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Israel Quick to Offer Aid To Quake Victims
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu quickly offered aid to victims of Friday's massive earthquake in Japan and the first group of Israeli humanitarian experts were preparing to leave for the scene. Date: 3/15/2011


Federations Organize Relief for Victims of Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan, Hawaii
The Jewish Federations of North America has opened an emergency relief fund to provide aid and support to the victims of the 8.9 magnitude earthquake and ensuing tsunami that struck Japan Date: 3/14/2011


New Focus for the Jewish Agency
Natan Sharansky, Chairman of the Executive of the Jewish Agency, announced a new two-pronged focus for the organization moving into the future. The Agency will center its attention on Diaspora Jews: connecting Diaspora Jews with Israel, and overcoming the challenge of young Diaspora Jews distancing themselves from their Jewish identity. Representing Hadassah at the February meetings were Marlene Post, former National President and member of the National Board; Judy Shereck, National IZAIA (Israel, Zionist and International Affairs) Chair; and Barbara Spack, Youth Aliyah Chair and member of the National Board Date: 3/11/2011


Joyful Mother Of Children: Part 2
Youth Aliyah Under Henrietta Szold
With the Government's first grant of 350 youth certificates on Novem¬ber 22, 1933, Youth Aliyah received its Magna Carta. The arrival of the first organized group in 1934 marks its Pilgrim Landing. Immediately after welcoming the pioneers, Henrietta Szold described their settling-in. Date: 3/10/2011


Joyful Mother Of Children: Part 1
Youth Aliyah Under Henrietta Szold
Henrietta Szold was too immersed in living to write her life's story. But she left a storehouse of letters, journals, reports, and scholarly papers through which she is revealed as the prophetic organizer and practical visionary who accomplished her own oft-stated goal - "to make the ideal rea1." Date: 3/8/2011


Women's History & Women's Rights
Our History is Our Strength is the 2011 theme of the National Women's History Project. Today, in honor of the 100th International Women's Day, Women's History Month and a legacy of great female leaders, Hadassah advocates for the rights of women. Date: 3/8/2011


Hadassah and Justice Brandeis
Hadassah’s history with Louis D. Brandeis began with the founding of Hadassah in 1912, 4 years before his contentious confirmation hearings as Justice of the Supreme Court. Date: 3/7/2011


From Inconceivable to Feasible
A Friday Story
Some time ago, we published a story about a young woman with a potentially fatal genetic blood disease who gave birth to a healthy son after her ovarian tissues were removed, frozen and then implanted following her treatment. Shortly before that we wrote about a 33-year-old heart transplant recipient who gave birth to healthy twin girls. Just a few short years ago, these women would have been told that their becoming mothers was an impossible dream. Hadassah helped make their dreams come true. Date: 3/4/2011


Hadassah Praises Natalie Portman For Speaking Out Against Anti-Semitism
Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, salutes Academy Award-winning actress Natalie Portman for speaking out publicly against John Galliano, Christian Dior's recently dismissed head designer.  Portman, who endorses Dior's Miss Dior Cherie perfume, recently used her spotlight from winning this year's Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in "Black Swan" to denounce Galliano's remarks. Date: 3/3/2011


Hadassah Swearing-In at the Supreme Court 2011
Twenty-two Life and Associate Members of Hadassah’s National Center for Attorneys’ Councils were sworn in to the U.S. Supreme Court Bar on February 22 and 23, 2011. Date: 3/1/2011


We Are Our Future
A Friday Story
Visiting HMO’s Goldyne Savad Institute of Gene Therapy is an exciting and enlightening experience; speaking with the researchers and learning more about their work always gives me an insight into their hopes and dreams. Date: 2/25/2011


Young Judaeans Head for New Orleans
Sixty Young Judaeans spent their winter vacation in New Orleans, helping to rebuild the community that has yet to recover from Hurricane Katrina. This is the second year that Young Judaeans spent an Alternative Winter Break in The Big Easy. Date: 2/24/2011


You Can Count On Us With Natalie Portman
Our world is often filled with uncertainty. In good and bad times, Hadassah is prepared for any emergency. Our new Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower tells the world: You can count on us. Date: 2/21/2011


