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Hadassah Wishes Senator Kennedy Well
Nancy Falchuk, National President of Hadassah, made a statement upon hearing the sad news of Senator Ted Kennedy's diagnosis with a malignant brain tumor.

Hadassah Workshop Announced for UN Conference in Paris
At the United Nation’s 61st Annual Department of Public Information/Non-Governmental Organization (DPI/NGO) Conference, Hadassah: The Women’s Zionist Organization of America will run a workshop on one of its flagship causes: women’s rights in health. This year’s DPI/NGO Conference will be held in Paris, France, at the beginning of September at the UNESCO Headquarters.

Hadassah’s Annual National Convention To Take Place In Washington, DC, July 17-20
Close to 2,000 Hadassah members from all over the United States will gather in Washington, DC for the annual national convention of Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, to be held Sunday, July 17 through Wednesday, July 20, 2004.

Hadassah’s Attorneys Council Offers Opportunity For Swearing-In At U.S. Supreme Court In Nation’s Capital
For attorneys, a swearing-in at the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, DC is one of the most prestigious and meaningful events of their professional lives. This year, the National Attorneys’ Council of Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, has secured two dates for qualified attorneys, who are also Hadassah members, to be sworn-in at the highest court in the land.

House Speaker Pelosi Hosted By National President Falchuk At The Hadassah Medical Center
US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and a bipartisan Congressional leadership delegation visited Hadassah Medical Center last week to learn about their world-class emergency initiatives, information that could be critical to the United States in the event of another attack.

Joyce Rabin, Of Woodmere, To Chair Hadassah’S 91St National Convention In Washington, Dc, July 17-20
National President June Walker has named Joyce Rabin of Woodmere, NY, to serve as Co-Chair of the 91st National Convention of Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America. Some 2,000 delegates will attend the annual gathering to be held Sunday, July 17 through Wednesday, July 20, 2005 in Washington, DC.

Judy And Sidney Swartz Center For Emergency Medicine Dedicated At Hadassah Medical Center At Ein Kerem
With the windy hills of Jerusalem as a backdrop underneath a Purim moon, Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, celebrated its 93rd birthday last night by dedicating its newest facility, the Judy and Sidney Swartz Center for Emergency Medicine at Ein Kerem.

Judy Palkovitz, Of Pittsburg, To Chair Hadassah’S 91St National Convention In Washington, DC, July 17-20
National President June Walker has named Judy Palkovitz of Pittsburg, PA to serve as Co-Chair of the 91st National Convention of Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America. Some 2,000 delegates will attend the annual gathering to be held Sunday, July 17 through Wednesday, July 20, 2005 in Washington, DC.

June Walker Elected To Third Term As National President Of Hadassah 91St National Convention Ends With A Rousing Day On Capitol Hill
June Walker, of Rockaway, NJ, was elected to her third term as the 23rd National President of Hadassah at the organization’s 91st annual convention, which just concluded in Washington, DC.

June Walker Re-Elected Hadassah National President
June Walker of Rockaway, New Jersey, was re-elected the National President of Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, at the organization’s annual national convention held last month in Phoenix, AZ. She is the organization’s 23rd national president, a post to which she can be re-elected three times for a total of four years; this is her second year in office.

Leah Reicin, Of Skokie, Addresses Youth Assembly At Un
Hadassah National Board member, Leah Reicin, of Skokie, Illinois, was a keynote speaker today at the three-day Youth Assembly at the United Nations. In her capacity as the Hadassah National Chair of Youth Aliyah, Reicin told the dramatic story of this Israeli national youth-service project, beginning in the 1930s when Henrietta Szold, the founder of Hadassah, took on the task of saving the lives of German Jewish children.

Major Laboratory Breakthrough In Parkinson's Disease Research At Hadassah Medical Center In Jerusalem
In what is considered a major medical breakthrough, researchers at the Hadassah University Medical Center in Jerusalem have succeeded in showing that human embryonic stem cells can improve the functioning of a laboratory rat with Parkinson's Disease. Findings of the research were published in the recent edition of the prestigious magazine Stem Cells.

