Remember Gilad Shalit on International Human Rights Day
Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who was kidnapped by Hamas four years ago, has been denied all access to humanitarian aid despite several visit requests from the International Committee of the Red Cross. This denial is an intolerable trampling of Gilad Shalit’s basic human rights, and an outright breach of the International Declaration of Human Rights and the Geneva Convention
A Special Visitor from Indiana
Some months ago, I was called by the visitors department to come to their office downstairs next to the Chagall Windows, to meet a visitor. This happens several times a day and I didn't think it was different this time.
Paycheck Fairness Vote & CEDAW Hearings
Congress has started the lame-duck session and landmark actions on key women’s issues are just days away!
Young Judaea Volunteers In New Orleans During Winter Break
Students will assist in
Hadassah Election Recap 2010
Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, reaffirms
its historic commitment to encourage informed, individual involvement
in civic affairs, including voter registration and participation.
Remembering Kristallnacht, the “Night of Broken Glass"
November 9 – 10, 1938: the beginning of Hitler’s “final solution.”
The Power of Hadassah
A Friday Story
We are all familiar with the Talmudic saying, “Whoever saves a life, it is as if he has saved an entire world.” Sometimes, when we least expect it, that quote takes on new meaning.
Conference of Presidents Criticizes UNESCO
Leaders of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations strongly criticized the resolution passed recently by UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, in which it labeled the historic and sacred Jewish burial site of Rachel’s Tomb a mosque.
Young Judaea Lowers Tuition To Grow Year Course Program
Despite already robust numbers in its Young Judaea Year Course program, Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, is renewing its commitment to ensure that the program remains at the forefront of long-term opportunities for students in Israel, making it even more affordable. Students can attend a 2011-12 program for as little as $17,700.
Almost A Netletter: The Komen Race for the Cure in Jerusalem
This isn't a formal Jerusalem Netletter. It's a personal letter to you, my Hadassah friends. I'm still overflowing with emotion from the first ever Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Israel, and want to share that excitement with you. Everywhere I go in Jerusalem, I'm receiving thanks to Hadassah for making this event happen. You deserve those thanks, and I'm passing them on to yo
Metropolitan New York Library Council Awards $70,000 In Grants To Support Collaborative Digitization Projects
awarded to four collaborative projects in the New York City and
Westchester region to advance efforts to preserve and expand access to
vital historical and cultural collections.
Using Creativity to Effect Curing
A Friday Story
As you know, research is almost an obsession at Hadassah. Our doctors, nurses, technicians and medical students spend many hours practicing translational medicine – taking their patients problems into the labs and searching for solutions to conditions they confront daily – with the hope that what they learn and accomplish will result in better diagnostic tools, better medications and better treatments.
Howard Kaplan Elected Israel Bonds Executive Committee Chairman
The board of directors of the Development Corporation for Israel (DCI) - widelyknown as State of Israel Bonds - has elected Chicago and national Jewish leader Howard Kaplanas chairman of the. executive committee.
Paycheck Fairness Act!
Thanks to the advocacy of Hadassah’s Email Action Network and our partner organizations, the Paycheck Fairness Act is on the move. Similar legislation has been in Congress for the last 10 years, but it has never been this close to passage before.
Today's Research Is Tomorrow's Therapy
A Friday Story
On Tuesday, we held our annual Hadassah Research Day. It was truly an amazing event. HMO’s young investigators – physicians and scientists – fully supported by many of you, presented the fruits of their research in different fields. Some of the topics they are investigating are: Crohn's disease; Aortic stenosis, a type of valvular heart disease; ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease; Diabetes; Pre-eclampsia, a complication of pregnancy; Lung cancer; and Liver Transplantation in children.
I just had to share the latest exciting event at Hadassah-Ein Kerem, bringing the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower one step closer to reality. It is so moving that I am not waiting for Friday to send it to you.
On Time On Budget
A Friday Story
This week as I was walking from the parking lot towards the Hospital I looked up and saw that work was starting on the 14th floor above ground, the 19th floor of the Tower. The metal casts are being installed so that concrete can be poured on the roof.
WUJS Arts Program Brings Columbus, Ohio, Artist To Israel
One young woman describes how her first trip to Israel changed her life
HMO Update: Being Prepared
A fire drill at the Charlotte R. Bloomberg Mother and Child Center
Speak Out for Tolerance!