The Gift of Sight
A Friday Story
Every week at our Medical Center’s Clinical Conferences we get an in depth presentation about some aspect of our Medical Center. These conferences give us all a chance to learn about the latest in research or patient care, about a unique surgical procedure, how a new piece of equipment is being used or about a specific facility and what is being done there.  Date: 2/18/2011


HMO Update - 2/17/2011
Since 2010 the former student of Bodensee-Gymnasium lives and works in Israel and qualified as a specialist in plastic and aesthetic surgery. Back in 2001 Guggenmos already spent part of his studies in Jerusalem during the second Intifada. "This period was marked by one terror-attack followed by the next. Date: 2/17/2011


Young Judaea Year Course: A Personal Israel Experience
Part 2: Experiential Learning
p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px 'Times New Roman'} The winter sun barely breaks horizon. Every other Young Judaea Year Course participant still is in bed. Not Americans Hannah Alexander, Tamar Gaffin-Cahn and Simon Mann-Gow. These three boarded a bus before dawn in order to traverse the badlands of the northern Negev, dog legging and hair pinning the 20-mile stretch between the quaint desert town of Arad and the ancient mountaintop fortress, Masada. Date: 2/14/2011


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu & Quartet Representative Tony Blair Announce Series of Israeli Steps Toward Peace
Date: 2/10/2011


Stem Cell Action Coalition Doubles in Size to 62 Affiliated Organizations
An initiative organized by GPI, the Coalition aims to foster public awareness about the promise of embryonic stem cell research and its translation into regenerative medicine, promote robust funding of basic research and translational medicine within ethically responsible and scientifically sound guidelines, and vigorously defend this research from unwarranted restrictions. Date: 2/10/2011


Henrietta Szold - Zionist Educator (Part 2)
In 1918 there took place in Pittsburgh one of the great Zionist conventions. A year earlier, on November 2nd, 1917, the Balfour declaration had been issued by Great Britain, giving support to the Basle Program for the establishment in Palestine of a publicly assured, legally secured home for the Jewish people. Date: 2/9/2011


The Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower – The Footprint of the Future
A Friday Story
The other day, as I looked at the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower from a distance and then walked through the inside, I thought back to when the construction began and how Hadassah’s skyline and future has been changed forever. Date: 2/7/2011


Henrietta Szold - Zionist, Educator (Part 1)
There is no need to fictionalize Henrietta Szold, founder of Hadassah, and least of all is there [a] need for Hadassah to do so. There are still in our midst many who knew her personally, who remember the manner of her speech, the clarity and integrity of her thinking, the one­ness of her purpose, who sometimes differed with her, but always were elevated and inspired by her idealism and moral stature. Date: 2/2/2011


Unrest In Egypt
Hadassah representatives have been closely following the unrest in Egypt and throughout the Middle East, participating in conference calls and engaging with partner organizations. The Advocacy Department will continue to monitor the transition of power in Egypt and its potential impact on the region, Israel and the United States. Date: 2/2/2011


Cincinnati Resident Elected To Hadassah Foundation Board
Kim Morris Heiman of SK Textile, Inc., elected to first two-year term
Date: 2/1/2011


Newton Resident Elected To Hadassah Foundation Board
Suzanne Offit, Rabbi, Staff Chaplain at Hebrew SeniorLife., elected to first two-year term
Date: 2/1/2011


Canton Resident Elected To Hadassah Foundation Board
Susan Wilkof, Hadassah National Board member, elected to first two-year term
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, elected new members to its board of directors and reelected current members, announced Nancy Falchuk, National President of Hadassah, and Carol M. Joseph, Foundation Board Chair. Board members were elected to serve two-year terms that began January 1 and will end on December 31, 2012. Date: 1/31/2011


Miami Beach Resident Elected To Hadassah Foundation Board
Sara Adler, Florida Director of the New Israel Fund, elected to first two-year term
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, elected new members to its board of directors and reelected current members, announced Nancy Falchuk, National President of Hadassah, and Carol M. Joseph, Foundation Board Chair. Board members were elected to serve two-year terms that began January 1 and will end on December 31, 2012. Date: 1/31/2011


