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Celebrating Hadassah's Centennial with Anne Kodicek
For the past 70 years, this diminutive, highly intelligent, articulate 102 year old contributed her life to Hadassah! Her 74 year marriage to Rudy, raising their Children Miriam and David encompassed a life of fulfillment. Date: 3/12/2012

Israeli Security Update
Conference of presidents condemns continuing rocket fire from Gaza on southern Israel calls upon international community to denounce attacks, prevent weapons flow and financial support enabling future attacks. Date: 3/12/2012

Iran Center Stage at AIPAC, White House
The American Israel Public Affairs Committee Policy Conference took place from March 4-6, featuring key speeches by President Barak Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Iran was a key focus of the speeches, and of the meeting between Obama and Netanyahu at the White House yesterday afternoon. Date: 3/6/2012

Middle East Updates: Impact on Israel & Regional Balance of Power
Action Alert
The situation in the Middle East remains tense, with new updates coming to light with each passing day. Yesterday, Haaretz released details from the Israeli Foreign Ministry's annual intelligence estimate, which was presented to Israel's security cabinet a few weeks ago. The report assessed Israel's relationship with its neighbors—focusing specifically on Iran's nuclear plans, the status of peace agreements with Egypt and Jordan, and the potential escalation of violence from the Palestinians. Mid-East leaders and analysts are also closely following the situation in Syria and how that is affecting the balance of power in the region. Date: 2/28/2012

Hadassah Foundation Announces New Leadership
Press Release
The Hadassah Foundation, which seeks to augment the work of Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, by improving the status, health and well-being of women and girls in the United States and Israel, has hired a new executive director and named new board members. Date: 2/27/2012

Update: Protect Women's Preventive Health Access
Action Alert
On January 20, after several months of public debate and internal review, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced women's preventive health coverage regulations, requiring most employers to provide full contraceptive coverage (without co-pays). Date: 2/27/2012

UN Security Council Condemns Attacks on Israeli Diplomats
IZIA Backgrounder
Last week, terrorists targeted Israeli diplomats in India and Georgia. Yesterday, the United Nations Security Council released a press statement condemning the attacks and the Israeli Ministry for Foreign Affairs distributed the following: Date: 2/24/2012

Hadassah Members Sworn In At Supreme Court
Press Release
Fifteen members of Hadassah’s National Center for Attorneys’ Councils were sworn in to the United States Supreme Court Bar on February 21, 2012, as part of the councils’ 12th annual Supreme Court swearing-in program. The lawyers being sworn in represented nine states Date: 2/23/2012

Sarah Wetsman Davidson Sleepover
These photos were taken by Audrey Shimron of me (Bonnie Lipton) possibly the first virtual patient in the SWD Tower having dinner in room 15 on the 5th floor Urology Dept. Date: 2/22/2012

Hadassah Hospital Protects and Heals in the Midst of Bedlam
Dozens were injured this morning when a bus transporting Palestinian schoolchildren and a truck collided on wet roads in northern Jerusalem. MDA and Police were alerted. Fire engines rushed to the scene near the Hizme village checkpoint that separates Jerusalem and the West Bank. Dead victims were removed from the burning vehicles. Date: 2/16/2012

Hadassah Launches Centennial Year
Chapters and Regions across the United States celebrate 100 years of the national women’s organization,
prepare for opening of new hospital tower in Jerusalem
NEW YORK – Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, has launched a year of centennial anniversary celebrations, scheduled through 2012 including what will be a grand three-day milestone celebration in Jerusalem in October. The organization, founded in 1912 in New York City by Henrietta Szold and 30 other women, today numbers over 300,000 women members and men associates in the United States and supporters around the world. Date: 2/14/2012

Sharing the Vision
Diary of A Director General
Date: 2/13/2012

The Quality of Commitment
Diary of A Director General
Date: 2/13/2012

Hadassah Welcomes Obama’s Proposal To Ensure Full Contraceptive Access
Press Release
In response to President Obama's reaffirmation today that all women will have access to coverage for contraceptives, Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, expressed the following statement: Date: 2/10/2012

Hadassah Joins Jewish Energy Covenant Campaign
Today, in honor of Tu B'Shvat, Hadassah reaffirms its commitment to the environment and proudly announces its participation in the Jewish Energy Covenant Campaign. Hadassah National President Marcie Natan was one of 50 Jewish leaders—from across the political and religious spectrum—to join the campaign earlier this week by signing the "Jewish Environment and Energy Imperative" declaration. Date: 2/8/2012

