Policy Statements

Advocacy is central to Hadassah's mission—helping our members and supporters realize their potential as a dynamic force in American society. From supporting the creation of the State of Israel and selling war bonds, to championing stem cell research and women's health equity, Hadassah has a long and proud history of advocacy on issues important to women and the Jewish community. Hadassah, the Power of Women Who Advocate.

The following policy statements reflect Hadassah's most recent and active policy priorities. Read more about Hadassah's policy statement history and procedures, including the breadth of policy statement categories. If you have questions about individual policy issues contact advocacy@hadassah.org. For a synopsis of Hadassah's Zionist and American Affairs policy statements from 1980-2019 click here.

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United States of America-Israel Medical Partnerships

Reaffirms and strongly encourages support for bilateral cooperative medical partnership programs between the United States and Israel aimed at developing health technologies, improved methodologies, and enhanced training of medical professionals to achieve better health and wellness for the people of both nations.  READ MORE ›

Celebrating Women's Suffrage Through Civic Engagement

Honors the history and impact of the suffrage movement and expands on Hadassah’s support for voter engagement and grassroots advocacy. The statement includes mention of Day in the District, the Hadassah online National Action Center, and the #HadassahVotes initiative, our digital and in-person efforts to mobilize a record number of women to register and vote in 2020.  READ MORE ›

COVID-19 Pandemic

Highlights how the pandemic has impacted women, health care professionals and communities – calling for investments in the health care workforce, an adequate and reliable supply of PPE, public education about vaccinations, and improvements to medical and public health data collection. It celebrates the tireless work of medical professionals – including at Hadassah’s Hospitals – and community contributions of Hadassah supporters.  READ MORE ›

Unwavering Support for Israel & the 38th World Zionist Congress

Urges all supporters of Israel to participate in the World Zionist Congress election, champions bipartisan support as hallmark of the US-Israel relationship, and affirms that all who love and support Israel must make their voices heard – as voters in the Zionist election and as advocates.  READ MORE ›

De-Politicizing Anti-Semitism

Affirms that support for Israel and opposition to anti-Semitism must remain nonpartisan values. As an organization committed to fighting prejudice, Hadassah condemns all acts of hatred against the Jewish people, promotes education about the historical and modern-day manifestations of anti-Semitism, and urges elected officials to refrain from and hold their colleagues accountable for speech and actions that demonize Israel and fuel anti-Semitism.  READ MORE ›


Reaffirms support for quality, affordable infertility diagnosis and treatment in the United States. The statement highlights Hadassah Medical Organization expertise and the persistent stigma and misconceptions surrounding infertility and calls for more research and expanding access to care for the millions of people affected.  READ MORE ›

Reproductive Choice

Reaffirms prior pro-choice statements, addressing recent policy changes and proposals at the state and federal levels that restrict or jeopardize access to reproductive and preventive health services.  READ MORE ›

Humanitarian Crisis at the Border

2019 Humanitarian Crisis at the Border Expresses deep concern about the well-being of detained migrants taken into custody along the US-Mexico border and reaffirms Hadassah's dedication to health, human rights, and the advancement of human dignity in response to this humanitarian crisis.  READ MORE ›

Maternal Health

Reaffirms and expands on prior women’s health statements, highlighting the exemplary maternal and fertility care at Hadassah Medical Organization and advocating for policies to expand research, improve maternal health outcomes, and increase access to fertility treatment.  READ MORE ›

Combating Anti-Semitism

In response to the increase in anti-Semitic threats and acts of violence around the world, Hadassah calls on all nations and international bodies to establish or intensify their efforts to address anti-Semitism. Hadassah also urges political and religious leaders to denounce anti-Semitic attacks, statements, and propaganda—especially from within their own country or faith.  READ MORE ›

Unwavering Support for Israel

In celebration of its 70th year of independence, Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, Inc. (HWZOA), reaffirms its commitment to the State of Israel. We celebrate our efforts of practical Zionism which helped to build the State of Israel, and pledge to continue our important work of Tikkun Olam.  READ MORE ›

