Hadassah Sells Headquarters For $72 Million


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



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


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.’

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

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


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


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


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..

Bad Joke for Juvenile Justice?

For weeks, Jewish groups worried about a “juvenile justice” bill that many said combined badly needed gun control measures with dangerous provisions on youthful criminals.
If anything, their worries proved understated

Washington Correspondent

For weeks, Jewish groups worried about a “juvenile justice” bill that many said combined badly needed gun control measures with dangerous provisions on youthful criminals.
If anything, their worries proved understated.
Last week the House nixed gun control, retained the controversial criminal justice provisions — and, for good measure, added three amendments offered by religious right lawmakers that groups such as the Anti-Defamation League say are serious breaches of the church-state wall.

Hadassah Cuts

Staff Writer
The world’s largest Jewish membership organization insists its programs will not be affected by a 10 percent cut in staff at its national headquarters here. “No departments were eliminated,” said Ellen Marson, executive director of Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America. “In light of the overall market and economic considerations, we felt the need for a review of our administrative costs,” she said. “We are reviewing how we can reduce costs without affecting programs in any way whatsoever.”
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