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Now more than ever, we need to talk about Israel, Zionism, and the future of the Jewish people.
FAR Executive Board in support of Israel. We stand with Israel.
August 5, 2014
Last week I returned from Israel more determined than ever to support the Israeli people in every way that we can.
I saw wounded soldiers at the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower. They were so young, so upbeat and brave, so grateful to us for the care they are receiving at Hadassah Hospital. And I saw the tears of relief in their mothers’ and fathers’ eyes.
I met parents and children at Hadassah’s Meir Shfeyah youth village, where families from the South had come to escape the trauma of constant rockets from Gaza overhead. It was heartwarming to see the children play and hear them shriek with laughter as they put aside the fear that has been haunting them.
But they are there, and we are here. What can you do for these young Israelis?
The soldier shot at Hebrew University and rushed to surgery at Hadassah Mt. Scopus needs you. The children who long to return home to their friends and their schools need you. All the people of Israel need your help in staying safe and secure. Speak up and speak out today.
FROM THE DESK OF ANAT HOFFMAN, WOMEN OF THE WALL, IRAC
July 28, 2014
IRAC extends our warmest congratulations to Rabbi David Saperstein, head of the Religious Action Center, on his nomination yesterday by President Obama to the position of US Ambassador at Large for international religious freedom at the State Department.
I am moving apartments this week. It's a tough and emotional process, but like everyone else coping with these kind of challenges these days, how can you complain? Proportionality has become a fact of life in Israel, just like the sirens and the terrible images from southern Israel and Gaza. I spent this Shabbat in an empty apartment, surrounded by boxes, not sure where I packed my reading glasses, fully aware that my quiet desperation paled in comparison with the feelings of the thousands of mothers who spent this Shabbat unsure of where their sons or spouses are.
July 14, 2014
Over the past seven days, Israel has been barraged with rockets. Red-alert sirens have been heard across the country, including three in Jerusalem. We are praying for the safety of our brothers and sisters living on and defending Israel's borders, and for the innocent lives in Israel and Gaza caught in the crossfire.
This summer, IRAC has been hosting two fantastic interns from the United States, Martina and Laina. I asked them to share with you their experiences of living in Jerusalem during this precarious time.
With hopes for better days,
Martina Fouquet is from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. She is a rising junior pursuing a politics degree at Princeton University. She writes:
"To tell you that I am not anxious would be a lie. Any sound that slightly resembles a boom or a siren makes me jumpy. Yes, rockets are being targeted toward our area almost daily but once the rockets are intercepted life almost returns to normal.
The day after I experienced my first siren, I witnessed a dance recital in an open plaza. Toddlers struggled to remember the right order of the steps, distracted by the tulle of their tutus. Parents smiled at the efforts of their children, while other children ran around playing. I was shocked. During the ten minute walk from the IRAC office to the plaza, my heart was pounding with fear of being caught outside during a siren with nowhere to take cover. And these children were dancing.
Every time I freak out a little, I calm myself by remembering the sight of these children dancing. My heart is with those in southern Israel and Gaza whose daily lifes have been interrupted so severely. I long for the day that all children will once again be able to dance under the sun, fearing only a stain on their costume and not the shrapnel from a rocket."
I'm in a crowded bomb shelter in the basement of my apartment building. The shelter is filled with bicycles, winter clothes, and people joking about the awkwardness of the situation and commenting on each other's choice of pajamas.
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Pope arrives at Hadassah Mount Scopus
During his trip to Jerusalem, Pope Francis landed at the helipad at the Hadassah Hospital on Mount Scopus.
Hadassah International unites people of all faiths and nationalities in their mission to improve lives around the globe through support of pioneering medical research, teaching, and healing at the Hadassah Medical Organization in Jerusalem.
Transcending politics, religion, and geographical boundaries to enhance world health, the Hadassah Medical Center was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.
YEAR COURSE REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
Shalom! Young Judaea Year Course is a gap year program for recent high school graduates that’s far from a year off between high school and college – it’s a year ON!
By creating a dynamic program focused on immersing its participants into the culture and traditions of Israel, Year Course participants simultaneously experience the country through academics and on-the-ground volunteer work. Their work on the grass roots level, combined with college accredited coursework, makes Year Course the most productive and stimulating gap year program available.
Since its inception in 1956, Year Course has been proud to emphasize the importance of civic dialogue and through its leadership and activism seminars as it prepares its alumni to be game-changers in their future professions. Over 4,600 young people have participated in the year course program, cementing the original Gap Year in Israel as the most vaunted.
In addition to its Year Course program, Young Judaea also offers an Orthodox/observant track called Shalem. Shalem combines a Beit Midrash program of traditional Torah and text studies with the volunteering and social activism component for which Young Judaea is known.