Medical Marijuana

The American health care system frequently fails to address patients’ specific health care needs. As an organization committed to the advancement of world class medical research at the Hadassah Medical Organization (HMO) in Israel, Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Inc. stands with doctors and patients calling for the federal legalization of medical marijuana.  READ MORE ›

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Gun Control

Hadassah has long been a strong supporter of strict legislative gun control initiatives and believes that current laws do not go far enough, nor are enforced rigorously enough, to help prevent gun violence.  READ MORE ›

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Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Inc., in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Henrietta Szold Hadassah-Hebrew University School of Nursing, honors the nursing profession and reaffirms support to enhance nursing education and promote supportive workplace policies.  READ MORE ›

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Sexual Harassment and Assault

Hadassah, as a volunteer led organization, joins with countless women seeking accountability and change for victims of sexual harassment and assault. In response, we reaffirm and expand our previous policy statement to include sexual harassment and assault in the workplace and include actionable steps that can be taken to mitigate some of the systemic ways that women remain vulnerable.  READ MORE ›

Women’s Health Equity

Reaffirms its commitment to women’s health, including research; preventive health; and access to quality, affordable, and equitable care.  READ MORE ›

 2017 50th Anniversary of the Reunification of Jerusalem
50th Anniversary of the Reunification of Jerusalem

Reaffirms prior statements that Jerusalem remain the undivided capital of Israel. Congratulates the people of Jerusalem on their city's 50th year of reunification and celebrates 50 years since Hadassah Hospital reopened on Mount Scopus  READ MORE ›

Racial Justice

Reaffirms and expands prior policy statements on civil rights, hate crimes, and racial discrimination. Urges the U.S. government to ensure equal enforcement of existing laws, and to address voting rights, police brutality, criminal justice reform, and other systemic barriers to equality.  READ MORE ›

Refugees & Immigration

Reaffirms and expands prior policy statements on refugees, asylum, and immigration -- with special attention to the humanitarian crisis in Syria. Urges the U.S. government to expedite refugee status for those fleeing violence and persecution, ensure nondiscriminatory application of immigration law, and negotiate comprehensive bipartisan immigration reform.  READ MORE ›


Reaffirms its steadfast dedication to Zionism and firm commitment to the Jerusalem Program, the official platform of the World Zionist Organization and the international Zionist movement. The Jerusalem Program proclaims Zionism as the national liberation movement of the Jewish people, which brought about the establishment of the State of Israel, and views a Jewish, Zionist, democratic and secure State of Israel to be the expression of the common responsibility of the Jewish people for its...  READ MORE ›

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United Nations Reform

Reaffirms and expands prior policy statements in response to increasing anti-Israel activity at the UN. States support for the Conference of Presidents' Declaration Opposing Discrimination Against Israel at the United Nations—urging the U.N. to implement broad and substantive changes to its institutions and bodies.  READ MORE ›

LGBTQ Equality

Reaffirms and expands Hadassah's 2006 Policy Statement for LGBT rights. Restates opposition to all efforts to selectively limit or deny civil rights to members of the LGBTQ community. Calls upon federal, state, and municipal governments to enact new public accommodation and non-discrimination measures—especially in the areas of employment, education, housing, and health.easures—especially in the areas of employment, education, housing, and health.  READ MORE ›

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Reaffirms that women are often the primary caregivers for their families, sometimes juggling the responsibilities of caring for both children and aging parents. Recognizes and values the integral role of caregivers—paid and unpaid—in supporting the health and dignity of America's aging and disabled population, and supports policies from the medical community, government, and private sector to further that support.  READ MORE ›


Reaffirms Hadassah’s position nuclear proliferation, weapons of mass destruction, and the Middle East Arms race and expresses alarm that the proposed agreement will not prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons—an immediate and existential threat to Israel, the region, and the world.  READ MORE ›

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Unwavering Support for Israel

