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Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America Mourns Passing of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef

Press Release

October 7, 2013

Max Samis
Rabinowitz/Dorf Communications
(202) 265-3000

Sheryl Hoffman, Hadassah
(202) 303-8112

NEW YORK—Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America (HWZOA) today joined with the people of Israel and the worldwide Jewish community in mourning the passing of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, the former Chief Sephardic Rabbi and President of the Torah Sages Council. Hadassah Medical Organization (HMO) was honored to care for Rabbi Yosef in his final days.

Marcie Natan, National President of HWZOA, released the following statement today:

Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America joins with the Jewish people around the world in mourning the loss of one of our great spiritual leaders and Torah scholars. Rabbi Ovadia Yosef was for many years a dedicated leader for tens of thousands of Jews throughout Israel and beyond. We also wish to echo HMO's Director General Avigdor Kaplan in thanking the medical team at Hadassah Medical Organization at Ein Karem for their tireless work over the past weeks and months in caring for the Rabbi during his final days. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Rabbi's children and family at this time, as well as with his many devoted followers.


Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, is the largest women's Zionist Jewish membership organization in the United States, and was founded in 1912. 330,000 members, associates, and supporters strong, Hadassah is now in its second century, growing our commitment to innovative and life-changing medical care and research, women's empowerment, education, advocacy, philanthropy and building Jewish identity – in Israel, America and around the world.

Date: 10/7/2013 12:00:00 AM

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