Neurim Youth Village Kids Revel with Music Gifted by Hadassah
Nothing is as enticing as an opened package, but kids at Hadassah Neurim Youth Aliyah Village waited patiently to open theirs because one of Israel's hottest music groups was coming to open the packages together with them.
Advocate for Gun Control in Memory of Sandy Hook
Tomorrow is the one-year anniversary of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, which ended the lives of 20 students and 6 staff members. Since then, more than 11,000 Americans have been murdered by guns. Join coalition partners in today’s interfaith call-in and advocacy day to end gun violence!
International Human Rights Day 2013
Today is International Human Rights Day—65 years since the
Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the United Nations. Eleanor
Roosevelt, the U.S. Delegate to the United Nations—and Honorary Chairwoman of Hadassah’s
Youth Aliyah—chaired the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, created in
1947, and championed the creation of the declaration.
Buy Israeli Goods for Hanukkah
In welcoming a new Israeli law that expands the size of the Israeli rabbinical judge selection committee and ensures women’s representation, Marcie Natan, national president of Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, released the following statement.
Hadassah Responds to the NYTimes article
In her important November 26 article, "In Israel, a Push to Screen for Cancer Gene Leaves Many Conflicted," Roni Caryn Rabin delves into a complicated subject; however she fails to fully give credit where credit is due.
Interim Agreement on Iranian Nuclear Program
Hadassah, The Women's Zionist Organization of America, Inc., joins with the Jewish Council for Public Affairs in its response to the interim agreement on the Iranian nuclear program.
Francesca Segal to Receive Harold U. Ribalow Prize
Author Francesca Segalis the winner of the 2013 Harold U. Ribalow Prize for outstanding Jewish fiction.Hadassah Magazinehas presented the literary award for 30 years. Segal will be honored December 4th in New York City.
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