Hadassah Physicians Make Research Breakthroughs to Benefit Neurological Patients
New cell growth seen from harvesting and growing bone marrow stem cells
Physicians at Hadassah Medical Organization have discovered that it is possible to remove stem cells from a patient's bone marrow, to isolate these cells under special conditions, and to generate new cells. This treatment, still in the research stage, has been tested on 25 neurological patients suffering from multiple sclerosis and ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease).
American Doctors Can Earn CME Credits While Visiting Israel
A unique opportunity to study 21st century medicine in a 3000-year-old city is Hadassah’s latest travel opportunity – with a twist.
Young American Author Dara Horn To Receive 2007 Ribalow Prize
Dara Horn, author of The World to Come, is the winner of the 2007 Harold U. Ribalow Prize, it was announced today by Hadassah Magazine, which administers the award. Given annually during Jewish Book Month to an author who has written an outstanding work of fiction on a Jewish theme, the prize will be presented on Tuesday, November 20, in New York City.
Hadassah Disappointed by New Jersey Vote on Stem-Cell Funding
Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, is deeply disappointed at the failure of New Jersey voters to approve the public referendum on stem-cell research. If passed, The Stem Cell Research Bond Act would have authorized the state of New Jersey to sell a total of $450 million in bonds, providing $45 million a year over the next ten years to support ground-breaking and potentially life-saving stem cell research in the state.
Hadassah Saddened by Failure of Oregon Health Care Measure
Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, is saddened by the failure of Measure 50, dubbed the Healthy Kids Plan, to pass a public referendum in Oregon yesterday. If the measure had passed, taxes on cigarettes would have been raised by 84.5 cents per pack and the proceeds would have provided health coverage to more than 100,000 uninsured Oregon children.
Henrietta Szold Inducted Into National Women's Hall of Fame
Hadassah founder posthumously honored in Seneca Falls, home of women's rights movement
Nearly 150 years after her birth and more than 60 years after her death, Henrietta Szold, founder of Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame (NWHF), yesterday in Seneca Falls, NY, the birthplace of the American women's rights movement.
Hadassah Members Attend Rally Against President of Iran
A sea of red Hadassah tee-shirts were visible at today's Conference of Presidents/UJC rally against Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at the United Nations, which some 100 members of Hadassah attended.
Hadassah Women Become Hokies for a Weekend
Southern Seaboard Region Travels to Virginia Tech to Support Students
In the shadow of the September 11th anniversary, Hadassah leaders acknowledged another American tragedy this past weekend when they traveled to Blacksburg, Virginia to give comfort to Jewish students as they begin the new academic year at Virginia Tech.
Hadassah Provides Free Hebrew Classes to Darfur Refugees In Arad
Darfur refugees living in the Southern city of Arad began free Hebrew ulpan classes this week, courtesy of WUJS Arad, Hadassah’s post-university study program.
Cooperation the Answer to Mid East's Environmental Issues
Hadassah-Sponsored UN Workshop Explores Opportunities for Working Together to Defeat Challenges Presented by Global Warming and Water Shortages
Global environmental issues, which also specifically affect the Middle East, offer opportunities for cooperation between Israel and its neighbors, according to an environmental researcher and scientist working on the ground in Israel.
Arava Institute for Environmental Studies Spotlighted at UN
Workshop Sponsored by Hadassah Looks at Jordan River Water Usage and Rights
A model of environmental cooperation in the Middle East will be front and center at the upcoming 60th Annual DPI/NGO Conference at the United Nations, Wednesday, September 5-Friday, September, 7.
Young Judaea Year Course Increases 25 Percent Over Last Year
Three new tracks give participants widest choice ever for meaningful Israel experience
When the 382 U.S. and Canadian participants in the 2007-2008 Young Judaea Year Course program leave for Israel at the end of the month, they will constitute the largest class ever and one that is an impressive 25 percent bigger than last year’s.
