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Buy Israel Week
Yesterday, millions of Americans kicked off their online holiday shopping with Cyber Monday. Show your support for Israel while shopping for Hanukkah by participating in Buy Israel Week, which ends Sunday, December 4. Date: 11/29/2011

Planting Methuselah
On November 24, 2011, a ceremony was held on Kibbutz Ketura to plant the famous date palm “Methuselah”. The ceremony was attended by distinguished guests from Israel and abroad, including Lord David Wolfson and Marcie Natan, the National President of Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America. Date: 11/29/2011

Young Judaea Names Inaugural Executive Director
Hadassah and Young Judaea jointly announce Simon Klarfeld to lead the national Zionist youth movement
In its latest move toward independence, Young Judaea announced today that Simon Klarfeld, a highly regarded community builder and innovative educator with critical skills in organizational change, will become its inaugural executive director. Klarfeld is taking the reins at a momentous time in the youth movement’s 102-year history, as it branches off from its longtime parent organization, Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America. Date: 11/21/2011

From Baltimore to Jerusalem
The Autumn Mission of Hadassah, led by Aileen Bormel, left for Israel on October 25, 2011. The majority of the group was from Baltimore, though others from around the globe joined them. All the Baltimoreans became Life Members before the mission began. Date: 11/18/2011

The Jerusalem Netletter: 5772, November, 2011
A new Hebrew month has started: Heshvan, also called Mar-Heshvan. "Mar" means "bitter" and the month has this unhappy name because there are no holidays in it. As much as I love the holidays, I also like getting back to business as usual. Date: 11/18/2011

Kol Hakavod Louisville!
Please join me in wishing Michelle and her officers Mazel Tov on the chartering of the Louisville Chapter of Hadassah in Central States Region last night. Date: 11/17/2011

Speak Out Again for Preventive Health Services
After several months of public debate and internal review, the White House is poised to announce final regulations on women's preventive health coverage as early as next week. Date: 11/17/2011

Cranes Exit Tower Site
With only 17 weeks until its first patients are welcomed, the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower is craneless!!! The familiar Hadassah Ein-Kerem skyline, which included two to four cranes during recent years, is clean now, and the Davidson Tower can be seen with all its glory. Date: 11/16/2011

Hollywood Comes to Hadassah
On November 14, 2011, an impressive group of Hollywood actors, writers, directors and media leaders – members of The Creative Coalition – visited the Hadassah University Medical Center in Jerusalem, the flagship of Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America. Date: 11/16/2011

Morningstar And The Emmys
I recently participated on the Events Committee for the MorningStar Commission, organizing a salon entitled, “Outstanding Women of the Emmys: The Changing Images of Jewish Women on TV." Date: 11/16/2011

November is Diabetes Month
The World Health Organization estimates the number of people suffering from diabetes worldwide now stands at well over 200 million. It believes this figure will rise to 370 million by 2030. But hope is on the horizon. Date: 11/16/2011

The Road to Tzedakah
Laura Simon, President of the Sharon Chapter, New York Region, will be fulfilling a lifelong dream when she takes her children and grandchildren to Jerusalem next month. And she has a wonderful surprise in store for them. After a private tour of the Charlotte R. Bloomberg Mother & Child Center at Hadassah Hospital, Ein Kerem, where her grandchildren will meet some of the young patients, six Road to Recovery tiles on the walls of the hospital will be unveiled. Each tile will carry the name of one grandchild. Date: 11/16/2011

Hadassah Medical Organization Board Names Its First Woman Chairman
The board of directors of Hadassah Medical Organization, the pioneering health care provider for the State of Israel, today named Esther Dominissini its chairman. Dominissini, Director General at the National Insurance Institute in Jerusalem, is the first woman to lead the HMO board. Date: 11/11/2011

Increase Sanctions on Iran
This week, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) released a report on the status of Iran’s nuclear capabilities, revealing clear evidence that Iran has continued developing a weaponized nuclear program. Date: 11/10/2011

Hadassah Welcomes New Director General
Hadassah Medical Organization, the pioneering health care provider for the State of Israel, welcomes Professor Ehud S. Kokia as its Director General. 
Date: 11/8/2011

Hadassah Joins HERvotes Coalition
Tomorrow is Election Day and the official start of the 2012 election season. Hadassah—a longtime supporter voter engagement initiatives—is proud to announce its membership in HERvotes, a coalition of women’s organizations mobilizing civic engagement around women’s Health and Economic Rights (HER) for the 2012 election season. Date: 11/7/2011

History Comes Alive Before Our Eyes: Henrietta Szold, 1946 Film
Henrietta Szold, a film produced by Hadassah in 1946, underwent preservation and digitization in 2011, thanks to a grant from the Women's Film Preservation Fund of New York Women in Film & TV, and a donation from Hadassah’s YEAR outgoing presidents. Date: 11/7/2011

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

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