Friday, October 26, 2012

At its centennial, Hadassah looking for Israeli donors and new members

Left to right, Hadassah National President Marcie Natan, Assaf Galay and his wife, Hannah Pollin-Galay,
and past Hadassah National President Nancy Falchuk, at Hadassah's 100th anniversary convention
in Jerusalem, Oct. 17, 2012. (Courtesy of Hadassah)
Five years before the Balfour Declaration gave Jews their first realistic hope for a modern state in the Land of Israel, Henrietta Szold founded the women’s Zionist organization Hadassah and sent two nurses here to fight disease and provide milk to infants and their mothers.

A century later, Hadassah runs one of Israel’s premier hospitals -- a medical center with two campuses in Jerusalem and a budget of $500 million. The organization also has created and supported Israeli educational, youth and medical programs, built a membership base of 330,000 Jewish women and male associates in the United States, and developed a budget of more than $100 million....

But as it enters its second century, Hadassah is struggling to attract Israeli donors, government funding for its hospitals and young women to its American membership. -  Ben Sales, JTA

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