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New Director General Takes Helm Of Hadassah Medical Organization In Israel
NEW YORK – Hadassah Medical Organization, the pioneering health care provider for the State of Israel, today welcomed Professor Ehud S. Kokia as its Director General. Date: 11/1/2011

Hadassah Mourns Marla Gilson, 60, Jewish Lobbyist, Democratic Party Activist
Marla Gilson, the veteran Washington lobbyist for Jewish causes, who fought tirelessly for stem cell research and other potentially life-saving measures, succumbed herself Saturday to an acute form of leukemia. Date: 10/31/2011

HMO Update - Monday 10/31/2011
Seeking to further their knowledge of Israeli emergency preparedness measures, a delegation of high-ranking Law Enforcement officials from northeastern United States recently visited the Hadassah University Medical Center in Jerusalem. Date: 10/31/2011

UNESCO Approves Palestinian Membership
Today, in a vote of 107-14 (with 52 abstentions), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization General Conference approved the Palestinian membership application. The United States, Israel, Canada and Germany were among those who opposed the measure. Notable votes in favor included Brazil, Russia, China, India, South Africa and France. The United Kingdom abstained. Date: 10/31/2011

Urge HHS to Protect Women's Healthcare Access
Over the last several weeks, American's have seen a continuous onslaught of attacks against women's reproductive rights. State legislatures across the country are seeking to declare a fertilized egg a person, the House of Representatives passed legislation denying women life saving medical care, and Congress is once again threatening funding for family planning services. Date: 10/26/2011

Update: Palestinian UNESCO Membership
Next Monday, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is expected to approve the Palestinian’s application for membership. State Department lawyers have reviewed existing American legislation and see no way around the laws, which would necessitate an automatic cutoff of U.S. funding to UNESCO should the Palestinians gain membership. U.S. dues and contributions to UNESCO make up 22 percent of the organization's budget. Date: 10/25/2011

A “Mosaic of Peace” at HMO
A 41-year-old Palestinian from Bethlehem received the kidney of a 38-year-old Israeli who died from a stroke at Hadassah. Date: 10/24/2011

Hadassah Welcomes Home Gilad Shalit!
Today, Hadassah's Members, Associates and supporters join the worldwide Jewish community in celebrating Gilad Shalit's homecoming. Date: 10/18/2011

Welcome Home Gilad Shalit
Today, Hadassah’s Members, Associates and supporters join the worldwide Jewish community in celebrating Gilad Shalit’s homecoming. Date: 10/18/2011

Netanyahu Announces Deal to Free Gilad Shalit
Israel and Hamas reportedly have arrived at a prisoner exchange agreement that would free Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. Date: 10/11/2011

Jonathan Pollard Petition
Since 1987—when Jonathan Pollard was convicted of spying for Israel and sentenced to life in prison—the Jewish community and political leaders from across the spectrum have urged administration officials to release Pollard. In January of 2011, Benjamin Netanyahu was the first Israeli Prime Minister to formally issue a statement urging the US to grant Pollard clemency. Date: 10/10/2011

A Zionist Agenda for the Twenty First Century
We stand here today on the Eve of the High Holidays, the season of tshuva. That word is often translated as repentance, but it really means return, to the truth, to our values, to the source of our strength as our people. Date: 10/3/2011

Rosh Hashana Recipes
From: The Hadassah Everyday Cookbook: Daily Meals for the Contemporary Jewish Kitchen
Rosh Hashana is just around the corner, and if you’re looking for inspired recipe ideas to share with your members, look no further than our new Hadassah Everyday Cookbook. Author Leah Koenig describes her Apple Walnut Muffins as “reminiscent of a Rosh Hashana apple cake,” and her Slow Cooker Applesauce solves the problem of what to do with the bounty of fruit you come home with after apple picking. Date: 9/26/2011

The Hadassah Everyday Cookbook
Daily Meals for the Contemporary Jewish Kitchen
"How lucky Hadassah is to have Leah Koenig, one of the rising stars in a new generation of Jewish food writers, compose this latest Hadassah cookbook…. The recipes Leah showcases in this cookbook are simple, delicious, good for us and attuned to our times." —Joan Nathan, from the Foreword Date: 9/26/2011

