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Miami Beach Resident Elected To Hadassah Foundation Board

Sara Adler, Florida Director of the New Israel Fund, elected to first two-year term

NEW YORK – The Hadassah Foundation, which seeks to augment the work of Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, by improving the status, health and well-being of women and girls in the United States and Israel, elected new members to its board of directors and reelected current members, announced Nancy Falchuk, National President of Hadassah, and Carol M. Joseph, Foundation Board Chair. Board members were elected to serve two-year terms that began January 1 and will end on December 31, 2012.

Sara Adler, who resides in Miami Beach, Fla., and New York City, is the Florida Director of the New Israel Fund. She has been involved in the Jewish community both professionally and as a lay leader. She is a past member of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation’s Board of Directors and was the founding chair of the Women’s Amutot Committee, which awards grants to organizations to improve the lives of women and girls in Israel. She is involved with national organizations including the National Jewish Democratic Council and Emily’s List.

“I am honored to join the board of the Hadassah Foundation and be a part of its extraordinary efforts to change the lives of women and girls in the U.S. and Israel,” Adler said. “I share the Foundation’s commitment to promoting women’s empowerment and leadership, while adhering to a belief that the best approach is one that gives voice, representation and support to women from all walks of life.”

Professionally, Adler managed the New York hub for the Professional Leaders Project, was volunteer coordinator for the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, and was the Florida Director of Jewish Outreach for the Clinton-Gore campaign in 1996.

Adler received her undergraduate degree from Case Western Reserve University and a master’s degree in social work from the Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University. She has two sons, Jonathan and Daniel Raiffe.

The Hadassah Foundation Board of Directors is comprised of 18 women, including members of the National Board of Hadassah, other members of Hadassah and representatives from the Jewish community at large.

The Hadassah Foundation is dedicated to refocusing the priorities of the Jewish community through funding innovative and creative projects that serve women and girls from diverse cultural groups within Israel and the Jewish community in the United States. The foundation is a philanthropic pioneer in the fields of economic security for low-income Israeli women and leadership and self-esteem programs for adolescent Jewish girls in the United States. Since 2000, the Hadassah Foundation has awarded more than $5 million in grants to nearly 60 nonprofit organizations.

“The members of the Hadassah Foundation Board are extraordinary women who have demonstrated a unique commitment to progress for women and girls, either in their professional work or in their philanthropic efforts,” Joseph said. “It is the combination of their diverse backgrounds and experiences that ultimately allows the foundation to carry out its crucial work in the realm of social change from a perspective rooted in Jewish values.”

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