Hadassah Grateful Komen Has Reversed Decision Related To Planned Parenthood Funding
In response to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation's reversal of its decision earlier this week to cease contributing funding to Planned Parenthood, Marcie Natan, National President of Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, today expressed appreciation for the return to focus on women's health issues. Date: 2/3/2012

Reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act
Yesterday, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) passed out of committee and is now one step closer to reauthorization. Hadassah joined nearly 1,000 coalition members in submitting a letter to Congress in support of VAWA’s reauthorization, which the chairman referenced in his statement to the committee. Date: 2/3/2012

Hadassah Foundation Announces More Than $280,000 In Grants
The Hadassah Foundation, which seeks to augment the work of Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, by improving the status, health and well-being of women and girls in the United States and Israel, has awarded grants this year totaling $284,000, and is now in the process of distributing those funds, announced Marcie Natan, National President of Hadassah, and Donna Gerson, newly-elected Foundation Board Chair. Date: 2/2/2012

Hadassah Expresses Disappointment In Distraction To Women's Health Issues
In response to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s announcement that it will cease to contribute funding to Planned Parenthood, Marcie Natan, National President of Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, today expressed concern for the future of women’s health issues.   Date: 2/1/2012

A Long And Winding Road
Diary of A Director General
Date: 1/30/2012

39 Years after Roe v. Wade
January 22nd was the 39th anniversary of the historic Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, which established a woman’s right to reproductive choice. Advocates on both sides of the issue have taken this opportunity to galvanize thousands of supporters, hosting marches across the country and online. Date: 1/24/2012

White House Supports Women’s Preventive Health Coverage
After several months of public debate and internal review, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced its final regulations on women's preventive health coverage, requiring most employers to provide full contraceptive coverage (without co-pays). Date: 1/20/2012

Protecting Women's Rights in Israel
Hadassah National Board Enacts New Policy Statement
In response to recent discriminatory acts against women by extremists in Israel, Hadassah’s National Board voted to enact the following Zionist Affairs Policy Statement. Date: 1/18/2012

Bone Marrow Recipients Meet Their Donors
A unique and moving meeting took place recently at Hadassah Ein-Kerem hospital in Jerusalem. Two Israeli Arab children who had undergone bone marrow transplantation a year ago, met with the two bone marrow donors, Israeli Arabs also. Date: 1/16/2012

HMO Update - Thursday, 01/12/2011
The Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower
Date: 1/12/2012

WJUS Participant: Brian Harmatz
Brian Harmatz, 30, from Long Beach, California, decided it was time for a career change and left corporate sales to follow his passion for music. Brian began his new career as an artist, but he was looking for something more, a new source of inspiration for his hip-hop, and Israel was where he turned. Date: 1/10/2012

New Jersey Teen Tries IDF
Young Judaeans from the US learn what being a soldier in the Israeli Defense Forces means after a month volunteering for two months in the IDF Marva Program. Date: 1/9/2012

The Nuances of Neurology
Diary of A Director General
Date: 1/9/2012

U Of PENN Rejects BDS, Distances School From Upcoming BDS Conference
We are pleased to report that just a few hours ago, the University of Pennsylvania (Penn)  officially announced that the  Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) national conference, scheduled to be held on their campus in February, 2012, does not have the university`s imprimatur. Date: 1/6/2012

The Jerusalem Netletter 5772, Tevet, January 2012
*LET THEM LIVE: SEPARATING A DANGEROUS BOND BETWEEN TWINS The story hit the news wires: Hadassah physician treats Palestinian woman and separates her twins with laser. In a few cases, the story was misreported. Here's the back story. The Hadassah story. Date: 1/5/2012

An amazing letter from the Israel/Gaza/Egyptian border
Date: 12/29/2011

The Jerusalem Netletter: Hanukkah 5772, December 2011
Eighth Light
The eighth day of Hanukkah is called Zot Hanukkah-This isHanukkah. One explanation is that the Torah reading for the daybegins with the words "This is Hanukkat Ha'mizbeach, the dedicationof the altar. Date: 12/28/2011

Gender Discrimination Statement from Marcie Natan
Date: 12/27/2011

The Jerusalem Netletter: Hanukkah 5772, December 2011
Seventh Light
In Jewish communities of Morocco and Tunisia, the 7th night of Hanukkah was celebrated as "Hag haBanot" the holiday of girls or daughters. It was a custom to have a women's feast, to tell stories of heroic women and for young men to give their finaces gifts. Date: 12/26/2011

