|Kim Morris Heiman of SK Textile, Inc., 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.
Kim Morris Heiman, of Cincinnati, is president and owner of SK Textile, Inc., a decorative products manufacturer for the hospitality market. At Standard Textile, a global manufacturer and distributor of hospitality and healthcare textile products, she is responsible for managing the decorative products division and developing international business in Canada, Mexico, the Middle East and Latin America.
Heiman is actively involved in philanthropic and communal activities and is a past president of the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati. She serves on the executive board of Rockwern Academy and the American Friends of Yad Vashem. Her past community involvement includes work with BRIDGES for a Just Community, Hebrew Union College, the American Jewish Committee, Yad Vashem and the Junior Achievement Globe Program.
“The Hadassah Foundation speaks to me because of its focus on women, whom I believe are the keys to combating violence, poverty and extremism,” Heiman said. “The foundation’s approach to addressing root causes and empowering women to help themselves has and will affect positive change in our world, and I am proud to be joining its board.”
In 2001, the Cincinnati Enquirer recognized Heiman’s business philanthropic efforts by naming her “Woman of the Year.”
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.”