HADASSAH , the Women's Zionist Organization of America, was founded in 1912 by Henrietta Szold. Since its inception, Hadassah has remained unwavering in its devotion to Judaism, Zionism, and American ideals. As the largest volunteer organization and the largest women's organization in America, Hadassah is committed to strengthening the unity of the Jewish people. In Israel, we accomplish this through progressive healthcare, education, youth institutions, volunteerism, and land reclamation. In the U.S. we reach our goals through Jewish and Zionist education programs, Zionist Youth programs, and health awareness programs, as well as by advocating for issues of importance to women and to the American Jewish community.
HADASSAH FUNDED CHARITIES
Hadassah funds several charities; we highlight three here.
Hadassah Medical Organziation - Each year over 700,000 patients from all over Israel and the world come to Hadassah's hospitals at Ein Kerem and Mount Scopus in Jerusalem for the compassionate care and cutting-edge treatment that have distinguished us for over 90 years. Hadassah has set the standard for health care in the Middle East, and continues to treat patients and educate health care professionals without regard to race, religion, or national origin in over 130 departments and clinics. HMO is not just for Jewish Israelis; it's for everyone.
Young Judea - Hadassah's outstanding Zionist youth movement sponsors clubs, camps, and Israel travel programs, all of which help American youngsters solidify their connection to the Jewish people and Israel. As an investment in our future, more than 50% of our Young Judaeans receive scholarship assistance. From campers at Tel Yehudah, who are developing the skills to become the communal leaders of tomorrow, to the participants on Year Course, who explore every facet of life in Israel, Young Judaeans develop a vibrant and living connection to their Jewish heritage.
Jewish National Fund - Hadassah and the Jewish National Fund have been partners in action since 1926, when they formed an effective and compassionate coalition. Today, our organizations are united in an effort to help Israel avoid an environmental catastrophe. Hadassah is currently funding the Tirzah Reservoir in Israel's Jordan Valley. Over the next few years, as many as 100 additional reservoirs will be needed to insure that Israel has the water that it requires. Your contribution will help Israel conserve water, the most precious resource in the Middle East. Over the past century, JNF has planted over 200 million trees, built over 150 dams and reservoirs, developed over 250,000 acres of land, created more than 400 parks throughout Israel and educated students around the world about Israel and the environment. Through the support of donors, JNF was able to ensure that Israel was the only nation in the world to end the 20th century with more trees than it had at the beginning.
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Hadassah's National Web Site