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Hadassah publishes book sharing stories of organization’s impact on members’ lives


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Thin Threads anthology part of national women's organization's centennial commemoration

NEW YORK —In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Thin Threads: Real Stories of Hadassah Life Changing Moments, was produced to celebrate the stories of those individuals whose lives have been irrevocably, positively changed through their connection to Hadassah.  Since its founding in 1912, Hadassah has had more than a million members and supporters.  This book highlights the stories of 101 of them.

Thin Threads commemorates how Hadassah has touched the lives of individuals through personal stories told in their own voices.  The book contains accounts of turning points in people’s lives, lifelong friendships, and contributions that have bettered society and the world.  The book is illustrated with archival and contemporary photographs that portray Hadassah’s positive impact on the lives of the Jewish people and the organization’s important role in Israel, including through the Hadassah Medical Organization, which includes two university hospital campuses in Jerusalem.

“The opportunity to unite the very personal stories of people -- across time and over continents -- who have been touched by Hadassah, with the organization’s official centennial chronology is unique and special,” said Roselle Ungar, Thin Threads Chair.  “This inspiring book isn’t just for the people who have been touched directly by this life-changing organization, but also for anyone who understands that one person, encouraged and motivated by the people around her, can truly change the world.”

The book is a part of Hadassah’s year of centennial anniversary celebrations, which will culminate at a national convention in Jerusalem in October.

“In this beautiful book – a book to read, share and pass down to your children – I read about families where the Hadassah thread went from mother to daughter, grandmother to granddaughter, great-grandmother to great–granddaughter,” said Frieda Rosenberg, Centennial Co-Coordinator.  “I read about remarkable Hadassah-led missions to Israel and encounters with people whose names fill history books.  I read stories of how Hadassah touched lives of women in other countries and inspired them to do great things.  There are stories of women who made important career decisions in their younger years and of women who made dramatic professional life changes in their later years – all because of some sort of Hadassah connection.

“The stories in the book resonate so deeply with me that I feel they are also my stories.  The stories belong to the authors but are a part of every Hadassah member’s Hadassah diary.”

Thin Threads was compiled and edited by Stacey K. Battat, creator of the Thin Threads series of books, and Ellin Yassky, a veteran editor/book producer and a third-generation Hadassah Life Member who made Aliyah to Israel this year.

The book was released August 1.  The book is available to order now at hadassahstories.com.  Commemorative hard cover editions are $29.95, and leather-bound limited editions, of which only 500 are available and come personally signed by Hadassah National President Marcie Natan, are $180.  Fifty percent of net proceeds benefit Hadassah in its work to promote health education and medical care and research, social action and advocacy, volunteerism, and Jewish youth programs and education in the United States and Israel.


Founded in 1912, Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, is celebrating its 100th year. Hadassah is a volunteer women's organization, whose members are motivated and inspired to strengthen their partnership with Israel, ensure Jewish continuity, and realize their potential as a dynamic force in American society. For more information, visit www.hadassah.org.


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