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Hadassah Elects Marcie Natan New National President

Marcie Natan of New York, NY, and Lancaster, PA, was officially installed as National President of Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, at the recent National Business Meeting in Las Vegas. Marcie is leading the team that will take us into Hadassah's second century in 2012. The theme of her acceptance speech was hineni, here I am. See Marcie's acceptance speech. Watch Marcie's interview on Shalom TV

Of Hadassah's significance to her own life, Marcie said, "Hadassah has helped me play a role I feel I was destined to play. Hadassah has blessed me with the most meaningful way to give back, to connect as a Jew and a Zionist and to surround myself with others who share my passion.

"For 100 years, the women of this organization have been breathing life into the word Hadassah. I am especially grateful – and feel especially humbled – that the torch of leadership in Hadassah's Centennial year has passed to me."

In addition to serving on Hadassah's National Board and Executive Committee, Natan is a former member of the Hadassah Foundation Board, which seeks to augment the work of Hadassah by improving the status, health and well-being of women and girls in the United States and Israel. As National Treasurer from 2006-10, she led the initiative to create Hadassah's single consolidated budget, which has helped to streamline financial planning. A member of Hadassah for more than 40 years, Natan also has served as National Vice President, National Secretary, Chair of Planned Giving and Estates, Chair of Major Gifts, Chair of Unit Assessment, National Organization Department Chair and National President's Training Chair. She was President of the Eastern Pennsylvania Region from 1989-1992. Most recently, she was National Chair of Hadassah College Jerusalem.

Marcie first visited Israel in 1970, and has visited more than 45 times since. Among her involvement in Jewish and community service activities, she is a past President of Temple Beth El in Lancaster, Penn., and has served on the boards of the Lancaster Jewish Community Center, the Lancaster Jewish Federation and the Sisterhood of Temple Beth El. She has taught both Hebrew and Sunday school.

She has an undergraduate degree in early childhood education from the University of Maryland. She was trained and formerly served as a divorce mediator for the Lancaster Mediation Center. She is a member of a four-generation Hadassah Life-Member and Founder family, which includes her late mother, Anne Deborah Slonim, her daughter Heidi Natan, and her granddaughter, Nina. Her husband, Eli Natan, and son, David Natan, are members of Hadassah Associates. Marcie and Eli Natan are part of the Guardians of the Dream financial supporters group.

The newly elected National Board Members are: Sandy Einberg, Debbie Friedman, Deborah Minkoff, Judy Weiss, Karen Everett, Lieba Lander, Melanie Nasberg, Karen Ezrine, Diane Sigel and Kacy Spivack.

The New National Officers are: Marcie Natan, President, Shelly Sherman, Sherry Altura, Susan Moye Vice Presidents

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