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New Hadassah President Affirms Commitment to Zionism & Advocacy

Yesterday, Marcie Natan was officially installed as Hadassah’s 25th National President. Natan was inaugurated during a ceremony at Hadassah's national business meeting in Las Vegas, attended by more than 400 national board members, delegates and Hadassah Associates.

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.

Natan emphasized her desire to have Hadassah assume a more visible role in world Zionism. She also reaffirmed Hadassah’s 2007 Zionist Statement of Support and Concern by calling for the immediate release of captured Israeli soldiers, notably Gilad Shalit.

"Zionism also means advocacy,” said Natan in her installation speech. “From this Hadassah national business meeting we call for the release of Gilad Shalit, our kidnapped Israeli soldier, 5 years in captivity. We demand immediate visiting rights for the Red Cross and for Gilad's parents Noam and Aviva."

Prior to assuming the presidency, Natan served as Chair of Hadassah College Jerusalem. She first visited Israel in 1970, and has visited more than 45 times since.

"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."

Click here for more about the national business meeting and ceremony.

Date: 7/19/2011 12:00:00 AM

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