Hadassah Members from Atlanta Push Fundraising Goal Over the Top
Take a Stand!, Hadassah’s fundraising/advocacy program for young women, reached its initial three-year goal of $1 million in just two years – in a most unusual, and dramatic way – at Hadassah’s recent national convention held in New York City.
Hadassah Honors Four Chapters/Regions with IZAIA Award
Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, recently recognized two chapters and two regions with its third annual Israel, Zionist, and International Affairs (IZAIA) Award for Study, Advocacy, and Action.
Hadassah Honors Nassau Region with American Affairs Award
The Nassau Region of Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, was awarded the National American Affairs/Domestic Policy Award at the organization’s 93rd National Convention in New York, New York. Cherie Feinberg and Professor Annette Labovitz organized the winning program.
Hadassah Honors Outstanding Jewish Education Units
Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, has honored five local chapters with the Hannah L. Goldberg Award, recognizing their outstanding group-study programs in Jewish education.
Hadassah Honors Robert L. Hopp with 2006-2007 Outstanding Associate Award
Robert L. Hopp, from Great Neck, New York, was named the 2006-2007 Outstanding Associate, the highest honor awarded to an Associate for exceptional service. The award was presented to Hopp at the 93rd National Convention of Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, in New York, New York.
Hadassah Honors Two Outstanding Leaders with the Judith Epstein Memorial Award
Dafna Michaelson of the Desert-Mountain Region and Deborah Wiskind of the Westchester Region were awarded the Judith Epstein Memorial Award at the organization’s 93rd National Convention in New York, NY.
Hadassah Leadership Academy Alumnae Association Awards Cynthia Kramer the HLA Distinguished Alumna Award
Cynthia Kramer, of St. Louis, Missouri, was awarded the Hadassah Leadership Academy (HLA) Distinguished Alumna Award, the highest recognition the HLA Alumnae Association gives its members. The award was created to honor an HLA graduate who demonstrates leadership, service, and significant achievements that benefit Hadassah and the recipient’s local community. It was presented at the 93rd National Convention of Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, in New York, New York.
Hadassah Announces $164 Million Raised Toward Construction of Sarah Wetsman Davidson Inpatient Tower at Hadassah Medical Center
Inspired by its historical imperative to build the land of Israel and the medical and educational infrastructure of Jerusalem, Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, today announced that it had raised $164 million toward the construction of the new Sarah Wetsman Davidson Tower on the campus of Hadassah Medical Center in Ein Kerem.
Hadassah Elects Nancy Falchuk, of Newton Center, MA, New National President
24th National President Comes From Background of Zionism, Medicine, and Volunteerism
Nancy Falchuk of Newton Center, MA, was elected this week as National President of Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, at the organization’s annual National Convention, just concluded in New York City.
Mayor Bloomberg Receives Hadassah's Highest Honor
The Honorable Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor of the City of New York, this week received the Henrietta Szold Award at the 93rd National Convention of Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, just concluded in New York City. Szold, the founder of Hadassah, was a Jewish-American patriot, a fervent Zionist, and a great humanitarian; in October, she will be posthumously inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, NY.
Star-Studded Business Forum on Israel in New York City
Opening event of 93rd Hadassah National Convention
A star-studded line-up of CEOs and entrepreneurs working in and with Israel will be the centerpiece of an Israel-US Business Forum, in New York City, Sunday, July 15, at an opening event of the 93rd National Hadassah Convention.
93rd National Hadassah Convention Set for New York City
Annual opportunity for Jewish women to connect with each other and Israel takes place July 15-18
The pressing issues facing us as Jewish citizens of the U.S. and the world is the focus of this year’s annual national convention of Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, to be held in New York, July 15-18, 2007.
Hadassah Deeply Disappointed by Presidential Veto of Stem Cell Legislation
Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, today expressed profound disappointment at Presidents Bush’s decision to veto legislation that would have advanced stem-cell research.
Hadassah Congratulates Shimon Peres
Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, sends its warmest congratulations to Shimon Peres upon his election as Israel’s ninth president.
