NEW YORK – Marcie
Natan, former National Treasurer of Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist
Organization of America, and current National Chair of Hadassah College
Jerusalem, was officially nominated Sunday night as incoming National President
of Hadassah. The National Board
nominated Natan, of New York, N.Y., and Lancaster, Penn., its next National
President at its 2011 Midwinter Board meeting, being held Sunday through
Tuesday in Jersey City, N.J. Natan
will be formally elected by the delegates to Hadassah’s Annual Meeting in July,
when current National President Nancy
Falchuk will pass on the organization’s highest level volunteer leadership
role to Natan.
“I am blessed to have this opportunity to express my Zionism
in such a meaningful way,” Natan said of her nomination to the role of National President. Falchuk and Natan will work together
during the next several months of transition.
In addition to serving on Hadassah’s National Board and
Executive Committee, Natan is a former member of the Hadassah Foundation Board,
which seeks to augment the work of Hadassah by improving the status, health and
well-being of women and girls in the United States and Israel. As National Treasurer from 2006-10, she
led the initiative to create Hadassah’s single consolidated budget, which has
helped to streamline financial planning.
A member of Hadassah for more than 40 years, Natan also has served as
National Vice President, National Secretary, Chair of Planned Giving and
Estates, Chair of Major Gifts, Chair of Unit Assessment, National Organization
Department Chair and National President’s Training Chair. She was President of the Eastern
Pennsylvania Region from 1989-1992.
Natan first visited Israel in 1970, and since then, has been
there more than 40 times. She is
involved in many Jewish and community service activities. She is a past President of Temple Beth
El in Lancaster, Penn., and has served on the boards of the Lancaster Jewish
Community Center, the Lancaster Jewish Federation and the Sisterhood of Temple
Beth El. She has taught both
Hebrew and Sunday school.
Natan has an undergraduate degree in early childhood education
from the University of Maryland. She
was trained and formerly served as a divorce mediator for the Lancaster
Mediation Center. She is a member
of a four-generation Hadassah Life-Member and Founder family, which includes
her late mother, Anne Deborah Slonim, her daughter Heidi Natan, and her granddaughter,
Nina. Her husband, Eli Natan, and
son, David Natan, are members of Hadassah Associates, a men’s group that
supports Hadassah’s work. Marcie and
Eli Natan are part of the Guardians of the Dream financial supporters group.