare services and subsidies.Affirms commitment to the necessity of quality childcare for the well-being of American society and calls...  READ MORE ›

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Reproductive Choice

Reaffirms prior pro-choice policy statements. Addresses recent regulations to restrict women’s reproductive freedom and the Hobby Lobby v. Burwell contraception mandate in the Supreme Court case.  READ MORE ›

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Support and Funding for Women’s Health Research

Hadassah is deeply concerned by the tremendous gaps in knowledge regarding women's biology, health, and disease and by the scarcity of research that is being done to fill those gaps. Hadassah calls on the United States government to continue to support funding for medical and biotechnological research., and work to remove barriers that further medical advancement in women's health.  READ MORE ›

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Women's Prayer at the Western Wall

Reaffirms its commitment to and support for freedom of worship for all women at the Western Wall and hopes that a resolution can be reached that will allow all women to pray, individually and collectively, at the Kotel freely, without harassment, and in accordance with their own religious practices.  READ MORE ›

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Jerusalem

Reaffirms prior statements that Jerusalem remain the undivided capital of Israel.  READ MORE ›

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Health Care Reform

Calls upon the federal and state governments to adopt health care reforms that ensure access to affordable, comprehensive coverage for every American, starting with coverage for every child under the age 18.  READ MORE ›

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Sexual Harassment

Expresses the belief that all individuals have the right to study, volunteer, and/or work in an atmosphere that promotes equal opportunity and prohibits discriminatory practices, including sexual harassment.  READ MORE ›

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Violence Against Women

Reaffirms Hadassah's long standing commitment to women's rights and women's health needs. Condemns all forms of violence against women, including domestic violence. Special emphasis on domestic violence in the Jewish community.  READ MORE ›

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Economic Justice & Social Welfare

Reaffirms prior policy statements regarding economic and social justice. Calls for the maintaining of a federal social and economic "safety net" for all Americans. Opposes the devolution of social welfare programs to state governments.  READ MORE ›

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Hadassah's Policy Statements represent the organization's official stance on a wide variety of issues facing our nation, Israel and other international matters of concern. Policy Statements are debated and voted on at national meetings by Hadassah’s national board and delegates from our membership. Once approved, statements become official policies of the organization and serve to define Hadassah's overall agenda and advocacy priorities. Hadassah, as a charitable organization classified under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, is strictly non-partisan and is prohibited from any direct or indirect support of, or opposition to, candidates for public office.

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