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Plans for Second Gaza Flotilla Halted

Plans for a second Gaza Flotilla were halted today when Greek authorities announced that the ships would not be granted the necessary departure paperwork. The Council of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations released a statement encouraging member agencies to thank the government of Greece for its actions. The statement can be found below.

Date: 7/5/2011


Kol HaKavod to Three Hadassah Physicians
Date: 6/27/2011


Obesity is “Shaping” our Children
In 2008, the US Surgeon General declared that overweight and obesity have reached epidemic proportions in this country. Over nine million children age six to19 are overweight. Physical inactivity and poor diet are catching up on our youth and posing a significant threat to health. Date: 6/23/2011


Hadassah Remembers Charlotte R. Bloomberg
Hadassah mourns the passing of Charlotte R. Bloomberg, an inspiration to the entire Zionist movement, who died Sunday, June 19, in Medford, Mass. She was 102. In addition to having the Mother and Child Center at Hadassah Ein Kerem named for her, Mrs. Bloomberg was the oldest living alumna of Hadassah’s premier youth program, Young Judaea, as well as a generous supporter of it. Date: 6/21/2011


Supreme Court Decision Underscores Need for Paycheck Fairness Act
June 20th, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a 5-4 decision in the Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., v. Betty Dukes case, denying Wal-Mart's 1.6 million female employees the opportunity to sue the retail giant collectively for gender-based employment discrimination. Hadassah co-signed an amicus brief in the case with the National Women's Law Center, American Civil Liberties Union and others in support the women's class action. Date: 6/21/2011


Hadassah Calls for Compassion for Pollard
Hadassah joins the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations in their call for humanitarian compassion to allow Jonathan Pollard to attend the funeral of his father, who passed away on Sunday. Date: 6/20/2011


The Medium and the Message
A Friday Story
It's interesting to ponder whether the world we see in the movies reflects reality or if what is portrayed becomes part of our perceptions. For those of us who practice medicine, we have to wonder if the doctors who appear on the screen bear any resemblance to the doctors we know. Date: 6/17/2011


Hadassah Announces New Vision For Young Judaea
Young Judaea, the world’s premiere Zionist youth movement, will launch as an independent organization under a bold initiative announced today by Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, which has supported the program for more than 70 years. Date: 6/16/2011


Hadassah Foundation Awards Third Annual Bernice S. Tannenbaum Prize
Recipient is a Writer, Graphic Designer for Jewish Women International
The Hadassah Foundation today presented its Bernice S. Tannenbaum Prize honoring innovative contributions to advance the status of women and girls in Israel and the United States to Danielle Cantor. Cantor is Associate Editor at Jewish Woman, Jewish Women International’s magazine, and Design and Communications Manager for JWI. Date: 6/16/2011


Put Your Stamp On History!
Help Design Israel's Hadassah Centennial Stamp
The Israeli Government will issue a Hadassah Centennial Stamp in 2012. Here's your chance to brainstorm with the committee in Israel. Send your ideas for concept and design to hoi@hadassah.org BY JULY 15. There are no restrictions on size or shape of art. Date: 6/13/2011


The Mind Reader
A Friday Story
We have all heard stories about people awakening from comas and recounting conversations they heard while they were "under." Yet, much of the information we have about the brain functions of comatose people is anecdotal; much of the medical knowledge is based on subjective assessments and - until recently - there have not been any objective clinical measurements. Date: 6/13/2011


Hadassah Foundation To Award Third Annual Bernice S. Tannenbaum Prize
Recipient is a Writer, Graphic Designer for Jewish Women International
The Hadassah Foundation will present its Bernice S. Tannenbaum Prize honoring innovative contributions to advance the status of women and girls in Israel and the United States to Danielle Cantor. Cantor is Associate Editor at Jewish Woman, Jewish Women International’s magazine, and Design and Communications Manager for JWI. She will receive the award on June 14. Date: 6/7/2011


Shavuot Begins Tonight
Shavuot, the Feast of Weeks, is a two-day festival (one day in Israel and more liberal communities) celebrated seven weeks after Passover. Date: 6/7/2011


Young Judaea Marching
More than 200 Young Judaeans, Hadassah members, Alumni and parents came out to march up 5th Avenue to show support for the State of Israel. Led by High School Senior and Year Course bound participant, Rory Vinokur, dressed as the YJ Lion, the Judaeans joined 30,000 marchers and over a million New York spectators. The Judaeans sang Israeli songs along the entire route and cheered loudly to all who were watchin Date: 6/7/2011


Zion Gate, Old City of Jerusalem
It's a sunny Thursday morning in Jerusalem, and one extended family after another gathers in the passageway near the half-a-millennium-old Zion Gate. Moms, Dads, grandparents, cousins from abroad exchange family news and hugs. Date: 6/6/2011