Hadassah Encouraged by House Vote and New Stem-Cell Research
Urges President not to rule out any avenues for research
Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, is greatly encouraged by the research published this week that indicates that skin cells in laboratory mice can be engineered to behave as stem cells, vastly widening the possibilities of seeking cures and relief for the tens of millions of Americans suffering from intractable chronic diseases.
Hadassah Troubled by Recent Call by Fringe Group of British Doctors to Expel IMA From WMA
“Science and medicine should not know any political or geographical borders.”
Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, is deeply concerned by the recent call by a fringe group of 130 British doctors to expel the Israel Medical Association (IMA) from the World Medical Association (WMA), published in The Guardian newspaper.
Hadassah Hospitals Central Figures in Six Day War
40th Anniversary of war is 40th anniversary of return of Hadassah Hospital on Mt. Scopus
Israel’s hospitals have always been central to its war efforts, but probably no other hospital figured as largely in the early years of the state as Hadassah Hospital on Mt. Scopus. The upcoming 40th anniversary of the Six Day War is also the 40th anniversary of the return of the Mt. Scopus hospital to Hadassah’s hands as a vital medical facility in service of the Jerusalem public.
New Year Course Program Out of This World
Olami II: Lost Jewish Communities
Discovering the lost Jewish communities of the world is the goal of the latest addition to the growing constellation of Year Course programs. Now, as Young Judaea’s award-winning Year Course in Israel celebrates its fiftieth year, Year Course participants will be able to travel to the furthest reaches of the globe to learn about four extraordinary communities with deep-rooted connections to the Jewish people.
Hadassah Applauds House Passage of GINA, Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act
Urges Senate to Take Swift Action
Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, applauds the House of Representatives for today’s overwhelming passage of the “Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act of 2007,” HR 493. In addition, Hadassah thanks Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for scheduling this first-time vote on this vital bill, and its sponsors Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY), Rep. Judy Biggert (R-IL), Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA), Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR), and its 165 co-sponsors.
Hadassah Deeply Disappointed with Today's Supreme Court Ruling
Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, is deeply disappointed with today's Supreme Court decision upholding the constitutionality of the ban on late-term abortions, the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003. With this decision, Hadassah feels that the Court has inappropriately inserted itself into the personal lives of American women.
June Walker Nominated to Chair Conference of Presidents
James S. Tisch, Past Chairman of the Conference of Presidents and Chairman of its 2007 Nominating Committee, reported to the Conference of Presidents the recommendation of the Nominating Committee that June Walker, President of Hadassah, be the next Conference Chairman beginning June 1, 2007.
President of Hadassah College Jerusalem to Light Torch
One of Two Hadassah Representatives to Be Given Honor at Annual Ceremony on Mt. Herzl
Prof. Nava Ben-Zvi, President of Hadassah College Jerusalem, will be among those honored by the State of Israel to light a torch at the annual Memorial Day/Independence Day observances on Mt. Herzl, Monday evening, April 23.
Hadassah Applauds Senate Passage Today of Stem-Cell Act
Strongly Urges President to Sign this Legislation into Law
Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, applauds today’s passage by the Senate of The Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act (S. 5). The measure passed with a plurality of 63 votes, enough for a decisive victory but not enough for the two-thirds majority needed to override an anticipated Presidential veto.
Hadassah Applauds NY State Legislature for Allocating Funding for Stem Cell Research
Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, today hailed the New York State legislature for approving $100 million to fund stem-cell research and regenerative medicine in this budget year, with an expectation of a total of one billion dollars over the next 10 years.
New House Bill Would Increase Access to Colorectal Cancer Screenings and Treatment for the Uninsured and Underinsured
Legislation Could Help Save Thousands of Lives
U.S. Representatives Kay Granger (R-TX) and Albert Wynn (D-MD) today introduced legislation that would increase access to colorectal screening and treatment services to medically underserved men and women who would not otherwise be able to obtain them.
