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Slavery: A Modern-Day Reality
Central to the celebration of Passover is the remembrance that once we were slaves, and now we are free. Tragically, slavery remains a modern-day reality for an estimated 27 million people worldwide—more than at any other time in history. Date: 4/17/2014


As Knesset Weighs Official Celebration of Aliyah, One Olah Reflects on Emigration
As the Knesset weighs a bill to recognize a day to celebrate making aliyah, one emigrant from Connecticut reflects on the journey that brought her to make aliyah. Date: 4/10/2014


Support Fair Pay for Women & Families
Today—April 8, 2014—is Equal Pay Day and there is work to do! Women make 77 cents to a man’s dollar and a single mother of two working full-time at minimum-wage is living nearly $4,000 below the federal poverty line. America’s women and families are worth more and they deserve better!
Date: 4/8/2014


The Peace Process: Updates & Uncertainty
Over the last nine months, Israelis and Palestinians have been engaged in peace negotiations coordinated by Secretary of State John Kerry. As part of the peace negotiation framework, set to expire April 29, 2014, Israel agreed to release 104 convicted terrorists in four stages and the Palestinians agreed to delay seeking any additional recognition by the United Nations and other international authorities. Date: 4/2/2014


Hadassah Foundation Celebrates Graduation of Training for Orthodox Women
Hadassah Foundation Director Rabbi Ellen Flax gave out the graduation certificates to the ten women who graduated from the joint Training Program for Haredi Early Childhood Education Counselors, at the Hebrew University. Date: 3/28/2014


Advocate for Israel's Security
Within the last 24 hours, over 70 rockets were launched at southern Israel and three rockets headed for population centers were intercepted by the Iron Dome system. Date: 3/13/2014


Hadassah Foundation Announces New Leadership
NEW YORK — The Hadassah Foundation is excited to announce five new board members, hailing from California, New York and Wisconsin. Date: 3/13/2014


Building Bridges to Peace through Medicine
The rationale for the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel is based on generalities—many of them uninformed—about how different populations live, work, study, and co-exist in the region. In reality, Jews and Arabs, Israelis and Palestinians, collaborate and cooperate on a daily basis in a hundred arenas. Date: 2/28/2014


Hadassah Medical Organization Update
Just before Shabbat in Israel, the Hadassah Medical Organization (HMO) announced that it is filing with the courts for Section 350 – the Israeli law that allows for an organization to restructure. Date: 2/10/2014


Hadassah Announces Hadassah Shabbat Zachor
Press Release
Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, Inc. is excited to announce the creation of an annual Hadassah Shabbat to be held on the Shabbat preceding Purim. Shabbat Zachor holds particular importance as Hadassah was founded during Purim and was Esther's Hebrew name. Hadassah is encouraging rabbis and congregations to become part of the first Hadassah Shabbat Zachor on March 14 and 15, 2014. Date: 2/3/2014


February is Hadassah Women's Heart Health Month
Every Beat Counts: Hadassah's Heart Health Program, is educating women from coast to coast about the causes of heart disease, how women's symptoms differ from men's,, and how to protect yourself with a heart healthy lifestyle. Date: 1/31/2014


Stand Up For Israel
February 24-March 2 is the 10th Annual Israeli Apartheid Week in the United States, which will feature anti-Israel events, film screenings, and Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) initiatives on college campuses and in communities throughout the country. Date: 1/30/2014


Take Action for Human Trafficking Prevention Month
Every day, women and children are forced, defrauded, or coerced into labor or sexual exploitation. In recent years, the United Nations, as well as the United States and Israel have made significant progress towards the elimination of trafficking; however, there is still much work to be done. Date: 1/30/2014


Jerusalem Netletter Tu B’Shevat 5774
Barbara Sofer
Barbara Sofer wishes us a Happy Tu B'Shevat from Jerusalem and gives us an update on "Hadassah's Pot Pioneer," a researcher at Hadassah who has been studying the impact of marijuana on the sick for decades. Date: 1/16/2014


Reproductive Rights after Roe v. Wade
Today is the 41st anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade, recognizing a woman’s constitutional right to make her own reproductive health choices—including seeking access to legal abortion. Date: 1/14/2014


Urge Congress to Prevent a Nuclear Iran
Last week, Hadassah released a statementcriticizing the American Studies Association decision to issue a boycott of Israeli academic institutions. Hadassah is a staunch advocate against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which aims to tarnish and delegitimize the State of Israel. Hadassah maintains its long—standing policy against all forms of organized boycotts—opposing destructive actions in favor of constructive dialogue in order to pursue a future of peace in the Middle East. Date: 1/14/2014


Hadassah Remembers Ariel Sharon
Controversial, complex, militant, and bigger-than-life, Ariel Sharon was one of a kind. He was an IDF hero: a major general during Israel's Six-Day War and head of the Armored Reserve Division in the 1973 Yom Kippur War. His devotion to Israel, and Israeli independence, was fierce and legendary. Date: 1/11/2014