Please visit www.youngjudaea.org for more information about the program and please pass this information along to your chapter presidents or to anyone who would like assistance or more information. Our calendar fills up quickly, so feel free to contact me if there are particular times that will work better within your schedule for me to speak with you and other leadership more in-depth about all of the programs that Young Judaea offers.
I look forward to working with you!
B’Shalom, Alysha Erez
Young Judaea Southeast Field Representative
Read an astounding article in The New York Times is about daily life in Hadassah Ein Karem which just proves again why Hadassah was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Check out the Hadassah version of normalcy here>>
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You have probably heard and read about recent discriminatory acts against women in Israel. The stories of incidents in which ultra-Orthodox men have used threats and violence to scare women are in the press, on your TVs and your computers.
Women are being asked to sit at the back of buses, and in perhaps the most well-known incident, eight-year-old Naama Margolis was harassed on her way to school, accused of immodest dress.
As the largest women's Zionist organization in the United States, Hadassah has always had the greatest respect for all streams of Judaism and we have been among the leading supporters of a pluralistic Israel since its founding. This discrimination must stop. Read our statement (below), and please sign our petition. This is your opportunity to be counted!
December 27, 2011
NEW YORK — In response to recent discriminatory acts against women by extremists in Israel, Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, released the following statement:
Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, always has stood firmly against discrimination with regard to gender, religion and race. We denounce recent attempts by extremists to segregate and discriminate against women in public spaces in Israel. All of our institutions including Hadassah Medical Organization, Youth Aliyah, Hadassah College and Young Judaea are fully committed to equal opportunity for all. While we respect the religious convictions of all individuals, we will not compromise the core values of Hadassah.
Hadassah's 300,000 members and the Associates who support us praise Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres for their public statements and call on religious and political leaders everywhere to join them in condemning and committing to end extremist positions against women. For more information, visit www.hadassah.org.
Diary of A (former) Director General:
From: קרומר רון -Krumer Ron
This morning we had a very pleasant surprise in Yedi'ot Acharonot,
Most of Mr. Husseini's article is dedicated to his opinion regarding the political situation.
But a few paragraphs are dedicated to his personal experience at Hadassah. We translated them and share them with you.
Kamel Husseini – Judaism and Humanity
The Hadassah Model
….In my opinion, there is only one hope to cure the situation in
During the past 12 years, I used to take my mother from time to time to Hadassah for cancer treatment. I used to spend there full days with Jewish doctors and nurses, who protected their Jewish ideals and treated every patient with a sense of humanity. Often I felt that as Arabs and Palestinians we received special treatment. The Jewish doctors and nurses never gave me a feeling of being different or discriminated. At Hadassah, it doesn't matter who you are. They encourage you to fight the disease and other dangers which are much more important than all our wars. There, in the treatment rooms, Israeli Jews and Palestinian Arabs unite in searching for a cure, in praying to their god. They all rise above the conflict and hate and become humans. I salute to the Jewish model of Hadassah and hope that this model will affect all of
NEW ISRAELI BR.CA. TEST/NO MAMO/NO TOUCHING/NO GUESSING/NO RADIATION!
July 26, 2011
Israeli device now in clinical trials avoids radiation, guesswork, discomfort and other downsides that make mammography an imperfect screening tool. RUTH screens for breast cancer without touching the patient.
Early detection is the key to improving breast cancer survival rates, but mammography is not the ideal method to accomplish this goal. Of several approaches being developed worldwide, an Israeli solution pioneered by electro-optical engineer Boaz Arnon holds particular promise in providing a game-changing device for early detection of breast cancer.
Appropriately named RUTH, for Arnon's mother, Ruth, who succumbed to the disease in 2004, the device he invented uses a new trademarked platform he calls MIRA (functional Multidimensional Infra-Red Analysis). MIRA enables functional quantitative analysis of 3D and infrared signals emitted from cancerous and benign breast tissue.
"Our solution is not sensitive to age or breast density, and works without radiation," Arnon told ISRAEL21c. "We image the patient from a distance of 70 centimeters (25.5 inches), with no physical contact or radiation, and we have developed an automatic method that aims to detect breast cancer early, easily and as cheaply as possible."
Though a medical doctor will oversee screenings with RUTH, "automatic" is one of its most key features. Results will not have to be interpreted by human eyes, thanks to the device's unique process of calibration using mathematical algorithms formulated from three-dimensional models of hundreds of women with and without malignancies. The algorithms provide unprecedented accuracy. "Our sensitivity results show 90 percent accuracy for women of all ages," says Arnon. By comparison, mammography usually is about 80 percent accurate, and not even that high in younger patients.
More than 2,000 women have been involved in clinical trials for RUTH since 2007 at six Israeli hospitals, including Hadassah-Ein Kerem in Jerusalem. The entire procedure takes only a few minutes. "We now have the fifth generation of the RUTH device," says Arnon. "Before the end of this year, we will probably have one [being tested] in Europe as well."
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