Hadassah 98th National Convention

The Power of Our Dreams

More than 950 Hadassah members, speakers, Associates and supporters brought energy and passion to Atlanta for Hadassah’s 98th National Convention. Hadassah National President Ellen Hershkin captivated attendees in her opening-night speech, touching on how the Power of Dreams is contagious, ending with a powerful charge that we go "from strength to strength" and "from dream to dream...for women everywhere.”

"In understanding what Hadassah does, I feel that I should be the one honoring YOU all," actress, advocate, and entrepreneur Gwyneth Paltrow said when honored ‪with Hadassah's Power of Our Dreams Award. Paltrow talked about her family heritage, which includes more than 30 rabbis, her own spiritual connection to Judaism, and family. Henrietta Szold 2016 Awardee Malcolm Hoenlein, Executive Vice Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, talked about his “relationship with Hadassah... a love affair that has spanned 40 years,” he said. “Thank you for all that you do, all the time."

Director General Zeev Rotstein of the Hadassah Medical Organization brought a riveted audience up to speed on Hadassah’s cutting-edge research and top-rated care, and former HMO patient Liana Alvarez, a trauma victim ran up to the stage: "If it wasn't for Hadasah I wouldn't be alive -- or entering marathons. In a conversation about the intersection of Jewish identity and feminism, Ms. Magazine founder and author Letty Cottin Pogrebin talked with her daughter, journalist and author (and synagogue president) Abigail Pogrebin about their very different personal Jewish journeys. With deeply divergent views, two very different Zionists — Caroline Glick and Rob Eshman — discussed Israel and the Diaspora. In mid-August, Hadassah will share the full conversation online as part of our provocative Defining Zionism (DZ) series. And the audience followed along eagerly as a powerful panel about "Advocating for Gender Equity in Medicine" — with Phyllis Greenberger, Dr. Pamela Ouyang, and Dr. Nanette Wenger — discussed long and short term strategies and successes.

Four highly outstanding women from the medical, legal and corporate worlds — Judge Ellen Steinberg, Dr. Anne Shuchat, Esther Panitch and Anita Zucker — were honored as Hadassah Women Who DO. Kathy Manning, Zoya Raynes, Dov Wilker and Janice Weinman discussed the new trends in the Jewish community.

And everyone kicked up their heels during live performances by musicians Julie Silver and Joshua Nelson, dancing late into the night.


Get a real sense of the power and Convention through these daily briefings.

Monday 7/25
Tuesday 7/26
Wednesday 7/27
Thursday 7/28

New Policy Statements

Delegates to the Hadassah National Convention passionately debated and unanimously passed new Hadassah Policy Statements on Zionism, UN Reform, LGBTQ Equality, and Caregiving. These four statements reaffirm and expand Hadassah’s existing Policy Statements.


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Thank You, Donors

Thank you so much for making our Convention a huge success. We're grateful to each and every donor attending Convention who together contributed more than $2.5 million. You helped achieve our dreams. If you have not made a Convention gift yet, there is still time! Our goal is to raise another $500,000. You can feel the power of those 4 days here on this page. Become a Keeper of the Gate, donate online or text in a pledge. Please don’t delay, be part of our success.

Thank You, Sponsors

Thank you to all the sponsors who helped make our 98th National Convention such a success.

Hadassah 98th National Convention Videos


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