2013 United Nations General Assembly Speeches
Since the opening of the 68th United Nations General Assembly last week, leaders from around the globe have delivered addresses to the international community. The leaders of the United States, Israel, the Palestinian Authority and Iran all spoke about the future of the Middle East, the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and the Iranian nuclear program. Below are excerpts from these speeches, and links to the full transcripts and videos.
Sukkot: Rejoicing in the World's Beauty
Sukkot is an eight-day celebration of the Earth's harvest. In the days of the Temple, Jews flocked to Jerusalem to take part in a water ceremony as well as numerous grain and animal sacrifices. Today, we traditionally participate in a number of rituals that bring us in contact with the wonders of the world around us
Harvest With a Goal
Before dawn on the day before the harvest festival of Sukkoth, a dozen and a half teens are crouching in the vineyards of Meir Shfeya Youth Village, picking the best purple clusters. Their classmates are already on holiday vacation, but they have volunteered to stay behind to help with the grape harvest of the ripe carignan grapes that will be used for the village winery. This fieldwork will also help compensate the Village for their participation in the forthcoming educational trip to Ethiopia in November. Most of the students come from Ethiopian backgrounds—they were either born in Ethiopia or are children of immigrants from Ethiopia. Others are non-Ethiopian Israelis who were chosen for outstanding citizenship in the village.
Wreath Laid in Israel on Behalf of Hadassah
Barbara Goldstein, Deputy Director of the Hadassah Office in Israel, laid a memorial wreath on behalf of 330,000 members, Associates and supporters of Hadassah at the 9/11 JNF/KKL Memorial Ceremony in the Jerusalem Forest on September 11, 2013.
Hadassah Academic College Breaks Ground for Helmsley Science Center
Hadassah Academic College broke ground in late spring for a new seven-story Interdisciplinary Science Center building.
Jerusalem Netletter: Holiday Wishes and a Request
The Jerusalem Netletter
Yom Kippur 2013
Joe Sondock's Meaningful Mitzvah Project
Joe Sondock of Houston, TX, chose Hadassah to receive the proceeds of his bar mitzvah project. What made him perform this act of tzedakah?
IMPORTANT: Read Hadassah's Readiness Plan
Given the growing Syrian situation, Israel finds itself once again in a
time of potential crisis and needs our dedicated support. We, at
Hadassah, are doing everything we can in the United States, Israel and
around the world to ensure that we continue to provide our mission
driven support quickly, efficiently and effectively.
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Women's Equality Day 2013
Ninety-three years ago today, the 19th Amendment—granting women the right to vote—was officially adopted as part of the United States Constitution. In 1971, Congresswoman—and Hadassah Member—Bella Abzug championed the creation of Women’s Equality Day on August 26 to commemorate the amendment’s passage.
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White House Meeting For Jewish Leaders
A report from Janice Weinman, Hadassah Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, with highlights from a meeting at the White House for leaders of major Jewish organizations with Secretary of State John Kerry and other officials, August 9, 2013.
Hadassah Awards $280,000+ in Young Judaea Scholarships
Hadassah awarded over $280,000 in scholarships for Young Judaea summer camps and Israel programs in June. The scholarships enabled some 270 children and young adults to participate in YJ programs.
Hadassah International Update
Hadassah International has been
active over the past few months in Moscow, Melbourne, London and Brussels, raising
funds for Hadassah’s hospitals at Ein Kerem and Mount Scopus, while opening new
doors and telling the Hadassah story around the world.
Hadassah Celebrates 20 Years of Family and Medical Leave Act, Advocates for Expanding Paid Leave Opportunities
This week, Hadassah, The Women's Zionist Organization of America, recognizes the 20th anniversary of the implementation of the Family and Medical Leave Act and urges Congress to expand paid leave opportunities for American workers.
Hadassah Approves New Policy Statements
Yesterday, Hadassah concluded its 2013 National Business Meeting by voting on three key policy issues. Hadassah’s National Board and delegates approved a statement in support of women’s economic equity and security, and reaffirmed two statements in support of medical research funding—especially funding for women's health research.
Hadassah Supports Netanyahu's, Kerry's Leadership in Resumption of Peace Talks
Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, today expressed support for the United States and Israel, as well as the Palestinians, during Middle East peace talks due to resume this week. Marcie Natan, national president of Hadassah, released the following statement:
Hadassah Academic College Student Develops New Hearing Device
Mor Schwarzberg, a student at Hadassah Academic College's department of Inclusive Industrial Design has created a new instrument by which the hearing impaired can experience music and film.
Hadassah Centennial Campaign Wins Roaring Lion Award
Hadassah's Centennial Public Relations Campaign won the award for best public campaign of the year 2012 at the annual Roaring Lions ceremony of the Israel Public Relations Associations at Tel Aviv University on Monday.
Hadassah Magazine Wins Nine Rockower Awards
As in many previous years, Hadassah magazine won more awards than any other publication (magazine, newspaper or website), and more than all other magazines combined.
Hadassah Reaffirms Support for LGBT Equality
Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, welcomes yesterday's Supreme Court rulings which call the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional and dismiss California's Proposition 8, expanding same-sex couples' access to federal and other benefits. In response to these landmark decisions, Marcie Natan, Hadassah's national president, released the following statement.