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Mission Statement

The Greater Washington Area Chapter of Hadassah, The Women’s Zionist Organization of America, is a women’s volunteer group that motivates and inspires its members to:

Strengthen their partnership with Israel by supporting pace setting health care, education, youth
institutes, and land development.

Ensure Jewish continuity through education and support of its Young Judaea youth programs.

Advocate health awareness through education.

Act as a force on social issues that impact upon us as American Jewish women.

Promote personal growth through enrichment opportunities and education.

Hadassah Projects

Hadassah Medical Organization (HMO)
supports the Hadassah University Hospitals at Ein Karem and at Mt. Scopus, Jerusalem. These teaching hospitals, through their modern clinics and well–equipped departments, serve half a million outpatients and 41,000 inpatients annually. The hospitals provide primary health services as well as specialized treatment in units devoted to neonatal, cardiac, intensive treatment, kidney failure, and acute burn and trauma care among others. Research centers include the Moshe Sharett Institute of Oncology for cancer diagnosis and therapy and the Goldyne Savad Institute of Gene Therapy. Other research laboratories specialize in blood, skin, and eye diseases.

Hadassah Medical Organization also supports the Henrietta Szold–Hadassah School of Nursing, and schools of Dentistry, Pharmacy, Occupational Therapy, Public Health and Social Medicine, and an Institute of Postgraduate Medical Training.

Hundreds of physicians, nurses, and hospital administrators have received Hadassah fellowships for continued training in the United States and Europe.

Hadassah Medical Organization was nominated for the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize.

Hadassah College Jerusalem, represents Hadassah’s commitment to vocational and professional education. The College offers an evolving program to meet Israel’s needs today in commercial, medical, and society. Students at the College can pursue baccalaureate degrees in Information Technology; Design, Digital Arts and Film; Medical Laboratory Science, Optometry; Industrial Design and Hotel Management.

Youth Aliyah/Children At Risk is the Hadassah project dedicated to Israel’s children. For over 50 years Youth Aliyah has rescued, resettled and rehabilitated over 225,000 children from more than 80 countries. The Youth Aliyah program sets Israel’s disadvantaged children on the path to a successful future through its network of vocational and academic secondary schools, residential villages, kibbutz youth groups, day–care centers, parents’ circles, and culture mobiles meeting the special needs of young immigrants and “at risk” native Israelis.

Young Judaea is Hadassah’s American-based Zionist youth movement. A comprehensive program that includes summer camps, summer trips to Israel, Year Course (a year long program for high school graduates in Israel), local clubs, leadership training seminars, and conventions, develops the commitment and leadership skills that strengthen the connection of our youth to the Jewish people and to Israel.

The Jewish National Fund (JNF) has enabled Hadassah to help Israel turn swampland and deserts into flourishing fields and communities since 1926. In addition to reforestation efforts, Hadassah has been instrumental in making Israeli parks accessible to handicapped individuals. To ease continuing problems from water shortages, Hadassah has made a major financial commitment to build needed reservoirs.

Health Awareness

Hadassah is dedicated to teaching women of all ages that “Your Body is a Beautiful Responsibility.”

The “Hadassah Cares” breast cancer awareness campaign has educated hundreds of thousands
of women about breast self-examination, mammography screening, and proper breast health care.

Through the “Check it Out” program, Hadassah has taught more than 40,000 high school girls the
importance of breast self–exam.

Through the “Act Against Osteoporosis” campaign, Hadassah is spreading the word that
osteoporosis is a concern for people of all ages.

The Greater Washington Area Chapter is an active participant in the award winning Ruth Rales
Kids Comcast Reading Network, which provides one-on-one tutoring for second graders in 56
elementary schools throughout Montgomery County.

Hadassah speaks out in Washington, D.C. and around the country on behalf of reproductive
freedom, the separation of church and state, the enactment of counter terrorism legislation,
and other issues of concern to women and Jews in America.

Through our efforts in Washington, D.C., Hadassah encourages the strengthening of United
States–Israeli relations on all levels.

Hadassah acts against domestic violence by advocating for passage and full funding of the
Violence Against Women Act, providing assistance to domestic violence coalitions and battered
women’s shelters, and by creating innovative awareness programming.

Through voter registration drives, Hadassah urges all citizens to get involved in the political
process by voting in local and national elections.

Through Training Wheels–Al Galgalim, a fun, parent-toddler program, Hadassah is teaching
parents (and grandparents) and their young children how to celebrate Shabbat and the Jewish
holidays, with crafts for the kids, discussion time for adults, and songs for everyone.

In Ivrit la Hadassah groups around the country, women are learning to read, write, and speak
Hebrew, enabling them to participate in synagogue services, help their children or grandchildren
with Hebrew school homework, and feel connected with Jews in Israel and around the–world.

Hadassah has published numerous study guides for use by individuals or study groups on such
intriguing topics as Jerusalem, Judaism and ecology, Israeli women’s fiction, Jewish thought
andobservance, Zionism, Bible, and Jewish history. In addition the Chapter has four book clubs.

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