UDI Recap & Update
Last week, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas submitted an application for full membership at the United Nations, followed by Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's addresses to the United Nations General Assembly. Date: 9/26/2011

Hadassah New England to Dedicate New Unified Headquarters
National President Marcie Natan to Officiate
Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, is proud to announce that its New England chapters and regions have united under a single roof to form a brand new entity, Hadassah New England. Date: 9/21/2011

Remarks of President Barack Obama – As Prepared for Delivery Address to the United Nations General Assembly
New York City - September 21, 2011
One year ago, I stood at this podium and called for an independent Palestine. I believed then – and I believe now – that the Palestinian people deserve a state of their own. But what I also said is that genuine peace can only be realized between Israelis and Palestinians themselves. One year later, despite extensive efforts by America and others, the parties have not bridged their differences. Faced with this stalemate, I put forward a new basis for negotiations in May. That basis is clear, and well known to all of us here. Israelis must know that any agreement provides assurances for their security. Palestinians deserve to know the territorial basis of their state. Date: 9/21/2011

Protect Charitable Giving Incentives
Hadassah joins fellow Jewish and other philanthropic groups in speaking out against plans to decrease charitable giving tax breaks, which encourage donations for countless programs and services in the United States and around the world. Date: 9/16/2011

Hadassah Magazine Sweeps Awards Again!
It gives us great pleasure to inform you that Hadassah Magazine has won three American Graphic Design Awards. The prizes for design excellence are administered by Graphic Design USA magazine. Date: 9/15/2011

A New Year… a New "Language"
For the Youth Aliyah students in the Joy of Judaism course, Hebrew is the beginning of their search for understanding their Jewish roots. Date: 9/14/2011

Philanthropists Meet Hadassah in Aspen
Karen Davidson hosted a special evening at her home on August 4th to introduce a group of distinguished philanthropists to the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower, Hadassah's new in-patient facility currently under construction in Jerusalem. Guests from the Aspen community, other parts of the United States and abroad attended the event. Date: 9/14/2011

President Shimon Peres Hosts Hadassah National President Marcie Natan And Former National President Nancy Falchuk In Honor Of Hadassah’s Centennial
President Shimon Peres hosted Hadassah national president, Marcie Natan, and immediate past president, Nancy Falchuk, today at Beit Hanassi (the president’s residence) in honor of Hadassah’s centennial year and to pass on a “Birkat HaDerech” (Blessing for the Road) for the future of the organization. Date: 9/13/2011

Hadassah National President Marcie Natan & Barbara Goldstein Among The Participants At Year Course Opening Ceremony
For the 63rd year, Young Judaea Year Course opened with the powerful message, “Year Course is not a Year Off, it’s a Year ON!” 260 Young Judaeans, FZYniks, Israeli Scouts, and many enthusiastic staff gathered on the grass at Bet Ar-El, their Jerusalem campus and welcomed the new year with the sound of shofar blasts, song, dance and heartfelt speeches. Date: 9/12/2011

Hadassah National President Meets With Israel’s Minister of Health
Hadassah National President Marcie Natan today met with Israel’s Deputy Health Minister Yaakov Litzman to discuss current health issues in Israel. Hadassah Medical Organization Chair Joyce Rabin was also part of the meeting. Date: 9/8/2011

Poignant Art Exhibition at Hadassah Hospital
Sa'ad El-Kikh, from the village of Tsurif near Hebron, had an accident at work 18 months ago that mangled his hand. Hadassah’s Dr. Carole Pidhorz saved his hand and reattached the palm. Date: 9/8/2011

Prof. Eyal Mishani was elected as Director at Large of the Society of Radiopharmaceutical Sciences (SRS). He will serve as one of only 5 members of the Society's executive. Date: 8/31/2011

