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The New Year 5774 is almost over.  The secular year 2014 is well underway.   It's a time to reflect on the past year and a time to move forward with new energy and commitment.                               

One of Hadassah's ongoing goals is to keep our members informed in a way that was impossible before this digital age. Now our communications can be more timely, more thorough, and green in the bargain. 
Last year, we created hNews, our digital newsletter, to bring you updated information about new and exciting medical research, our projects here and in Israel, and strategic Hadassah decisions that affect members, and the Jewish community, nationally. Your response has been tremendous!

Starting now, you have access to more medical news, and information about Hadassah activities around the country, at your fingertips.
We've created hMedicine, which carries more stories about our research and patient care than we can bring you in a newsletter. You can access it anytime on www.hadassah.org/hmedicine.
We've also created hCoast-to-Coast, a report on region and chapter activities across the nation. It's a great resource for ideas and tips for your own group. Click on any of the story headlines below or visit www.hadassah.org/hCtoC on our website any time. And don't forget to visit us on facebook at www.facebook.com/hadassah.

Our commitment to you in 5774 is to keep you apprised of all that you accomplish with your support and caring.  



Shabbat Shalom!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Recovery Deal Signed over Hadassah Medical Organization 
Hadassah, The Women's Zionist Organization of America (HWZOA), the Hadassah Medical Organization (HMO) and the Government of Israel (GOI) signed the official agreement for the financial recovery of HMO.

Healing Garden at Hadassah's Hospitals Dedicated to Smorgon Family 
The Jack and Robert Smorgon families' Foundation Healing and Environmental Garden was dedicated at Hadassah University Hospital, Mount Scopus on June 22

International Symposium on Pancreatic Disease Headed Up by Hadassah Specialist 
Earlier this month, Jerusalem hosted an international symposium dealing with inherited diseases of the pancreas.

New Members of the Month 
Give a welcome to the newest Members of the Month!

hCoast to Coast: read about chapter events from around the country, including some from the Florida Atlantic Region.

JUNE, 2014

What's Happening with Hadassah?


May, 2014

 Hadassah Medical Organization Update   


In February, the Hadassah Medical Organization (HMO) announced that it was filing with the courts for Section 350,­ the Israeli law that allows for an organization to restructure.

As of May 8, 2014, an agreement was reached.  Please read the details below.

Tentative Agreement Reached With the Government of Israel on HMO

HWZOA and the Government of Israel came to an agreement on a recovery plan for the Hadassah Medical Organization after midnight on Thursday, May 8, 2014. All stakeholders, including the members of the Unions representing HMO employees, and the creditors, including those who work at HMO, will have the opportunity to vote on the plan within the next ten days.

The following was sent by Marcie Natan, Hadassah National President,
to all Hadassah members and supporters on May 9, 2014.

Last night, in negotiations that ended close to midnight, the representatives of Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America (HWZOA), and the Government of the State of Israel agreed on a number of recovery principles for Hadassah Medical Organization (HMO). Under the terms of these principles, the Hadassah Medical Organization will remain under the ownership and control of HWZOA and will be put on the path to financial stability.

It is our hope and belief that with the implementation of these principles, HMO will be strengthened and the partnership with the State of Israel will be reinforced.

The recovery plan requires contribution and sacrifice from all parties. But it also holds the promise of ensuring HMO's continued ability to save lives, which can't be measured in dollars or shekels.

At a press briefing this morning in Tel Aviv, HMO Director General Avigdor Kaplan reminded the press of what a difficult period this has been for a working hospital, but that HMO did not compromise on patient care. He, and a representative of the trustees, also praised the enormous contribution, steadfastness and generosity of HWZOA.

I want to echo his thanks. You have all stood firmly behind our shared mission. And I want to extend a special thanks to Avigdor Kaplan whose courage and tireless effort has gotten us to this day.

I believe that HMO will emerge strengthened and re-invigorated after this period of self-examination. I also believe that HMO and HWZOA will have a restored partnership with the State of Israel.

We will keep you fully updated as we move forward in the next few days when all parties will be called upon to approve the agreement. As Director General Avigdor Kaplan said, "this is the end of the beginning," but it is a beginning nonetheless.

P.S. I would like to also use this opportunity to announce that we are planning a Solidarity Mission to Israel in the middle of June. At this critical time, we would be thrilled to have as many of you as possible join us to express our unshakable commitment to HMO and to the State of Israel. Details to follow.


 Get the Facts

Hadassah Medical Organization Recovery Process


Shabbat Shalom!