The Jerusalem Netletter: Hanukkah 5772, December 2011
Sixth Light
Today I had the pleasure of visiting the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Tower together with Moira and Jim Taubenfeld. Moira is the President of Puerto Rico Hadassah, and the family is celebrating the Bar Mitzvah of their son Ben in Israel tomorrow. Date: 12/25/2011

The Jerusalem Netletter: Hanukkah 5772, December 2011
Fourth & Fifth Light
Which blessing do you say first? The rule in Judaism is that the blessing you say more often comes first. Hence you might think that you say the blessing over the Shabbat candles before the Hanukkah blessings. Date: 12/24/2011

An Important Message From The National President Marcie Natan
You may have heard allegations that Hadassah Medical Center, owned by Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of American (HWZOA), was late on payments to some of its suppliers. There is actually LESS to this story than has been alleged. Without context, these allegations are meaningless. It is a basic reality of operating a business that when one entity that owes another fails to fulfill its financial obligations, the second entity struggles in consequence to pay its own bills on time. Date: 12/23/2011

Hadassah Thanks Ambassador Killion
Hadassah thanks U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) David Killion for his actions opposing anti-Semitism. Date: 12/23/2011

The Jerusalem Netletter: 5772 Hanukkah 4-5 2011
Date: 12/23/2011

The Jerusalem Netletter: Hanukkah 5772, December 2011
Third Light
Third Light—Foreign Ministry expert Raphael Singer was explaining the complexities of dealing with Iran, an enemy that funds assaults on Israel's legitimacy, attacks through proxies, and poses a nuclear threat to Israel and the world. Date: 12/22/2011

The Jerusalem Netletter: Hanukkah 5772, December 2011
Date: 12/21/2011

Ruth Gruber & Hadassah: 100 Years Young
A standing room-only crowd of Hadassah members, Associates and friends attended a screening of the documentary “Ahead of Time: The Extraordinary Journey of Ruth Gruber” and heard from Ruth herself following the film. Date: 12/20/2011

International Human Rights Day
Tomorrow, December 10, is International Human Rights Day. Israel is consistently and unfairly criticized for its record on human rights, most often by countries with their own egregious human rights violations. Join fellow Hadassah Members, Associates, and supporters by honoring International Human Rights Day and celebrating Israel’s example as a beacon for human rights in the Middle East and around the world. Date: 12/9/2011

Hadassah Medical Organization Mourns Two Exceptional Colleagues
Two recent deaths have affected the staff at Hadassah Medical Organization. Arik Zukert, Director of R&D since 1994, died December 6 at home after a long and heroic fight against cancer. Dr. Ido Yatsiv, 57, Director of Hadassah's Pediatric Intensive Care unit, died December 3 as a result of massive internal bleeding following surgery. Date: 12/8/2011

Jewish students to volunteer in New Orleans, Navajo Nation during winter break
High school students will participate in hands-on service projects
Jewish high school students from across the United States are once again volunteering to spend their winter vacation lending a hand toward rebuilding and community development projects. This December, Young Judaea, the premier Zionist Youth Movement, managed by Hadassah, will guide students as they experience intensive, transformative community service programs in two very different locations. Date: 12/8/2011

Israeli Specialists Trained in Groundbreaking Surgical Technique
An innovative procedure to remove cancerous tumors from the gastrointestinal tract was performed at the Hadassah University Medical Center’s Institute of Gastroenterology and Liver Diseases recently. Date: 12/6/2011

Director of Hadassah’s Pediatric ICU Dies
Dr. Ido Yatsiv, 57, director of Hadassah’s pediatric intensive care unit, died Saturday as a result of massive internal bleeding following surgery. Date: 12/5/2011

Iran Sanctions Update
On December 2, the Senate voted unanimously for sanctions targeting the Central Bank of Iran (CBI)—which is widely suspected of financing Iran's nuclear program—and banks that do business with it and the United States. Date: 12/5/2011

Howard Jacobson To Receive Harold U. Ribalow Prize
Author of The Finkler Question will receive annual literary award.
Hadassah Magazine has announced that this year’s Harold U. Ribalow Prize will be awarded to Howard Jacobson, who wrote The Finkler Question, published in 2010. Every year, Hadassah Magazine honors an author who has created an outstanding work of fiction on a Jewish theme. The Finkler Question also was awarded the 2010 Man Booker Prize. Date: 12/1/2011

"Who knew I would get the chance to save someone's life?"
Last January, Mike Goldberg was on a Young Judaea Birthright trip to Israel, where he and others signed up to be bone marrow donors. Mike never thought he would be called, but In September he was notified that he was a match for a patient dying of cancer. Date: 11/30/2011

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