Hadassah Receives $75 Million Gift for Hadassah Medical Center, Jerusalem
William and Karen Davidson on behalf of Guardian Industries donate to new inpatient tower
FAQS on HPV Vaccine for Women and Girls
This week, the discussion about the vaccine against cervical cancer (Human Papillomavirus [HPV]) made its way onto the front page and into prime time television. To help readers understand the importance and value of the vaccine for all girls and women, aged 9-26, Hadassah’s Department of Women’s Health and Advocacy has compiled the most common FAQs.
Women on Periphery in Israel Still Struggling
Tel Aviv University Professor Seeks Gender Equality Through Economic Empowerment
As reports of sexual harassment charges at the highest levels dominate the news from Jerusalem, the good news is that these events are paradoxically “a sign of the strength of Israeli legal institutions,” as pertains to the status of women in Israel, according to Dr. Neta Ziv, Tel Aviv University Professor and the director of a legal clinic supported by the Hadassah Foundation.
Hadassah Strongly Urges UN Member States to Pass Resolution Rejecting Holocaust Denial
Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, appeals to nations of good conscience to condemn all forms of Holocaust denial and strongly urges a vote in favor of a United Nations-sponsored resolution which urges “all Member States unreservedly to reject any denial of the Holocaust as a historical event, either in full or in part, or in activities to this end.”
Hadassah Passes National Board Resolution to Balance Religion in the Workplace With Civil Liberties
Hadassah Applauds Passage Today of H.R. 3
Strongly Urges Favorable Stem-Cell Legislation to Become Law
Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, applauds today’s passage in the House of Representatives of The Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act (H.R. 3). By a vote of 253 to 174, the House confirmed the overwhelming will of the American people, who are in favor of federal funding for embryonic stem cell research to advance this potentially lifesaving frontier of science.
Hadassah Foundation Announces 2007 Grants
Five U.S. and 15 Israeli Programs Receive Funding
A seventh-grader receives a cell phone from her boyfriend as a present. She and her family consider this a thoughtful gesture: this “nice, Jewish boy” cares about her enough to give her a device that can ensure her safety. But, over time, the teen realizes that her boyfriend is calling at all hours, day and night.
Dr. Nava Ben-Zvi Honored with Major Award from University of South Florida
Hadassah College Jerusalem President Receives First President’s Global Leadership Award
Nava Ben-Zvi, the visionary President of Hadassah College Jerusalem, received the first President’s Global Leadership Award from the University of South Florida this past weekend.
Young Judaea Offers New Year Course Program: Olami
Year Course Celebrates 50 Years by Adding International Trips
Israel has been shaped by the dreams of millions of Jewish immigrants from communities around the globe. And now, as Young Judaea’s award-winning Year Course in Israel celebrates its fiftieth year, participants will be able to retrace those steps.
Hadassah Names Rick Annis Chief Financial Officer
Rick Annis, of Old Tappan, NJ, has been named Chief Financial Officer of Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America. His appointment, effective January 8, 2007, follows a thorough search by the largest Jewish women’s organization in the U.S. to fill its top financial position.
Tamar Yellin, British First-Time Novelist, Receives 2006 Ribalow Award
Tamar Yellin, author of The Genizah at the House of Shepher, received the 2006 Harold U. Ribalow Prize earlier this week at a ceremony at The Center for Jewish History in Manhattan. Administered by the award-winning Hadassah Magazine, the Ribalow Prize is given annually to an author who has created an outstanding work of fiction on a Jewish theme.
Hadassah Applauds Congressional Vote Ratifying Magen David Adom’S Admittance To The International Committee For The Red Cross
Hadassah, The Women's Zionist Organization of America, applauds the actions of the 109th Congress in ratifying the recognition of the Red Crystal symbol as an insignia of neutrality and which clears the way for Magen David Adom (MDA), Israel's emergency services organization, being admitted and granted its rightful status as a full member of the International Committee for the Red Cross.
Israel: Post Election Analysis
An IZAIA Briefing With Policy Expert Kenneth Pollack
Earlier this week, the National Israel, Zionist and International Affairs (IZAIA) Department sponsored a special briefing by policy expert, Dr. Kenneth Pollack. Dr. Pollack is Director of Research at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution and a Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy Studies.