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100 years of healing, education, nurturing, advocating, planting and building

Henrietta Szold's original idea for a women's Zionist organization came to her during a trip to Palestine that she took with her mother in 1909. Upon seeing the poor living conditions in Palestine, particularly among women and children, Henrietta's mother Sophie suggested that Henrietta and her study group in New York do something to improve the living conditions they had seen first-hand in Palestine.

On February 24, 1912, during the Purim season, thirty-eight women met at Temple Emanu-El in New York City. Many of these women were members of a Zionist study group, the Hadassah Study Circle. At that first meeting, they decided to name this new organization, "The Hadassah Chapter of the Daughters of Zion." The name Hadassah was kept because it was the Hebrew name for Queen Esther, the heroine of the Purim story.

And so Hadassah was born.
Happy Purim, and Happy 100th Anniversary Hadassah!


Study: Kidney Cancer Treatment Effective for Sarcoma
A recent study headed Hadassah's University Sharett Institute of Oncology suggests that the biological therapy for kidney cancer is also effective for patients with sarcoma, a bone and soft tissue cancer. Read the full story >>

High Praise for Center for Emergency Medicine
A visitor to Israel, after suffering a miscarriage in the middle of the night, says, "I will forever remember…the wonderful care I received while at Hadassah-Ein Kerem."
Read the full story >>

Groundbreaking Cancer Vaccine in Clinical Trials
A therapeutic vaccine that could prevent many common forms of cancers from coming back is in Phase III clinical trials at Hadassah. It could be applied to some 90% of all known cancers.
Read the full story >>

Hadassah Hospital Protects and Heals in the Midst of Bedlam

A Teenager with Leukemia --A Bridge to Peace from Gaza to Jerusalemnetic Discovery Saves US Child

Complex, Less Debilitating Treatment for Neuroendocrine Cancer Now Available in Israel at Hadassah

Countdown: About a Month Until Moving-In Day

Hadassah Clinical Trial Reveals Safety and Efficacy of Stem Cell Technology in Treating ALS

Hadassah's Nursing Master's Degree Program Celebrates 10th Anniversary and Honors Supporters

Read these stories and more in hMedicine online >>

"Our hard work and donations are being used for good. Helping people of any religion with the best health care available in the Middle East. I am proud to be a Life Member and volunteer with Hadassah."

Shelley Green
from Facebook 2/16/2012
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Celebrate Purim With Hadassah

Visit our interactive Purim party—fun for young and old!

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February is Heart Month

Preventing one million heart attacks and strokes over the next five years is the goal of U.S. health officials, who launched a new program called Million Hearts. The aim is to raise awareness of the risk factors for heart disease; to improve access to good care; and to encourage healthy eating and behaviors. Through Hadassah's Health and Wellness Programs, WE can make a difference.


Once-in-a-Century Shabbat
February 24, 2012

One hundred years to the day after Hadassah was founded—February 24, 1912—by Henrietta Szold and a small group of women, we will celebrate Shabbat at Temple Emanu-El in New York City, where it all began. All are invited!

See your invitation >>

"Can't wait to see it [the completed Tower] in Israel ~~~ Just realized that I have 5 Generations in my family involved and Loving Hadassah!!! WOW!! Goose Bumps!!! See you in Jerusalem ♥ "

Sharon Walker, Las Vegas, NV
from Facebook 2/9/2012

A Coast to Coast Celebration

March 22, 2012: Be part of history. Join hundreds of thousands of Hadassah Members, Associates and friends gathering together on the same day in homes across the country to toast Hadassah's Centennial. Watch for Home Sweet Hadassah to come to your community. See if there is a Home Sweet Hadassah event planned in your community.

For more information,
or to add your event to the map, email debbie.friedman@hadassah.org


Esther Through the Lenses
Installment 9: Dramatic Irony

Purim is around the corner and interest in Esther Through the Lenses is higher than ever! As you think about Misloah Manot, children's costumes, and hearing the Megillah—take time to enhance your experience. Learn about the text, yourself, Hadassah's namesake, and so much more!