In response to recent acts of homophobic bullying and subsequent loss of life, Hadassah joins communities across the country in speaking out against prejudice, harassment and inequity. Hadassah encourages you to speak out for tolerance in your community.
A Standing Ovation for Hadassah Hospital in the City of Lights
A Friday Story
More than 1500 people filled the gilded auditorium and three balconies of the magnificent Theatre du Chatelet for the occasion in the presence of Israel's ambassador to France; his Russian counterpart; Simone Veil, former French Minister of Health and the first President of the European Parliament; French Cabinet ministers, mayors and deputy mayors – old friends and new. An ensemble of young musicians from St. Petersburg presented a musical tribute to Leonard Bernstein, who believed strongly in the healing power of music.
Healthy Baby Born After Frozen Ovarian Tissue Implant
Against almost all odds, 28-year-old Arin Nasser gave birth to a healthy baby boy this week thanks to a unique procedure that involved removing, freezing and implanting slices of her ovarian tissue.
The Growing Sarah Wetsman Davidson Tower
The view from my office window was always beautiful. I could see the Jerusalem hills and the sky. In recent years I have been watching with excitement the growing of the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower. Now, as the skeleton of the building is almost completed, the new tower fills most of the view, and the area of the new atrium is right down there in the front. Yesterday I took a few pictures from my window.
Dr. William Danforth To Be Honored By Hadassah For His Advocacy Of Embryonic Stem Cell Research
Hadassah will honor Dr. William Danforth at Framing the Future on Sunday, September 26 at the Danforth Plant Science Center. Danforth is being recognized for his role in the passage of the Missouri Stem Cell Amendment protecting Missourians from any attempt to ban stem cell research and therapies that are permitted under federal law and available to other Americans.
Urge Senate to Pass Paycheck Fairness Act!
The Paycheck Fairness Act passed the House in January of 2009, but now sits in a Senate committee waiting to be placed for a vote. Eighty-four percent of American voters support legislation to help women achieve fair wages1. With only three weeks until the end of the Congressional Session, we must act now!
A Bridge Over Troubled Waters
We all know that sometimes things are not what they seem, that first impressions are not always accurate and that our worst fears can be groundless. Yet sometimes, the cause for concern is very real.
Hadassah Backs Continued Stem Cell Research Funding
In response to a lawsuit challenging current stem cell research funding, a U.S. District Court judge has issued an injunction temporarily stopping all government funding for human embryonic stem cell research pending the appeal process.
It's Not Easy Being Green, But We're Doing our Part
A Friday Story
Our concern for the environment is another source of pride, but less well-known. Our efforts take many forms – within the Medical Center and in the community.
High Holiday Services on Shalom TV
For the first time on national cable television, Jewish High Holiday services will be carried across the country on Shalom TV, the free Video on Demand Jewish cable network available in more than 38 million homes. Designed for those unable to attend a synagogue service, the Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur congregational programs begin airing on Shalom TV the week of September 5.
On August 28, Gilad will mark his 24th birthday –
his fifth in captivity. The
Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations is launching a
new website, www.giladgreetings.org,
to provide people across the United States, in Israel and around the world a
vehicle to express their solidarity with Gilad and his family.
A Lion With a Prison Past
A Friday Story
It’s not every day that an official Israel Prison escort vehicle pulls up at our doors — especially not one bringing a large paper-mâché sculpture of a lion – but that’s exactly what happened yesterday at Hadassah-Ein Kerem.
Ron Rudolph had enough experience in construction back in Butte, Montana to help built a therapeutic farm in Jerusalem this summer.
Someone Else Who Has Been Helped Because of You and Hadassah
Just after Shabbat ended last week, family members rushed their 65-year-old father (we’ll call him Yair) to the Judy and Sidney Swartz Center for Emergency Medicine. They said his speech had suddenly become garbled and he was experiencing weakness on the right side of his body.
Hadassah, the Early Years on Exhibit
From now until the end of August, the Jerusalem Theater’s vast lobby is displaying “The Healing of the Daughter of My People – Hadassah, the Early Years,” a pictorial exhibit of some of Hadassah’s activities in pre-State Israel and during the first decades of the State.