Short Hills Resident Elected To Hadassah Foundation Board
Lonye Rasch, Hadassah National Board member, elected to first two-year term
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, elected new members to its board of directors and reelected current members, announced Nancy Falchuk, National President of Hadassah, and Carol M. Joseph, Foundation Board Chair. Board members were elected to serve two-year terms that began January 1 and will end on December 31, 2012. Date: 1/28/2011


Statement by the President on International Holocaust Remembrance Day
I join people here at home, in Israel, and around the world in commemorating International Holocaust Remembrance Day, as we mark one of the darkest, most destructive periods in human history. Date: 1/28/2011


The Hadassah Connection
A Friday Story
As you know, over the years we have acquired an international reputation for excellence, so much so that patients come to us from all over the world for care and treatment. We are also often recognized for our international outreach efforts to nearby neighbors and people in far flung places. Date: 1/28/2011


The Jerusalem Netletter: January 2011
This week I danced at a huge wedding in Ramat Gan. The bride was Yehudit, an auburn-haired sabra from a Polish-Jewish family. She coordinates National Service volunteer programs in Jerusalem, including those at Hadassah Hospital. The groom, Shai is a dark-haired sabra from a Yemenite-Jewish family. He's a real estate attorney with a Hadassah connection, too. Date: 1/28/2011


Statement by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu following the publication of the Turkel Commission report
On this stage, you see the transformation of the Jewish people. The Holocaust survivors here survived an inferno that transpired on our people because we lacked the power of self-defense, and with the restoration of Jewish sovereignty in the Land of Israel, we restored the capacity for self-defense. Date: 1/25/2011


YJ North California Scholorships
Date: 1/24/2011


Children Are Not Simply Small Adults
A Friday Story
Many times in the course of the year, Hadassah saves the lives of people whose conditions were so serious it didn't appear they would survive. While this does not happen every day, it is not a rare occurrence either. Often it is the skill and experience of our superbly trained medical staff that make the difference. Often it is the sophisticated equipment we were fortunate to acquire that is instrumental. For one five-year-old girl, Hadassah's new Pediatric Neurosurgery Unit and its talented head, Dr. Mony Benifla, made the difference. Date: 1/21/2011


Henrietta Szold - Health Pioneer (Part 6)
The Founder’s Role in Hadassah’s Medical Program
On every level of Hadassah's work the keystone of development was the idea of teaching. The nurses taught mothers how to care for the children. The school luncheons were nutrition lessons. The bedside doctors were pupils: in the time when Palestine was isolated from the advances of medicine, courses were organized to help maintain the current of progress which was the life blood of modern medical science. Date: 1/20/2011


Hadassah Celebrates Tu B'Shevat
Hadassah and the Jewish National Fund (JNF) have been partners in Green Zionism since 1926 and have collaborated to meet many of the essential needs of Israel’s environment. Through this important and passionate coalition, our organizations are united in an effort to help Israel avoid environmental catastrophes. Date: 1/19/2011


Update: Durban III Conference, September 2011
Over the last several weeks, Hadassah representatives have participated in a series of conference calls on the United Nations Durban III Conference, scheduled for September 2011 in New York City. Date: 1/19/2011


Hadassah Nominates Incoming National President
Marcie Natan, Chair of Hadassah College Jerusalem, will serve as Hadassah’s next President
Marcie Natan, former National Treasurer of Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, and current National Chair of Hadassah College Jerusalem, was officially nominated Sunday night as incoming National President of Hadassah. Date: 1/17/2011


Henrietta Szold - Health Pioneer (Part 7)
The Founder’s Role in Hadassah’s Medical Program
From the heart of the city of Jerusalem to what is now called Kiryat Hadassah in the Judean hills is a distance of about five kilo­meters, or three miles. For most of that distance a special road has been carved out of the rocks of the Judean hills. That road has been named the Henrietta Szold Road, and it leads to the great new Hadas­sah-Hebrew University Medical Center. Date: 1/17/2011