Petition: Release Alan Gross from Cuba
During the last several months, Hadassah and its coalition partners have been advocating for the release of Alan Gross, a Jewish American from Maryland arrested during a humanitarian trip to Cuba. In February, Hadassah joined the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations in urging Cuban President Raúl Castro to release Gross. Since then, Gross has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for "actions against the integrity of the state" and has lost his only appeal opportunity. Date: 8/31/2011

Prescriptions For Marijuana For Pain Relief Expected To Continue To Rise
The number of authorizations for medical marijuana could reach as high as 40,000 in the next five years, predicted Dr. Elyad Davidson of Hadassah’s Pain Management Clinic. In the past two years alone, he reported, about 6,000 patients a year have requested and received marijuana for medical purposes. Date: 8/31/2011

Women's Equality Day, 2011
The 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution tore down the last formal barrier to women's enfranchisement in our Nation and empowered America's women to have their voices heard in the halls of power. This Amendment became law only after decades of work by committed trailblazers who fought to extend the right to vote to women across America. For the women who fought for this right, voting was not the end of the journey for equality, but the beginning of a new era in the advancement of our Union.  Date: 8/31/2011

Hadassah Is My Home
A Friday Story
Every year, talented Hadassah doctors are presented with exciting and challenging possibilities of pursuing their education and research abroad. Because we believe good medicine thrives on exposure to ideas, we encourage them to take advantage of the opportunity and assist them when we can. Date: 8/30/2011

If your area is hit by Hurricane Irene, you can contact your local Jewish Federation for help and information, in addition to following your local media instructions. Look up the phone number for your Federation before the storm hits, and keep it handy. Date: 8/25/2011

Solidarity with Israel Letter
In order to show solidarity with the people of Israel—particularly the residents of southern Israel who have been under the constant threat of attack—The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations has created a Solidarity with Israel Letter to be sent to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres. Date: 8/24/2011

Update: Attacks on Southern Israel
Since the deadly attacks near Eilat last Thursday, Gaza militants have fired over 100 rockets and mortar shells at Israel. A tentative cease-fire was reached with various factions in Gaza—including the Popular Resistance Committee, which took credit for the attacks last Thursday—however, the rockets and shells have not stopped. Date: 8/22/2011

Hadassah Condemns Attacks in Israel
This morning, a series of terrorist attacks occurred near Eilat, killing at least seven and injuring as many as 40. The victims of the attacks have been taken to hospitals in Eilat and Be'er Sheva and the Hadassah Medical Organization has offered assistance if needed. Date: 8/18/2011

Young Judaea’s Year Course: The Ultimate Israel Experience
Young Judaea’s YEAR COURSE is the oldest, largest and most successful program of its kind in the world. Each participant keeps a journal during the school-year length program and, as a concluding assignment, prepares a speech on the Year Course experience. Date: 8/17/2011

Hadassah Continues Women’s Health Advocacy
Since the Stand Up for Women’s Health Rally and Lobby Day in April, Hadassah representatives have been closely monitoring additional legislation and regulations that will affect access to women’s health services, domestically and abroad. Show your support for women’s health by taking action on these two critical issues! Date: 8/17/2011

Sarah Wetsman Davidson Tower Update: August 2011
To date, the Tower Campaign has raised more than $258 million. The Bridge to Healing is a prominent component of the new Ein Kerem campus and will provide an essential connection between two state-of-the-art facilities dedicated to offering patients the most comprehensive care. Date: 8/17/2011

The Greater Atlanta Hadassah Chapter Of Hadassah Receives Major Grant For Its Check It Out Program
The Greater Atlanta Hadassah chapter of Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, has received a $10,000 grant from the Northwestern Mutual Foundation in recognition of financial representative Rita Loventhal’s outstanding volunteer commitment, as part of the company’s 17th annual national Community Service Award program. Date: 8/17/2011

Hadassah International Indeed – In Saudi-Arabia Also
Arab media, in general, does not like to write positively about Israel. Saudi-Arabian media is not considered to be the most open and liberal, even within the Arab world. This is why it was quite a surprise to learn that a Saudi newspaper "Al-Watan" (The homeland), recently published an article by one of its columnists, explaining the reasons for Israel's superiority in science and technology. The article gave some general figures about the number of scientific articles per person in Israel. But the one case that was brought as an example was Hadassah Tissue Typing Registry, and in particular our unique project of encouraging Israeli Arabs to register Date: 8/15/2011

