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.

National News

  • Educational Conference in Israel Marks World Down Syndrome Day
  • As part of World Down Syndrome Day, about 100 people participated in a conference at Hadassah Hospital-Mount Scopus on April 6, 2014, affording families of patients with Down syndrome from all over Israel an opportunity to meet with eminent specialists.
  • Support Fair Pay for Women & Families
  • Women make 77 cents to a man’s dollar and a single mother of two working full-time at minimum-wage is living nearly $4,000 below the federal poverty line. America’s women and families are worth more and they deserve better!
  • Building Bridges to Peace through Medicine
  • The rationale for the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel is based on generalities—many of them uninformed—about how different populations live, work, study, and co-exist in the region.

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