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GSW and DMR joint spring conference
The Greater Southwest Region and Dessert Mountain Region held a joint Spring Conference. Date: 5/10/2012


Hadassah Applauds Obama’s Statement Supporting Equal Rights For LGBT Couples
Press Release
In response to President Obama's statement today demonstrating support for LGBT rights, Marcie Natan, National President of Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, expressed the following statement: Date: 5/10/2012


The 9th Annual Boston Chapter Art Auction Supporting Women's Cancer Research
Last Thursday, May 3rd, the Boston Chapter of Hadassah held its 9th Annual Art Auction for the benefit of breast and ovarian cancer research at the Hadassah Hospitals. This was a record year--78 people attended, 87 items were sold, and almost $3000 was raised for this important cause! Date: 5/10/2012


Brandon Robinson, recent WUJS Israel participant
I'm a freelance video producer and am putting the finishing touches on a short film. I directed, wrote, and acted in it in addition to composing the score. I'm in the process of submitting it to film festivals.  Date: 5/9/2012


Hadassah Academic College Jerusalem to build an Interdisciplinary Science Center
The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust has granted the Hadassah Academic College a lead gift of $7.1 million to build an Interdisciplinary Science Center at its downtown Jerusalem campus.  Date: 5/9/2012


Hadassah Centennial Year Recognition
The first female editor of the Jewish Publication Society and student at the Jewish Theological Seminary, Szold and her mother took a transformative 1909 trip to pre-state Israel where they witnessed firsthand the starvation and disease rampant there at the time. Date: 5/8/2012


Support Women's Employment Rights
Women's employment rights are center stage, with the introduction of the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) today and the pay equity debate among pundits, the press, and possibly the Senate in the coming months. Date: 5/8/2012


Petition to Honor the Munich 11
It has been nearly 40 years since the 1972 Munich Olympics, where 11 Israeli athletes were killed. Hadassah is proud of it's history as a vocal advocate for the victims' families and the memory of their loved ones. Date: 5/1/2012


60 Minutes Report: Christians of the Holy Land
An alert distributed by the Jewish Council of Public Affairs—of which Hadassah is a member—addressing the accuracy of Sunday's 60 Minutes report on Christians in Israel and the Palestinian territories. Date: 4/26/2012


Happy Birthday Israel & Hadassah
Hadassah joins the international Jewish community in marking Yom HaZikaron (Memorial Day) and Yom Ha'Atzmaut (Independence Day) this week, and Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day) next month. Date: 4/25/2012


HMO Update - Wednesday 4/25/2012
Yom Hazikaron 4/25/12
Memorial Day at Hadassah Medical Organization
Date: 4/25/2012


Jerusalem Netletter: Independence Day
I'd like to take this opportunity to honor our physician soldiers. One aspect of life in Israel is that in addition to putting in long days treating patients and doing creative research, a large percentage of our physicians are officers in the IDF. They continue to serve in Reserve Units until their fifties. Date: 4/25/2012


Reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act
The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is finally expected on the Senate floor for a vote this week! The legislation currently has 61 co-sponsors—a filibuster-proof majority—but is still lacking wide-spread bipartisan support. Date: 4/24/2012


Our Patients, Our Doctors
Diary of A Director General
Date: 4/23/2012


Young Judaea Moves Closer Toward Operating Independently
Press Release
NEW YORK – Young Judaea inked an agreement this week that positions it “a short time away” from becoming an independent organization, the youth movement said today in a joint announcement with Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, which has been its parent and sole sponsor since 1967. Date: 4/20/2012


Important Information
Date: 4/19/2012


Jerusalem Netletter: Yom Hashoah
THE JERUSALEM NETLETTER
Yom Hashoah
Date: 4/19/2012


April 17th is Equal Pay Day!
Fact: A woman with comparable education and experience earns only 77 cents, compared to every dollar made by her male counterparts. That's an average of over $10,000 in lost wages every year! Show your support for pay equity and get America’s women out of the RED! Date: 4/16/2012


