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Hadassah Applauds First New York State Stem Cell Research Grants
Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, applauds Governor Eliot Spitzer, Lieutenant Governor David Paterson, Health Commissioner Richard Daines, M.D, and the members of the Empire State Stem Cell Board for awarding the first New York State grants in support of stem cell research. Date: 1/7/2008


Young Judaeans Have “Life Changing” Experiences Volunteering Over Break
American high school students have a myriad of vacation opportunities available during their school break, but last week 40 Jewish high school students from across the U.S. opted to forgo vacation and relaxation, choosing instead to participate in hands-on service projects in Los Angeles, CA. Date: 1/4/2008


Jewish High School Students Give Up Winter Break to Volunteer in Los Angeles, CA
American high school students have a myriad of vacation opportunities available during their school break, but this year 40 Jewish high school students from across the U.S. opted to forgo vacation and relaxation, choosing instead to participate in hands-on service projects in Los Angeles, CA. Date: 12/20/2007


Young Judaea Year Course Expands at Tremendous Rate
Year Course, Young Judaea’s gap-year program for post high-school graduates in Israel is experiencing a joyful explosion of programming – and registration numbers. According to the latest figures, registration for the 2008-9 array of Year Course programs is nine times greater than at this time last year. Date: 12/17/2007


Hadassah Nursing Mission, March 20-28, 2008, Connects American and Israeli Nurses
Date: 12/13/2007


End-of-Year Good News: Donate to Hadassah and Your Money Will Be Well Invested
Just in time for the end-of-year charitable gifting season, Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, has climbed the ranks of two influential charity ratings. Date: 12/6/2007


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). Date: 11/26/2007


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. Date: 11/15/2007


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. Date: 11/13/2007


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. Date: 11/7/2007


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. Date: 11/7/2007


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. Date: 10/8/2007


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. Date: 9/24/2007


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. Date: 9/11/2007


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. Date: 9/10/2007


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. Date: 9/6/2007


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. Date: 8/16/2007


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. Date: 8/16/2007


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. Date: 8/13/2007


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. Date: 7/30/2007


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. Date: 7/30/2007


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. Date: 7/30/2007


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. Date: 7/30/2007


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. Date: 7/30/2007


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. Date: 7/30/2007


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. Date: 7/19/2007


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. Date: 7/19/2007


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. Date: 7/19/2007


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. Date: 6/22/2007


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. Date: 6/21/2007


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. Date: 6/20/2007


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. Date: 6/13/2007


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. Date: 6/7/2007


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. Date: 5/17/2007


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. Date: 5/14/2007


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. Date: 5/1/2007


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. Date: 4/25/2007


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. Date: 4/18/2007


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. Date: 4/16/2007


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. Date: 4/16/2007


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. Date: 4/11/2007


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. Date: 4/2/2007


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. Date: 3/28/2007


Hadassah Receives $75 Million Gift for Hadassah Medical Center, Jerusalem
William and Karen Davidson on behalf of Guardian Industries donate to new inpatient tower
Date: 3/5/2007


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. Date: 2/9/2007


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. Date: 2/8/2007


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.” Date: 1/24/2007


Hadassah Passes National Board Resolution to Balance Religion in the Workplace With Civil Liberties
Date: 1/18/2007


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. Date: 1/11/2007


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. Date: 1/3/2007


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