November is Diabetes Awareness Month
Diabetes is an international epidemic that affects 25.8 million Americans. Over 10% of all women in the US have diabetes. Read more
Urge Senate to Support Fair Minimum Wage Act
For the past four years, the federal minimum wage has been stuck at just $7.25 per hour and the rate for tipped workers ($2.13 per hour) has not increased in over twenty years! Far too many American families are living paycheck to paycheck—struggling to afford life’s most basic necessities.
Hadassah Pledges Relief and Aid to Victims of Typhoon Haiyan
In response to the deadly typhoon in the Philippines that has already left tens of thousands of innocent victims dead and countless others suffering, members of the worldwide medical community have joined together to do all they can to lend a helping hand.
Kristallnacht—The Night of Broken Glass—was the beginning of Hitler's Final Solution and the Shoah. On November 9, 1938 Nazi storm troopers in Germany and Austria ransacked, demolished and burnt 1000 synagogues, 7000 Jewish businesses, countless Jewish schools, hospitals and community buildings. Rampant looting took place—not by the Nazis, but by civilians. Violence erupted in hundreds of communities, some where only a few Jewish families lived. Almost 100 Jews were murdered and 30,000 were sent off to concentration camps.
Senate Passes LGBT Employment Non-Discrimination Act
November 7, 2013, the Senate passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would ban employment decisions on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The bill passed the Senate in a bipartisan vote of 64-32, but it now moves to the House, where it faces tough opposition. Thank your Senators for standing up against discrimination and urge your Representatives to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA)!
Women's Rights Update
Eighty percent of all working women will become pregnant at some point in their lifetime. Today marks the 35th Anniversary of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, but more still needs to be done to protect pregnant workers' rights.
Professor Yoram Weiss Named New Medical Director of Hadassah’s Ein Kerem Hospital
Hadassah Medical Organization Director General Avigdor Kaplan has named Hadassah physician Prof Yoram Weiss as the new medical director of Hadassah Ein Kerem.
Hadassah Remembers Former Prime Minister of Israel Yitzchak Rabin z"l
Former Prime Minister of Israel Yitzchak Rabin z"l was a Sabra who served in the IDF in both the Palmach and the Haganah. Rabin was one of the fighters who opened the road to Jerusalem in 1948.
Hadassah on Shalom TV
Hadassah was on Shalom TV Tuesday, October 9.
Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America Mourns Passing of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef
Former Chief Sephardic Rabbi Cared for in Final Days by Hadassah Medical Organization
Hadassah Welcomes Women of the Wall Announcement Regarding Prayer at Kotel
Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, Inc., welcomed yesterday's announcement that the Women of the Wall Executive Board voted to support, in principle, the proposal which would establish an egalitarian section at the Western Wall Plaza.
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.