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.
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)!
Women's Rights Update
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.
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.
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.
Hadassah on Shalom TV
Hadassah was on Shalom TV Tuesday, October 9.
Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America Mourns Passing of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef
Former Chief Sephardic Rabbi Cared for in Final Days by Hadassah Medical Organization
Hadassah Welcomes Women of the Wall Announcement Regarding Prayer at Kotel
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.
2013 United Nations General Assembly Speeches
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Jerusalem Netletter: Holiday Wishes and a Request
The Jerusalem Netletter
Yom Kippur 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?
IMPORTANT: Read Hadassah's Readiness Plan
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>>
Women's Equality Day 2013
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.
INFOGRAPHIC: Get the Facts on Heart Disease
Get the facts on heart disease.
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.
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.
Hadassah International Update
Hadassah International has been
active over the past few months in Moscow, Melbourne, London and Brussels, raising
funds for Hadassah’s hospitals at Ein Kerem and Mount Scopus, while opening new
doors and telling the Hadassah story around the world.
Hadassah Celebrates 20 Years of Family and Medical Leave Act, Advocates for Expanding Paid Leave Opportunities
This week, Hadassah, The Women's Zionist Organization of America, recognizes the 20th anniversary of the implementation of the Family and Medical Leave Act and urges Congress to expand paid leave opportunities for American workers.
Hadassah Approves New Policy Statements
Yesterday, Hadassah concluded its 2013 National Business Meeting by voting on three key policy issues. Hadassah’s National Board and delegates approved a statement in support of women’s economic equity and security, and reaffirmed two statements in support of medical research funding—especially funding for women's health research.
Hadassah Supports Netanyahu's, Kerry's Leadership in Resumption of Peace Talks
Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, today expressed support for the United States and Israel, as well as the Palestinians, during Middle East peace talks due to resume this week. Marcie Natan, national president of Hadassah, released the following statement:
Hadassah Academic College Student Develops New Hearing Device
Mor Schwarzberg, a student at Hadassah Academic College's department of Inclusive Industrial Design has created a new instrument by which the hearing impaired can experience music and film.
Hadassah Centennial Campaign Wins Roaring Lion Award
Hadassah's Centennial Public Relations Campaign won the award for best public campaign of the year 2012 at the annual Roaring Lions ceremony of the Israel Public Relations Associations at Tel Aviv University on Monday.
Hadassah Magazine Wins Nine Rockower Awards
As in many previous years, Hadassah magazine won more awards than any other publication (magazine, newspaper or website), and more than all other magazines combined.
Hadassah Reaffirms Support for LGBT Equality
Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, welcomes yesterday's Supreme Court rulings which call the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional and dismiss California's Proposition 8, expanding same-sex couples' access to federal and other benefits. In response to these landmark decisions, Marcie Natan, Hadassah's national president, released the following statement.
Hadassah Reaffirms its Resolution on a Woman's Right to Choose
Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, condemns the passage of the nationwide ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and views this legislation as an encroachment on a woman’s right to reproductive choice, an invasion of privacy and an erosion of individual freedom.
Hadassah Academic College Holds Groundbreaking Ceremony for New Science Center
Hadassah Academic College held a groundbreaking ceremony on Monday, June 17, 2013 for a new building adjacent to its historic campus in downtown Jerusalem.
Hadassah Welcomes New Rabbinical Judges Law
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.
The Jerusalem Netletter Sivan-Tamuz Edition 5773
Shalom from Jerusalem, where it's sandal season.
Hadassah Foundation Grants Fifth Annual Bernice S. Tannenbaum Award to Rabba Sara Hurwitz
The Hadassah Foundation will honor Rabba Sara Hurwitz, Dean of Yeshivat Maharat, the first Orthodox institution to train women for religious leadership, with its Bernice S. Tannenbaum Award, at a ceremony in New York tonight. The prize honors an outstanding young female leader who advances the status of women and girls in Israel or the United States.
50 Years of the Equal Pay Act
On June 10, 1963, President John F. Kennedy signed the historic Equal Pay Act. That year postage stamps were 5 cents, a gallon of gas was 30 cents, and women earned 59 cents to a man’s dollar. Today, prices for postage and gasoline sure have changed dramatically, but women's earnings have not. Women still only earn 77 cents to a man's dollar and the wage gap hasn’t budged a cent for the last decade. America’s women are worth more and they deserve better!
