Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, was founded in 1912 by Henrietta Szold. It still reflects what that extraordinary woman held most dear: Judaism, Zionism, and the American ideal. Today in Israel, Hadassah initiates and supports pace-setting health care, education and youth institutions, as well as land development to meet the country's changing needs.

In the United States, Hadassah enhances the quality of American and Jewish life through its Zionist youth programs and educational outreach on the subjects of health, Judaism, and Zionism. Through its remarkable accomplishments over the years and its spirit of co-operation among Jews of all stripes in the Diaspora and in Israel, Hadassah beautifully exemplifies what Jewish women have to offer.

In my own family, four generations of women have been "life members" of Hadassah, experiencing first-hand the Hadassah spirit of volunteerism,camaraderie, and "can-do." Some of my earliest memories are of helping my grandmother with her Hadassah chapter's rummage sale. My father often said, in awe of Hadassah members' resourcefulness, "they get everything done, and they get it all donated."

To learn more and to support the work of Hadassah, please visit: www.hadassah.org

NOTE: Debra will be speaking at the upcoming Hadassah Women of the West conference in Los Angeles, Friday and Saturday, March 13 & 14. Click here for more information and registration.

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