Central to Hadassah's mission is a staunch and unequivocal support for Israel’s sovereignty and security. Hadassah thanks the United States government for support and urges all nations and leaders to speak out for Israel’s right to defend itself against all threats that endanger the safety and security of Israeli citizens. Hadassah encourages Hadassah members, Associates, and supporters to advocate for Israel.  READ MORE ›

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Combating Delegitimization of Israel

Hadassah denounces the systematic global campaign to delegitimize the State of Israel and reaffirms Hadassah's long-standing policy against all forms of organized boycotts. Hadassah supports efforts to counter delegitimization and calls on members of the academic, cultural, and business communities to actively pursue partnerships with Israel.  READ MORE ›

Women's Preventive Health

Women face unique health challenges and require unique preventive health services through every stage of their lives to ensure they stay healthy. Hadassah calls on Congress and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to provide for the planning and implementation of a national public outreach, educational, and media campaign to raise public awareness, including provider awareness, of women's preventive health.  READ MORE ›

Combating Human Trafficking

All nations must make the elimination of trafficking a priority by strengthening anti-trafficking legislation, sharing information, promoting demand reduction strategies, aggressively prosecuting traffickers, penalizing all those profiting from the trafficking enterprise, and mounting public information campaigns.  READ MORE ›

Women’s Economic Equity and Security

Affirms commitment to the necessity of quality childcare for the well-being of American society and calls on the public and private sectors to provide affordable childcare services and subsidies. Affirms commitment to the necessity of quality childcare for the well-being of American society and calls on the public and private sectors to provide affordable childcare services and subsidies.Affirms commitment to the necessity of quality childcare for the well-being of American society and calls...  READ MORE ›

Support and Funding for Women’s Health Research

Hadassah is deeply concerned by the tremendous gaps in knowledge regarding women's biology, health, and disease and by the scarcity of research that is being done to fill those gaps. Hadassah calls on the United States government to continue to support funding for medical and biotechnological research., and work to remove barriers that further medical advancement in women's health.  READ MORE ›

Women's Prayer at the Western Wall

Reaffirms its commitment to and support for freedom of worship for all women at the Western Wall and hopes that a resolution can be reached that will allow all women to pray, individually and collectively, at the Kotel freely, without harassment, and in accordance with their own religious practices.  READ MORE ›

Health Care Reform

Calls upon the federal and state governments to adopt health care reforms that ensure access to affordable, comprehensive coverage for every American, starting with coverage for every child under the age 18.  READ MORE ›

Sexual Harassment

Expresses the belief that all individuals have the right to study, volunteer, and/or work in an atmosphere that promotes equal opportunity and prohibits discriminatory practices, including sexual harassment.  READ MORE ›

Hate Crimes
Hate Crimes

As Jews and as women, the members of Hadassah cannot help but have special understanding of the dangers of bigotry. Hate crimes are an extreme manifestation of bigotry and, historically, Jews and women alike have been targets. Hadassah believes that hate crimes threaten the viability of our community and that the federal government has an obligation to protect all of its citizens from such violence.  READ MORE ›

Economic Justice & Social Welfare

Reaffirms prior policy statements regarding economic and social justice. Calls for the maintaining of a federal social and economic "safety net" for all Americans. Opposes the devolution of social welfare programs to state governments.  READ MORE ›

Violence Against Women

Reaffirms Hadassah's long standing commitment to women's rights and women's health needs. Condemns all forms of violence against women, including domestic violence. Special emphasis on domestic violence in the Jewish community.  READ MORE ›

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Hadassah's Policy Statements represent the organization's official stance on a wide variety of issues facing our nation, Israel and other international matters of concern. Policy Statements are debated and voted on at national meetings by Hadassah’s national board and delegates from our membership. Once approved, statements become official policies of the organization and serve to define Hadassah's overall agenda and advocacy priorities. Hadassah, as a charitable organization classified under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, is strictly non-partisan and is prohibited from any direct or indirect support of, or opposition to, candidates for public office.

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