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Breaking News:   BIG NEWS for Hadassah. 

Charity Navigator is the premier independent charity evaluator in the United States. 
Ratings are based on in-depth analysis of U.S. charities in order to help donors make intelligent decisions about their philanthropy. Criteria include financial performance, accountability, and transparency.  In its press release, Charity Navigator said that the 10 have "exceptional financial management, no easy feat considering the size and scope of their operations."  

Charity Navigator, which helps inform intelligent giving decisions through objective ratings and in-depth analysis of U.S. charities, based the top ten list on a series of criteria that includes exceptional financial management, operational complexity, and global reach. The ten charities on the list were selected from more than 7,000 evaluated by Charity Navigator in 2014. 

"Charitable givers should feel confident that these national institutions put their donations to good use," according Charity Navigator on its website.  Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, ranked number 3 on the list with a score of 98.75. 

The release from Charity Navigator read as follows:

10 of the Best Charities Everyone's Heard Of

These 10 charities work throughout the country and the world.  They are large, complex organizations with budgets exceeding $100 million and at least $65 million in net assets.  They became household names in part because of their exceptional financial management, no easy feat considering the size and scope of their operations.  Charitable givers should feel confident that these national institutions put their donations to good use.   


Teree Farbstein, President Great Plains Region-2015-2018

Pictures from the Regional Conference here.


Link to Madison, WI Hadassah Chapter Video

News from the Northwest Chapter


Marcie E. Natan
National President
October 22, 2014
Dear Colleagues,

Today was a very difficult day for our families in Israel, and we are feeling the pain to the depths of our hearts.

·        After an alleged terrorist drove his car into a crowd at the Ammunition Hill Station of Jerusalem’s light rail this afternoon, six patients were rushed to our hospitals in Mount Scopus and Ein Kerem.  An infant among them died shortly after arrival at Mount Scopus, while two adult males, who were slightly injured, were treated and may be released tonight. Three women treated at Ein Kerem are recovering from their injuries. 

·      Or Ben Yehuda, daughter of Pr. Dina Ben Yehuda, head of our Hematology Department at HMO was injured in an attack on the southern border with Gaza today.  We are proud of her as she is the first woman officer in the IDF’s Women’s Fighting Unit. She is being treated at Hadassah Hospital, contrary to this yNet article, which will give you some deeper background:http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4583184,00.html    

·        I know that last week you all read about the conflict over transplant surgery at HMO.  I am pleased to share that both a liver and a kidney have been successfully transplanted at Ein Kerem in the past few days and that the patients are doing well. I urge you to read all press about HMO with a discerning eye, knowing that I will be keeping you informed about what is to be believed and what is just bad reporting.

I leave for Jerusalem tonight and will keep you informed as things happen on the ground.



Rita's Writing Special Edition Fall 2014

Pictures from the 2014 National Convention Click Here

(Left to Right): Rita Shapiro, Terri Herman, Maxine Mirowitz, Debbie Minkoff, Kim Gollin, Marian Kaplan, Natalie Silverman, Nancy Zimmerman, Fred Safer, Shirley Friedman, Rena Safer, Linda Gavatin, Evie Levine, Gloria Spitzer, Helene Fox, Jean Friedman, Janet Leman, Linda Ehrensaft, Beth Mayer, Jenifer Blum, Carole Kerr, Elaine Lampert, Sherry Abramowitz, Teree Farbstein. Not pictured, Dale Marcus, Evelyn Lowenthal, Charles Zimmerman

Great Plains Region  See NEW pictures here


Read the Letter from Marcie Nathan here

Click here to watch a brief video with the wonderful doctors and soldiers at HMO.
Congratulations to Hadassah Great Plains Region's New Slate of Officers 2015
Teree Farbstein  President Elect
Janet Leman: Secretary
Sherry Abramowitz: Treasurer
Randy Heidenfelder: Vice-President
Wendy Huss: Vice-President
Carol Kerr:  Vice-President
Rita Kramen:  Vice-President
Elaine Lampert: Vice-President
Please plan to attend the installation of officers in Northbrook, IL. at the Renaissance Hotel: November 2, 2014

Rita's wRiting June 2014
Rita's wRting- Special Edition May 2014


April 2014:  Rita's wRiting   

New Articles on Israel.
What’s in a day? The Human Spirit

More at
Region and  National News



Read this Grant Application as a Word Document
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More information on the Region Grant Page

Pictures from Israel:  At the Keeper of the Gate recognition pillars at the hospital.

Judy Eglash and husband Norb

Reimbursement Form

Previous editions of Rita's Writings: 
March 2014 Rita's Writing
Rita's Writing's Winter Edition
Special Fall Edition of Rita's Writing

Grant Application available now- please view it here 

The National Hadassah Convention in Baltimore
At banquet, Great Plains Region Delegates 
l. to r. Evie Levine, Beth Mayer, St. Louis; Kim Gollin, Wichita;
and Rita Shapiro, Region President

April 2013: Pictures from the regional Board Meeting here

Hadassah College student cited for her design  - More here 

Trees in Holyland Family Park will Preserve Memory of Children and Staff in Newtown, CT

The Hadassah family opened its heart to remember the victims of the recent Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy. Donations poured in- enough to plant 11 groves of trees.

National President Marcie Natan plants the first of thousands of trees donated to keep alive the memory of the murdered children and staff of Newtown, CT in the Hadassah Forest of the Beersheva River Park.

"The roots of this mulberry tree will hold the desert soil, produce fruit, and give shade to the families recently under fire who will enjoy the park. Trees are a Biblical symbol of life, and the saplings donated will bloom, grove after grove, in the memory of the children and the staff in Newtown," Natan said.

Marcie Natan and Barbara Goldstein planting a tree in Israel

Thin Threads Order form 

Real Stories of Hadassah Life Changing Moments

Sarah Wetsman Davidson Tower
We weren't waiting for the future, we built it!
Pictures here

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National News

  • Israeli Hero Treated at Hadassah's Hospital on Mount Scopus
  • Israeli Prison Service Officer Ariel Twitto was on his way to pick up his children from nursery school camp after accompanying a prisoner to court when he and fellow officer, Elad Biton, heard someone shouting "Piguah!" (terror attack!).
  • Hadassah-Neurim Provides Refuge for Border Kibbutz
  • For the last three weeks, Mali Yehoshafat and her four children have found refuge at Hadassah-Neurim. 125 kibbutz members—including all the children in this border agricultural commune are living in Hadassah’s Youth Village, near Netanya.
  • Urge Congress to Affirm Support for Israel
  • Israel once again finds itself in a time of crisis, forced to take military action to defend its citizens from indiscriminate rocket and mortar fire. Urge Congress to affirm its unwavering, bipartisan support for Israel’s sovereignty and security, and pass the United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act!

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