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The Healing Power of Art
World-renowned glass sculptor and artist Dale Chihuly visited us recently at Hadassah-Ein Kerem. During our tour of the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower, we walked through the Entrance Floor to the very end and stood in the light that streamed through the glass dome of the two-story Art Rotunda. Date: 1/3/2011


Henrietta Szold - Health Pioneer (Part 2)
The Founder’s Role in Hadassah’s Medical Program
For Henrietta Szold's centennial in 1960, Hadassah leaders wrote articles in several booklets about her contribution to Hadassah and to Hadassah's projects in Israel. In celebration of Henrietta Szold's 150th birthday, December 21st, we are reissuing some of these articles. "Nursing" is the second section of the article, "Henrietta Szold – Health Pioneer". The authors, Tamar de Sola Pool and Minnie W. Halpern, were long-time members of Hadassah's national board. Tamar de Sola Pool was national president from 1939-1943 and knew Henrietta Szold well. Date: 12/22/2010


HMO Update
Yesterday afternoon, passers by the little Moshav Mata not far away from Hadassah Ein-Kerem, saw a wounded woman with her hands tied behind her back. Date: 12/21/2010


Henrietta Szold - Health Pioneer (Part 1)
The Founder's Role in Hadassah's Medical Program
Henrietta Szold was such a personality, and Hadassah is the institution that is the lengthened shadow of her being. In this brief sketch we shall attempt to follow albeit only in outline, the impact of Henrietta Szold on the medical work of Hadassah of which she was the creative fount. Date: 12/20/2010


Combat Sex Trafficking in the United States
Hadassah affirms its policy statement against the trafficking of women and strongly supports the passage of the Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Deterrence and Victims Support Act (S. 2925/ H.R. 5575). Date: 12/16/2010


Hadassah Foundation Meets!
The Board of Directors of The Hadassah Foundation met in New York to vote on grant allocations for 2011. Date: 12/15/2010


Hadassah “will not take up much of your time”: Henrietta Szold’s unrealized promise to Alice Seligsberg in 1912
News about Henrietta Szold on her 150th birthday
For Hadassah’s 25th anniversary in 1937, the Hadassah Newsletter printed a series of articles by Alice L. Seligsberg entitled, “Chronicle of Hadassah”, covering in detail the first few years of the organization. Date: 12/14/2010


Jerusalem Netletter: After Hanukkah thoughts
We have all scraped off the wax and put away our Hanukkah menorot, but we can still take to heart the message of the holiday. You get a miracle from heaven only after you make every effort on earth. Only after our Maccabbee forefathers and foremothers fought for our values did they receive the miracle of the oil which burned for eight days. Date: 12/14/2010


Human Rights Day Rally to Free Gilad Shalit
It was an exciting morning, to say the least. I had the pleasure of meeting Congressman Jerrold Nadler, Congresswomen Carolyn Maloney and Rabbi Joseph Potasnik, as well as representatives from some of the rally co-sponsors. Date: 12/13/2010


HMO: A Special Touch
Despite the devastating fire that occupied us for the week of Chanukah, the joy and laughter of the children during this special holiday remains in our minds. Date: 12/10/2010


International Human Rights Day
On December 10, 2010, at 10:00 a.m., Jewish community members and human rights activists will hold a rally outside the International Red Cross building in New York City, urging them to pursue all opportunities to gain access to Gilad Shalit and work towards his release. Hadassah National President Nancy Falchuk will speak at the rally, in addition to Congressman Gary Ackerman, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney and Congressman Jerry Nadler, among others. For Hadassah members who want to attend, the International Red Cross Building is located at 801 Second Avenue, the southwest corner of East 43rd Street and Second Avenue. Date: 12/9/2010


My Night at the White House
It's not often you get invited to the White House. I had my chance this week, when I was a guest at the White House's Hanukkah party. Date: 12/6/2010


Happy Hanukah from Hadassah Medical Center
A Friday Story
Chanukah at Hadassah is always a wonderful time when the entire Medical Center seems especially filled with joy and warmth. This is particularly true in the Charlotte R. Bloomberg Mother and Child Center where decorations delight and our staff makes sure that parents and patients – even the sickest children – can celebrate in some fashion. In the Maternity Pavilion, there are celebrations of a different sort as a record number of babies continue to be born – five to eight percent more than this time last year. Date: 12/3/2010


HMO and the Fires: A Special Report
The gigantic fire that has been waging death and destruction along the Carmel mountain near Haifa is still in full force after more than 30 hours and for the second night. Date: 12/3/2010


International Volunteer Day, 5 December 2010
On 5 December, volunteers around the world mark International Volunteer Day (IVD). Date: 12/3/2010


