Hadassah - The Women's Zionist Organization of America, Inc.


At a meeting at Temple Emanu-El in New York City in 1912, Henrietta Szold, Jewish scholar, teacher, journalist, editor, social worker and activist, convinced the Daughters of Zion study circle to expand its purpose and embrace “practical Zionism,” or proactive work to help meet the health needs of Palestine’s people.  Because the meeting was held around the time of Purim, the women originally called themselves “The Hadassah chapter of the Daughters of Zion” and Szold served as their first president.

Hadassah continues as a volunteer women's organization, whose members strengthen their partnership with Israel, ensure Jewish continuity, and realize their potential as a dynamic force in American society.  In Israel, Hadassah initiates and supports health care, education, youth institutions, and land development.  In the United States, Hadassah enhances the quality of American and Jewish life through its education and Zionist youth programs, promotion of health awareness, and opportunities for personal enrichment.






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