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  • The language of pleading eyes

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    May 7, 2014 | 2:38 pm

    “The music of his life suddenly stopped.” So reads a line in Chaim Nachman Bialik’s powerful poem, “After My Death.” 

    My mother’s music suddenly stopped 30 years ago, but she is still alive.

    At the age of 53, Elaine Wolpe, a university administrator, fundraiser and — most...

  • Sarah Palin’s dog and Hadassah

    May 1, 2014 | 3:23 pm

    Is it good news or bad news for Hadassah: The Women’s Zionist Organization, that it now shares a name with former Alaska governor/Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s dog?

    With its Jerusalem hospital in financial crisis and its membership aging, the venerable...

  • Hadassah crisis opens divisions between the hospital and women’s organization

    March 17, 2014 | 10:25 am

    The Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower stretches 223 feet skyward, welcoming visitors in a bright, expansive lobby strung with banners celebrating both the State of Israel and its premier hospital, the Hadassah Medical Organization.

    Opened in late 2012 at a total cost of $363...

  • Jerusalem’s Hadassah hospital teetering near financial collapse

    December 3, 2013 | 10:19 am

    Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem is on the brink of financial collapse, the Forward reported.

    The hospital is facing a $300 million deficit, including $80 million accrued in the last year, according to the newspaper.

    Efforts by Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of...

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  • In Israel, Sharon Stone meets her biggest fan, visits Hadassah Hospital

    June 18, 2013 | 9:28 am

    It’s unclear whether this guy is a fan of Sharon Stone or a fan of campy t-shirts. Either way, he had what was surely a surreal moment yesterday when, dressed in a “Basic Instinct” shirt, he bumped into Stone on the streets of Tel Aviv.

    The photo went viral — so far it has close...

  • Congress passes more expansive Violence Against Women Act

    March 1, 2013 | 9:07 am

    Congress approved the more expansive version of an extension of the Violence Against Women Act that an array of Jewish groups had backed.

    The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday approved the Senate version of the bill after it had rejected a Republican rewrite that omitted...

  • Dorothy Gould, former Hadassah Beverly Hills president and volunteer, dies at 89

    February 27, 2013 | 6:52 am

    Dorothy Gould, a former Hadassah Beverly Hills chapter president and dedicated volunteer, died on Feb. 18. She was 89.

    Born in Chicago, Ill., in 1923, the youngest child of Max and Sarah Stein, Gould grew up in Ventura, where she attended Ventura College and worked as a legal...

  • Hadassah wires $10 million to hospital in Israel to help cover deficit

    January 15, 2013 | 10:15 am

    Hadassah transferred $10 million to Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem to help cover its subsidiary's $50 million deficit.

    The New York Jewish Week reported Monday that the Zionist women's group took the unusual measure after learning of the deficit run up by the hospital,...

  • Israel to plant more than 3,000 trees to memorialize Newtown victims

    December 31, 2012 | 1:30 pm

    More than 2,000 people have donated funds to plant a grove of more than 3,000 trees in Israel in memory of the victims of the Newtown shooting.

    Hadassah has raised more than $61,000 toward the planting of trees honoring the 26 victims of the Dec. 14 massacre at the Sandy Hook...

  • Jewish groups ready to weigh in as Supreme Court considers same-sex marriage

    December 11, 2012 | 4:24 pm

    With public acceptance of same-sex marriage growing, liberal Jewish groups are hoping the U.S. Supreme Court will strike down the Defense of Marriage Act that they have long opposed.

    The Supreme Court has agreed to hear two cases related to same-sex marriage: an appeal of a...

  • As Israel’s economy grows, more Israelis are giving to charity

    December 6, 2012 | 2:31 pm

    At Hadassah's centennial celebration in October, 2,000 guests heard about two major philanthropic projects being undertaken by the women's Zionist group: a new tower and a new cardiovascular wellness center at its Jerusalem hospitals.

    The tower, which was dedicated at the...

  • A Jewish revival meeting: Is religious pluralism possible in Israel?

    By Rob Eshman

    November 29, 2012 | 11:12 am

    In a packed synagogue hall on Monday night, Nov. 26, Israel’s Consul General David Siegel posed a question: How many people present care deeply about religious pluralism in Israel?

    A sea of hands went up.

    Jews are odd, right? The rockets have just stopped falling on Israel, a...

  • Jewish Women’s Conference: Putting women first

    By Susan Freudenheim

    November 14, 2012 | 2:42 pm

    The talk at the second annual Jewish Women’s Conference of Southern California focused not so much on the Jewish part, as on the women’s part. Some 300 women (and one man — a devoted husband, perhaps?) filled the ballroom of UCLA’s Covel Commons on Nov. 11 for a series of sessions...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 30, 2012 | 10:44 am

    After about two years of preparation, the largest exercise ever between Israeli and American forces started last Sunday. The exercise, called AC12 (“Austere Challenge 12”), is a shared exercise combining the IDF and U.S forces stationed in Europe.It is due to last three weeks,...

  • Local Hadassah members celebrate in Israel

    October 24, 2012 | 2:19 pm

    Although many — perhaps most — members of the Hadassah contingent that flew from Southern California to Israel last week had visited the country before, all called it “the trip of a lifetime.”