June 6th - A Date to Remember
A Friday Story
The date was June 6th. The year 1967. Teddy Kolleck was the Mayor of Jerusalem; Prof. Kalman J. Mann, the Director General of the Hadassah Medical Organization. The Israel Defense Forces had just recaptured Mount Scopus where the buildings of Hadassah's first hospital and the nearby Hebrew University lay abandoned. Date: 6/3/2011


Following in Mom's Footsteps
In 1992, Rabbi Naamah (Naami) Kelman became the first woman ordained in Israel by the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR). She currently is Dean of the school’s Jerusalem campus. Date: 6/2/2011


Hadassah Commends U.S. Decision to Avoid Durban III
Hadassah joins the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations and the Jewish Council for Public Affairs in commending the U.S. State Department decision not to participate in the Durban III Conference scheduled for September 2011 in New York City. Date: 6/2/2011


Bridge Over Troubled Land
The Jewish Week
Since Israel was founded, and especially during the Intifada of 2000-2004, Hadassah's Jerusalem hospitals have been known as bridges of peace, where the staff provides its medical expertise equally to people of every religion, nationality and political persuasion. Date: 6/1/2011


The Power of A Child's Heart
A Friday Story
Date: 5/27/2011


ADL Applauds Prime Minister Netanyahu's Address Before Congress
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today applauded Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for reaffirming the close relationship between the United States and Israel, for eloquently describing Israel’s role as the only democracy in the Middle East, and for reiterating Israel’s commitment to negotiating a lasting peace with the Palestinians. Date: 5/24/2011


Boston’s Nancy Falchuk Honored By Hadassah
Falchuk, Hadassah National President, to be recognized at gala event
As Nancy Falchuk of Newton nears the end of her four-year tenure as National President of Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Hadassah’s Boston Chapter plans to celebrate her many accomplishments on Thursday, May 19. Date: 5/24/2011


Conference of Presidents Lauds Prime Minister Netanyahu's Commitment to Peace and U.S.-Israel Relationship
In his second address to a joint session of Congress, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the sixth Israeli Prime Minister to receive this honor, emphasized Israel’s commitment to peace along with its need for enduring security. Date: 5/24/2011


Hadassah Announces Major Increase In Lifetime Memberships
24,000 new lifetime memberships have raised more than $2 million
Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, today announced that since January 1, national lifetime membership has increased by 24,023 people, thanks to Hadassah’s Centennial Campaign. Date: 5/24/2011


Netanyahu Addresses AIPAC, Congress
Hadassah joins the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations in lauding Prime Minister Netanyahu’s commitment to peace and a strong U.S.-Israel relationship Date: 5/24/2011


Read President Obama’s remarks at the AIPAC Conference

Largest AIPAC Conference Ever in Washington, D.C.

More than 10,000 pro-Israel activists from all 50 states attended the AIPAC Policy Conference 2011 in Washington, D.C., Sunday evening, March 22 through Tuesday, March 24. The theme of the conference was "U.S. and Israel: Better Together." Read more
Date: 5/23/2011


Update: U.S. - Israel Relations
Hadassah reaffirms its unwavering support for the democratically elected government of Israel and its commitment to both Israel’s security and the hope for peace.
Date: 5/23/2011


Hadassah Responds To Abbas Op-Ed In New York Times
An op-ed by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas was published this week in the New York Times. Nancy Falchuk, National President of Hadassah, the Womens Zionist Organization of America, issued the following statement in response. Date: 5/18/2011


Demonstrations and Violence at Israel's Borders
In the days following Israel's Yom Ha'Atzma'ut celebrations, thousands of Israel's neighbors marked Yawm an-Naqba (meaning "Day of Catastrophe") by mourning Israel's creation with demonstrations and violence. Date: 5/17/2011


Peace, Music, Jerusalem: WUJS Program Offers Life Experience And Helps Realize Career Goals
A Houstonian is spending the next half-year in Israel promoting Israeli-Palestinian coexistence through the medium of music. Date: 5/12/2011


Rare Henrietta Szold Archival Film To Be Screened
Anthology Film Archives and the Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York are excited to present this follow-up to last year’s highly successful one-night program of films from the New York area’s diverse community of archives, museums, and libraries. Date: 5/10/2011


WUJS Alumni Invitation
Date: 5/9/2011


Hadassah Acknowledges Significance Of Commitment To Birthright Israel
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg issued a proclamation on Wednesday declaring May Birthright Israel Month in New York. Date: 5/6/2011


Hadassah Applauds Longtime Volunteer, Staffer, For Being Named Official Beaconlighter
NEW YORK – Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, salutes Barbara Goldstein, deputy director of the Hadassah Office in Israel, for being named by an Israeli Independence Day committee to serve as one of 12 people to light a beacon of hope at Israel’s Independence Day ceremony. Independence Day, Yom Ha’atzmaut, will be celebrated on Monday, May 9 this year. Date: 5/5/2011


