(New York, NY -- July 29, 2008) -- June Walker, former National President of Hadassah, The Women’s Zionist Organization of America, from 2003 – 2007, has passed away after a long illness.
Hadassah National President Nancy Falchuk issued the following statement:
“It is with a very heavy heart that we begin to mourn June Walker, a unique leader and a wonderful friend to many. June once said that Hadassah embodied everything she was interested in: Israel, women’s empowerment, Judaism, education, medicine and Zionism. But June personified values that Hadassah stands for: pride, dedication, and spirit enhanced by her own personal grit.
“June was an extraordinary person who led a full life, professionally and personally. As a trained respiratory therapist, she touched the lives of so many in her home state of New Jersey. As a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, June was able to instill in others the precious qualities she possessed – her pride in being a Jewish woman and a Zionist, her impressive leadership skills, and her uncanny ability to touch people from all walks of life and to make a positive impression on those around her. This past year, she brought her entire family to Israel so they could experience first hand the work she put into several programs and to show them her personal and professional pride in all Hadassah had achieved.
“Her dedication to Hadassah inspired many. She worked on several important projects and programs, and served as founding Chair of the American Affairs/Domestic Policy Department, Chair of Hadassah College Jerusalem, and National Treasurer before she became National President. Her commitment to Hadassah’s youth movement, Young Judaea, was unwavering as she truly understood the power of connecting the next generation to the historic Jewish mission to repair the world. After her term as National President, June was one of only two women to serve as chairperson of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. June was the ideal leader – intelligent, insightful, compassionate, and collaborative. I can say with confidence, and from personal experience, that anyone who serves a position following June has exceptionally large shoes to fill.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with June’s family and friends at this difficult time. She will be greatly missed by us all and by every person whose life she touched. May they be comforted among the mourners of Zion.
“Baruch dayan ha’emet.”