What's Happening at Hadassah
Diary of A Director General
It is my privilege and pleasure to continue the tradition of HMO Directors General and periodically share with you some of the interesting and exciting events that take place every day here at HMO. Date: 1/10/2014


Support Israel & Academic Freedom
Last week, Hadassah released a statementcriticizing the American Studies Association decision to issue a boycott of Israeli academic institutions. Hadassah is a staunch advocate against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which aims to tarnish and delegitimize the State of Israel. Hadassah maintains its long—standing policy against all forms of organized boycotts—opposing destructive actions in favor of constructive dialogue in order to pursue a future of peace in the Middle East. Date: 12/23/2013


American Studies Association Decision to Adopt an Israel Boycott Resolution a Violation of Academic Freedom
Hadassah joins with the Israel Action Network in expressing concern about the American Studies Association's (ASA) recent decision to adopt a boycott of Israeli academic institutions. The Israel Action Network (IAN) is a strategic initiative of The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) in partnership with the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA), of which Hadassah is a member. Date: 12/17/2013


Neurim Youth Village Kids Revel with Music Gifted by Hadassah
Nothing is as enticing as an opened package, but kids at Hadassah Neurim Youth Aliyah Village waited patiently to open theirs because one of Israel's hottest music groups was coming to open the packages together with them. Date: 12/17/2013


Advocate for Gun Control in Memory of Sandy Hook
Tomorrow is the one-year anniversary of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, which ended the lives of 20 students and 6 staff members. Since then, more than 11,000 Americans have been murdered by guns. Join coalition partners in today’s interfaith call-in and advocacy day to end gun violence! Date: 12/16/2013


International Human Rights Day 2013
Today is International Human Rights Day—65 years since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the United Nations. Eleanor Roosevelt, the U.S. Delegate to the United Nations—and Honorary Chairwoman of Hadassah’s Youth Aliyah—chaired the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, created in 1947, and championed the creation of the declaration. Date: 12/10/2013


Buy Israeli Goods for Hanukkah
In welcoming a new Israeli law that expands the size of the Israeli rabbinical judge selection committee and ensures women’s representation, Marcie Natan, national president of Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, released the following statement. Date: 12/4/2013


Hadassah Responds to the NYTimes article
In her important November 26 article, "In Israel, a Push to Screen for Cancer Gene Leaves Many Conflicted," Roni Caryn Rabin delves into a complicated subject; however she fails to fully give credit where credit is due. Date: 11/27/2013


Interim Agreement on Iranian Nuclear Program
Hadassah, The Women's Zionist Organization of America, Inc., joins with the Jewish Council for Public Affairs in its response to the interim agreement on the Iranian nuclear program. Date: 11/25/2013


Francesca Segal to Receive Harold U. Ribalow Prize
Author Francesca Segalis the winner of the 2013 Harold U. Ribalow Prize for outstanding Jewish fiction.Hadassah Magazinehas presented the literary award for 30 years. Segal will be honored December 4th in New York City. Date: 11/21/2013


November is Diabetes Awareness Month
Diabetes is an international epidemic that affects 25.8 million Americans. Over 10% of all women in the US have diabetes. Read more Date: 11/21/2013


Urge Senate to Support Fair Minimum Wage Act
Press Release
For the past four years, the federal minimum wage has been stuck at just $7.25 per hour and the rate for tipped workers ($2.13 per hour) has not increased in over twenty years! Far too many American families are living paycheck to paycheck—struggling to afford life’s most basic necessities. Date: 11/20/2013


Hadassah Pledges Relief and Aid to Victims of Typhoon Haiyan
Press Release
In response to the deadly typhoon in the Philippines that has already left tens of thousands of innocent victims dead and countless others suffering, members of the worldwide medical community have joined together to do all they can to lend a helping hand. Date: 11/14/2013


Remembering Kristallnacht
Kristallnacht—The Night of Broken Glass—was the beginning of Hitler's Final Solution and the Shoah. On November 9, 1938 Nazi storm troopers in Germany and Austria ransacked, demolished and burnt 1000 synagogues, 7000 Jewish businesses, countless Jewish schools, hospitals and community buildings. Rampant looting took place—not by the Nazis, but by civilians. Violence erupted in hundreds of communities, some where only a few Jewish families lived. Almost 100 Jews were murdered and 30,000 were sent off to concentration camps. Date: 11/8/2013


Senate Passes LGBT Employment Non-Discrimination Act
November 7, 2013, the Senate passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would ban employment decisions on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The bill passed the Senate in a bipartisan vote of 64-32, but it now moves to the House, where it faces tough opposition. Thank your Senators for standing up against discrimination and urge your Representatives to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA)! Date: 11/7/2013


Women's Rights Update
Press Release
Eighty percent of all working women will become pregnant at some point in their lifetime. Today marks the 35th Anniversary of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, but more still needs to be done to protect pregnant workers' rights. Date: 10/31/2013