Joyful Mother Of Children: Part 7
Youth Aliyah Under Henrietta Szold
At the end of August 1942 the Youth Aliyah office was thrown into a state of excitement by the report that 933 Jewish children - attached to a group of 14,000 Poles - had landed at Pahlevi, the Persian port on the Caspian Sea. Miss Szold reported: Date: 5/4/2011


Harness The Power Of Truth
Imagine living for 65 years not knowing what happened to a family member during the Holocaust and then suddenly discovering the truth in a document you never knew existed. Date: 5/3/2011


Urge Congress to Oppose H.R. 3
Tomorrow, Wednesday, May 4, the House will vote on the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act (H.R. 3)—the most recent attack on women's reproductive rights from Congress and state legislatures across the country Date: 5/3/2011


First Ever "Celebrate Israel Run"
Never doubt that one person can make a difference. We all know this is true – Henrietta Szold did it almost 100 years ago; and following in her footsteps, each of us is making a difference on the national level and in our own units. Date: 5/2/2011


Our Nation Remembers the Holocaust
Why do we remember? The President's Commission on the Holocaust states: "Remembering can instill caution, fortify restraint, and protect against future evil or indifference." Date: 5/2/2011


Shema
A Poem By Holocaust survivor Primo Levi Date: 4/29/2011


Joyful Mother Of Children: Part 6
Youth Aliyah Under Henrietta Szold
Miss Szold's absorption in the Youth Aliyah did not divert her attention from the needs of children born in Palestine or brought there by immigrant parents. She regarded the problem from the vantage point - disadvantage would be more accurate - of her social service directorship in the Va’ad Leumi and its meager resources. When the 1936 certificate schedule was held up, Miss Szold devised a plan. Date: 4/28/2011


The Jerusalem Netletter 13 Nissan 5771, April 17, 2011
As you make the last arrangements for Pesach, I'm sure that your heart, like mine, alternates between plans for the future and memories of Pesach past. Yes, I remember the huge political fight I had at the table when I arrived fresh from my campus demonstrations in the 1960's. Date: 4/18/2011


Remembering Gilad Shalit in Your Seder
For Gilad Shalit, the Seder night will not be different from all other nights.  As Jews world-over sit down at the Seder table next week with family and friends to celebrate z'man heruteynu, the festival of our freedom, Gilad Shalit spends his fourth Pesach in captivity.  His Hamas captors continue to deny him any contact with his family or the outside world.  But he remains in our thoughts and prayers. Date: 4/15/2011


Urge Your Senator to Support Rescinding the Goldstone Report
In a Washington Post op-ed, Judge Richard Goldstone, chair of the Goldstone Report on the 2008-2009 Gaza war, retracted the essential findings of that report. Judge Goldstone clarifies, "Unlike Hamas, Israel did not intentionally, as a matter of policy, target civilians in its 2008-2009 war to stop indiscriminate rocket attacks from Gaza." The JCPA, of which Hadassah is a member organization, welcomed Judge Goldstone's disavowal of the 2009 UN Human Rights Council-sponsored Commission Report bearing his name.  Date: 4/14/2011


Dedication of The Marlene Greenebaum Breast Center
Baltimore resident Marlene Greenebaum knows full well how a diagnosis of breast cancer and the subsequent treatment impacts a woman’s life and the lives of her loved ones. She and her husband, Stewart, also know that the earlier the diagnosis and intervention, the better chance of survival, which is why they have been the moving force behind the creation of the Multidisciplinary Breast Center at the Hadassah University Medical Center that bears her name. Date: 4/13/2011


Wear Red for Equal Pay Day Tomorrow!
“If you would wear lower cut shirts, you would probably get more pay.” — Quote from a male Wal-Mart Manager, mentioned in the Dukes v. Wal-Mart case Date: 4/11/2011


El Al Israel Airlines Transports 79 Tons Of Medical Equipment To Japan To Aid The Earthquake And Tsunami Relief Efforts
EL AL Israel Airlines recently carried 79 tons of medical supplies to Narita, Japan on a 747-400 freighter aircraft. Date: 4/8/2011


The Enormous Impact of Cochlear Implants
A Friday Story
With little fanfare and a great deal of success, for over two decades specialists in the Hadassah’s Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery – which all of us refer to as ENT – have been changing people’s lives. Nearly 500 people have benefited from their expertise in cochlear implantation. Date: 4/8/2011


Joyful Mother Of Children: Part 5
Youth Aliyah Under Henrietta Szold
At dawn on the morning of September 1, 1939, a "Kindertransport" of 60 children, including 31 Youth Aliyah candidates, arrived at the English channel port of Harwich. They had left a Germany poised for attack and had been rushed through Holland which was mobilizing for defense. Date: 4/6/2011


Life Looking Up for People with Down Syndrome
A Friday Story
On March 21, World Down Syndrome Day is observed in many places throughout the world – including Israel. The date –3/21 – represents the 3 copies of chromosome 21 that are unique to people with Down syndrome.  Date: 4/5/2011


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