Hadassah Elects Ellen Hershkin As New National President

Tuesday, Jul 14 2015

Ellen Hershkin Hadassah National President Elect

Renee Young, National Public Relations
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PHILADELPHIA — Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America (HWZOA), announced today that Ellen Hershkin was officially elected as the new National President at its annual meeting in Philadelphia, PA. The new national president, the organization's 26th in its 103rd year, will lead the 300,000-member organization through the beginning of Hadassah's second century, overseeing Hadassah's renowned efforts in the areas of groundbreaking medical research, support for Israel, public advocacy and leadership training for women. Outgoing National President Marcie Natan, whose term ends December 31, 2015, led the organization for four years, negotiating the historic agreement between the Government of Israel, Hadassah Medical Organization and HWZOA and advocating on key issues of national importance.

Since the beginning of her membership in 1973, Hershkin has held various leadership roles within Hadassah. In addition to serving on Hadassah's National Board and Executive Committee, Hershkin is a former board member of the Jewish National Fund and the United Israel Appeal Board. In May 2006, at its annual installation event, the Suffolk Council of Jewish Organizations bestowed its highest honor on her for her leadership, commitment and dedication to Jewish life. Throughout her 42 year membership in Hadassah, Hershkin has served as a national vice president, national secretary, the national coordinator of Young Judaea, national chair of Hadassah's Membership Outreach Department, the national chair of the Public Affairs Department and the National Office in Israel, national chair of Hadassah's Convention in 2004 and as a member on various committees throughout the organization.

Hershkin studied speech and education at Hofstra University and Jewish studies through a program of the Melton School of Jewish Education/Hebrew University. She was a travel consultant for 20 years and specialized in Israel travel.

As Hadassah continues to evolve, the national president-elect will be instrumental in guiding the organization through challenging circumstances and setting and achieving aggressive programing and financial goals. She will also play a vital role in attracting new women to join and advance the organization and in supporting the lifesaving research and care provided at Hadassah's two world-renowned hospitals and research center in Israel.

"I want to first thank Marcie Natan for her tireless commitment, devotion and leadership to Hadassah," said Hershkin. "During my past 42 years of service to Hadassah, I've witnessed the accomplishments of this outstanding organization and I am humbled to be the new National President. I am energized to continue Hadassah's critical work in saving lives through groundbreaking medical research at the Hadassah Medical Organization, and in empowering Jewish women to be leaders by addressing today's most relevant issues."

Outgoing Hadassah National President, Marcie Natan, said, "I consider Hadassah to be the jewel in the crown of women's organizations and I have been privileged to serve as the National President for the past four years. As I pass the torch to Ellen, I am confident she will lead Hadassah in continuing to achieve the great milestones that this organization is known for."

Natan served in Hadassah for 50 years as a volunteer prior to being elected National President. She has guided Hadassah with her strategic leadership, negotiation skills, integrity and passion.

During the meeting in Philadelphia, which is one of the 10 largest regions of Hadassah with more than 10,000 members, elections were also held for new National Board members and officers.

Hadassah National Board members congratulate Hadassah National President Elect Ellen Hershkin upon her election.
Hadassah National President-Elect Ellen Hershkin and Current Hadassah National President Marcie Natan


Hadassah is the largest Jewish women’s organization in the United States. With 330,000 members, associates and supporters across the country, Hadassah brings Jewish women together to effect change and advocate on criticalissues such as medical care and research, women's empowerment, and the security of Israel. Through the Hadassah Medical Organization's (HMO) two hospitals, the world-renowned trauma center and the leading research facility in Jerusalem, Hadassah supports the delivery of exemplary patient care to over a million people every year. HMO serves without regard to race, religion or nationality and earned a Nobel Peace Prize Nomination in 2005 for building “bridges to peace” through equality in medical treatment. For more information, visit www.hadassah.org.


