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Largest Women's Zionist Organization Gathers in Dallas for Annual National Board and Business Meetings

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 18, 2012

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Hadassah members celebrate new leadership, refine plans for 100th anniversary

DALLAS – Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, held its annual national business meeting in Dallas this week, the last national gathering before its centennial celebration in Jerusalem this fall.  Hundreds of national board members and delegates gathered as Hadassah celebrated achievements in membership recruitment and fundraising, especially for the state-of-the-art Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower in Jerusalem, now open and treating its first patients.  Hadassah raised $50 million in the first six months of 2012 – the most recent numbers available – which is $15 million above budget.

“I was thrilled to work with my colleagues in Dallas, as together, we planned for our second century,” said Marcie Natan, Hadassah National President.  “Halfway through our centennial year, it’s clear that our members feel increasingly connected to each other and ever committed to our mission empowering women through their Judaism and promoting health education, medical care and research, advocacy, and the deep-rooted connections between Jewish youth and Israel.”

The meeting was the first for Hadassah’s new Executive Director and CEO, Janice Weinman.

“We outlined four top priorities to guide Hadassah as we move forward,” Weinman said.  “We will focus on education and advocacy, recruiting the next generation of Hadassah members, improving the ways we publicize Hadassah’s accomplishments and perspectives on issues affecting the Jewish community, and capitalizing upon the opportunities offered by modern technology and social media.”

Key issues on which the board decided included:

  • Reduction in the size of Hadassah’s governing bodies in order to increase efficiency and make the organization more flexible and better able to synergize efforts.
  • Enduring commitment to and continued financial support of Hadassah Medical Organization in Jerusalem, in order to ensure continued excellence in medical care and treatment for all in need.  Hadassah committed itself to:
    • Working closely with the new team of distinguished members of the medical community from Israel, the United States and around the world, now leading the hospital, led by Dr. Ehud Kokia, Director General.
      • Dr. Osnat Levtzion-Korach, Director, Hadassah University Hospital-Mt. Scopus
      • Yuval Adar, Chief Financial Officer
      • Dr. Gaby Polliack, Assistant Director, Hadassah-Ein Kerem
      • Dr. Neomi Siegal, Head of Quality Assurance and Strategic Planning
    • Supporting the hospital’s recently initiated program of efficiencies, which will lead to fiscal and medical improvements.
  • Dedication of all funds raised over the next three years for the Jewish National Fund to the new Be’er Sheva River Park, being built in Israel to improve the lives of those living in the Negev.

 

Additionally, the board launched a strategic alignment process across the organization and among its national office and its almost 1,000 units around the country; overwhelmingly approved the sale of Hadassah’s building at 50 West 58th Street in New York (the sale’s closing is subject to standard required approvals for nonprofit organizations); and further discussed and refined plans for the organization’s major centennial celebration to be held October 15-18, 2012, in Jerusalem.

The board affirmed its long-term commitment to Young Judaea, the 103-year-old Jewish youth movement long-supported by Hadassah and which assumed its independence this month.  Newly named Young Judaea Executive Director Simon Klarfeld shared his visions for the future of the organization, which serves 5,000 Jewish children, teens, and young adults every year through U.S. camps and Israel programs.

 

Founded in 1912, Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, is celebrating its 100th year. Hadassah is a volunteer women's organization, whose members are motivated and inspired to strengthen their partnership with Israel, ensure Jewish continuity, and realize their potential as a dynamic force in American society. For more information, visit www.hadassah.org.

Date: 7/18/2012
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