Philanthropist Moshe Silagi Honors Late Wife with $1,000,000 Gift to Hadassah Foundation

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Mitchell Slepian

NEW YORK, NY: —The Hadassah Foundation is pleased to announce that philanthropist and businessman Moshe Silagi has donated $1,000,000 to create the Andrea Silagi Fund for Education, Awareness and Action. The Fund honors his late wife, a former Foundation board member, a longtime member of its parent organization, Hadassah, The Women’s Zionist Organization of America, and a passionate advocate for young women and education. 

The mission of the Andrea Silagi Fund is to help women and girls live healthy, informed and productive lives. The Fund will make grants to educational programs, particularly ones that serve women and girls who have lived through war, abuse or other traumatic experiences; who live at or below the poverty line; or who are members of Israel’s minority or underserved populations or live on the country’s geographic periphery.

A lifelong proponent of education, Andrea Silagi was a teacher who worked in both Jewish and secular settings. The Milken Family Foundation honored her with its Jewish Educator Award, which recognizes professionals who have made outstanding contributions to Jewish and secular education. 

Mrs. Silagi believed that education is a powerful agent of change, helping people live more satisfying lives, improving society by increasing social stability and driving long-term economic growth. She was equally committed to Judaism, which views education as both an obligation and an essential part of a full life.

A Life Member of Hadassah, Mrs. Silagi held more than 26 local, regional and national leadership positions over the course of 30 years as a member of the organization. Moshe Silagi, who is president of the California-based Silagi Development & Management, is a member of the National Committee of Hadassah Associates, a group of 35,000 men who are partners of Hadassah...

About The Hadassah Foundation
The Hadassah Foundation invests in social-change organizations that empower women and girls in Israel and the United States. As one of the largest Jewish women’s funds in the United States, The Hadassah Foundation has awarded $11 million in grants to over 110 non-profit organizations and brought increased attention to issues impacting women and girls. For additional information, including a list of all past grantees visit


Hadassah, The Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Inc. (HWZOA), is the largest Jewish women’s organization in the United States. With nearly 300,000 members, Associates and supporters, HWZOA brings women together to effect change and advocate on such critical issues as ensuring the security of Israel, combating antisemitism and promoting women’s health. Through the two hospitals of the Hadassah Medical Organization (HMO) in Jerusalem, HWZOA helps support both exemplary care for more than one million people every year and world-renowned medical research. HMO serves without regard to race, religion or nationality and earned a Nobel Peace Prize nomination in 2005 for building bridges to peace through medicine. Additionally, HWZOA supports several Youth Aliyah villages that set at-risk children in Israel on the path to a successful future. For more information, visit or follow Hadassah on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.