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Mission and Vision

NASSAU REGION MISSION STATEMENT

The Nassau Region of Hadassah strives to implement the Mission Statement of National Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of American, by encouraging its members to strengthen their partnership with Israel, ensure Jewish continuity, and realize their potential as a dynamic force here in Nassau County.

By transmitting the hopes and dreams expressed in Hadassah’s projects and programs in Israel and in the United States, the Region educates and inspires Hadassah leaders of today and tomorrow.

The Nassau Region bases all of its activities on the Jewish values of Tzedakah, study and community involvement.

The Nassau Region serves as a liaison between National Hadassah and its own units by disseminating National materials and by sharing original Region materials. The Region supports its units by providing training and counterparts for their officers. The Region further strengthens its units by providing effective programming, education, fundraising, membership and communication opportunities.

The Nassau Region fosters in its members love for Israel and Judaism, and respect for each other. It inspires them to value their roles as leaders in the Jewish community and in American society, and to pass those tenets on to subsequent generations.


Hadassah’s Projects

Below is a thumbnail sketch of Hadassah’s 5 Projects.
For the most up-to-date information, please refer to www.hadassah.org

HADASSAH MEDICAL ORGANIZATION
Henrietta Szold’s mission for Hadassah in 1912 was to bring modern health care to Palestine. Hadassah nurses began that mission by teaching maternity care and by treating trachoma.

Today, Hadassah sets the standard for health care in the Middle East. The Hadassah Medical Organization includes two hospitals, five schools, out-patients clinics, research facilities and community health centers. We treat over one million patients annually and educate health care professionals without regard to race, religion, or national origin. A world-class university medical institution, Hadassah has achieved a global reputation for excellence in caring and curing. It is distinguished by its innovative approach to complex medical problems and the cooperative efforts of its medical and research teams to provide individualized attention to individual problems. A premier teaching hospital and research center, the MedicalCenter is equipped with the most sophisticated diagnostic, treatment and research equipment enabling its world renowned faculty to furnish the most modern medical care in an atmosphere that embraces excellence. Half of all medical research in Israel is conducted at Hadassah. Hadassah Medical Organization was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006.


  • Hadassah-HebrewUniversity MedicalCenter at Ein Kerem
  • Goldyne Savad Institute of Gene Therapy
  • Wolfson Children’s Pavilion
  • Jula Goldwurm Maternity Pavilion
  • Weisner Bone Marrow Transplantation Department
  • Sharett Institute of Oncology
  • Burn Unit, National Skin Bank
  • Center for Emergency Medicine
  • Charlotte R. Bloomberg Mother & ChildCenter
  • Hadassah-Hebrew University Hospital at Mt. Scopus
  • Community Hospital
  • Ina and Jack Kay Hospice, Israel’s only Jewish hospice
  • Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit

HADASSAH COLLEGE, JERUSALEM
Hadassah’s Vocational Education Program, begun in 1942, has evolved into the College.

Hadassah College Jerusalem (HCJ), a unique academic institution, nurtures, open minds and educates students to contend with the challenges of our modern, professionally driven society. Established over 35 years ago to meet the changing needs in Israel for trained professionals, HCJ provides a practical, intensive, and enriching academic experience for students from all over Israel. The College is committed to creating the environment for exceptional education, social interaction, and cultural enrichment that students require to gain meaningful professional placement and meet the needs of Israeli industries. HCJ offers a variety of educational programs and the curricula remain apace with the changes in science, medicine, industry, and communications. The College prepares young men and women to take their place in Israel's ever-changing economy. HadassahCollege offers two and four year accredited college degree programs. Its graduates have almost 100% placement.

Departments include:

  • Optometry-first class of academically trained optometrists graduated in 1999
  • Computer Science
  • Industrial Design- added ecology course
  • Photography and Digital Media
  • Dental Technology
  • Hotel Management and Culinary Arts
  • Medical Laboratory Science Technology
  • Printing and Computerized Graphics
  • Television and Video Production
  • Computer Software Technical Engineering

JEWISH NATIONAL FUND

Hadassah and the Jewish National Fund have been partners in action since 1926, when they formed an effective and compassionate coalition. Today, our organizations are united in an effort to help Israel avoid an environmental catastrophe. Hadassah funded the Tirzah Reservoir in Israel's Jordan Valley. Over the next few years, as many as 100 additional reservoirs will be needed to insure that Israel has the water that it requires. Over the past century, JNF has planted over 200 million trees, built over 150 dams and reservoirs, developed over 250,000 acres of land, created more than 400 parks throughout Israel and educated students around the world about Israel and the environment. Through the support of donors, JNF was able to ensure that Israel was the only nation in the world to end the 20th century with more trees than it had at the beginning.