A Most Unusual Hospital Visit
I want to tell you about an unscheduled, unanticipated conversation I had with a Palestinian, an encounter that helps explain and put in perspective so much about the mindset that Israel faces, and which makes resolution of the conflict so difficult. Date: 8/10/2011

Watch President Marcie Natan Interviewed on Shalom TV -- Online and On TV!
On August 1, Rabbi Mark S. Golub of Shalom TV interviewed newly-installed Hadassah National President Marcie Natan about how she became involved in Hadassah, what the national women’s Zionist organization means to her personally, her vision for Hadassah going forward and her thoughts on Jewish life today and in the future. The interview was streamed live online as Mark Golub interviewed Marcie.vision for Hadassah going forward and her thoughts on Jewish life today and in the future. The interview was streamed live online as Mark Golub interviewed Marcie. Date: 8/10/2011

WAYS – New Hadassah Biotech/Community Outreach Initiative
Hadasit - the Technology Transfer Company of Hadassah Medical Organization has launched in Afula last Friday WAYS, an incubator for joint Jewish-Arab biomed ventures in Northern Israel. WAYS is a joint venture with a group of investors and business people from the region. Date: 8/9/2011

Petition Against a Unilaterally Declared Palestine
Hadassah continues its support of the Community Response to Unilateral Declaration of Independence (UDI) by co-sponsoring the Israel Action Network's online Petition Against a Unilaterally Declared Palestine . The petition calls upon the 193 Members of the United Nations to vote against endorsing a unilaterally declared Palestinian state and to promote the resumption of bilateral negotiations. Date: 8/8/2011

New Leadership for Associates
The annual Hadassah Associates Business meeting in Las Vegas was packed with information and emotion. The meeting began with a “State of the Associates” address by outgoing President Joel Marks, followed by the installation of new NCHA officers. Mark Roth, new NCHA President, accepted this position with commitment and passion as he spoke to the assembled delegates and guests Date: 8/1/2011

Hadassah provides Young Judaea with “strong leader” for transition
Steven J. Goldberg, a longtime supporter of Young Judaea during his tenure as one of the top professionals at Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, will become the Interim Executive Director of the youth movement as it shifts toward independence from Hadassah, both organizations announced today. Date: 7/29/2011

New Hadassah National President, Marcie Natan, Live on Shalom TV
Hadassah's newly installed president, Marcie Natan, will join Mark S. Golub of Shalom TV to talk about her vision for Hadassah, how she became involved in the national women's Zionist organization, and her thoughts on Jewish life today and in the future. Date: 7/29/2011

Remembrance of the Past and a Passageway to the Future
HMO Update
On Sunday morning we marked the beginning of a new week - and another new beginning - with the opening of the new entrance to the campus through the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower. When I arrived earlier, workmen were already beginning to dismantle the pedestrian bridge we have been using for so long. Date: 7/29/2011

HMO Update - Monday, 07/18/2011
Hadassah's "Get Well Soon" Song and updated New HMO Videos Date: 7/20/2011

New Hadassah President Affirms Commitment to Zionism & Advocacy
Yesterday, Marcie Natan was officially installed as Hadassah’s 25th National President. Natan was inaugurated during a ceremony at Hadassah's national business meeting in Las Vegas, attended by more than 400 national board members, delegates and Hadassah Associates. Date: 7/19/2011

Israel Action Network:
Community Response to UDI-UN Recognition of Palestinian State

Hadassah Israel, Zionist, and International Affairs (IZAIA) and the Hadassah United Nations Team are working closely with coalition partners to monitor the possible Unilateral Declaration of Independence (UDI) of a Palestinian state and to help coordinate a community response. Click here to read "Community Response to UDI-UN Recognition of Palestine State", a report from the Israel Action Network. Date: 7/18/2011

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