Special Menorah Used for the Candle Lighting Ceremony at the White House Hanukkah party
The menorah for tonight's ceremony is generously loaned from Congregation Beth Israel in New Orleans. It was dedicated to the congregation in 1957 by Mr. and Mrs. Harry Lopp in honor of their 25th wedding anniversary. The Lopps were longtime congregational leaders and supporters. Date: 12/3/2010


Was Henrietta Szold Born on the 2nd Night of Chanukah?
News about Henrietta Szold on her 150th birthday
By Susan Woodland, Director, Hadassah Archives
Date: 12/2/2010


November 30th is BIG (Buy Israeli Goods) Day
On Tuesday, November 30, anti-Israel activists in New York City plan to demonstrate and call for boycotts of stores that sell Israeli products. This action is just one of many organized by the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement aiming to tarnish and delegitimize the State of Israel. In response, members of the Jewish community have designated the same day as BIG (Buy Israeli Goods) Day. Date: 11/24/2010


Kudos to HMO
Irris Makler is an Australian born free lance journalist reporting from Jerusalem about the Middle East. In 2009 she was severely wounded in her face from a rock thrown at her by Palestinians in Jerusalem. She was operated on and treated in Hadassah Ein-Kerem. Date: 11/23/2010


The True Bridge to Peace
Arab media seldom publishes positive stories about Israel, or Israelis. Al-Jazeera is considered to be the CNN or Fox news of the Arab world. They couldn't ignore an event where Hadassah was praised for the way it treats everyone. Date: 11/23/2010


Women's Rights Update
Despite a razor-thin defeat of the Paycheck Fairness Act on Wednesday, the fight for women’s rights—fair pay and an end to all forms of discrimination against women—wages on. Date: 11/22/2010


Flash Mob in Tel Aviv in tribute to Hadassah Medical Center
Flash Mob Dance that YJ Year Course produced in Israel this week in tribute to Hadassah Medical Center. Date: 11/19/2010


HMO Update
The Skeleton of the Sarah Wetsman Davidson is almost completed, changing forever the skyline of Hadassah campus in Ein-Kerem. Date: 11/17/2010


Remember Gilad Shalit on International Human Rights Day
Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who was kidnapped by Hamas four years ago, has been denied all access to humanitarian aid despite several visit requests from the International Committee of the Red Cross. This denial is an intolerable trampling of Gilad Shalit’s basic human rights, and an outright breach of the International Declaration of Human Rights and the Geneva Convention Date: 11/17/2010


A Special Visitor from Indiana
Some months ago, I was called by the visitors department to come to their office downstairs next to the Chagall Windows, to meet a visitor. This happens several times a day and I didn't think it was different this time. Date: 11/16/2010


Paycheck Fairness Vote & CEDAW Hearings
Congress has started the lame-duck session and landmark actions on key women’s issues are just days away! Date: 11/16/2010


Young Judaea Volunteers In New Orleans During Winter Break
Students will assist in rebuilding efforts Date: 11/12/2010


Hadassah Election Recap 2010
Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, reaffirms its historic commitment to encourage informed, individual involvement in civic affairs, including voter registration and participation. Date: 11/10/2010


Remembering Kristallnacht, the “Night of Broken Glass"
November 9 – 10, 1938: the beginning of Hitler’s “final solution.” Date: 11/8/2010


The Power of Hadassah
A Friday Story
We are all familiar with the Talmudic saying, “Whoever saves a life, it is as if he has saved an entire world.” Sometimes, when we least expect it, that quote takes on new meaning. Date: 11/5/2010


Conference of Presidents Criticizes UNESCO
Leaders of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations strongly criticized the resolution passed recently by UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, in which it labeled the historic and sacred Jewish burial site of Rachel’s Tomb a mosque. Date: 11/3/2010


Young Judaea Lowers Tuition To Grow Year Course Program
Despite already robust numbers in its Young Judaea Year Course program, Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, is renewing its commitment to ensure that the program remains at the forefront of long-term opportunities for students in Israel, making it even more affordable.  Students can attend a 2011-12 program for as little as $17,700. Date: 11/3/2010


Almost A Netletter: The Komen Race for the Cure in Jerusalem
This isn't a formal Jerusalem Netletter. It's a personal letter to you, my Hadassah friends. I'm still overflowing with emotion from the first ever Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Israel, and want to share that excitement with you. Everywhere I go in Jerusalem, I'm receiving thanks to Hadassah for making this event happen. You deserve those thanks, and I'm passing them on to yo Date: 11/1/2010


Metropolitan New York Library Council Awards $70,000 In Grants To Support Collaborative Digitization Projects
Funding awarded to four collaborative projects in the New York City and Westchester region to advance efforts to preserve and expand access to vital historical and cultural collections. Date: 11/1/2010


