Corvallis Hadassah

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About Hadassah

Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, is a volunteer women's organization, whose members are motivated and inspired to strengthen their partnership with Israel, ensure Jewish continuity, and realize their potential as a dynamic force in American society.

Founded in 1912, Hadassah retains the passion and timeless values of its founder, Henrietta Szold, Jewish scholar and activist, who was dedicated to Judaism, Zionism, and the American ideal.

Committed to the centrality of Israel based on the renaissance of the Jewish people in its historic homeland, Hadassah promotes the unity of the Jewish people. In Israel, Hadassah initiates and supports pace-setting health care, education and youth institutions, and land development to meet the country's changing needs.

In the United States, Hadassah enhances the quality of American and Jewish life through its education and Zionist youth programs, promotes health awareness, and provides personal enrichment and growth for its members.

Hadassah is the largest women's, largest Zionist, and largest Jewish membership organization in the United States. For complete information about Hadassah, visit

Hadassah History

Hadassah was founded in 1912 by an American Jew, Henrietta Szold. She identified an enormous need for health care in Palestine and set out to provide basic services. From the original two nurses sent to Jerusalem, the Hadassah Medical Organization, which now operates two large medical centers in Jerusalem, has grown and become world renowned for delivering first-class health care for everyone who needs it, regardless of race or religion.

Hadassah also sponsors cutting edge research in numerous health related specialties, and has sent emergency trauma teams world-wide to such places as Kosovo, Rwanda, Turkey, and Kenya. Hadassah also provides other programs such as job training, and Young Judaea for our own children in the United States. Hadassah now has 300,000 members, with chapters throughout the United States and Puerto Rico and Hadassah International includes units in 34 countries on four continents. Hadassah is the largest volunteer organization in the United States committed to healing, teaching, and research on the physical, spiritual and cultural levels.

The Corvallis Chapter of Hadassah was organized in 1964. We meet monthly for educational, social, and fund raising activities. Through the Ruth Goldberg Memorial Fund, Hadassah is able to provide awards to the youth of our area, enabling them to attend Young Judaea sponsored camps and Israel programs. Corvallis Hadassah is egalitarian and welcomes all. Membership benefits include a monthly subscription to Hadassah Magazine.

Corvallis Mahon Group

The Corvallis Mahon group started in 2003. Machon is a group of Jewish women who get together once a month to informally discuss ideas on various topics concerning Judaism and Jewish Identity. Last year we explored Israel and our feelings about Zionism. Another year the topic of choice was "They Lit the Way: Extraordinary Women Leading Jewish Lives." Each year, the group decided which new topic we will discuss. Meetings are held in participants' homes and leadership is shared. Materials are supplied by Hadassah. New Members are always welcome.


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