Join the conversation
Esther Though the Lenses: Dramatic Irony

Traveling Henrietta

Where in the world is Henrietta? Has she been in your state or community yet? "Traveling Henrietta," a soulful likeness of Hadassah's beloved founder, has been spotted visiting Mt. Rushmore in South Dakota, in Hawaii and in Israel shopping on Ben Yehuda. You can have your own Traveling Henrietta and photograph her wherever you wish. Dress her up. Have fun with her!

Email your Traveling Henrietta photos to TravelingHenrietta@hadassah.org. Get started! See all the places Henrietta has been and print and cut out your Henrietta now. Stay tuned—prizes and fame can be yours!

Be there for the Celebration of the Century!
October 15-18, 2012

Only 241 days remain before we begin the Celebration of the Century! Over 1600 people have already registered for Hadassah's Centennial Convention in Jerusalem, October 15-18, 2012. You can be part of this fantastic celebration when we dedicate the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower, Hadassah's gift to the people of Israel. Make plans now to celebrate with your family and friends as we salute our incredible accomplishments in medicine, education, youth rescue, and land reclamation. Connect to our Jewish history, values and culture in the Land of Israel.

Register today at www.hadassah.org/centennialRegistration

Celebrating Retirement

A Keeper of the Gate "wannabe" discovers turning 65 has its advantages.


Share ideas and Hadassah know-how, and see what keeps our members busy across the USA. Local news from north, south, east and west.

Read hCoast-to-Coast >>

See the Tower

The Sarah Wetsman Davidson Tower is built and beautiful. Take a video tour


The ribbon may be pink, but breast cancer affects EVERYONE. Breast cancer doesn't care whether you are a man or a woman. If you are attending Hadassah's Centennial Convention, here's a chance to learn everything you need to know from Hadassah's renowned breast cancer experts.
See your invitation >>

Dr. Benzion Netanyahu, father of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, is one of the world's leading scholars on Judaism in Spain and the Spanish Inquisition. A March 4th event, 11:00 am at 92Y in New York City, will be a tribute to his work. There will be a special appearance by the Prime Minister. Hadassah members receive a 20% discount: enter the word "tribute" in the promotion code line. Details and to
purchase tickets

Sixt Rent A Car, with locations worldwide, has a fantastic offer exclusively for Hadassah members and friends. When you book your car through Hadassah, 10% will benefit Hadassah Medical Organization, and you will save an additional 10%. Cars must be booked through the Sixt-Hadassah partner site, www.sixt.com/hadassah-usa, and you must enter code
CD 9996984.

We have answers!
Call 1-800-928-0685

We are streamlining! The Development Division has instituted a new service: a "one-stop" Helpline to respond to any fundraising or donor services inquiry that requires assistance from a volunteer or staff professional. The Helpline will be staffed during office hours from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm EST Monday-Thursday and on Fridays from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm EST. If the line is busy, please leave a message and the call will be returned within 24 hours. You may also email your inquiries to donorservices

MAJOR DONORS: Book an Exclusive VIP Tour of HMO
See the lifesaving work of the Hadassah Medical Organization (HMO) first-hand, or visit another one of Hadassah's projects in Israel by booking a special VIP Tour for Major Donors. If you are planning to visit Israel and would like to schedule a tour, contact the Development Division Helpline at 1-800-928-0685 or email viptours@hadassah.org


Hadassah members submitted personal, funny, poignant, surprising stories to Thin Threads: Real Stories of Hadassah Life Changing Moments. The Commemorative Edition hard cover book will be available for late spring delivery, at $29.95. You can pre-order online nowHadassah units will also have these books for sale, plus a Collector's Edition--a leather bound limited edition, personally signed by National President Marcie Natan--at $180. Contact your local unit for additional information. 50% of the net proceeds for each book sold will benefit Hadassah.

The halls of Hadassah's hospitals, and its headquarters at Hadassah House, are lined with art by world-class artists such as Mendelsohn, Calder, Agam, Chagall, Lipschutz and many others. Take a video tour of this spectacular collection.


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