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A Towering Day in Jerusalem

The doors to the magnificent Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower opened March 19th to welcome the first patients. The Tower will be formally dedicated at our Centennial Convention on October 16. Before the patients arrived, a celebratory—and stirring—Moving In Day Ceremony was held in the elegant three-story glass-enclosed atrium that serves as the main entrance to the Tower. Hadassah National President Marcie Natan presented the key to the Tower to Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat. Read more and watch a Moving In Day video.

See selected highlights from Moving In Day >>



2012 Convention News:Prime Minister to Receive Szold Award

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will receive Hadassah's Henrietta Szold Award on Thursday evening, October 18th, at the gala celebration that will close our Centennial Convention in Jerusalem. It will cap three whirlwind days of excitement, emotion and education, highlighted by the October 16 dedication of the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower. Have you registered yet?

Read all about it and register online >>

Hadassah Names Dr. Janice Weinman Executive Director/CEO

Dr. Janice Weinman will become Executive Director/CEO of Hadassah, beginning June 18. She is currently the President of Kids in Distressed Situations (K.I.D.S.)

"Janice Weinman is an exceptional executive, with over 35 years of experience in a broad range of not-for profit management, policy development, public service and philanthropy," said National President Marcie Natan.


Marcie Natan hosts Israel Ambassador

Ambassador Ron Prosor, Permanent Israel Representative to the United Nations, visited National President Marcie Natan at Hadassah House recently. They discussed a broad range of issues, including the rockets that continue to rain in from Gaza; the impact of a nuclear Iran; how the UN is addressing the empowerment of women worldwide; and the tangible effects of Hadassah's one hundred year partnership with Israel.

Watch a video of their conversation>>

The Magic of Hadassah's Medical Clowns
Because laughter is magical medicine, the Hadassah University Medical Center has a dynamic Medical Clown Program, which puts a smile on the faces of its pediatric patients.
Read the full story >>

Pregnant Woman with Rare Ectopic
Pregnancy is Saved

A 48-hour operation at Hadassah saved the life of a pregnant woman from Cyprus when her local physician, unable to locate the fetus, reached out for help.
Read the full story >>

Surgeries Give Doctor Her Life Back
After Terror Attack

After a terrorist's bomb exploded in her face, Hadassah's Dr. Mirela Siderer, a gynecologist at the Clinic for Women's Health in Ashkelon is able to return to work, thanks to the surgical expertise at Hadassah. Click here to hear her story, in her own words:
See and hear her story >>

Study Finds Anti-Aging Genes in Ultra-Orthodox Women
Hadassah researchers have identified genes unique to women who conceive naturally after 45, which generate an anti-aging effect on those women.

World-Renowned Orthopedists Gather at Hadassah

Architect Appraises new Hospital Tower

New Epilepsy Center at Hadassah

Read these stories and more in
hMedicine online

"When people don't understand why I "DO" Hadassah ... I "DO" Hadassah because we care about the big picture ...."

Relating to The Department of Neurology Department of Pediatrics, Epilespsy Center
CarolAnn Gershuny Schwartz, Cincinnati
from Facebook 3/30/2012

Remember Yom HaShoah April 19

Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah) begins after sundown Wednesday, April 18, and ends the following evening.

"Because I remember, I despair.
Because I remember, I have the duty to reject despair."

― Elie Wiesel, Romanian-born Jewish-American writer, professor, political activist, Nobel Laureate, and Holocaust survivor


Young Judaea Does It (Birth)Right!

Kol HaKavod to the Young Judaea Taglit Birthright team. YJ Birthright received a certificate of excellence in programming for its winter 2011-2012 season. The certificate—presented in Tel Aviv at a convention attended by all the Birthright organizers (YJ is one of many)—noted Young Judaea's "innovative development of new educational programs."

Taglit Birthright offers free trips to Jewish young adults, ages 18-26, who have never been to Israel on a peer program. Registration for this summer is closed, but registration for the winter trips will open on September 11 for one week only. Visit the website www.toisraelnow.org and enter information now to receive a reminder before registration opens.

"A dream come true for all who need high quality medical care and world class research"

Moving In Ceremony of the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower
Shelley Green, Sacramento, CA
from Facebook 3/22/2012

Youth Aliyah: A Road to the Future

Passover is over. We have metaphorically "left Egypt" on our arduous journey to freedom and nationhood… Now what??? For Youth Aliyah students, leaving the emotional and often physical burden of their home environments is the first step toward realizing their future potential.


Esther Through the Lenses
Installment 11 - The FINAL One

With Purim and Passover just behind us, what comparisons can you draw between Purim and the Exodus from Egypt? As our Centennial study comes to a close, let's gather one more time to draw striking parallels and conclusions with Esther Through the Lenses.

Join the conversation
Esther Though the Lenses:The FINAL One

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 >>



Unlock the Future with a $100 donation and receive a beautiful sterling silver heart-shaped Centennial Lock on a sterling silver 18" chain. Perfect for Mother's Day! Donate and get your lock now


Deadline is April 30, 2012. Hadassah Magazine will commemorate Hadassah's 100th anniversary with a Centennial issue (Aug/Sept 2012) that reflects the pride, joy and sense of accomplishment we all feel as we reach this milestone.
Be part of the celebration by supporting a series of dedicated Tribute pages in the Centennial issue.

When localized Breast Cancer is detected early, the five year survival rate is 98%. Educate yourself. Check yourself. Check It Out ® for Adults.

Read about free Connect Workshops.

Hadassah's National Center for Nurses Councils launches two new fundraising initiatives: Keepers for Nursing and the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Tower Equipment Campaign. Get the details

How do you wear your Keeper of the Gate pin? The men's pin (many Associates are Keepers) is worn on the lapel, but women have many more options. Pin it on the shoulder of a suit jacket, or use it to hold a scarf in place around the neck. Pin it the upper—or lower— sleeve of a jacket. Wear it on a long chain, or on an omega close to the throat.

However you wear your Keepers pin, it signifies that you understand the need for an annual gift to Hadassah to continue our lifesaving care and research at Hadassah Medical Center, and our life-enhancing projects in Israel and at home.


Do you have friends and family living in Israel? Let them know about this exclusive Centennial Pre-Convention event

Personalized Breast Cancer Care at Hadassah Medical Center: Prevention, Early Diagnosis, and Therapy
Hear firsthand about Hadassah's pace-setting research from world-renowned HMO physicians, tour the new Marlene Greenebaum Multidisciplinary Diagnostic Breast Center and more.

Monday, October 15, 2012
1:00 PM:
Dessert Reception & Tour
1:30-3:30 PM:
Panel Discussion at Hadassah Ein Kerem

To register, email post@hadassah-israel.org.il

Help drive the construction of Hadassah's new Pediatric Intensive Care Unit in Jerusalem. Wherever in the world you are going this spring, when you rent a car from Sixt you will be helping Hadassah and getting a special Hadassah discount for yourself! You must make your reservation through the Sixt-Hadassah partner site: www.sixt.com/hadassah-usa .

The situation in the Middle East remains tense, with new updates coming to light with each passing day. Be in the know, NOW. Sign up for Hadassah's Email Action Network and receive Action Alerts and Backgrounders with up-to-the-minute public policy updates.




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