Hadassah University Hospital employees continued their strike on Monday, bringing activities at both the Mount Scopus and Ein Karem campuses to a virtual standstill as administrative and custodial workers joined medical staff across the picket line.

Chairman of the medical labor federation, Leonid Edelman, said that no physician – nor intern or resident – would step foot in the hospital unless given a court-written guarantee for medical malpractice insurance even amid a stay of proceedings. Click here to read the story.


The Hadassah Foundation, which seeks to augment the work of Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, by improving the status, health and well-being of women and girls in the United States and Israel, has named two new board members, Dr. Dale Marcus of Wichita, Kansas, and Julie Morris of Spokane, Wash.

Marcus is a certified divorce mediator. As a private practitioner from 1982-2010, her areas of specialization included individual, marriage and family therapy, and transgender health. A Winnipeg, Canada native, she holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the United States International University in San Diego. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s in education in psychology from the University of Manitoba. Since her retirement from private practice, Dr. Marcus has sat on the board of the Music Theater of Wichita, volunteers for Victory in the Valley (a cancer support network) and takes an active role in her synagogue and in her local Hadassah chapter.

Morris is a former high school English teacher and has worked as a director for Variety Club and Easter Seals; she is also very active in her local synagogue. The Seattle native graduated from the University of Washington.

Both Marcus and Morris are also members of Hadassah’s National Board. Marcus is the immediate past president of Hadassah’s Great Plains Region. Morris is a past National Vice President of Hadassah, and past member of its Executive Committee. She has helped the organization with strategic planning, development training and solicitation, leadership development, and the restructuring of local Hadassah chapters.

These newly-appointed directors are among 19 women on the Hadassah Foundation board, which is comprised of women from the Hadassah National Board, from its membership at large and from the wider Jewish community both in this country and overseas



As Hadassah’s much anticipated Centennial Convention in Jerusalem nears, thousands of people from across the United States will travel to Israel, where they’ll honor Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as well as hear remarks from President Shimon Peres.  In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, almost 2,000 people are expected to come together in Israel for the October 15-18 convention, which includes the formal dedication of one of Hadassah’s most significant projects in its history and its crowning achievement in advancing health care, the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower at Hadassah Medical Center’s Ein Kerem campus.

As part of the convention’s opening ceremonies on Tuesday, October 16, President Peres will present the stamp created by the Israel Postal Company to honor Hadassah’s and Hadassah Medical Center’s combined contributions to and accomplishments in Israel.  On October 18, at the convention’s closing gala, Prime Minister Netanyahu will be presented with Hadassah’s most prestigious accolade, the Henrietta Szold Award.

Hadassah, founded in 1912 in New York City by Henrietta Szold and 30 other women, today has more than 330,000 women members and men associates in the United States, as well as supporters around the world.  Since its founding, the organization has had more than a million members and supporters.

“This moment is the culmination of 100 years of achievement,” said Hadassah National President Marcie Natan.  “I cannot wait to begin our second century alongside almost 2,000 of my fellow Hadassah members as we commemorate our shared Judaism and love for Israel.  Together, we will embark with renewed focus on our critical work advocating on behalf of women’s health issues in the United States, training young women to become the next generation of leaders, and leading the medical research making Israel one of the world’s most significant innovators in healthcare today.


Hadassah names new executive director/CEO

Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, announces that Dr. Janice Weinman has been named executive director/CEO.  Weinman will take over the post on June 18.  She is currently the President of Kids in Distressed Situations (K.I.D.S.)

“Janice Weinman is an exceptional executive, with over 35 years of experience in a broad range of not-for profit management, policy development, public service and philanthropy,” said Marcie Natan, national president of Hadassah. “She comes to Hadassah with talent and substantial background in advocating for women’s, children’s and health causes that are important to us.  I speak on behalf of Hadassah’s more than 330,000 members when I say how excited we are to have Janice on board as together, we embark upon Hadassah’s second century.”

Weinman is familiar with Hadassah’s life-changing work in the United States and Israel; she was an inaugural board member of the Hadassah Foundation, which seeks to augment the work of Hadassah, by improving the status, health and well-being of women and girls in the United States and Israel.

