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Plans for Second Gaza Flotilla Halted

Plans for a second Gaza Flotilla were halted today when Greek authorities announced that the ships would not be granted the necessary departure paperwork. The Council of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations released a statement encouraging member agencies to thank the government of Greece for its actions. The statement can be found below.

Date: 7/5/2011


Kol HaKavod to Three Hadassah Physicians
Date: 6/27/2011


Obesity is “Shaping” our Children
In 2008, the US Surgeon General declared that overweight and obesity have reached epidemic proportions in this country. Over nine million children age six to19 are overweight. Physical inactivity and poor diet are catching up on our youth and posing a significant threat to health. Date: 6/23/2011


Hadassah Remembers Charlotte R. Bloomberg
Hadassah mourns the passing of Charlotte R. Bloomberg, an inspiration to the entire Zionist movement, who died Sunday, June 19, in Medford, Mass. She was 102. In addition to having the Mother and Child Center at Hadassah Ein Kerem named for her, Mrs. Bloomberg was the oldest living alumna of Hadassah’s premier youth program, Young Judaea, as well as a generous supporter of it. Date: 6/21/2011


Supreme Court Decision Underscores Need for Paycheck Fairness Act
June 20th, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a 5-4 decision in the Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., v. Betty Dukes case, denying Wal-Mart's 1.6 million female employees the opportunity to sue the retail giant collectively for gender-based employment discrimination. Hadassah co-signed an amicus brief in the case with the National Women's Law Center, American Civil Liberties Union and others in support the women's class action. Date: 6/21/2011


Hadassah Calls for Compassion for Pollard
Hadassah joins the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations in their call for humanitarian compassion to allow Jonathan Pollard to attend the funeral of his father, who passed away on Sunday. Date: 6/20/2011


The Medium and the Message
A Friday Story
It's interesting to ponder whether the world we see in the movies reflects reality or if what is portrayed becomes part of our perceptions. For those of us who practice medicine, we have to wonder if the doctors who appear on the screen bear any resemblance to the doctors we know. Date: 6/17/2011


Hadassah Announces New Vision For Young Judaea
Young Judaea, the world’s premiere Zionist youth movement, will launch as an independent organization under a bold initiative announced today by Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, which has supported the program for more than 70 years. Date: 6/16/2011


Hadassah Foundation Awards Third Annual Bernice S. Tannenbaum Prize
Recipient is a Writer, Graphic Designer for Jewish Women International
The Hadassah Foundation today presented its Bernice S. Tannenbaum Prize honoring innovative contributions to advance the status of women and girls in Israel and the United States to Danielle Cantor. Cantor is Associate Editor at Jewish Woman, Jewish Women International’s magazine, and Design and Communications Manager for JWI. Date: 6/16/2011


Put Your Stamp On History!
Help Design Israel's Hadassah Centennial Stamp
The Israeli Government will issue a Hadassah Centennial Stamp in 2012. Here's your chance to brainstorm with the committee in Israel. Send your ideas for concept and design to hoi@hadassah.org BY JULY 15. There are no restrictions on size or shape of art. Date: 6/13/2011


The Mind Reader
A Friday Story
We have all heard stories about people awakening from comas and recounting conversations they heard while they were "under." Yet, much of the information we have about the brain functions of comatose people is anecdotal; much of the medical knowledge is based on subjective assessments and - until recently - there have not been any objective clinical measurements. Date: 6/13/2011


Hadassah Foundation To Award Third Annual Bernice S. Tannenbaum Prize
Recipient is a Writer, Graphic Designer for Jewish Women International
The Hadassah Foundation will present its Bernice S. Tannenbaum Prize honoring innovative contributions to advance the status of women and girls in Israel and the United States to Danielle Cantor. Cantor is Associate Editor at Jewish Woman, Jewish Women International’s magazine, and Design and Communications Manager for JWI. She will receive the award on June 14. Date: 6/7/2011


Shavuot Begins Tonight
Shavuot, the Feast of Weeks, is a two-day festival (one day in Israel and more liberal communities) celebrated seven weeks after Passover. Date: 6/7/2011


Young Judaea Marching
More than 200 Young Judaeans, Hadassah members, Alumni and parents came out to march up 5th Avenue to show support for the State of Israel. Led by High School Senior and Year Course bound participant, Rory Vinokur, dressed as the YJ Lion, the Judaeans joined 30,000 marchers and over a million New York spectators. The Judaeans sang Israeli songs along the entire route and cheered loudly to all who were watchin Date: 6/7/2011


Zion Gate, Old City of Jerusalem
It's a sunny Thursday morning in Jerusalem, and one extended family after another gathers in the passageway near the half-a-millennium-old Zion Gate. Moms, Dads, grandparents, cousins from abroad exchange family news and hugs. Date: 6/6/2011


June 6th - A Date to Remember
A Friday Story
The date was June 6th. The year 1967. Teddy Kolleck was the Mayor of Jerusalem; Prof. Kalman J. Mann, the Director General of the Hadassah Medical Organization. The Israel Defense Forces had just recaptured Mount Scopus where the buildings of Hadassah's first hospital and the nearby Hebrew University lay abandoned. Date: 6/3/2011


Following in Mom's Footsteps
In 1992, Rabbi Naamah (Naami) Kelman became the first woman ordained in Israel by the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR). She currently is Dean of the school’s Jerusalem campus. Date: 6/2/2011


Hadassah Commends U.S. Decision to Avoid Durban III
Hadassah joins the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations and the Jewish Council for Public Affairs in commending the U.S. State Department decision not to participate in the Durban III Conference scheduled for September 2011 in New York City. Date: 6/2/2011


Bridge Over Troubled Land
The Jewish Week
Since Israel was founded, and especially during the Intifada of 2000-2004, Hadassah's Jerusalem hospitals have been known as bridges of peace, where the staff provides its medical expertise equally to people of every religion, nationality and political persuasion. Date: 6/1/2011


The Power of A Child's Heart
A Friday Story
Date: 5/27/2011


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