University of South Florida Students Visits Hadassah Academic College
A group of
fourteen faculty members and students from the University of South
Florida visited Hadassah Academic College on May 27th for special
seminars conducted by lecturers from the College's department of
Politics and Communication.
Meir Shfeyah Holds Graduation for the Class of 2013
As usual, the Meir Shfeyah graduation was emotional and beautiful. Ninety five young men and women standing proud and tall.
Hadassah Remembers Senator Lautenberg
In response to the death today of Senator Frank Lautenberg, Marcie Natan, National President of Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, released a statement.
Meir Shfeyah Youth Village Dedicates June Walker High School
Marcie Natan, Hadassah's 25th National President, pulled aside the satin curtains that covered the name of the late Dr. June Walker, Hadassah's 23rd President, and officially dedicated the Dr. June Walker High School for Life Sciences and Agriculture at the Meir Shfeyah Youth Village.
Youth Aliyah Graduate Sends a Thank You to Hadassah
Julia Nuterman, Youth Aliyah graduate, received a laptop computer courtesy of Hadassah.
Support Moving U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem
Make Yom Yerushalayim a day of celebration and a day of action!
National President Marcie Natan Strengthens Hadassah's Bond with Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC)
This year, as part of their annual fundraising events, the Cincinnati Chapter of Hadassah brought in National President Marcie Natan, as the guest speaker at three events and had her meet personally with other Hadassah supporters in the community. She also toured Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC) and heard from CCHMC doctors, including one Hadassah doctor in the United States working and studying for three years, about the incredible benefits to CCHMC and the two Hadassah Hospitals in Jerusalem brought about by the Israel Exchange Program (IEP). This was capped off by Councilmen P.G. Sittenfeld giving Marcie and Chapter President Bonnie Juran Ullner a Proclamation signed by the mayor proclaiming it Hadassah Day in Cincinnati on April 25, 2013.
Hadassah Welcomes Continued Progress Toward Expanding Egalitarian Prayer at Western Wall
On April 22, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu approved Natan Sharansky's proposals to expand egalitarian prayer at the Western Wall and today, April 25, a Jerusalem District Court ruled in favor of women's rights to pray at the Wall. In response, today, Marcie Natan, National President of Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, released the following statement:
Governor O’Malley and University of Maryland, Baltimore President Visit Hebrew University Hadassah School of Medicine
Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley and Dr. Jay Perman, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore, visited the Hebrew University Hadassah School of Medicine in Jerusalem today as part of a mission to fortify relationships between Maryland and Israel trauma care and emergency medicine and research. Perman also visited the trauma center at Hadassah Medical Center.
Jerusalem Netletter: Independence Day 2013
are featuring blue and white all week. One
make-up company is even promoting blue eye shadow and blue nail
polish. Flags are flying on and buildings and cars. Every street
corner offers stacks of barbecue equipment for sale.
Memorial Day at Hadassah Medical Center
Natan Sharansky, Chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel, shares photos and a word with us on Yom HaZikaron.
April is National Donate Life Month!
According to the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network—the only national patient waiting list and most comprehensive archive of organ donation data—28,053 organ transplants were completed in 2012 from 14,013 donors. This minute, over 117,000 people are candidates on the organ transplant waiting list.
Hadassah Congratulates Sharansky, Netanyahu for Progress Toward Expanding Egalitarian Prayer at Western Wall
In response to Natan Sharansky's proposals regarding prayer at the Western Wall, Marcie Natan, National President of Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, released the following statement:
Equal Pay Day 2013
April 9 is Equal Pay Day 2013. Since Equal Pay day was established in 1996—17 years ago—the wage gap has decreased by only 4 cents. At this rate, the wage gap won't close until 2057—45 years from now! America's women are worth more and they deserve better.
Advocate for Comprehensive Gun Control Legislation
On April 8, 2013, Congress returned from a two-week recess to the issue of gun control at the top of its agenda. Over the last several months, Hadassah has worked with its coalition partners to advocate for comprehensive gun control legislation addressing firearms, improved access to mental health services, and a conversation about violence in the media.
Jerusalem Netletter: Yom Hashoah 5773
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