    Joined by their Hadassah counterparts from across the United States and beyond, the 125...

  • More women are needed as leaders

    July 9, 2012 | 2:17 pm

    Pride and chagrin: It’s rare that the two emotions are experienced simultaneously. But that is how we are feeling at Hadassah.

    We feel pride because women now hold three of our top professional positions: Janice Weinman is our new executive director and CEO; Osnat Levtzion-Korach...

  • Young Judaea’s separation from Hadassah begins

    July 3, 2012 | 11:14 am

    Young Judaea is en route to full independence from Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America.

    Hadassah’s board had voted for the separation in June 2011, and both organizations announced this week that the move to independence had begun.

    Simon Klarfeld was hired in...

  • Hadassah probe exonerates Falchuk, Natan

    April 19, 2012 | 10:40 am

    A Hadassah-commissioned probe has exonerated two top officials, Marcie Natan and Nancy Falchuk, of financial abuse allegations.

    Natan, Hadassah’s national president, and Falchuk, the organization’s former national president, had been accused by Hadassah’s chief operating officer,...

  • Hadassah opens $363 million tower

    March 20, 2012 | 12:16 pm

    Hadassah Hospital opened a new $363 million tower that will relieve patient overcrowding.

    Patients began moving into the new Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower at Hadassah-Ein Kerem in Jerusalem on Monday. Patients from eight departments are scheduled to transfer to the tower in...

  • Hadassah feminists

    By Susan Freudenheim

    February 29, 2012 | 12:54 pm

    Amid all the boozing, smoking and jumping from bed to bed in “Mad Men,” there’s a certain 1960s persona that’s missing from the popular TV show — and that’s the sort of dedicated young woman who devoted herself not just to her husband and family, or even to her work, but...

  • Palestinian conjoined twins separated at Hadassah hospital

    December 27, 2011 | 12:44 pm

    Surgeons at Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem separated conjoined twins in utero.

    The babies shared a placenta and major blood vessels. Their lives were in danger in the womb of their 25-year-old mother, from a Palestinian village, who was in her 20th week of pregnancy.

    The babies’ blood supply was separated using a laser device inserted in the womb.

  • Hadassah SoCal executive director retires

    By Ryan Torok

    September 7, 2011 | 12:50 pm

    After more than 14 years as executive director of Hadassah Southern California, Laura Kaplansky stepped down on Aug. 19. Elissa Berzon, former director of the Metro Area of Hadassah of Southern California, has replaced Kaplansky, taking on the new title of director of Hadassah...

  • Hadassah offices closing as lifetime members increase

    May 25, 2011 | 10:29 am

    Sixteen Hadassah offices are closing in the United States as more than 24,000 women became life members of the organization this year.

    The closure of the offices nationwide, and the consolidation of five others, is part of an ongoing plan to streamline the organization and reduce...

  • Food flight: Perusing American Jewry’s past and present

    March 31, 2011 | 4:40 pm

    Two relatively new books tell the story of American Jewry, weaving together its past and present by examining tradition and making it relevant to today’s reader.

    Where Sue Fishkoff’s “Kosher Nation: Why More and More of America’s Food Answers to a Higher Authority” (Schocken,...

  • Hadassah awards grants to help women

    March 29, 2011 | 3:54 pm

    The Hadassah Foundation has awarded $182,000 in grants for 2011 to help women from diverse cultural groups in Israel and the American Jewish community.

    This year, due to the global economic downturn, in addition to funding programs in the fields of economic security for low-income...

  • Hadassah hospitals tap new director general

    March 22, 2011 | 3:10 pm

    Dr. Ehud Kokia, a physician and health-care executive for nearly four decades, is the new director general of Israel’s Hadassah Medical Organization.

    Kokia, 61, was named Monday as the organization’s eighth director general. The Hadassah Medical Organization includes Hadassah...

  • Hadassah picks ex-treasurer for top post

    January 18, 2011 | 4:14 pm

    The national board of Hadassah: The Women’s Zionist Organization of America has nominated its former treasurer to take over the organization’s top lay leadership position.

    The board on Sunday officially selected Marcie Natan, currently the national chairperson of Hadassah...

  • Hadassah to pay back $45 million of Madoff gains

    December 9, 2010 | 3:09 pm

    Hadassah: The Women’s Zionist Organization of America will pay back $45 million of the money it made in the Bernard Madoff scam.

    Hadassah President Nancy Falchuk in a letter Thursday told the organization’s supporters of the settlement reached by the group with the trustee of...

  • In the war on breast cancer, Israel leads

    November 1, 2010 | 12:58 pm

    Irit Paneth, in and out of remission from breast cancer for more than a decade, was among the thousands who wound their way like a giant pink-and-white ribbon through Jerusalem’s streets in the first Susan G. Komen Foundation’s Race for the Cure held in Israel.

    “What’s important...

  • Tell-all book drags Hadassah back into Madoff story

    August 25, 2009 | 7:49 am

    Sheryl Weinstein, the high-profile victim of Bernard Madoff claiming to have had an affair with the confessed swindler, kicked off her book tour Tuesday with an appearance on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

    Why would a married woman, interviewer Chris Cuomo wanted to know,...

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