The Mission of Hadassah
At Hadassah, we have the power to heal our world. For us, that means bringing healing — in every sense of the word — where it’s needed most, in the US, Israel and around the world. Every day. As volunteers. As philanthropists. As changemakers.
The first Hadassah activity in Charlotte began in 1925 when Miss Dorothy Hirsch organized a teen-aged group known as the “Hadassah Buds”. This group functioned for two years as an outlet for young women interested in contributing to the Palestine Infant Welfare Fund. In 1934, the Buds, now adults, blossomed into a fully chartered chapter. According to Minnie Sutker, a charter member, “On October 3, 1934, fifteen women met in a private dining room at a cafeteria on West Trade Street, borrowed money from each other to pay their dues, signed the Charter, and thus the Charlotte Chapter of Hadassah, with Rhea White as President, was officially organized. It was a momentous occasion, and if you were there, you will always remember that day.” The Charlotte Chapter has functioned fully and proudly since that time and how we have grown! Charlotte now boasts 1,094 members, including over 959 life members. Over 70 men lend their support as Hadassah Associates. Education programs command a significant portion of the calendar. The chapter offers study groups throughout the year, called Lunch & Learn along with other meetings designed to educate and inform our members on issues and topics which affect them as American Jewish women. Another favorite and well attended program is Health Night, an informative, educational night with guest physicians that is open to the entire community. For more information about "membership" please email Karen Hauser at firstname.lastname@example.org
HADASSAH Hospital Ein Kerem
360° of Healing, The Full Circle Campaign
In the past few years, Jerusalem has gone from unranked to 25th on the global list of high-tech cities. The Hadassah Medical Organization (HMO) is playing a vital role in taking Jerusalem to the next level—attracting new talent and revolutionizing modern health care. As the population of Jerusalem grows, the renovation and expansion of the Round Building on the Ein Kerem campus will ensure a higher level of patient care, increase the number of patients HMO serves each year, and contribute substantially to HMO’s growth—while bringing cutting-edge care to the people of Jerusalem.
The Charlotte Chapter of Hadassah has pledged to fund the construction of a Nurses’ Station in the newly renovated Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem in Jerusalem.
Hospital Ein Kerem shares a large campus with the Hebrew University-Hadassah School of Medicine, with scientists collaborating from both institutions. The 19-story inpatient Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower, Hadassah’s gift to the people of Israel on its centennial, dominates the Ein Kerem campus. The underground state-of-the-art surgical suites are sheltered deep in the Jerusalem hillside and fortified against conventional, biological and chemical warfare. Hospital gardens provide green space for emotional sustenance of patients and staff. The iconic Round Building, opened in 1962, is being modernized and expanded to meet the city's growing needs. Research and clinical trials draw patients from around the world.