Houston Chapter of Hadassah
Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, is over 100 years old and is the largest volunteer women’s organization in the United States – with more than 330,000 members, including about 4,000 in the Houston area.
In Israel and around the world, Hadassah provides medical care regardless of race, religion, or nationality. Hadassah leads the way with advancements in ALS, breast and colon cancer, trauma, and emergency medicine, diabetes, macular degeneration, MS, AIDS, Parkinson’s disease, and cardiac health. At HMO research continues in the area of embryonic stem cell research. Hadassah sets the standard for healing, caring, and responding to international crises in times of need. By helping to provide housing, education, and training, Hadassah has supported 3 Youth Aliyah villages and has saved thousands of disadvantaged and at-risk children. And, by supporting Young Judaea camping and Israel programs, Hadassah has helped develop the next generation of Jewish leaders.
Every Beat Counts is Hadassah’s heart health program which provides information, resources, and reference for the use of our members. Included is Smart for the heart, a free online cardiac risk assessment and personalized wellness tool (www.smartfortheheart.org).
Locally our programs include a very active breast health awareness program, serving the uninsured and underserved. We support Dress for Success; Let My People Read, donating new and gently used books to needy local elementary schools, area hospitals, and the women’s shelter; and, we help support Meals on Wheels.
The Houston Chapter website provides an opportunity to communicate to and get the latest updates in our chapter and nationally to our 14 active groups. To find out more about each group, where they are located in the Houston area, and the general age range of each group click here.
- US Cannabis Activist Meets Hadassah’s Cannabis Research Pioneer
- Cancer Survivor, Cannabis Activist, and Founder of the Beverly Hill Cannabis Club Cheryl Shuman recently visited Israel to meet with Cannabis Research Pioneer Prof. Raphael Mechoulam of the Hadassah-Hebrew University Faculty of Medicine, whose work provided the basis for the medical community’s embrace of medical marijuana (cannabis). Ms. Shuman, who was diagnosed with advanced ovarian cancer many years ago, credits cannabis with bringing her back from the brink of death.
- Deep Sequencing Analysis Leads to Major Genetic Discoveries at Hadassah
- Using a deep sequencing analyzer, Prof. Orly Elpeleg, Director of the Hadassah Medical Organization’s Department of Genetic and Metabolic Diseases, and her colleagues have determined the sequence of millions of DNA fragments simultaneously--8,000 times the capacity of the former generation of DNA sequencing machines.
- First Neurology Patients Move in to Hadassah's Hospital Tower
- "Welcome! You are the first," Nira Kedar, head nurse of the the neurology department at Hadassah Medical Organization, said, with a huge smile, to Nachshon Halevy.