May 13, 2014

  • Hadassah Magazine Wins Twelve Rockower Awards
  • Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, is proud to announce that Hadassah Magazine has received twelve Rockower Awards, more than any other publication (magazine, newspaper or website) and more than all other magazines combined.
  • Support Fair Pay for Women & Families
  • Women make 77 cents to a man’s dollar and a single mother of two working full-time at minimum-wage is living nearly $4,000 below the federal poverty line. America’s women and families are worth more and they deserve better!

Friday, April 4, 2014

PHOTOS: Hadassah Leadership Fellows Mission to Israel

PHOTOS: Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat Breakfast and Briefing

Today: Anniversary of the Hadassah Convoy Massacre
The fourth day of the month of Nisan marks the yahrtzeits of 79 Hadassah doctors, nurses and medical personnel who were killed in the Hadassah Medical Convoy Massacre.

Hadassah International Conferences in Jerusalem
Hadassah International leadership came together from the four corners of the earth, gathering in Jerusalem to learn, to exchange ideas, and to be inspired by the life-changing work of Hadassah hospitals.

A Good Beginning
Thirteen Haredi women, each from a different stream of the Haredi mosaic, graduated from a new program by the Hadassah Foundation that provides them with opportunities to work in Israel.

Tell Congress: Support Pay Equity!
Countless female workers receive unequal pay without knowing it because they could be fired for discussing wages with colleagues. Allowing employees to openly discuss salaries, without fear of losing their jobs, would greatly help female employees learn whether or not they are being paid fairly. Send a letter to Congress to tell them to support pay equity!

HCoast to Coast: Stories from chapter events around the country 

The Peace Process: Updates & Uncertainty

  • As part of the peace negotiation framework, set to expire April 29, 2014, Israel agreed to release 104 convicted terrorists in four stages and the Palestinians agreed to delay seeking any additional recognition by the United Nations and other international authorities.

  • Insight into Pediatric Radiotherapy Treatment at Hadassah Provided to ALYN Colleagues
  • To gain a greater understanding of the radiation therapy and support that pediatric cancer patients receive at the Hadassah Medical Organization, psychologists, social workers, and rehabilitation nurses from ALYN Woldenberg Family Hospital, Israel's only pediatric and adolescent rehabilitation facility, visited Hadassah for an in-depth briefing and tour.
  • Wounded by Gunfire, Ukranians Airlifted to Hadassah
  • Although Oleksandr Huch and Arten Zapototskyi did not know each other in their homeland of Ukraine, today they are roommates on the fifth floor of the Hadassah Medical Organization's Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower.

See more news from Hadassah >>


Cancer Survivor, Cannabis Activist, and Founder of the Beverly Hill Cannabis Club Cheryl Shuman recently visited Israel to meet with Cannabis Research Pioneer Prof. Raphael Mechoulam of the Hadassah-Hebrew University Faculty of Medicine, whose work provided the basis for the medical community’s embrace of medical marijuana (cannabis). Ms. Shuman, who was diagnosed with advanced ovarian cancer many years ago, credits cannabis with bringing her back from the brink of death.

Using a deep sequencing analyzer, Prof. Orly Elpeleg, Director of the Hadassah Medical Organization’s Department of Genetic and Metabolic Diseases, and her colleagues have determined the sequence of millions of DNA fragments simultaneously--8,000 times the capacity of the former generation of DNA sequencing machines.

"Welcome! You are the first," Nira Kedar, head nurse of the the neurology department at Hadassah Medical Organization, said, with a huge smile, to Nachshon Halevy.

January, 2014

"We have seen and heard so much about the (Middle East) conflict, that it's a relief to see a place which is an island of peace," said a member of the David Project delegation, which visited Hadassah Medical Organization this week.

It's a vignette of Hadassah's long history intertwining with the development of the Jewish state...

On a rainy winter day, a group of pediatricians and a medical clown from the pediatric department of Hadassah's hospital in Mount Scopus traveled to Tel Aviv for Hadassah's annual preventive health initiative at the Philippine Embassy.

Thanks to the Dental Wellness Trust, founded by Hadassah United Kingdom Trustee Dr. Linda Greenwall, an innovative, supervised tooth brushing program has been taking place in Khayelitsha, South Africa since last April, involving 600 school children.

The Hadassah School, comprised of inpatients of the Hadassah Medical Organization, has launched a new code of ethics for its multicultural student population of all ages.


Every Beat Counts: Hadassah's Heart Health Program™   educates women about risks, prevention and detection of heart disease, the #1 cause of death among women in the U.S. and worldwide. Cardiovascular disease kills more women than men in the U.S., and women present symptoms differently than men.

Heart Disease. Get the facts.

