About Hadassah

Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Inc., was founded over a century ago, before Israel was a state, and before women could vote. Since that time, the organization has remained unwavering in its commitment to women’s health and well-being, to Israel, and to Jewish values and continuity. But while Hadassah’s heritage and mission remain as strong as ever, the role of women and Jewish culture here and in Israel, has evolved over time. The organization, too, has evolved, taking on new challenges and developing new programs.
Hadassah believes in building a world where our Jewish values in action create strong community and an enduring Israel. That’s why our entire focus is on connecting and empowering Jewish women to effect change. We’ve done this for over 100 years and we will do it for the next 100—advancing health and well-being, advocating for women, and building community in the US and Israel. We invite all Jewish women to join in—to put their values into action with us and through our programs.


Our vision: To strengthen a connection to Israel with Hadassah leading the way, bringing healing and justice to the world.


Our promise: Connecting and empowering Jewish women to effect change.


Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, is a volunteer organization that inspires a passion for and commitment to its partnership with the land and people of Israel. It enhances the health of people worldwide through its support of medical care and research at the Hadassah Medical Organization in Jerusalem. Hadassah empowers its members and supporters, as well as youth in Israel and America through opportunities for personal growth, education, advocacy and Jewish continuity.


The history of Hadassah begins with the extraordinary Henrietta Szold in the year 1912.  A trip to desolate pre-State Israel profoundly affected her. She devoted the rest of her long life to the health and well-being of her people and what was to become their Jewish homeland.  The results of her “practical Zionism” can be seen today in Hadassah’s two world-class medical centers, including the soaring Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower, in Jerusalem.