|Falchuk, Hadassah National President, to be recognized at gala event|
NEW YORK – As
Nancy Falchuk of Newton nears the end of her four-year tenure as National President
of Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Hadassah’s Boston Chapter
celebrated her many accomplishments May 19.
Falchuk and Knesset Member Dalia Itzik were honored at the
Hadassah Women of Distinction Gala Event, held at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel
in Boston. Proceeds support
Hadassah and its projects in Israel and the United States.
Before becoming National President, Nancy Falchuk served as the National Coordinator of the Development
Division and as a member of Hadassah’s National Board Honorary Council and
Executive Committee. She was the
Coordinator of Hadassah International from 2000-04, a founding member of the
Hadassah Medical Organization Board of Directors, and Chair for the Medical and
Scientific Relationships for Hadassah International. She co-founded the Hadassah National Center for Nurses
Council and spearheaded the effort to successfully create and fund Israel’s
first academic clinical master’s program in nursing at the Hadassah-Henrietta
Szold School of Nursing in Jerusalem.
She was President of the Boston Chapter from 1985-87. Falchuk and her husband, Dr. Kenneth
Falchuk, Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, have three children
and five grandchildren.
Dalia Itzik, who
has held a seat in the Knesset since 1992 and held several ministerial
positions, was the first female Speaker of the Knesset, serving from 2006-09,
and the first woman to serve as the President of the State of Israel, a
position she held in 2007. She is
former chair of the Education and Culture Committee, and she served on the
Committee for the Advancement of the Status of Women, among other committees. A teacher by profession, Itzik is a
former Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem, in charge of education.
Guest speaker was Shlomo
Mor-Yosef, Director General of the Hadassah Medical Organization (HMO) in
Jerusalem since 2001. He is also
Chairman of Hadasit, the Technology Transfer Company of HMO and Chairman of the
Board of the Israel National Institute for Health Policy and Health Services
Research. He graduated from the
Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical School, completed his Obstetrics and
Gynecology specialization at the Hadassah University Medical Center, completed
a subspecialty in Gynecological Oncology in England and holds a master’s degree
in public administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at