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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

HMO Update - Thursday, 01/12/2011
The Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower
Date: 1/12/2012

WJUS Participant: Brian Harmatz
Brian Harmatz, 30, from Long Beach, California, decided it was time for a career change and left corporate sales to follow his passion for music. Brian began his new career as an artist, but he was looking for something more, a new source of inspiration for his hip-hop, and Israel was where he turned. Date: 1/10/2012

New Jersey Teen Tries IDF
Young Judaeans from the US learn what being a soldier in the Israeli Defense Forces means after a month volunteering for two months in the IDF Marva Program. Date: 1/9/2012

The Nuances of Neurology
Diary of A Director General
Date: 1/9/2012

U Of PENN Rejects BDS, Distances School From Upcoming BDS Conference
We are pleased to report that just a few hours ago, the University of Pennsylvania (Penn)  officially announced that the  Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) national conference, scheduled to be held on their campus in February, 2012, does not have the university`s imprimatur. Date: 1/6/2012

The Jerusalem Netletter 5772, Tevet, January 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: 1/5/2012

An amazing letter from the Israel/Gaza/Egyptian border
Date: 12/29/2011

The Jerusalem Netletter: Hanukkah 5772, December 2011
Eighth Light
The eighth day of Hanukkah is called Zot Hanukkah-This isHanukkah. One explanation is that the Torah reading for the daybegins with the words "This is Hanukkat Ha'mizbeach, the dedicationof the altar. Date: 12/28/2011

Gender Discrimination Statement from Marcie Natan
Date: 12/27/2011

The Jerusalem Netletter: Hanukkah 5772, December 2011
Seventh Light
In Jewish communities of Morocco and Tunisia, the 7th night of Hanukkah was celebrated as "Hag haBanot" the holiday of girls or daughters. It was a custom to have a women's feast, to tell stories of heroic women and for young men to give their finaces gifts. Date: 12/26/2011

The Jerusalem Netletter: Hanukkah 5772, December 2011
Sixth Light
Today I had the pleasure of visiting the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Tower together with Moira and Jim Taubenfeld. Moira is the President of Puerto Rico Hadassah, and the family is celebrating the Bar Mitzvah of their son Ben in Israel tomorrow. Date: 12/25/2011

The Jerusalem Netletter: Hanukkah 5772, December 2011
Fourth & Fifth Light
Which blessing do you say first? The rule in Judaism is that the blessing you say more often comes first. Hence you might think that you say the blessing over the Shabbat candles before the Hanukkah blessings. Date: 12/24/2011

An Important Message From The National President Marcie Natan
You may have heard allegations that Hadassah Medical Center, owned by Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of American (HWZOA), was late on payments to some of its suppliers. There is actually LESS to this story than has been alleged. Without context, these allegations are meaningless. It is a basic reality of operating a business that when one entity that owes another fails to fulfill its financial obligations, the second entity struggles in consequence to pay its own bills on time. Date: 12/23/2011

Hadassah Thanks Ambassador Killion
Hadassah thanks U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) David Killion for his actions opposing anti-Semitism. Date: 12/23/2011

The Jerusalem Netletter: 5772 Hanukkah 4-5 2011
Date: 12/23/2011

The Jerusalem Netletter: Hanukkah 5772, December 2011
Third Light
Third Light—Foreign Ministry expert Raphael Singer was explaining the complexities of dealing with Iran, an enemy that funds assaults on Israel's legitimacy, attacks through proxies, and poses a nuclear threat to Israel and the world. Date: 12/22/2011

The Jerusalem Netletter: Hanukkah 5772, December 2011
Date: 12/21/2011

Ruth Gruber & Hadassah: 100 Years Young
A standing room-only crowd of Hadassah members, Associates and friends attended a screening of the documentary “Ahead of Time: The Extraordinary Journey of Ruth Gruber” and heard from Ruth herself following the film. Date: 12/20/2011

International Human Rights Day
Tomorrow, December 10, is International Human Rights Day. Israel is consistently and unfairly criticized for its record on human rights, most often by countries with their own egregious human rights violations. Join fellow Hadassah Members, Associates, and supporters by honoring International Human Rights Day and celebrating Israel’s example as a beacon for human rights in the Middle East and around the world. Date: 12/9/2011

Hadassah Medical Organization Mourns Two Exceptional Colleagues
Two recent deaths have affected the staff at Hadassah Medical Organization. Arik Zukert, Director of R&D since 1994, died December 6 at home after a long and heroic fight against cancer. Dr. Ido Yatsiv, 57, Director of Hadassah's Pediatric Intensive Care unit, died December 3 as a result of massive internal bleeding following surgery. Date: 12/8/2011

Jewish students to volunteer in New Orleans, Navajo Nation during winter break
High school students will participate in hands-on service projects
Jewish high school students from across the United States are once again volunteering to spend their winter vacation lending a hand toward rebuilding and community development projects. This December, Young Judaea, the premier Zionist Youth Movement, managed by Hadassah, will guide students as they experience intensive, transformative community service programs in two very different locations. Date: 12/8/2011

Israeli Specialists Trained in Groundbreaking Surgical Technique
An innovative procedure to remove cancerous tumors from the gastrointestinal tract was performed at the Hadassah University Medical Center’s Institute of Gastroenterology and Liver Diseases recently. Date: 12/6/2011

Director of Hadassah’s Pediatric ICU Dies
Dr. Ido Yatsiv, 57, director of Hadassah’s pediatric intensive care unit, died Saturday as a result of massive internal bleeding following surgery. Date: 12/5/2011

Iran Sanctions Update
On December 2, the Senate voted unanimously for sanctions targeting the Central Bank of Iran (CBI)—which is widely suspected of financing Iran's nuclear program—and banks that do business with it and the United States. Date: 12/5/2011

