February 23, 2021 – New York, NY – Hadassah, The Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Inc. (HWZOA),and Hadassah International are pleased to announce that their February 21 first virtual, global benefit, “Coming Together to Heal Our World,” raised more than $2,000,000 to support Hadassah Hospitals. Located in Jerusalem, the hospitals provide medical care to more than one million patients each year.
Over 800 guests watched this inaugural benefit from their homes in the US, Israel, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, China, Panama, Paraguay, Switzerland and beyond.
CNN chief political correspondent Dana Bash hosted the event, which included musical performances by Kelli O’Hara (The King and I), Ramin Karimloo (Les Misérables), Rachel Platten (“Fight Song”) and Keala Settle (The Greatest Showman) as well as the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra and Sounds of Zamar.
The event also featured appearances by Jason Alexander (Seinfeld), Mayim Bialik (The Big Bang Theory), philanthropist and former New York City mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Kate Burton (Grey’s Anatomy), Billy Crystal (700 Sundays), Brad Falchuk (Glee), Tovah Feldshuh (Golda’s Balcony), Jennifer Griffin (Fox News), philanthropist and former studio chief Sherry Lansing, actress and entrepreneur (Goop) Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben Platt (Dear Evan Hansen), Lior Raz (Fauda) and more.
Throughout the benefit, patients and doctors from Hadassah Hospitals shared stories of hope and healing. Guests met a young Arab boy whose life was saved when his entire head and brain were reconstructed after a fall down an elevator shaft, a mother who is living a vital life ten years post advanced breast cancer surgery and treatments, as well as doctors who have developed T-cell therapy for multiple sclerosis giving patients the ability to walk and function again and freeing them from wheelchairs.
“Coming Together to Heal Our World” was written by Adam Kulbersh and Karen Carpenter and produced by 6W Entertainment with music direction by Michael J. Moritz, Jr., and casting by Robin Carus. The Michael Moore Agency served as executive producer.