· 42% of women who have heart attacks die within one year (vs. 24% for men)

· 1 in 3 women over age 20 has some form of cardiovascular disease

· A woman is 10 times more likely to die of a heart attack than breast cancer

BUT...82% of heart disease is preventable. Prevention begins with YOU!





Please click on the stories you want to read:

Hadassah Academic College Holds Groundbreaking Ceremony for New Science Center

  • Hadassah Academic College held a groundbreaking ceremony on Monday, June 17, 2013 for a new building adjacent to its historic campus in downtown Jerusalem.

      Hollywood Star Sharon Stone Visits Hadassah Medical Organization

  • Hollywood star Sharon Stone, a long-time activist to find a cure for AIDS, visited Hadassah-Hebrew University Center in Ein Kerem today to meet with Professor Dan Engelhard, head of Hadassah's pediatric AIDS unit which has developed an integrative method of treating children who are HIV positive in Israel and around the world.

      Pilgrimage Ends With Organ Donations at Hadassah

  • A few weeks ago, a 61-year-old Christian tourist from Russia died in Israel after a heart attack; her organs, though, lived to save two lives.

      Hadassah to the Rescue for Toothless Children

  • For the first time in Israel, two toothless children, ages five and six, were given the ability to talk, chew solid food, and smile again, thanks to dental implants they received from multidisciplinary health professionals at the Hadassah-Hebrew University School of Dental Medicine.

      Hadassah Hospital-Mount Scopus Offers Self-Help Group for Children Suffering with Obesity

  • The Nutrition and Diet Clinic of Hadassah Hospital- Mount Scopus is hosting a new self-help group for children who suffer from obesity and their parents.

      Meir Shfeyah Youth Village Dedicates June Walker High School

  • Marcie Natan, Hadassah's 25th National President, pulled aside the satin curtains that covered the name of the late Dr. June Walker, Hadassah's 23rd President, and officially dedicated the Dr. June Walker High School for Life Sciences and Agriculture at the Meir Shfeyah Youth Village.

       Unique Australian/Anglican/Israeli/Palestinian Partnership Aims to Improve Health of Palestinian Children

 Hadassah Clinical Trial Uses Deep Brain Stimulation to Relieve Depression

Gaza Mother of Five Saved at Hadassah

Are You an Heir?
The Hashava Company was established by the Israeli Knesset to locate descendants of Holocaust victims entitled to assets currently held in Israel. Hashava is reaching out to North American Jews and asking that they search the free online database to determine if they might be an heir.

Reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act!
Last week,the Violence Against Women Act marked its 18th anniversary and the U.S. Census Bureau released new data on the persistent gender wage gap. Learn more about these important issues and show your support for women's rights through Hadassah's National Action Center.

The Arts: A Walk in the Park with Marc Chagall

Hadassah's Centennial Documentary: Watch it now!

New Jersey Congregation Uses Hadassah Foundation Mini-Grant for Feminist Program

Hadassah-Brandeis Institute Traveling Exhibit Celebrates Jewish Women Artists

Comments? Questions? Please contact Marketing & Communications National Chair Barbara Spack,bspack@hadassah.org, 212.303.8112; or Suzanne Fiur, Editor,sfiur@hadassah.org, 212.303.8150.


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What's Happening

  • Newly Renovated Baby Nursery at Mount Scopus
  • National Board member and Society of Major Donors Chair Debbie Levine visits the newly renovated baby nursery at Hadassah Mount Scopus. A ceremony marked the renovated delivery suites, the nursery and the patient rooms in the hospital.
  • New Trial Drug Cures Patient with ALS
  • A new treatment for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) based on stem cell technology and now in clinical trials at Hadassah, appears to have cured an Orthodox Rabbi in Israel who was diagnosed with the disease two years ago.
  • Hadassah Doctor Saves Fetus with Small Chance of Survival
  • A fetus with a hiatus hernia that led its abdominal organs to be compressed within the chest, was saved by Hadassah Fetal Medicine Expert Dr. Yuval Gielchinsky, using an innovative treatment that is only being performed in five to six medical centers in the world.

  • Hadassah Top 100!
  • Read Marcie Natan's Op Ed in the Huffington Post honoring our Centennial year

"Our beloved Barbara Goldstein was with us last night to represent Hadassah and to celebrate the 89th graduation ceremony for this year's 12th grade class. Among our graduates are first generation Israeli's, many of them the first in their families to finish high school, from throughout the country including Druze, Muslims, Russians, Ethiopians, Americans and refugees from Eritrea and Nigeria who came to Shfeyah 3 years ago.