Professor Yoram Weiss Named New Medical Director of Hadassah’s Ein Kerem Hospital
Hadassah Medical Organization Director General Avigdor Kaplan has named Hadassah physician Prof Yoram Weiss as the new medical director of Hadassah Ein Kerem. Date: 10/17/2013


Hadassah Remembers Former Prime Minister of Israel Yitzchak Rabin z"l
Former Prime Minister of Israel Yitzchak Rabin z"l was a Sabra who served in the IDF in both the Palmach and the Haganah. Rabin was one of the fighters who opened the road to Jerusalem in 1948. Date: 10/15/2013


Hadassah on Shalom TV
Hadassah was on Shalom TV Tuesday, October 9. Date: 10/9/2013


Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America Mourns Passing of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef
Press Release
Former Chief Sephardic Rabbi Cared for in Final Days by Hadassah Medical Organization Date: 10/7/2013


Hadassah Welcomes Women of the Wall Announcement Regarding Prayer at Kotel
Press Release
Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, Inc., welcomed yesterday's announcement that the Women of the Wall Executive Board voted to support, in principle, the proposal which would establish an egalitarian section at the Western Wall Plaza. Date: 10/7/2013


2013 United Nations General Assembly Speeches
Press Release
Since the opening of the 68th United Nations General Assembly last week, leaders from around the globe have delivered addresses to the international community. The leaders of the United States, Israel, the Palestinian Authority and Iran all spoke about the future of the Middle East, the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and the Iranian nuclear program. Below are excerpts from these speeches, and links to the full transcripts and videos. Date: 10/2/2013


Sukkot: Rejoicing in the World's Beauty
Sukkot is an eight-day celebration of the Earth's harvest. In the days of the Temple, Jews flocked to Jerusalem to take part in a water ceremony as well as numerous grain and animal sacrifices. Today, we traditionally participate in a number of rituals that bring us in contact with the wonders of the world around us Date: 9/18/2013


Harvest With a Goal
Before dawn on the day before the harvest festival of Sukkoth, a dozen and a half teens are crouching in the vineyards of Meir Shfeya Youth Village, picking the best purple clusters. Their classmates are already on holiday vacation, but they have volunteered to stay behind to help with the grape harvest of the ripe carignan grapes that will be used for the village winery. This fieldwork will also help compensate the Village for their participation in the forthcoming educational trip to Ethiopia in November. Most of the students come from Ethiopian backgrounds—they were either born in Ethiopia or are children of immigrants from Ethiopia. Others are non-Ethiopian Israelis who were chosen for outstanding citizenship in the village. Date: 9/17/2013


Wreath Laid in Israel on Behalf of Hadassah
Barbara Goldstein, Deputy Director of the Hadassah Office in Israel, laid a memorial wreath on behalf of 330,000 members, Associates and supporters of Hadassah at the 9/11 JNF/KKL Memorial Ceremony in the Jerusalem Forest on September 11, 2013. Date: 9/13/2013


Hadassah Academic College Breaks Ground for Helmsley Science Center
Hadassah Academic College broke ground in late spring for a new seven-story Interdisciplinary Science Center building. Date: 9/11/2013


Jerusalem Netletter: Holiday Wishes and a Request
The Jerusalem Netletter
Yom Kippur 2013
Date: 9/11/2013


Joe Sondock's Meaningful Mitzvah Project
Joe Sondock of Houston, TX, chose Hadassah to receive the proceeds of his bar mitzvah project. What made him perform this act of tzedakah? Date: 9/11/2013


IMPORTANT: Read Hadassah's Readiness Plan
Dear Friends,
Given the growing Syrian situation, Israel finds itself once again in a time of potential crisis and needs our dedicated support. We, at Hadassah, are doing everything we can in the United States, Israel and around the world to ensure that we continue to provide our mission driven support quickly, efficiently and effectively.
Read the full letter>>
Date: 8/30/2013


Women's Equality Day 2013
Press Release
Ninety-three years ago today, the 19th Amendment—granting women the right to vote—was officially adopted as part of the United States Constitution. In 1971, Congresswoman—and Hadassah Member—Bella Abzug championed the creation of Women’s Equality Day on August 26 to commemorate the amendment’s passage. Date: 8/26/2013


INFOGRAPHIC: Get the Facts on Heart Disease
Get the facts on heart disease. Date: 8/21/2013


White House Meeting For Jewish Leaders
A report from Janice Weinman, Hadassah Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, with highlights from a meeting at the White House for leaders of major Jewish organizations with Secretary of State John Kerry and other officials, August 9, 2013. Date: 8/9/2013


Hadassah Awards $280,000+ in Young Judaea Scholarships
Hadassah awarded over $280,000 in scholarships for Young Judaea summer camps and Israel programs in June. The scholarships enabled some 270 children and young adults to participate in YJ programs. Date: 8/7/2013


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