“I am deeply privileged to be joining the Hadassah family,” Weinman says.  “For me, this is the culmination of my life’s commitment to the Jewish people, to Israel and to the next generation of Zionists.  I look forward to bringing to this venerable organization the skills and experience in the fields of education, health care and social service that I have developed during my career in the government and the not-for-profit world.”


Hadassah Foundation announces grants

he Hadassah Foundation, which seeks to augment the work of Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, by improving the status, health and well-being of women and girls in the United States and Israel, has awarded grants this year totaling $284,000, and is now in the process of distributing those funds, announced Marcie Natan, National President of Hadassah, and Donna Gerson, newly-elected Foundation Board Chair.

The 2012 grant recipients include organizations in both the United States and Israel that support women’s empowerment, financial literacy and workplace equality.  In Israel, grants were awarded to Bar Ilan University’s Rackman Center for the Advancement of Women’s Status, the Center for Jewish-Arab Economic Development, the Center for Women’s Justice, Economic Empowerment for Women in Israel, Itach, IT Works, Negev Institute, Olim BeYachad, Shatil, Supportive Community, Women’s Spirit, and Yedid.  The Hadassah Foundation is also one of 17 American women’s philanthropy funds contributing to the newly-formed Jewish Women’s Collaborative to focus on specific issues pertaining to women in Israeli society.

In the U.S., the Hadassah Foundation focused on women and girls’ empowerment through grants to Avodah, the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance, Jewish Women International, Keshet, Moving Traditions, and Shalom Bayit.

“We are honored and delighted to support worthy women’s causes in the United States and Israel,” Gerson said.  “Hadassah has always stood for women’s rights, education and empowerment.  Our foundation follows this tradition with our philanthropic mission, and we look forward to continuing to support the world-changing work of these phenomenal organizations.”

The Hadassah Foundation is dedicated to refocusing the priorities of the Jewish community through funding innovative and creative projects that serve women and girls from diverse cultural groups within Israel and the Jewish community in the United States.  The foundation is a philanthropic pioneer in the fields of economic security for low-income Israeli women and leadership and self-esteem programs for adolescent Jewish girls and young women in the United States.  Since 2000, the Hadassah Foundation has awarded grants totaling $5.7 million to 60 nonprofit organizations.



Hadassah Medical Organization names new director general


Ehud Kokia is the new director general of the Hadassah Medical Organization in Israel. Kokia replaces Professor Shlomo Mor-Yosef, who served as Director General for 11 years.

“I undertake this important responsibility with appreciation and awe for the Hadassah Medical Organization’s pioneering contributions to the State of Israel and the Israeli medical system,” Kokia said.

“I know that as they have for decades, HMO’s 6,000 employees will be at my side as we continue the path that was paved by my colleague and friend Prof. Shlomo Mor-Yosef. And I know they will be joined by the hundreds of thousands of members, friends and supporters of the Hadassah Women’s Zionist Organization of America, to help us continue to provide superb patient care and produce groundbreaking research.”

Kokia, 61, has a 37-year career as a physician and health-care executive. Most recently, he was CEO of Maccabi Healthcare Services, a position he held since 2007.

Kokia received his medical degree cum laude from Tel Aviv University’s Sackler School of Medicine in 1974. He completed his training as a specialist in obstetrics and gynecology at Sheba Hospital and received a master’s in health administration at Ben Gurion University. He is a Lieutenant Colonel in the Israel Defense Forces, served as commander of the Air Force Center for Aerial Medicine and completed the flight surgeon course of the American Navy in Pensacola, Floridaa.

Kokia was a research fellow at the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. He worked in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Sheba Hospital before moving to Maccabi Healthcare Services, where he has held critical roles over the last 16 years. Before becoming CEO, he served as Medical Director of the large non-profit health care provider which includes 5,300 clinics, 5,000 physicians and a network of hospitals.

Kokia has taught at Ben Gurion University of the Negev and Tel Aviv University, and published widely on topics including endocrinology, fertility and health policy.

Kokia and his wife Dr. Ira Kokia, a pediatrician and specialist in community health, have two children.

Hadassah opens new New England facility

Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, has united its New New England chapters and regions have united under a single roof to form a brand new entity, Hadassah New England.

