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Welcome to the first issue of hNews

The goal of this monthly e publication is to deliver to you a concise, reader-friendly report of what’s happening at Hadassah. It will consolidate news from our programs and projects here, in Israel, and around the globe. You’ll be getting fewer emails, and more news.

We hope you enjoy it.

Happy Hanukkah to you and the people you love!


Interview with Noam Shalit, father of Gilad Shalit


Report from Hadassah
Medical Organization

Exciting progress in macular degeneration and liver disease research; stem cells speed healing of broken bones; significant drop in cardiac deaths.

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Hadassah’s Young Judaea
on the Move

Three Young Judaea Israel programs have relocated to Jerusalem’s Baka neighborhood, bringing an effervescent, youthful spirit to the already lively area. Participants now study and live just steps from downtown Jerusalem.

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A Day at Hadassah

On a typical day, here’s how 4,983 lives are changed because of you and Hadassah.

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I give both time and financial support to Hadassah because the difference I make is tangible, sets an example for my children and feels good. Hadassah inspires me.

Amy Kauffman
Shaloma Chapter
Executive Board Member, Nassau Region

We're Not Waiting For
The Future. We're Building It.

The Sarah Wetsman Davidson Tower – the largest building project in the State of Israel today – will revolutionize patient care at Hadassah. The one million square foot tower of healing will enable Hadassah to serve the people of Israel for decades to come.

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Hadassah Medical Organization's Outreach is Global

…and now (thanks to Hadassah International) it’s at your fingertips.

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Get Ready to Celebrate Hanukkah with Hadassah!

December 7-23rd, visit www.hadassah.org. You'll find a "virtual menorah" to light, blessings, recipes, children's craft projects, an Environmental candle lighting ceremony, rules for the Dreidel game, Hanukkah e-cards that may be sent to family and friends and more! Eight days of fun for everyone – visit often!

Hadassah is the best way for me to express my Zionism. I get a fabulous feeling of worthiness when I write a check to Hadassah, because we are a bridge to peace.

Marion Lipsitz
Lifetime Member
St. Louis Chapter

Use Goodsearch or GoodShop to Benefit Hadassah

Each time you use Goodsearch.com, the Yahoo-powered search engine will donate half its advertising revenue, approximately a penny per search, to the charities you designate.

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Extraordinary Conversations

Society of Major Donors and Guardian Donors enjoy interactive conversations with experts.

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Save the Date!!

HADASSAH 95th National Convention

July 25-28, 2010
The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa,
Hollywood, Florida

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A Hanukkah Message from Israel

As Hanukkah approaches, here’s a message from Barbara Sofer, Hadassah’s Israel Director of Public Relations.

Kislev, the month of Hanukkah, brings the promise of miracles. Just as the days get shorter, and we contend with darkness, we bring out the Hanukkah menorah with its light. Every café and public ceremony in Israel features an evening candlelighting. You'll see Hanukkah candles burning in shop windows and even in pubs.

Hanukkah has a particularly important message for all of us in Hadassah. It's a message of activism. The miracle of Hanukkah took place when the last cruse of sanctified olive oil lasted for eight days, enough time for the next supply to be prepared. But to earn that miracle, the people themselves had to be willing to fight for Judaism.

According to tradition, the first to take a stand were Jewish women. In Hadassah, we continue this tradition by working hard to help bring forth the miracles of health, education, and the continuity of the Jewish people.


Hadassah College
Graduates Succeed

Enabled by generous Hadassah members and donors, graduates of Hadassah College Jerusalem, who come from every corner of the country and every walk of life, are making their mark in Israel.

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Mazal’s Story

Partially blind, scorned by her peers and watching her mother dying of AIDS, young Ethiopian immigrant Mazal was anything but lucky—until she found her way to Meir Shfeyah, one of Hadassah’s three Youth Villages in Israel.

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Remember Hadassah in your year-end giving. Click the donate button above to give online. For information on setting up periodic credit card payments, or making a gift to Hadassah through transferring securities, Israel bonds or an IRA rollover, click here

Over 6,700 new, renewed and upgraded Members and Associates have taken advantage of Hadassah’s Membership Stimulus Package. If you haven’t, take this opportunity to join, renew or upgrade at rollback prices through December 31, 2009.

Hadassah Magazine’s 2009 Harold U. Ribalow Prize will be presented to Peter Manseau for his book Songs for the Butcher’s Daughter on December 10, 2009. Judges for the 2009 literary award were Elie Wiesel, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize; Pulitzer Prize winner N. Scott Momaday; and last year’s Ribalow Prize winner Nathan Englander.

December 2009/January 2010 issue, hot off the press

Doctors, need CEUs? Hadassah’s Continuing Medical Education Mission to Jerusalem, From Concept to Cure, is scheduled for March 1-5, 2010. Contact akarpel@hadassah.org for more information

Join Hadassah for the experience of a lifetime. National Center for Attorneys’ Councils Supreme Court Swearing In,February 23rd or 24th, 2010.

Earn Continuing Education credits while meeting with Nursing leaders and other Health Professionals throughout Israel. Visit www.ayelet.com for information on our nurses’ mission to Israel, March 11-18, 2010. Friends and family members are welcome.

Check our Hadassah Young Women website, which includes highlights such as featured member, fall recipes from Susie Fishbein’s Kosher by Design cookbook series, new pics from our National Judith Epstein Young Leadership Award Winners and much more!

The countdown has begun for our Young Women’s Mission, November 7 – 14, face2face israel 2010. Experience Israel, make a difference and see Hadassah in action

Celebrate Young Judaea's Centennial

Keepers of the Gate is Hadassah’s annual giving program. Giving levels begin at $1000 and go up to $5000; gifts may support Hadassah’s Greatest Need or any of our projects.

Accept the Double Dare Challenge and help us double the number of Associate Keepers by May 31, 2010.



Over 1,000 participants logged into Facebook to attend the Yom Sovlanut - Day of Tolerance, honoring the memory of Yitzhak Rabin on the occasion of the 14th anniversary of his assassination. This electronic outreach was conceived and carried out by Rabbi Jordana Gerson, Director of Education for Young Judaea and Andrew Fretwell, Director of Youth Leadership for Young Judaea.


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