Middle East Updates: Impact on Israel & Regional Balance of Power
The situation in the Middle East remains tense, with new updates coming to light with each passing day.
Yesterday, Haaretz released details from the Israeli Foreign Ministry's annual intelligence estimate, which was presented to Israel's security cabinet a few weeks ago. The report assessed Israel's relationship with its neighbors—focusing specifically on Iran's nuclear plans, the status of peace agreements with Egypt and Jordan, and the potential escalation of violence from the Palestinians. Mid-East leaders and analysts are also closely following the situation in Syria and how that is affecting the balance of power in the region.
Hadassah Foundation Announces New Leadership
The Hadassah Foundation, which seeks to augment the work of Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, by improving the status, health and well-being of women and girls in the United States and Israel, has hired a new executive director and named new board members.
Update: Protect Women's Preventive Health Access
On January 20, after several months of public debate and internal review, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced women's preventive health coverage regulations, requiring most employers to provide full contraceptive coverage (without co-pays).
UN Security Council Condemns Attacks on Israeli Diplomats
Last week, terrorists targeted Israeli diplomats in India and Georgia. Yesterday, the United Nations Security Council released a press statement condemning the attacks and the Israeli Ministry for Foreign Affairs distributed the following:
Hadassah Members Sworn In At Supreme Court
Fifteen members of
Hadassah’s National Center for Attorneys’ Councils were sworn in to the United
States Supreme Court Bar on February 21, 2012, as part of the councils’ 12th
annual Supreme Court swearing-in program.
The lawyers being sworn in represented nine states
Sarah Wetsman Davidson Sleepover
These photos were taken by Audrey Shimron of me (Bonnie Lipton) possibly the first virtual patient in the SWD Tower having dinner in room 15 on the 5th floor Urology Dept.
Hadassah Hospital Protects and Heals in the Midst of Bedlam
Dozens were injured this morning when a bus transporting Palestinian schoolchildren and a truck collided on wet roads in northern Jerusalem. MDA and Police were alerted. Fire engines rushed to the scene near the Hizme village checkpoint that separates Jerusalem and the West Bank. Dead victims were removed from the burning vehicles.
Hadassah Launches Centennial Year
Chapters and Regions across the United States celebrate 100 years of the national women’s organization,
prepare for opening of new hospital tower in Jerusalem
NEW YORK – Hadassah,
the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, has launched a year
of centennial anniversary celebrations, scheduled through 2012 including
what will be a grand three-day milestone celebration in Jerusalem in
October. The organization,
founded in 1912 in New York City by
Henrietta Szold and 30 other women, today numbers over 300,000 women
members and men associates in the United States and supporters around the world.
Sharing the Vision
Diary of A Director General
The Quality of Commitment
Diary of A Director General
Hadassah Welcomes Obama’s Proposal To Ensure Full Contraceptive Access
In response to President Obama's reaffirmation today that all women will have access to coverage for contraceptives, Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, expressed the following statement:
Hadassah Joins Jewish Energy Covenant Campaign
Today, in honor of Tu B'Shvat, Hadassah reaffirms its commitment to the environment and proudly announces its participation in the Jewish Energy Covenant Campaign. Hadassah National President Marcie Natan was one of 50 Jewish leaders—from across the political and religious spectrum—to join the campaign earlier this week by signing the "Jewish Environment and Energy Imperative" declaration.
Hadassah Grateful Komen Has Reversed Decision Related To Planned Parenthood Funding
In response to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation's reversal of its decision earlier this week to cease contributing funding to Planned Parenthood, Marcie Natan, National President of Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, today expressed appreciation for the return to focus on women's health issues.
Reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act
Yesterday, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) passed out of committee and is now one step closer to reauthorization. Hadassah joined nearly 1,000 coalition members in submitting a letter to Congress in support of VAWA’s reauthorization, which the chairman referenced in his statement to the committee.
Hadassah Foundation Announces More Than $280,000 In Grants
The Hadassah Foundation, which seeks to augment the work of
Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, by improving the status,
health and well-being of women and girls in the United States and Israel, has
awarded grants this year totaling $284,000, and is now in the process of
distributing those funds, announced Marcie Natan, National President of
Hadassah, and Donna Gerson, newly-elected Foundation Board Chair.
Hadassah Expresses Disappointment In Distraction To Women's Health Issues
In response to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s announcement that it will cease to contribute funding to Planned Parenthood, Marcie Natan, National President of Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, today expressed concern for the future of women’s health issues.
A Long And Winding Road
Diary of A Director General
39 Years after Roe v. Wade
January 22nd was the 39th anniversary of the historic Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, which established a woman’s right to reproductive choice. Advocates on both sides of the issue have taken this opportunity to galvanize thousands of supporters, hosting marches across the country and online.
White House Supports Women’s Preventive Health Coverage
After several months of public debate and internal review, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced its final regulations on women's preventive health coverage, requiring most employers to provide full contraceptive coverage (without co-pays).
Protecting Women's Rights in Israel
Hadassah National Board Enacts New Policy Statement
In response to recent discriminatory acts against women by extremists in Israel, Hadassah’s National Board voted to enact the following Zionist Affairs Policy Statement.