From Finance To Research – Exploring Jewish Identity
When Olivia Bodzin graduated with a degree in business and finance from California Polytechnic University at San Luis Obispo in 2007, she had no idea she'd be interning for The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) doing research about Jewish identity in Israel. But the opportunity came along and she jumped at the chance to increase her knowledge, skills and experience while living in Israel. Date: 1/13/2011


Henrietta Szold - Health Pioneer (Part 5)
The Founder’s Role in Hadassah’s Medical Program
Henrietta Szold attached superlative importance to science and scientific work in the application of the art of medicine. Without science, she stated, we have no future. Our scientific foundations are fundamental and inescapable in the development of Hadassah's health services. With that standard before her, it was natural that shortly after the organization of the Hebrew University a bond was established between its divisions of biological sciences and Hadassah. Date: 1/13/2011


Letter To A Jewish Constituent From Gabrielle Giffords When She Was Running For Congress
Growing up, my family's Jewish roots and tradition played an important role in shaping my values. The women in my family served as strong role models for me as a girl. In my family, if you want to get something done, you take it to the women relatives! Like my grandmother, I am a lifetime member of Hadassah and now a member of Congregation Chaverim. When I served in the State Senate in Arizona, I had the opportunity to visit Jerusalem. It was one of the most memorable experiences of my life. Date: 1/13/2011


Prayers For Tucson
The entire Hadassah community prays for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords as she clings to life, and for the 13 others injured in Saturday's shooting in Tucson. We mourn for those who perished that day, including her aide Gabe Zimmerman, 30; US District Judge John Roll, 63; Christina Green, 9; Dorothy Morris, 76; Phyllis Schneck, 79; and Dorwan Stoddard, 76. Date: 1/10/2011


Remembering Our Friend, Debbie Friedman
The death of Debbie Friedman, a popular and beloved Jewish singer and composer, touches all of us in the Hadassah community. We knew her well, and cherish her memory, her generosity and the music she brought to our lives. Here, from National Board member Barbara Spack, are heartfelt thoughts on her friend of more than three decades. Date: 1/10/2011


Hadassah Foundation Elects New Board
Former WNBA President Donna Orender elected to her third two-year term
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, elected new members to its board of directors and reelected current members, announced Nancy Falchuk, National President of Hadassah, and Carol M. Joseph, Foundation Board Chair. Date: 1/7/2011


Hadassah Welcomes the 112th Congress
On January 5, 2011, 18 Hadassah Members and Associates welcomed the 112th Congress to Washington. Of the 112th Congress, 107 were new members, the largest freshman class in more than sixty years. Throughout the day the group introduced themselves—and Hadassah—to the new representatives, senators and Capitol Hill staff. Date: 1/7/2011


Helping Haiti, Helping Humanity
Date: 1/7/2011


Sara Houghteling To Receive Harold U. Ribalow Prize
Author of "Pictures at an Exhibition" will receive annual literary award
Hadassah Magazine will present the 2010 Harold U. Ribalow Prize at a 3:30 p.m. ceremony on January 31 in New York. Every year, Hadassah Magazine honors an author who has created an outstanding work of fiction on a Jewish theme. Date: 1/7/2011


Selah Leadership Program Accepts Applications until March 1
Date: 1/7/2011


Henrietta Szold - Health Pioneer (Part 4)
The Founder’s Role in Hadassah’s Medical Program
For the first six months after his arrival, an immigrant's health was Hadassah's responsibility. To provide him when he fell ill with a doctor's care, a hospital bed, nursing and drugs, was a relatively simple matter. But that was not the way of Henrietta Szold. She looked beyond the individual to the community as a whole and to the people that was to build a new land. Date: 1/6/2011


Henrietta Szold - Health Pioneer (Part 3)
The Founder’s Role in Hadassah’s Medical Program
The leap from a simple nursing project to a medical program of national and, indeed, governmental scope, came in the midst of World War I. It was the darkest hour in the struggle against the marching German war machine. Date: 1/3/2011


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