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Hadassah Delegates Vote In New National President

Samantha Friedman Rabinowitz/Dorf Communications

July 13, 2011

Marcie Natan, most recently Chair of Hadassah College Jerusalem,
installed as Hadassah's 25th President

LAS VEGAS – Marcie Natan of New York, N.Y., and Lancaster, Penn., was officially installed today as National President of Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America. Natan, most recently National Chair of Hadassah College Jerusalem, was inaugurated during a ceremony at Hadassah's final national business meeting before entering its centennial year. More than 400 national board members, delegates, associates (a group of men supporting Hadassah) and guests gathered this week at the Palazzo in Las Vegas as Hadassah celebrated achievements in membership recruitment and fundraising toward a state-of-the-art medical tower under construction at its hospital in Jerusalem.

Immediate past president Nancy Falchuk today passed on the organization's highest level volunteer leadership role to Natan, who was nominated by the National Board as incoming president at a board meeting held earlier this year. Today's ceremony also was watched via live webcast by over 1,000 people around the world.

"Serving as Hadassah's National President has certainly had its challenges, but it has also been the experience of a lifetime," said Falchuk, who remains on the Executive Board as Chair of Hadassah Magazine and Chair of Hadassah Offices in Israel, as well as continues serving on the Hadassah Medical Organization's Board of Directors. "I have loved every minute. It gives me great pleasure to pass the torch to Marcie Natan. I've known Marcie for many years and worked with her closely. I can't imagine a wiser, more creative, more dedicated president to lead Hadassah into its second century. I know she will take us to new heights, and I stand ready to help her in any way I can."

Falchuk helped lead Hadassah toward adding more than 29,000 new life members and associates to its membership base of almost 300,000 just this year, since establishing a centennial membership drive in January, and as of May 31, raising $257 million toward the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower in Jerusalem. Hadassah anticipates that it will begin treating patients in the tower in March of next year. The tower, estimated at a budget of $363 million, remains Hadassah's top fundraising priority. The organization has outpaced itself this year, already raising, by May 31, $18 million toward the 2011 campaign goal of $20 million. Funds raised this year include five gifts of $1 million or more each.

Of Hadassah's significance to her own life, Natan said, "Hadassah has helped me play a role I feel I was destined to play. Hadassah has blessed me with the most meaningful way to give back, to connect as a Jew and a Zionist and to surround myself with others who share my passion.

"For 100 years, the women of this organization have been breathing life into the word Hadassah. I am especially grateful – and feel especially humbled – that the torch of leadership in Hadassah's Centennial year has passed to me."

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 has visited more than 45 times since. Among her involvement in 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. Marcie and Eli Natan are part of the Guardians of the Dream financial supporters group.

Hadassah National President Marcie Natan

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 <http://www.hadassah.org/> .

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Date: 7/13/2011 12:00:00 AM

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