Using Creativity to Effect Curing
A Friday Story
As you know, research is almost an obsession at Hadassah. Our doctors, nurses, technicians and medical students spend many hours practicing translational medicine – taking their patients problems into the labs and searching for solutions to conditions they confront daily – with the hope that what they learn and accomplish will result in better diagnostic tools, better medications and better treatments. Date: 11/1/2010


Howard Kaplan Elected Israel Bonds Executive Committee Chairman
The board of directors of the Development Corporation for Israel (DCI) - widelyknown as State of Israel Bonds - has elected Chicago and national Jewish leader Howard Kaplanas chairman of the. executive committee. Date: 10/27/2010


Paycheck Fairness Act!
Thanks to the advocacy of Hadassah’s Email Action Network and our partner organizations, the Paycheck Fairness Act is on the move. Similar legislation has been in Congress for the last 10 years, but it has never been this close to passage before. Date: 10/27/2010


Today's Research Is Tomorrow's Therapy
A Friday Story
On Tuesday, we held our annual Hadassah Research Day. It was truly an amazing event. HMO’s young investigators – physicians and scientists – fully supported by many of you, presented the fruits of their research in different fields. Some of the topics they are investigating are: Crohn's disease; Aortic stenosis, a type of valvular heart disease; ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease; Diabetes; Pre-eclampsia, a complication of pregnancy; Lung cancer; and Liver Transplantation in children. Date: 10/25/2010


Change Overnight
I just had to share the latest exciting event at Hadassah-Ein Kerem, bringing the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower one step closer to reality. It is so moving that I am not waiting for Friday to send it to you. Date: 10/20/2010


On Time On Budget
A Friday Story
This week as I was walking from the parking lot towards the Hospital I looked up and saw that work was starting on the 14th floor above ground, the 19th floor of the Tower. The metal casts are being installed so that concrete can be poured on the roof. Date: 10/19/2010


WUJS Arts Program Brings Columbus, Ohio, Artist To Israel
One young woman describes how her first trip to Israel changed her life Date: 10/19/2010


HMO Update: Being Prepared
A fire drill at the Charlotte R. Bloomberg Mother and Child Center Date: 10/13/2010


Speak Out for Tolerance!
In response to recent acts of homophobic bullying and subsequent loss of life, Hadassah joins communities across the country in speaking out against prejudice, harassment and inequity. Hadassah encourages you to speak out for tolerance in your community. Date: 10/13/2010


A Standing Ovation for Hadassah Hospital in the City of Lights
A Friday Story
More than 1500 people filled the gilded auditorium and three balconies of the magnificent Theatre du Chatelet for the occasion in the presence of Israel's ambassador to France; his Russian counterpart; Simone Veil, former French Minister of Health and the first President of the European Parliament; French Cabinet ministers, mayors and deputy mayors – old friends and new. An ensemble of young musicians from St. Petersburg presented a musical tribute to Leonard Bernstein, who believed strongly in the healing power of music. Date: 9/29/2010


Healthy Baby Born After Frozen Ovarian Tissue Implant
Against almost all odds, 28-year-old Arin Nasser gave birth to a healthy baby boy this week thanks to a unique procedure that involved removing, freezing and implanting slices of her ovarian tissue. Date: 9/22/2010


The Growing Sarah Wetsman Davidson Tower
The view from my office window was always beautiful. I could see the Jerusalem hills and the sky. In recent years I have been watching with excitement the growing of the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower. Now, as the skeleton of the building is almost completed, the new tower fills most of the view, and the area of the new atrium is right down there in the front. Yesterday I took a few pictures from my window. Date: 9/22/2010


Dr. William Danforth To Be Honored By Hadassah For His Advocacy Of Embryonic Stem Cell Research
Hadassah will honor Dr. William Danforth at Framing the Future on Sunday, September 26 at the Danforth Plant Science Center. Danforth is being recognized for his role in the passage of the Missouri Stem Cell Amendment protecting Missourians from any attempt to ban stem cell research and therapies that are permitted under federal law and available to other Americans. Date: 9/21/2010


Urge Senate to Pass Paycheck Fairness Act!
The Paycheck Fairness Act passed the House in January of 2009, but now sits in a Senate committee waiting to be placed for a vote. Eighty-four percent of American voters support legislation to help women achieve fair wages1. With only three weeks until the end of the Congressional Session, we must act now!
Date: 9/21/2010


A Bridge Over Troubled Waters
We all know that sometimes things are not what they seem, that first impressions are not always accurate and that our worst fears can be groundless. Yet sometimes, the cause for concern is very real. Date: 9/17/2010


Hadassah Backs Continued Stem Cell Research Funding
In response to a lawsuit challenging current stem cell research funding, a U.S. District Court judge has issued an injunction temporarily stopping all government funding for human embryonic stem cell research pending the appeal process. Date: 9/2/2010


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