In a lengthy and thorough assessment of Hadassah's present and future, Jewish Week (June 19, 2012) asks, Can Hadassah, At 100, Go Virtual? The reporter looks at the organization's current successes and future challenges, and interviews Hadassah members, new and old:
The birthday girl is turning 100 this year, and she says she's feeling just fine, thank you. She's still raising tons of money, has a membership role that continues to grow and is still improving health care in Israel through its world-class hospital.
But this is not your grandmother's Jewish community anymore. And the jury is out on whether Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, which marks its centennial this year, can be relevant to young Jewish women in a fast-moving world.
The group is grappling with a variety of new challenges: worldwide economic turmoil that has caused it to slash its budget and workforce, a membership whose median age remains stubbornly fixed at 65, and younger working women who are too busy to attend meetings.