Thank you to Hadassah for your friendship and partnership for 89 years ! With love from the children at the Hadassah / Meir Shfeyah Youth Village . This is a short clip which was part of the evening's ceremonies."

Lauren Sterm Kedem
Meir Shfeyah Youth Village
from Facebook 6/8/2012
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Art at Hadassah

Thousands of works of art enhance the public spaces and grounds of Hadassah's hospitals at Ein Kerem and Mount Scopus. Their presence provides a calming environment.


Young Judaea Builds Leaders

Young Judaea Shalem participant Ariella Daniels recently took part in a Building Future Leaders Seminar.

Read about her experience there >>

Hadassah at the UN

Hadassah leaders recently attended a film screening and roundtable discussion of Cambodia: A Quest for Justice, presented by the Simon Weisenthal Museum of Tolerance, The Holocaust and United Nations Outreach Programme and United Nations Department of Public Information.


"Excellent video...it demonstrates how open Hadassah is to ALL people!."

Dianne Gohil, McAllen, Texas
from Facebook 5/30/2012
Regarding our video Hadassah: In The Midst of Crisis 1967
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Visiting Israel: A Life Changer

Five years ago, Brenda Korff of Great Neck, NY, left her two children home with her husband and visited Israel for the first time on a Hadassah Young Leaders Mission. The group arrived from Poland, which was "damp, depressing, dreary." When they stepped off the plane in Israel, she says, the sun was shining and a beautiful feeling came over her. It has never left. Brenda says she always felt a connection to Israel and Hadassah, but the trip changed her life. "I could see, smell and feel Israel. Now I am a part of Israel. We are part of Israel." Experiencing the hospitals and meeting some of the youth we serve first-hand "makes everything you do with Hadassah—building with your hands, words and money—worthwhile."


Share ideas and Hadassah know-how, and see what keeps our members busy across the USA. Local news from north, south, east and west.

Read hCoast-to-Coast >>



Join Hadassah coalition partner CancerCare, for free Connect® Workshops. These workshops are a way to learn about cancer-related issues from the convenience of your home or office. Leading experts in oncology provide the most up-to-date information.

Visit www.cancercare.org/connect.

Order Your Copy

With a celebrity foreword by Ruth Gruber, renowned photojournalist and author
Thin Threads: Real Stories of Hadassah Life Changing Moments, is now available. The hard cover edition is $29.95; a leather bound limited edition, signed by National President Marcie Natan, is $180. Fifty percent of the net proceeds benefit Hadassah. Order now



On June 5, 2012, the Paycheck Fairness Act fell short of the necessary 60 votes to overcome a filibuster. On a party-line vote, 52 Senators voted for cloture (allowing the bill to proceed), while 47 opposed it. On May 31, the House voted down a motion to consider the Paycheck Fairness Act.
Read the Action Alert

The situation in the Middle East remains tense, with new updates coming to light with each passing day. Be in the know, NOW. Sign up for Hadassah's Email Action Network and receive Action Alerts and Backgrounders with up-to-the-minute public policy updates.

Help drive the construction of Hadassah's new Pediatric ICU in Jerusalem. When you rent a car from Sixt in any country, Hadassah will receive 10% of the cost - and you will get a special 10%  Hadassah discount.  Make your reservation through the Sixt-Hadassah partner site: www.sixt.com/hadassah-usa. Follow Sixt via twitter.com/SixtUK or access Sixt your smart phone at sixt.co.uk/mobile.



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An innovative procedure to remove cancerous tumors from the gastrointestinal tract was performed at the Hadassah University Medical Center’s Institute of Gastroenterology and Liver Diseases recently.


   Treating MS with Stem Cells 

Cancer Vaccine in Clinical Trials 
Hadassah is participating in a clinical trial of a vaccine that 'trains' the immune system to seek and destroy malignant cells that have invaded the body.

Doubling the Capacity of the Pediatric ICU 
     The Hadassah University Medical Center is expanding its Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Read about two critically ill young children who were nurtured back to health in Hadassah's PICU and learn more about Hadassah's vision for the new unit.

Trip to the Zoo for Palestinian and Israeli Children 
    The Israel Defense Forces' Civil Administration and the Hadassah University Medical Center teamed up this summer to organize a trip to Jerusalem's Biblical zoo for Palestinian children and their families from the West Bank. Read and watch.