Hadassah Honors 10 Miami Women With 2010 Judith Epstein Young Leadership Award
Ten women from the Galim Chapter, Greater Miami
Region, won the 2010 Judith Epstein Young Leadership Award for their community
project, Moonwalk Back to the ‘80s. The
award was presented on July 25 by Kathy Hershfield, Young Women’s chair,
at Hadassah’s National Convention in Hollywood, FL. Hadassah presents this
honor each year to young leaders whose community project most successfully
Hadassah Honors Young Women’s Council Of Harrisburg
2010 Judith Epstein Young Leadership Award Runner-Up
Eleven women from the Harrisburg Chapter, Northern Seaboard Region, were runners-up for the 2010 Judith Epstein Young Leadership Award for founding the Young Women’s Council of Harrisburg. The award was announced at Hadassah’s National Convention in Hollywood, FL. Hadassah presents this honor each year to young leaders whose community project most successfully promotes Hadassah.
Urge Senate to Ratify CEDAW:
The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women
Since, 1980, Hadassah has shown its strong support for ratification of CEDAW and affirmed in 1994 that “it is imperative that the United States, a leader in the human rights arena and an active party in drafting the document, honor its international commitments and ratify the Convention . . .” Hadassah is proud to join the CEDAW Task Force of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights for a Week of Action to support U.S. ratification.
Hadassah Goes to Market
As we gear up for the weekend - and many people here are getting ready to go shopping at Jerusalem's Machane Yehuda market - I wanted to share this with you.
Join in JNF's Forest Fire Emergency Campaign to Raise $1 Million
On Tuesday, June 29, 2010, forest fires raged across Israel, destroying over 300,000 trees and burning over 750 acres of forested and open areas. Arson is suspected in many cases, and conditions worsened due to Israel's severe heat wave.
Zionism Lives and Breathes: A Puerto Rican Perspective
As a first-time delegate at the World Zionist Congress I was particularly interested in reading Professor Gil Troy's opinion piece of June 16 about the Congress. With all due respect to Professor Troy, I was disappointed in how critical he was of the Congress.
Thank You for Supporting Comprehensive Iran Sanctions
As the leading state sponsor of international terrorism, a nuclear-armed Iran would pose unacceptable threats to Israel, the United States and to the world.
Former Prime Minister of Spain Calls for Unwavering Support of Israel by the West
For far too long now it has been unfashionable in Europe to speak up for Israel. In the wake of the recent incident on board a ship full of anti-Israeli activists in the Mediterranean, it is hard to think of a more unpopular cause to champion.
Sandra L. Gomberg Named President & Chief Executive Officer of Temple University Hospital
Sandra L. Gomberg, RN, MSN, has beennamed President and Chief Executive Officer of Temple University Hospital(TUH), effective immediately. Temple University Hospital is the flagshiphospital of the Temple University Health System and the primary academicteaching site for Temple University’s School of Medicine.
Remarks by Rabbi Jackie Ellenson
Rabbi Jackie Ellenson delivered remarks to the Executive Committee on Wednesday, June 9, 2010.
Update from Ron Krumer, Director, External Relations, HMO, Jerusalem
It is not yet 3:00 p.m. and I have already been involved in so many things here at Hadassah. I started my day handling the media and other public aspects of treating two policemen who were shot in a terror attack south of Hebron.
Bernice S. Tannenbaum Prize Recipient Honored
The Hadassah Foundation
awarded the Bernice S. Tannenbaum Prize to Lena Gurary, Executive
Director of Supportive Community: Women’s Development Center [Sviva Tomehet],
on June 7th in New York City.
Reid Statement Supporting Israel’s Right To Self-Defense
Nevada Senator Harry Reid released the following statement today in reaction to the recent incident in the Mediterranean Sea
Hadassah Engaged in Gaza Flotilla Situation
Over the last few days, Hadassah representatives have been actively engaged in the unfolding Gaza Flotilla situation. Yesterday, Hadassah hosted a presentation by Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations, Gabriela Shalev, to the Jewish Non-Governmental Organizations affiliated with the U.N. Economic and Social Council.
Ros-Lehtinen Discusses Support for Israel with National President of Hadassah
U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Ranking Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, met earlier today with Ms. Nancy Falchuk, the National President of Hadassah.
Remarks By President Obama at Reception in Honor of Jewish American Heritage Month
President Obama welcomes the first ever event held at the White House to honor Jewish American Heritage Month.