Reform Leaders Call For Israeli Police Probe Of Anat Hoffman Arrest

10/20/2012 - 20:00

 Reform Jewish leaders are calling for an investigation following reports that an Israeli colleague was roughed up by police after leading a women’s prayer group at the Western Wall.

Reform leaders in the United States said Thursday that they have spoken with Israel’s ambassador in Washington, Michael Oren, about the incident involving Anat Hoffman, executive director of the Reform movement’s Israel Religious Action Center and chair of the Women of the Wall.

Can Hadassah, At 100, Go Virtual?

As iconic women’s group marks its centennial, it’s not standing pat in a fast-changing Jewish world. But can it lure enough young blood?
Staff Writer
06/18/2012 - 20:00

The birthday girl is turning 100 this year, and she says she’s feeling just fine, thank you. She’s still raising tons of money, has a membership role that continues to grow and is still improving health care in Israel through its world-class hospital.

But this is not your grandmother’s Jewish community anymore. And the jury is out on whether Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, which marks its centennial this year, can be relevant to young Jewish women in a fast-moving world.

Participants in a Hadassah training session reflect a range of generations. Courtesy of Hadassah

Hadassah Sells Headquarters For $72 Million

06/18/2012 - 20:00

Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, said it has sold its New York headquarters for $71.5 million.

Obama Gay Marriage Nod Praised By Many Jewish Groups

05/09/2012 - 20:00


A number of Jewish groups praised President Obama's endorsement of gay marriage, and an Orthodox group said it was "disappointed."

"History will regard his affirmation of this core right for the LGBT community as a key moment in the advance of civil rights in America," the Reform movement's Religious Action Center said in a statement Wednesday. "While the President has long publicly supported civil unions, these are distinct from full marriage rights."

Hadassah At 100

02/20/2012 - 19:00

Hadassah, the women’s Zionist organization, has had its share of negative attention of late. A major victim of the Madoff Ponzi scheme, it continues to face financial challenges, and a top executive recently accused several lay leaders of improper use of funds.

But as the largest Jewish organization in America prepares to celebrate its centennial, it’s important to step back and look at the remarkable accomplishments over the last 10 decades of a group 300,000 members strong.

Probe Clouds Hadassah’s Centennial Next Week

Top officials, in their first interviews, say charges of financial improprieties ‘personally devastating.’
02/13/2012 - 19:00
Stewart Ain

The president and immediate past president of Hadassah have been accused of financial improprieties by their suspended chief operating officer, a charge the women describe as “very painful” in light of all the money and volunteer time they have given the organization.

Hadassah's immediate past president, Nancy Falchuk, left, and current president, Marci Natan.

Bridge Over Troubled Land

05/30/2011 - 20:00
Special to the Jewish Week

Since Israel was founded, and especially during the Intifada of 2000-2004, Hadassah's Jerusalem hospitals have been known as bridges of peace, where the staff provides its medical expertise equally to people of every religion, nationality and political persuasion.

For Marla Gilson, Leukemia Sparks Massive Jewish Bone Marrow Drive—And Fight With Employer

03/28/2011 - 20:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) – Marla Gilson found out in January that she had acute leukemia.

By March, she learned that her disease had cost her not only her good health, but her job leading an advocacy group for the Jewish aged.

In quick succession, friends, colleagues and acquaintances in Washington’s Jewish activist community rallied to Gilson’s bedside to support her in her fight with her employer -- the Association of Jewish Aging Services -- and also to champion a wider cause: registering Ashkenazi Jews as potential bone marrow donors.

Picower Estate to Return $7 Billion Made in Madoff Scam

12/16/2010 - 19:00

NEW YORK (JTA) -- The estate of one of the largest beneficiaries of Bernard Madoff’s multibillion dollar Ponzi scheme, Jeffrey Picower, has agreed to return $7 billion to Madoff’s victims.

The figure is the difference between the amount of cash that Picower, a Jewish investor, put into his account with Madoff and the amount that he withdrew, The New York Times reported. The deal was set to be announced at a news conference on Friday.

Hadassah to Pay Back $45 Million of Madoff Gains

12/08/2010 - 19:00

NEW YORK (JTA) -- 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 Madoff’s estate..

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