Mission Of Hadassah Donors Off To Israel To Dedicate State-Of-The-Art Center For Emergency Medicine
The largest donor mission in the history of Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, travels to Israel, March 21-27, to dedicate the Center for Emergency Medicine at Hadassah Medical Center in Ein Kerem.

Nancy Falchuk, RN, Of Newton Centre, Gives Scholarships To Three Hadassah Nurses
Upon the completion, last year, of her position as Hadassah International Coordinator, Nancy Falchuk was honored by her friends and colleagues in a most unusual way: they established a scholarship award in her name to recognize top nurses at Henrietta Szold Hadassah-Hebrew University School of Nursing in Jerusalem.

National President Of Hadassah Part Of Presidential Delegation To Israel
Nancy Falchuk, National President of Hadassah, is part of the Bush Delegation celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the State of Israel. The group includes June Walker, Chairperson of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations and Immediate Past National President of Hadassah, and the Honorable Linda Lingle, Governor of the State of Hawaii and a dedicated lifetime member of Hadassah.

Remembering the Triangle Fire, 100 Years Later
On March 25, 1911, a fire broke out at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company in New York City. The workers, mostly young immigrant women, were trapped by locked exits and inadequate fire escapes. 146 of the workers perished in the flames or jumped out windows to their deaths. The Triangle Fire became a symbol of industrial excess and the need for reform. In its aftermath, landmark occupational health and safety laws were passed. For the Jewish and Italian immigrant communities of the Lower East Side, the fire was especially tragic.

Ribalow Prize To Be Awarded To Author Joseph Epstein
Joseph Epstein, author of Fabulous Small Jews, has been selected as the winner of the 2004 Harold U. Ribalow Prize. Administered by Hadassah Magazine, the Ribalow Prize is awarded annually to an author who has created an outstanding work of fiction on a Jewish theme. This year’s panel of judges included Elie Wiesel, N. Scott Momaday and Jonathan Safran Foer, last year's Ribalow recipient.

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist Visits Hadassah Medical Center
“Hadassah is tremendous, an outstanding facility with leaders in the maternal and fetal health arena; a facility readily adaptable to predictable and non-predictable events, designed and prepared with great thought for the future,” said Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN), a renowned cardiac surgeon and transplant specialist, after an intensive tour of the Hadassah University Hospital-Ein Kerem.

The Intense Light of Jerusalem: The Strongest Glare in the World
Barbara Sofer, Hadassah's Director of Public Relations in Israel, writes about a poignant wedding seven years after a terror attack; HMO's extraordinary work fighting AIDS in Ethiopia; and Hadassah College Jerusalem's Environmental Health Sciences BSc program—the only one of its kind in Israel. And she reports a conversation between glass artist Dale Chihuly and Arthur Spector, architect of the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower, about the intense light in Jerusalem, which has "the strongest glare in the world." Read the Jerusalem Netletter

UN Forum Sheds Lights On Quiet Ways Israelis, Palestinians And Americans Work Together To Save Lives
In a powerful presentation at the UN today, a team of healthcare professionals from three major medical institutions that have been quietly working behind the scenes for four years reported on their efforts to save lives in Jerusalem.

With Israel In Crisis, Hadassah Responds From The Heart In Solidarity
Even though Hadassah’s annual national conventions are planned months and even years in advance, the largest women’s organization in the U.S. is able to shift on a dime when necessary. That is exactly what happened in Nashville, TN this week when some 2,000 delegates from all over the United States convened with Israel in crisis as the backdrop.

Young Judaea's Year Course Departs for Israel With Katrina Survivor
Mia Goldwasser, of Metairie, LA, almost missed being part of a record number of Young Judaea Year Course participants leaving for Israel today. The group’s only teen from the New Orleans area was on vacation with her parents in New York when Hurricane Katrina hit – but her passport and overseas suitcase were still at home.

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