Theh new offices in Needham, Masschusetts brings together the leadership and volunteer forces from Boston, Northern New England, Southern New England, and Western New England. Hadassah’s Area Development Center is also included in the new suite. Hadassah National President Marcie Natan will join Hadassah New England members as the guest speaker at the opening of the new space October 2.

“By creating a unified entity that will serve the New England area, Hadassah is excited to become even more engaged with our members as we provide programming to serve a larger and more consolidated audience,” Natan said. “New England sets an exemplary model that Hadassah will seek to emulate elsewhere as we pursue our commitment to operate efficiently, make the most of shared resources and best serve our members.

“Hadassah remains committed to major fundraising efforts including the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower at Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem, and we want our fundraising dollars to go toward medical research and care, our advocacy work, and our dedication to youth, in the United States and Israel, not on operational expenses.”

Kathy Hershfield, Hadassah New England Area Chair and National Board Member, underscored the importance of the consolidated structure, “Non-profit organizations such as Hadassah are better able to carry out their missions when they join forces to provide diverse programming, with the added benefit of reducing overhead and administrative costs. Through local events and programming, the individual chapters and regions in Boston and New England will continue to maintain the close connections they have always valued to each of their communities.”

Hadassah names new youth director

Steven J. Goldberg, a longtime supporter of Young Judaea during his tenure as one of the top professionals at Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, will become the Interim Executive Director of the youth movement as it shifts toward independence from Hadassah, both organizations announced today.

Goldberg, currently Director of Hadassah’s Executive Division as well as its Member and Unit Services Division, initiated the transfer last month after its national board voted to spin off Young Judaea, which has five summer camps, year-round activities, and well-known Israel programs including WUJS Israel, Amirim, “To Israel Now” Birthright trips, and the college gap-year program, Year Course in Israel.  Young Judaea has long been recognized as turning out committed Zionist and Jewish community leaders.

Newly installed Hadassah National President Marcie Natan noted that it was a difficult decision to transfer Goldberg, a well-regarded strategic thinker and operational leader.  The request was ultimately granted because his passion and experience enhance Hadassah’s commitment to ensuring the success of Young Judaea’s future, she said.

“Steve is the go-to guy for many, many of Hadassah’s top lay leaders across the entire country, and his influence and guidance have been critical to our organization,” Natan said.  “It was very clear that this was an important move for him and that it would allow Hadassah to help get Young Judaea off to a great start.  Steve is a strong leader, and Young Judaea is in good hands.”

Goldberg, who previously lived in Israel and worked at the American Embassy in Tel Aviv, is charged with leading Young Judaea’s transition to independence while maintaining a strong partnership between the organizations.  Among the terms of the arrangement are three years of transition funding, a transfer of Young Judaea assets, and continued scholarship support going forward.

“Young Judaea is central to Hadassah’s values and ideals, and I am very excited to be a link that helps Hadassah continue its legacy with Zionist youth,” said Goldberg, 47, who has worked for Hadassah since 1997.  “I look forward to joining a remarkable team that will grow all of our programs with an eye on the future of the Jewish people.”

David Bechhofer, president of the Young Judaea founding board, said Goldberg’s successful track record of strengthening leadership infrastructure, improving governance, and providing executive management will be a vital asset to Young Judaea.  Goldberg will begin in his new role on an interim basis starting August 1.
“Steve is everything we could have hoped for in this role,” said Bechhofer, adding that Goldberg is uniquely qualified to orchestrate a collaborative transition with dedication and sound judgment.  “His experience and leadership will allow Young Judaea to transition to independence quickly.”

In Goldberg’s numerous high-level positions at Hadassah, he has overseen national business operations over Hadassah’s 28 regions throughout North America, which include 597 chapters and 408 groups, membership marketing, and educational programming.  He is recognized as spearheading a comprehensive new national business model for Hadassah to secure institutional and financial viability and quality program and product delivery to members and leaders.  Goldberg has been the advisor and confidante to four of the most recent national presidents of Hadassah and its 250-member board.

Goldberg lives in New York City.  A native of Waterford, Conn., he holds a degree in international relations with a concentration in cross-cultural negotiation from the University of Connecticut.