Information about Hadassah, 1920
This pamphlet (printed in Hebrew) provides information about Hadassah's activities in 1920. It details the amount of money donated to Israeli institutions and also briefly mentions the history of Hadassah. Interestingly, this was the same year that Henrietta Szold immigrated to Israel.
Henrietta Szold founded the Hadassah women's organisation in 1912. The organisation was named Hadassah because it was founded around the time of Purim and it commemorates the original Hebrew name of Esther, the heroine of the Purim story.
Hadassah was founded in order to raise funds for medical care in Israel where there was, at the time, a very high rate of disease and a lack of necessary funds for treatment. In addition to providing medical assistance, the organisation became involved in other fields as needs arose: Youth Aliyah, the alleviation of poverty, and education. Hadassah was the first organisation to provide emergency care for mothers and infants.
Hadassah's motto is a quote from the book of Jeremiah: "the healing of the daughter of my people" (8:22). The logo (pictured here) contains the Star of David, an olive branch, and the motto in Hebrew. It also has the name Hadassah (in Hebrew) in the background. Hadassah's modern-day logo has been adapted to incorporate the letter H to symbolize health and hospital.
Hadassah is still, today, making a difference in Israel with two hospital campuses in Jerusalem, hundreds of family health clinics throughout the country, and the provision of assistance to many young immigrants. The Hadassah organisation was even nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 2005.
Read here to find out more about Hadassah.
This resource could be used by Hebrew teachers as well as teachers of Jewish History. It could be used to discuss Jewish women and their role in society. It could also be referenced in lessons about Purim with regards to the name Hadassah and its connection to Esther. Teachers could also present this resource in discussions about the relationship between the Diaspora and Israel as an example of philanthropic organizations in the Diaspora donating to the State of Israel.
What symbols can you identify on the Hadassah logo?
What is the purpose of this pamphlet?
In what language is it written? Why?
Read more about Hadassah's achievements over the last 100 or so years.. Which achievement do you think is the most impressive? Why?
Compare the logo on this pamphlet to Hadassah's logo today. How is it different? Why do you think it was changed?
Create your own logo for Hadassah based on what you have learned.
The Hadassah organisation was founded in the United States in order to promote health initiatives in Israel.
Why was an American organization founded with the purpose of contributing to Israel?
Do you think that charity organizations in the Diaspora should still donate funds to Israel?