Howard Jacobson To Receive Harold U. Ribalow Prize
Author of The Finkler Question will receive annual literary award.
Hadassah Magazine has announced that this year’s Harold U. Ribalow Prize will be awarded to Howard Jacobson, who wrote The Finkler Question, published in 2010. Every year, Hadassah Magazine honors an author who has created an outstanding work of fiction on a Jewish theme. The Finkler Question also was awarded the 2010 Man Booker Prize. Date: 12/1/2011

"Who knew I would get the chance to save someone's life?"
Last January, Mike Goldberg was on a Young Judaea Birthright trip to Israel, where he and others signed up to be bone marrow donors. Mike never thought he would be called, but In September he was notified that he was a match for a patient dying of cancer. Date: 11/30/2011

Buy Israel Week
Yesterday, millions of Americans kicked off their online holiday shopping with Cyber Monday. Show your support for Israel while shopping for Hanukkah by participating in Buy Israel Week, which ends Sunday, December 4. Date: 11/29/2011

Planting Methuselah
On November 24, 2011, a ceremony was held on Kibbutz Ketura to plant the famous date palm “Methuselah”. The ceremony was attended by distinguished guests from Israel and abroad, including Lord David Wolfson and Marcie Natan, the National President of Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America. Date: 11/29/2011

Young Judaea Names Inaugural Executive Director
Hadassah and Young Judaea jointly announce Simon Klarfeld to lead the national Zionist youth movement
In its latest move toward independence, Young Judaea announced today that Simon Klarfeld, a highly regarded community builder and innovative educator with critical skills in organizational change, will become its inaugural executive director. Klarfeld is taking the reins at a momentous time in the youth movement’s 102-year history, as it branches off from its longtime parent organization, Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America. Date: 11/21/2011

From Baltimore to Jerusalem
The Autumn Mission of Hadassah, led by Aileen Bormel, left for Israel on October 25, 2011. The majority of the group was from Baltimore, though others from around the globe joined them. All the Baltimoreans became Life Members before the mission began. Date: 11/18/2011

The Jerusalem Netletter: 5772, November, 2011
A new Hebrew month has started: Heshvan, also called Mar-Heshvan. "Mar" means "bitter" and the month has this unhappy name because there are no holidays in it. As much as I love the holidays, I also like getting back to business as usual. Date: 11/18/2011

Kol Hakavod Louisville!
Please join me in wishing Michelle and her officers Mazel Tov on the chartering of the Louisville Chapter of Hadassah in Central States Region last night. Date: 11/17/2011

Speak Out Again for Preventive Health Services
After several months of public debate and internal review, the White House is poised to announce final regulations on women's preventive health coverage as early as next week. Date: 11/17/2011

Cranes Exit Tower Site
With only 17 weeks until its first patients are welcomed, the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower is craneless!!! The familiar Hadassah Ein-Kerem skyline, which included two to four cranes during recent years, is clean now, and the Davidson Tower can be seen with all its glory. Date: 11/16/2011

Hollywood Comes to Hadassah
On November 14, 2011, an impressive group of Hollywood actors, writers, directors and media leaders – members of The Creative Coalition – visited the Hadassah University Medical Center in Jerusalem, the flagship of Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America. Date: 11/16/2011

Morningstar And The Emmys
I recently participated on the Events Committee for the MorningStar Commission, organizing a salon entitled, “Outstanding Women of the Emmys: The Changing Images of Jewish Women on TV." Date: 11/16/2011

November is Diabetes Month
The World Health Organization estimates the number of people suffering from diabetes worldwide now stands at well over 200 million. It believes this figure will rise to 370 million by 2030. But hope is on the horizon. Date: 11/16/2011

The Road to Tzedakah
Laura Simon, President of the Sharon Chapter, New York Region, will be fulfilling a lifelong dream when she takes her children and grandchildren to Jerusalem next month. And she has a wonderful surprise in store for them. After a private tour of the Charlotte R. Bloomberg Mother & Child Center at Hadassah Hospital, Ein Kerem, where her grandchildren will meet some of the young patients, six Road to Recovery tiles on the walls of the hospital will be unveiled. Each tile will carry the name of one grandchild. Date: 11/16/2011

Hadassah Medical Organization Board Names Its First Woman Chairman
The board of directors of Hadassah Medical Organization, the pioneering health care provider for the State of Israel, today named Esther Dominissini its chairman. Dominissini, Director General at the National Insurance Institute in Jerusalem, is the first woman to lead the HMO board. Date: 11/11/2011

Increase Sanctions on Iran
This week, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) released a report on the status of Iran’s nuclear capabilities, revealing clear evidence that Iran has continued developing a weaponized nuclear program. Date: 11/10/2011

Hadassah Welcomes New Director General
Hadassah Medical Organization, the pioneering health care provider for the State of Israel, welcomes Professor Ehud S. Kokia as its Director General. 
Date: 11/8/2011

Hadassah Joins HERvotes Coalition
Tomorrow is Election Day and the official start of the 2012 election season. Hadassah—a longtime supporter voter engagement initiatives—is proud to announce its membership in HERvotes, a coalition of women’s organizations mobilizing civic engagement around women’s Health and Economic Rights (HER) for the 2012 election season. Date: 11/7/2011

History Comes Alive Before Our Eyes: Henrietta Szold, 1946 Film
Henrietta Szold, a film produced by Hadassah in 1946, underwent preservation and digitization in 2011, thanks to a grant from the Women's Film Preservation Fund of New York Women in Film & TV, and a donation from Hadassah’s YEAR outgoing presidents. Date: 11/7/2011

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