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Message from the President
It is an honor for me to write this message as your Central Pacific Coast Region President. We are a group of almost 9,000 members, associates and supporters. This is a pretty amazing number here in Northern California. It confirms the message that Hadassah continues to be the largest women’s Zionist organization in the United States. We are powerful and influential in Washington, D.C. and in our local communities.
In 2012 Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, celebrated its 100thyear. Founded in 1912 by Henrietta Szold, a giant among women of her generation, Hadassah played a major role in establishing the health standards of the State of Israel.
Today, Hadassah Medical Organization (HMO) stands as Jerusalem’s second largest employer and as a world-renowned research institution aligned with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, as an outstanding teaching institution of doctors, dentists, eye specialists, and other medical specialists. HMO serves over one million patients each year. In 2012 we dedicated our state-of-the-art 500-bed, 50-operating theater Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower.
In 2005, Hadassah was nominated to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for the work being carried out at the two Jerusalem area hospitals at Ein Kerem and on Mount Scopus.
During the 1930’s tens of thousands of European youngsters were left homeless and orphaned. Henrietta Szold and Recha Freier, women with great hearts and organizational skills, found ways to save tens of thousands and bring them to pre-State Palestine. Henrietta would greet the children as they left the ships that carried them from terror to freedom. These children were brought to youth villages where they were taught and loved by caring teachers and social workers. The European children have been supplanted by youngsters from the North African, Russian, and Ethiopian Aliyot.
Today Hadassah supports three youth villages. In Israel there are over 300,000 Children at Risk – children who cannot or dare not return to their dysfunctional homes. They continue to be nourished by their experiences in the Youth Aliyah villages and grow into contributing professionals and leaders.
Surveys have shown the importance to Jewish identification of youngsters attending Jewish summer camps. In the United States, Hadassah provides scholarships to youngsters to attend Young Judaea summer camps, participate in summer in Israel programs, and attend the award-winning Year Course gap-year program.
Hadassah continues to advocate for women’s health issues, women’s rights, and other social action issues. Each year we send a representative group of lawyers to be sworn into the United State Supreme Court. Our region hosts a Lawyers Council as well as a Nurse’s Council, both of which welcome your participation.
If you would like to become more active in our chapters or region, please contact our office at 415-771-5900.
We welcome you to Hadassah. Baruch HaBayim.