From: Evalyn on November 20, 2016
Is Ivanka Trump a Hadassah member? If not I suggest Hadassah approach her with an honorary membership so that we can be assured of her commitment to Israel and worthwhile causes.
From: Gilbert Lumoindong on February 7, 2016
I am in Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem now, the doctors are awesome; but the administration office, is very bad. They make mistake by told us a wrong amount of money, than when the day of payment i bring cheque that the amount that been told to us, they reject to help my wive. What a very poor service; of Hadassah Ein Kerem. Gilbert Lumoindong (Indonesia)
From: Barbara Schlossman on September 24, 2015
From the moment we met 37 yrs.ago, I knew you were destined to become the leader of our great Zionist organization: Hadassah! No doubt you worked very hard to get where you are today. I am so proud to call you friend and to know of your wonderful accomplishments. Remember: " YOU are an inspiration to us all"! Murray and I love you and wish you much mazel in the years ahead.Can't wait to see you in a few months!
From: David on September 23, 2015
Janet Gerstman and I wish to congratulate Ellen on her election as NAtional Hadassah President. Not surprising. Ellen was always destined for great accomplishments. We live at the Abramson Center for Jewish Living in North Wales, Pa. Come and visit us when you return to Philly.
From: Marci on August 6, 2015
Hi Ellen: I was so happy to hear of your election as the new National President of Hadassah as I met you and heard you speak in New Orleans earlier this year. You are a very dynamic and interesting woman and you will make a terrific President and be a wonderful mentor to all of us who are group presidents in our local chapters.Thank you for your diligence, your commitment and your inspiration. I look forward to working with you as President of the Health Professionals Group of Greater Atlanta Hadassah. Marci Abrams
From: Lauren Stern Kedem on July 28, 2015
On behalf of the Hadassah / Meir Shfeyah Youth Village, I want to congratulate Ellen on her election as National President and to thank Marcie for her many contributions and acts of kindness on the behalf of the village and its students. We look forward to working together and being a part of the work Hadassah does.
From: Cherri Shiffman on July 24, 2015
As one of your former NYLAC women, I was delighted to read of your election as the Head Honcho of Hadassah. I never had any doubt 20 years ago that you would rise to the top. Your diligence and hard work during my three years of involvement showed you were serious about Hadassah. I wish you a successful tenure. Thank you for your years of service.
From: Linda Lieberman on July 19, 2015
As one of your first Young Leader mentees, I am thrilled to celebrate your election as National President. Mazel tov for many wonderful years to come.
From: Barbara glasband on July 17, 2015
Congratulations to Ellen - a true leader with a generous spirit and giving soul - I am so,proud of her commitment to hadassah and the jewish community for the past 36 years that I have had the privilege to know her!!
From: Phyllis on July 16, 2015
Mozel tov Ellen. Dix Hills must be so proud. It was always fun serving with you on Suffolk
From: Phyllis on July 16, 2015
Mozel tov Ellen. Dix Hills must be so proud. It was always fun serving with you on Suffolk
From: Nancy on July 15, 2015
Mazes Tov Ellen! What a privilege to lead the wonderful women of Hadassah! I know you will do this with honesty, integrity, and devotion. So proud to know you; wishing you much success!
From: Audrey on July 15, 2015
I first met Ellen in 1979 when I moved to Dix Hills and joined the local chapter. We had wonderful years, great kinship, and advanced our love for Hadassah and Israel. Through the years I witnessed your devotion on a level that gave me so much pride and respect for you. MAZAL TOV as you move forward as the NATIONAL PRESIDENT. I knew this day would come and I feel confident that you will be an outstanding leader. and continue in the great tradition of Hadassah. We are so proud.
From: Susan Heller-Somerville on July 15, 2015
MaZal Tov to you, Ellen Hershkin! You have a large task ahead, but with your excellent experience and the examples of leadership before you, you will succeed. I'll stay turned from Yerushalayim, and hope to connect with you here in the near future.
From: Helen Alberts on July 15, 2015
Ellen, with wide open eyes I'm looking at picture and say, "I know that woman." I met you when I joined East Hampton Hadassah chapter and later was in one of your training classes. That was a long time ago because I've been living in Santa Ana, CA for 20 years now. Have been very active with Hadassah while living here: Group President and Chair of LB/OC Area Resource Center. Wonderful experience. Mozel Tov to you and I'm confident you will be an outstanding National President. Looking forward to receiving hearing from you on Shabbot.
From: Shirley Newberger on July 15, 2015
OMG! Ellen, Joel and I are soooo proud of you! Mazel Tov! We just know you will inspire all of us to do greater work for Hadassah!
From: Gloria Safran on July 15, 2015
Mazel Tov, Ellen. Hadassah is indeed fortunate to have you lead us. You have been an inspiration to many of us on Long Island
From: Lorraine Leveen on July 15, 2015
Mazel Tov to you Ellen. Hadassah could not have a better person to lead us. Much success in your new role as president.
From: Judy Yablong on July 15, 2015
Mazel tov! We look forward to meeting you in person in at a Chicago Northshore Chapter event. We wish to share your commitment and our energy with you!
From: Joann Abrams Rosoff on July 15, 2015
Ellen: A loud "Hooray" and as big smiles from Joann and Sidney Rosoff. You can count of us -- for anything Hadassah!!!!!!!!!!!
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