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Short Hills Resident Elected To Hadassah Foundation Board

Lonye Rasch, Hadassah National Board member, elected to first two-year term

NEW YORK – The Hadassah Foundation, which seeks to augment the work of Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, by improving the status, health and well-being of women and girls in the United States and Israel, elected new members to its board of directors and reelected current members, announced Nancy Falchuk, National President of Hadassah, and Carol M. Joseph, Foundation Board Chair. Board members were elected to serve two-year terms that began January 1 and will end on December 31, 2012.

Lonye Raschof Short Hills is Chair of Communications for Hadassah International and a member of the National Board of Hadassah. She is the Past President of the Northern New Jersey Region. Rasch was the first President of the Tziona Group of the Millburn/Short Hills Chapter of Hadassah. She also served her region as Young Leaders Chair, Membership Coordinator, Education Coordinator, Area Vice President and Organization Vice President, and while a member of the Metropolitan Hadassah Young Leaders Committee, she chaired a National Hadassah Young Leaders Institute.

“I am very excited to be joining the Hadassah Foundation Board because I think it’s so important to empower young women and girls to reach their potential – to build a strong core of self-esteem that fortifies them to follow their dreams,” Rasch said. “The Hadassah Foundation is also very meaningful to me because it enables Hadassah to expand its impact, bolstering organizations outside of Jerusalem and across America. As a new board member, perhaps my most important contribution will be sharing my enthusiasm for this mission.”

Rasch, a writer and editor, is a former Young Judaean, who spent her junior year of college at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She has returned to Israel many times with her husband, Stephen, and daughters, Faye and Rebecca. Through their Sharsheret Endowment Fund, Rasch and her husband have helped to provide scholarships for Camp Tel Yehuda and the Young Judaea Year Course.

The Hadassah Foundation Board of Directors is comprised of 18 women, including members of the National Board of Hadassah, other members of Hadassah and representatives from the Jewish community at large.

The Hadassah Foundation is dedicated to refocusing the priorities of the Jewish community through funding innovative and creative projects that serve women and girls from diverse cultural groups within Israel and the Jewish community in the United States. The foundation is a philanthropic pioneer in the fields of economic security for low-income Israeli women and leadership and self-esteem programs for adolescent Jewish girls in the United States. Since 2000, the Hadassah Foundation has awarded more than $5 million in grants to nearly 60 nonprofit organizations.

“The members of the Hadassah Foundation Board are extraordinary women who have demonstrated a unique commitment to progress for women and girls, either in their professional work or in their philanthropic efforts,” Joseph said. “It is the combination of their diverse backgrounds and experiences that ultimately allows the foundation to carry out its crucial work in the realm of social change from a perspective rooted in Jewish values.”

Date: 1/28/2011 12:00:00 AM

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