Jewish-Arab Biomedical Initiative
    Hadasit, the Hadassah University Medical Center's technology transfer company, has launched an incubator for joint Jewish-Arab biomedical ventures in northern Israel. Read the story >>

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Clinical Trial
  Results of a clinical trial at the Hadassah University Medical Center indicate that Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) can be an effective treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) when combined with exposure to trauma memory cues. Read the story >>

Saudi Arabian Newspaper Lauds Hadassah
                        The Saudi Arabian newspaper, Al-Watan (The Homeland), published an article about Israel's superiority in science and technology, and showcased the Hadassah's Bone Marrow Registry outreach to Arabs.  Read the story >>

Read these stories and more on our
NEW website feature hMedicine >>



     Philanthropists Meet Hadassah
     in Aspen

    Karen Davidson hosted a special evening at her home August 4th to introduce a group of distinguished philanthropists to the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower.



    Thin Threads Centennial Commemorative   Book: Real Stories of Hadassah Life Changing Moments

    Why is this book different from all other books?    Because, all other books are read and put away; this book will be read, cherished, and passed on to future generations.

     All other books deal with people and places we may never know, while this book tells the stories of Hadassah - our beloved organization.

    "The great new Tower -best hospital in the whole mid-east and maybe the whole world!"
    Elsa Stutman, Abington, Pennsylvania
                                    from Facebook 9/6/2011 
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    New Year, New Understanding

    For the Youth Aliyah students in the Joy of Judaism course, Hebrew is the beginning of their search for understanding their Jewish roots. 

      Aphasia Center Treats Communications Disorders  
    Hadassah College established the country's only center for severe aphasia, which leaves intelligence intact but impairs the ability to communicate.
    Read more about the center >> 
    Centennial Convention Fact    

    Celebrate in Israel like you've never celebrated before! Don't miss Hadassah's Celebration of the Century. October 15-18, 2012 in Jerusalem.
    Register today >>

  •  "This is a most interesting piece of information that should be shared with all who care about Hadassah. Shabbat Shalom"

    Barbara Alfus Baum, facebook 8/26/2011
     regarding the story
    Hadassah Is My Home
    join the conversation >>

    Hadassah Co-sponsors UN Petition  

    Hadassah is co-sponsoring the Israel Action Network's online Petition Against a Unilaterally Declared Palestine. The petition calls upon the 193 Members of the United Nations to vote against endorsing a unilaterally declared Palestinian state and to promote the resumption of bilateral negotiations.

     The petition has already garnered 65,000 signatures, with a goal of 100,000 by Monday, September 19th.

    Click here to sign today!  >>


     Be part of it:     
    Hadassah Magazine Centennial Issue

    Add your name to honor Hadassah leaders and commemorate our Centennial Anniversary, in a magazine that will be cherished for decades.                 



    A Private Dinner Party with John Malkovich 

      Hadassah Germany had the privilege of hosting a private charity dinner for 120 guests with internationally renowned star, John Malkovich.                               



     Share ideas and Hadassah know-how, and see what keeps our members busy across the USA.  Local news from north, south, east and west.

    Author Luncheon: A Towering Idea

     Group Supports Mitzvah Projects

     Lady Luck Smiles for HLI 2011 Membership Luncheon in Newburgh

     Park Slope Chapter Active with Education Events 

     Private Art Tour and Luncheon

    Read these stories and more on our NEW website feature hCoast-to-Coast >>

    Marcie Natan Updates Media on the New Tower   
    Hadassah's National President met with Israeli media to fill them in on progress at the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Tower in Ein Kerem.

    Read the story >>

    New Insights into Genetic Disorders
          Researchers in the U.S. and at Hadassah in Israel work to identify genetic disorders affecting Jewish populations. 

     Read the Jewish Daily Forward article >>

    Men and Women: Celebrate Israel! Volunteer, learn and tour with Hadassah's WIN program.


    Keepers: 15 Years Old and 4000 Strong 
        4000+ men and women are proud Keepers of the Gate.
    Keepers, whose symbol is a David's Harp, make an annual commitment to Hadassah. Commitments range from $1000 through $5000 for Golden Keepers of the Gate, and are payable monthly, quarterly, semi-annually or annually. For information call 888.533.2980 or email keepers@hadassah.org.

    Take a 10-minute break each month to learn something new and to find out what women across the country are saying about  "Esther Through the Lenses." Four sessions are online now and your journey can start at any time. Celebrating this New Year with Hadassah's sweet study—your online oasis awaits!

    Get Well Soon!   
    Feeling under the weather? Got a friend who needs some cheering? Send her the Get Well Soon video and brighten her day. Watch now.



    Are you a Hadassah family that receives multiple magazines? 
    Remember, you can email membership@hadassah.org  to have one or more of your subscriptions suspended.  Subscriptions can always be reinstated in the future if members of the household move to a new address.

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