FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 3, 2011
Hadassah Praises Natalie Portman For Speaking Out Against Anti-Semitism
NEW YORK – Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, salutes Academy Award-winning actress Natalie Portman for speaking out publicly against John Galliano, Christian Dior's recently dismissed head designer. Portman, who endorses Dior's Miss Dior Cherie perfume, recently used her spotlight from winning this year's Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in "Black Swan" to denounce Galliano's remarks.
Hadassah National President Nancy Falchuk released the following statement:
"Natalie Portman has had quite a week; she won the Academy Award for Best Actress, and she proved herself to be a leader in the Jewish community by condemning anti-Semitic comments made by designer John Galliano. We are proud to have Natalie as a passionate advocate and supporter of Hadassah's work in the fields of health, medical advancement and Jewish education, advocacy and volunteerism. We congratulate her not just for her Academy Award, but for her willingness to be a leader and role model for those around her."
Watch Natalie Portman in Hadassah's You Can Count On Us video.
Prof. Avraham I. Rivkind, MD, head of the Department of General Surgeryand Shock Trauma Unit at Hadassah Hebrew University Medical Center, EinKerem, Jerusalem, shows Natalie Portman the latest equipment at the hospital.
Founded in 1912, Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, is the largest women's, largest Zionist, and largest Jewish membership organization in the United States. In Israel, it supports medical care and research, education and youth programs, and reforestation and parks projects. In the United States, Hadassah promotes health education, social action and advocacy, volunteerism, Jewish education and research, Young Judaea and connections with Israel. For more information, visit www.hadassah.org.
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