All of us at Hadassah have been focused on the devastating crisis in Israel. Recent news of a ceasefire brings us hope, and our hearts are with friends, family and colleagues there — and with all the people of Israel. Hadassah@home is here with updates from Israel, as well as actions you can take from home. As you'll see in a video report below, Hadassah's hospitals were essential during this crisis, treating patients of all religions, ethnicities and backgrounds in need of care — a model of building bridges to peace that is central to our mission. Read our latest talking points about the crisis in Israel.
You'll also find other ways you can connect with your Hadassah community, always a source of comfort in difficult times.
Hadassah crisis update: Recorded live for Hadassah on May 14, Israel in Crisis: An Update on Operation Guardian of the Walls features Hadassah National President Rhoda Smolow in conversation with Barbara Sofer, Director of Public Relations, Hadassah Office in Israel, about life in Israel over the past week and the vital role that Hadassah's hospitals played in treating the injured.
Urge Congress to support Israel: Our hearts are with Israel, but we need the power of our voices as well. It is up to us to defend Israel and its people in this time of need. Speak out now. Tell your elected leaders that Americans stand with Israel and thank them for providing Israel with the support it needs to defend itself.
Hadassah book club: Celebrate the first anniversary of One Book, One Hadassah with a live interview with Rachel Beanland, author of Florence Adler Swims Forever. Touted as "the perfect summer read" by USA Today, the story, set in 1930s Atlantic City, begins with a shocking tragedy that results in three generations of the Adler family grappling with heartbreak, romance and the weight of family secrets. The book is the winner of the 2020 National Jewish Book Award's Goldberg Prize, which honors a debut work of fiction each year. Thursday, June 10, 7 pm ET.
Mobilize for the Hadassah infertility resolution: This January, Hadassah drafted a congressional resolution on infertility to help improve diagnosis, treatment and costs, reaching out to congressional offices to find lead sponsors — and we did it! In April, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Rep. Dan Crenshaw introduced this bipartisan resolution. Now you can help the 13 million women and men affected by infertility in the US. Take action now, and sign up for tomorrow's Hadassah Infertility Advocacy Training with details about the upcoming virtual Day on the Hill on June 17. Monday, May 24, 7 pm ET.
Join the program members love: Every Move Counts, our hugely popular health and wellness program, is kicking off another 3-month round that anyone can join. Get motivated to get moving and connect with friends as you travel on a virtual journey through Israel. Register here and encourage friends and family members to join.
LISTEN AND LEARN
Podcast alert: New episode of Hadassah On Call: "The Myths of Menopause Debunked and Much More." For Women's Health Month, we're discussing all things menopause and debunking myths with Dr. Drorit Hochner, senior physician and professor at Hadassah Hospital Mt. Scopus. Listen as she sits with host Benyamin Cohen and special guest host Barbara Sofer, in a conversation you don't want to miss!
Hadassah Presents: Women of Vision: Hear powerful interviews with Dr. Mehnaz M. Afridi, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Manhattan College and Director of its Holocaust, Genocide, and Interfaith Education Center (HGI), Dr. Georgette Bennett, founder of the Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees (MFA) and the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding, Jennifer J. Raab, President of Hunter College, and Rear Admiral Susan J. Blumenthal, the former US Assistant Surgeon General and the first-ever Deputy Assistant Secretary for Women's Health, in this TalkLine radio show hosted by Hadassah Executive Director/CEO Janice Weinman.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
More than 800 people watched our Yom Yerushalayim celebration — Hadassah and Jerusalem: United Forever — hosted by Tony Award nominee Tovah Feldshuh, and featuring musical performances from Israeli duo Yonina and the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra and more!
Nursing ... Above and Beyond featured Rely Alon, Director of Nursing at the Hadassah Medical Organization, and Barbara Sofer discussing the heroic work of Hadassah nurses throughout the past year and what Hadassah is doing to alleviate a dire shortage of nurses.
SAVE THE DATE (details in future emails):
- August 3, 8 pm ET (note new date and time): How to Talk to Your Doctor: Hormones, Fertility and Intimacy.
Hebrew@Hadassah: Register for our ongoing Hebrew classes. Cost for all classes is $36. Email questions to EducationandAdvocacy@Hadassah.org. Mondays: Beginner's Hebrew at 3 pm ET and Intermediate Hebrew at 4 pm ET. Members and Associates only, $36.
Resilience & Relaxation with Rebecca: NOTE: Tuesday, May 25, 4 pm ET, will be the last session. Register here.