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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Support Contraceptive Coverage Mandate
Over the last several months, more than 50 companies have filed court cases challenging the Contraception Mandate—the proposal announced in January of 2012 that requires most insurance policies to include free contraceptive coverage (no co-pays). These companies claim that the religious beliefs of the organization—or even the boss’s own views—should determine what contraceptive coverage is available for all employees.
HAC Student Wins Second Place in Yad Vashem's Worldwide Poster Contest
Mr. Nimrod Levi, a 26 year old first year student in the Department of Photographic Communications at Hadassah Academic College was awarded second prize in Yad Vashem's annual worldwide poster competition.
Gay Rights at the Supreme Court
Yesterday, the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral arguments in a landmark gay rights case: United States v. Windsor. The case addresses the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which federally defines marriage—and all rights and benefits associated with that designation—as a union between a man and a woman.
Netletter Nissan 2013
Barbara Sofer reviews the last few months of events in Israel.
A Passover Message, Update from Hadassah Academic College
President of Hadassah Academic College Bertold Fridlender shares some important developments.
A Day To Remember
The fourth day of the month of Nisan marks the yahrtzieits of 79 Hadassah doctors, nurses and medical personnel who were killed in the Hadassah Medical Convoy Massacre.
German "Bild" Magazine Highlights Hadassah College Creation
Mr. Ittai Kirshenbaum, a student of Universal Industrial Design at Hadassah Academic College created and designed an original multi-use chair within the framework of his current undergraduate degree studies.
Support Gun Violence Prevention
At the Jewish Council for Public Affairs Plenum this week, Hadassah was proud to co-sponsor and support a policy resolution that called for limiting access to the most dangerous weapons and ammunition, waiting periods, volume sales restrictions, background checks, diligent enforcement of regulations, efforts to improve access to mental health services, and a conversation about violence in media.
"Give Me That Old-Time Zionism"
Jerusalem Young Judaean/Junior Hadassah/ Hadassah-Israel President Completes 22 Years of Service for WZO.
Hadassah Achieves Four Star Charity Rating
Young Judaean Donates Bone Marrow
A lot has been said about Jewish camping and Year Course in Israel experiences changing lives, and no one is a better example of that than Jared Stein, a college student from Boston, MA.
Hadassah Condemns Turkish Prime Minister’s Comments on Zionism
In response to the comments by Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan denigrating Zionism, Marcie Natan, National President of Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, Inc., released the following statement.
Hadassah Applauds House Reauthorization of Inclusive, Bipartisan Violence Against Women Act
In response to today’s House passage of the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, Marcie Natan, National President of Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, released the following statement:
Tomorrow House Votes on VAWA
The House is voting tomorrow on the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act. Urge your Representatives to oppose the House version of the bill and vote in favor of the Senate VAWA legislation!
Buy Israel Week 2013
February 25 is the start of Buy Israel Week, a project organized by online consumer discount site jdeal.com, several Jewish publications, Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, and the Manufacturers Association of Israel, among others.
Young Judaea (WUJS) Students Make Aliyah
Meet some Fall 2012 WUJS Israel participants who are considering making aliyah.
Women's Rights Update
A women's rights update on the Violence Against Women Act, contraception mandate, Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, and pay equity.
February is Heart Health Month
Cardiovascular disease affects an estimated 43 million women in the United States, but it can be avoided through education, healthy living and medical screenings. When detected early, contributing factors can be treated, preventing the development of heart disease. Empowering women and men with knowledge will enable them to live healthier lives and make appropriate medical decisions for themselves and their families. According to Israel's Central Bureau of Statistics, during the last three decades heart disease sharply decreased in Israel, similar to the trend in Western countries. However, heart disease is still one of the major causes of death for both men and women in Israel, accounting for 17 percent of Israeli deaths last year.
2013 Israeli Elections Results
Join the conversation! Learn more about the Israeli political system, connect to election analysis and share your thoughts about the election results.
WIN Volunteers Join in Planting Commemorative Trees
On Wednesday, the Winter In Netanya group participated in a tree planting ceremony-"Shtil Lekol Til" -"a plant for each rocket". 1,500 trees were planted by hundreds of soldiers and the JNF to match the estimated number of rockets fired into Israel from Gaza before and during the Pillar of Defense operation. Everyone gathered in one huge tent for the ceremony which preceded the planting.
Support Pay Equity!
Today marks the fourth anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, but the fight for pay equity is far from over.
Netletter Tu B'Shvat
Barbara Sofer reviews a bit of history and shares what is upcoming in Israel after the election season.
Hadassah National Board Votes on Policy Issues
Yesterday, Hadassah concluded its winter board meeting by voting on two key policy issues. The National Board of Hadassah reaffirmed the statement it made in 2000 in support of stronger gun control legislation and expanded it to call for a ban on assault weapons. The National Board also approved a resolution reaffirming its commitment to and support for freedom of worship for all women at the Western Wall.
Marisa Obuchowski, From Baltimore to WUJS Israel
Many people who are considering a long-term experience in Israel often decide not to participate because of a fear of taking "time off". Marisa Obuchowski's recent experience on WUJS Israel is a reminder that the right blend of internships, learning, and personal growth is only an investment in one's future, not a break from it.
40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade
On January 22, 1973, the Supreme Court handed down a landmark decision in Roe v. Wade, recognizing a woman's constitutional right to make her own reproductive health choices—including seeking access to legal abortion. Forty years later, the fight continues with new attacks on reproductive rights launched every year. Defeats of these proposals are hard fought and victories hard won.
Hadassah Reaffirms Support for Freedom of Worship for Women at the Western Wall
Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, at its winder board meeting in West Palm Beach, Florida, approved a resolution reaffirming its commitment to and support for freedom of worship for all women at the Western Wall.
Diary of A Director General
By the time you read this, I imagine you will have heard that I have resigned my position of Director General of the Hadassah Medical Organization. Regardless of my personal decision, I believe that HMO management and staff will do their utmost to ensure that Hadassah will continue to be a leader in Israel and throughout the world