Hadassah Names New Executive Director/CEO
Press Release

Dr. Janice Weinman 
Date: 4/10/2012


The Jerusalem Netletter 5772, 13 Nissan Edition 5772, April 5, 2012
*LET THEM LIVE: SEPARATING A DANGEROUS BOND BETWEEN TWINS The story hit the news wires: Hadassah physician treats Palestinian woman and separates her twins with laser. In a few cases, the story was misreported. Here's the back story. The Hadassah story. Date: 4/5/2012


The Season of Renewal
Diary of A Director General
Date: 4/5/2012


International Criminal Court Rejects Gaza War Investigation
Last week, the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) passed a resolution to establish a "Fact Finding Mission on the Influence of Settlements on Palestinians," prompting Israel to suspend all ties with the Council. Thirty-six countries voted in favor, the United States opposed and 10 abstained. Date: 4/4/2012


Israel & the UN Human Rights Council
Last week, the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) passed a resolution to establish a "Fact Finding Mission on the Influence of Settlements on Palestinians," prompting Israel to suspend all ties with the Council. Thirty-six countries voted in favor, the United States opposed and 10 abstained. Date: 3/28/2012


The Other Side of the Mountain
Diary of A Director General
Date: 3/26/2012


First patients move into revolutionary new tower at Hadassah’s hospital in Jerusalem
Press Release
Recently Youth Aliyah students traveled to Poland to visit several Jewish Heritage sites, including many concentration camps. Below is a short collection of photos documenting their journey to Treblinka. Date: 3/19/2012


Social Networking of Another Kind
Date: 3/13/2012


Celebrating Hadassah's Centennial with Anne Kodicek
For the past 70 years, this diminutive, highly intelligent, articulate 102 year old contributed her life to Hadassah! Her 74 year marriage to Rudy, raising their Children Miriam and David encompassed a life of fulfillment. Date: 3/12/2012


Israeli Security Update
Conference of presidents condemns continuing rocket fire from Gaza on southern Israel calls upon international community to denounce attacks, prevent weapons flow and financial support enabling future attacks. Date: 3/12/2012


Iran Center Stage at AIPAC, White House
The American Israel Public Affairs Committee Policy Conference took place from March 4-6, featuring key speeches by President Barak Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Iran was a key focus of the speeches, and of the meeting between Obama and Netanyahu at the White House yesterday afternoon. Date: 3/6/2012


Middle East Updates: Impact on Israel & Regional Balance of Power
Action Alert
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. Date: 2/28/2012


Hadassah Foundation Announces New Leadership
Press Release
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. Date: 2/27/2012


Update: Protect Women's Preventive Health Access
Action Alert
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). Date: 2/27/2012


UN Security Council Condemns Attacks on Israeli Diplomats
IZIA Backgrounder
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: Date: 2/24/2012


Hadassah Members Sworn In At Supreme Court
Press Release
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 Date: 2/23/2012


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. Date: 2/22/2012


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. Date: 2/16/2012


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. Date: 2/14/2012


Sharing the Vision
Diary of A Director General
Date: 2/13/2012


The Quality of Commitment
Diary of A Director General
Date: 2/13/2012


Hadassah Welcomes Obama’s Proposal To Ensure Full Contraceptive Access
Press Release
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: Date: 2/10/2012


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. Date: 2/8/2012


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. Date: 2/3/2012


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. Date: 2/3/2012


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. Date: 2/2/2012


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.   Date: 2/1/2012


A Long And Winding Road
Diary of A Director General
Date: 1/30/2012


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. Date: 1/24/2012


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). Date: 1/20/2012


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. Date: 1/18/2012


Bone Marrow Recipients Meet Their Donors
A unique and moving meeting took place recently at Hadassah Ein-Kerem hospital in Jerusalem. Two Israeli Arab children who had undergone bone marrow transplantation a year ago, met with the two bone marrow donors, Israeli Arabs also. Date: 1/16/2012


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