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Hadassah In The United States


Hadassah in the United States 

Hadassah members are often asked “What does your organization do in the United States?” Individuals are familiar with our extraordinary hospitals in Israel; quite possibly, Hadassah Academic College in Jerusalem, and our youth villages also located In Israel. However, Hadassah accomplishes much here in the United States 

The future of American Jewish continuity rests in the hands of our children; they are the future of Hadassah. To address their needs, programs are available to help educate, inform, and expand their horizons. A huge range of Young Judaea activities include summer camps and on-going regional conferences and events. Recently, Hadassah had the foresight to allow Young Judaea to become an independent organization, however, Hadassah remains financially responsible to YJ for the next three years. Young Judaea’s mission is to build leadership, Jewish identity and Zionist commitment in as many young people as possible. The Hadassah Regions of the Southeast, including Broward, are proud of their commitment to Camp Judaea in Hendersonville, North Carolina, which recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. Also, Hadassah’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah Project helps to empower children to reach their fullest potential. 

 Hadassah offers members an array of health, awareness and educational programs which provide a unique opportunity to connect socially. Hadassah enhances the quality of American and Jewish life through its strong education and Zionist programs, which provide personal enrichment and growth for its members. True to our roots as a study circle, Hadassah members explore the many facets of Jewish history and culture through educational opportunities in Bible, Hebrew, history, Israel, Jewish Studies, culture and literature. Members enrich their knowledge by connecting with a local Hadassah study group, book/film club, seminar or workshop.  

Hadassah’s leading health initiative, “Healthy Women Healthy Lives”, empowers women by providing them with the knowledge necessary to make appropriate and informed medical decisions for themselves and their families. In the community, Hadassah members benefit from local health awareness programs, symposiums and health fairs. 

 Hadassah Professional Networking Councils provide a unique opportunity for members to connect with others, who share the same vocation.  Councils provide an avenue where individuals can pursue personal growth and enhance their professional knowledge through collegial exchanges and Continuing Education Credits (CME, CLE, CEU). Member-only programs include the annual U.S. Supreme Court Swearing In, the Amicus Brief Program, and the Hadassah Task Force for Nursing, supported by Johnson & Johnson. Opportunities are available for interested individuals to participate in professional seminars and travel with colleagues to Washington, D.C.

 Hadassah Advocacy promotes civic engagement and advocates for foreign and domestic policies in line with Hadassah’s platform of Policy Statements. Hadassah stays current with domestic policy issues on topics such as hate crimes, anti-Semitism, reproductive choice, genetic discrimination and more. Hadassah offers Advocacy Backgrounders and Action Alerts. Members of Hadassah can be proud that it was largely because of our organization’s efforts that the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act was passed in the United States Congress. This bill was designed to prohibit the improper use of genetic information in health insurance and employment. This Act prohibits group health plans and health insurers from denying coverage to a healthy individual or charging that person higher premiums based solely on a genetic predisposition to developing a disease in the future. The legislation also bars employers from using individuals’ genetic information when making hiring, firing, job placement, or promotion decisions. The Morning Star Commission was founded by Hadassah to advocate for a healthier diversity of portrayals of Jewish women in the media and entertainment industry.

 In local communities, Hadassah members perform mitzvah projects. In Broward Region we collect nonperishable food items for food pantries like WeCare. Our members also gather items, like diapers, games and books for organizations like Family Central. We visit homes for disabled individuals, as well as bring holiday cheer to those residing in senior facilities. 

 Hadassah Hospitals are located in Israel, but the groundbreaking research that occurs in these facilities has saved lives throughout the world. The result of our pioneering research is shared with all physicians. Our doctors isolated the BRACA gene and this discovery has helped with worldwide genetic testing. In June, studies began on patients with ALS, using stem cell research; the outcomes of this research will save people throughout the world. Hadassah Hospitals have partnered with Harvard University Medical Center to study a new medication to be used in the treatment of diabetes. With over 200 research studies taking place in Hadassah hospitals, the results will have definite impact on patients in the United States and for humankind.

 Yes, Hadassah’s mission is to Heal the World, and for nearly one hundred years, we have accomplished this goal for all of humanity. 

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