YOUTH ALIYAH / CHILDREN AT RISK

Founded in 1934 as a rescue movement to bring Germany’s Jewish children to Palestine, in over 60 years, Youth Aliyah has served the needs of more than 300,000 children from more than 80 lands. Youth Aliyah remains Israel’s primary program for child rescue. Each youngster receives solace, support, and a second chance. This project sets Israel’s disadvantaged children on the path to a successful future. Young immigrants and “at- risk” native Israelis, many of whom are victims of abuse, receive counseling and supportive services in Youth Aliyah day centers, kibbutzim, and youth villages. Today Hadassah’s main focus is on three residential villages and five youth day centers. In addition to retaining a special interest in these facilities, Hadassah contributes substantial grants for educational and cultural enrichment program for the entire Youth Aliyah network. From Hebrew language lessons and classes on Jewish heritage to athletic opportunities and art programs, Youth Aliyah students are given the extra help and attention they need to become productive members of Israeli society.

YOUNG JUDAEA

 Fully funded by Hadassah, Young Judaea is Hadassah’s peer led, religiously pluralist Zionist Youth movement. Its mission is to build and strengthen Jewish identity and connection to Israel, and to bring its members closer to Israel ideologically, spiritually, and physically. The best way to ensure American Jewish continuity is to instill a love of Israel and Judaism from generation to generation. That is why Young Judaea is one of our most treasured projects. This youth movement sponsors clubs, camps, and Israel travel programs. As an investment in our future, more than half of our Young Judaeans receive scholarship assistance. They develop a vibrant and living connection to their Jewish heritage. Studies have shown that Young Judaeans who have attended Hadassah’s renowned year course program in Israel assume leadership roles in the American Jewish community in record numbers.

Hadassah's American Initiatives

Hadassah is pleased to offer programs, educational materials, and resources to enhance and educate our communities to create awareness of the important issues of today. Our programming and community outreach are the result of collaborative efforts that explore important issues through the Jewish lens, the legislative perspective, Jewish education, Zionist ideas, Israeli programs, health education, social action, and community service. Our programming is varied and compelling because these issues impact all our lives.

Here are just a few of the many programs offered through Hadassah:

Training Wheels / Al Galgalim
A Jewish family education program created by Hadassah, Training Wheels lets you, parents (or grandparents), and pre-school age children (2-5 years old) become partners in discovering the joys of being Jewish in the hands-on, pressure-free, friendly environment of small groups.

Hebrew Studies: Ivrit la Hadassah
Learning Hebrew is not as hard as you may think. You can learn to read, speak, and understand the language of the Bible, prayers, and of daily life in Israel. Even if you can't read a single Hebrew letter, or if you already have a background in the language, Ivrit la Hadassah – Hadassah's National Hebrew Studies program – can provide you with the basic building blocks of Hebrew to help you build or increase your proficiency.

Healthy Women / Healthy Lives
Our program initiative, Healthy Women, Healthy Lives, serves as the umbrella for the entire Women's Health program. This comprehensive program brings a focus on wellness to the community. It provides substantive educational information on exercise, nutrition, prevention and early detection of diseases that affect women (heart disease, lung, colon, ovarian and breast cancers, inflammatory bowel disease, and osteoporosis), and patient/doctor communication. This program empowers women by providing them with the knowledge necessary to make appropriate and informed medical decisions for themselves and their families. It teaches them how to partner with their physicians, thus resulting in improved health care.

Check It Out
Hadassah's Department of Women's Health and Advocacy developed the new CHECK IT OUT® Health Awareness For Teens program to best reflect current research and serve as a guide to educate teens on healthy life choices and self-esteem. Using self-examination training for breast and testicular health as a jumping off point, the program emphasizes the importance of knowing one's own body in order to notice changes. Volunteers from Nassau Region’s Chapters and Groups go into local high schools to present these programs to Senior girls and boys. The students are given the information necessary to take charge of their health.

Date With The State
Interested in exerting influence over political issues affecting your community? Can't make it to Washington? Join us for a "Date with the State." Establish connections with local lawmakers and government leaders, many of whom are on their way to becoming national leadership.

Bring a Jewish presence to your state capital.
Meet with coalitions that share Hadassah viewpoints.
Learn how to effectively lobby for issues that influence you:

  • As a woman
  • As a Jew
  • As a Hadassah member
Have a direct effect on issues that YOU care about. This is "grassroots advocacy."

 



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