We hope you enjoy our special Rosh Hashana edition. On behalf of the board, committee, staff and volunteers of Hadassah Australia, I would like to extend a Shana tova u’metukah to you and your family.

Let me take this opportunity to thank you for your generous and continued support of Hadassah Australia and Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem.

May you have a good and sweet new year.

Ron Finkel AM, President, Hadassah Australia.


BE A STAR THIS TOM YOV 

“We learnt that more than 3,500 patients are in the care of Hadassah Hospital on any given day. It seemed that with the Yom Tov period almost upon us, there was a wonderful opportunity to reach out to each and every one of them.”

“The cards will be delivered by Hadassah’s medical clowns. There is no cost involved to the sender and this is not a fundraising campaign. It is, however, an awareness-building opportunity and, at its heart, a fitting way to tell patients at Hadassah that we are thinking of them during what is often a challenging time.”As a result, we created the ‘Be A Star’ program which creates an opportunity for the community here to connect with patients by sending them a card in celebration of the New Year. 


NEW BOARD MEMBER FOR HADASSAH AUSTRALIA

We welcome Lynda Brest, newly-appointed member of the Hadassah Australia Board. Lynda is a strategic thinker and a creative problem-solver who brings extensive experience working with large, complex organisations internationally and in Australia to our organisation.

Lynda says…

“I have long admired Hadassah Australia and its work on behalf of one of Israel’s oldest and most internationally-recognised hospitals. What appeals to me is the way that Hadassah Hospital has embedded itself in the life of Israeli society, without prioritising anything other than the health status of its patients or the skill-set of its staff and management.”

Lynda notes that since its birth early in the 20th century…

“Hadassah has continued to lead in the key healthcare areas of treatment, training and research. Not only in Israel, but throughout the Middle East.”


MISSION ACCOMPLISHED: THANK YOU!
ADVOCATE FOR SURVIVORS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT COMPLETES TOUR DOWNUNDER

Her visit was short, intensive and decisive. Thanks to you, our donors, we have reached the target for the purchase of the new colposcopy equipment for the Bat Ami Center at Hadassah.

Dr Mushira Aboo Dia, senior obstetrician and gynaecologist at Hadassah Hospital spoke to audiences in Melbourne and Sydney about her work with Hadassah’s Bat Ami Center for Victims of Sexual Abuse. Her presentation was empowering and graphic and provided insights into the human landscape of Jerusalem, one of the most conflicted cities in Israel.

Nearly $40,000 was raised during her week in Australia for the purchase an Israeli-made colposcoscope to provide photo and video documentation for cases involving adolescent and adult sexual abuse victims. This state-of-the-art equipment will speed up the process of evaluation and lessen trauma for victims. It will replace current equipment which is more than 15 years old.

“Mushira Aboo Dia is an exemplar of the best medical traditions of Hadassah and Israel’s first world health system more generally,” says Ruth Ramone Rosen, Director Operations with Hadassah Australia.

“She commits a significant amount of her time volunteering with marginalised people, in the area of sexual health and wellbeing as well among communities in the West Bank and Gaza who lack access to quality medical care.”

Sincere thanks to NCJWA–Vic and NCJWA NSW Mum for Mum for hosting events and to all who made generous donations for the colposcopy system which can now be purchased. Dr Dvora Bauman, Head of the Bat Ami Center is thrilled with the response and sends her warmest greetings to Hadassah Australia and each donor!


HADASSAH BECOMES FIRST ISRAELI HOSPITAL TO JOIN GLOBAL RESEARCH NETWORK

Another Wow! Prof. Eyal Mishani, head of the Research & Development Division at Hadassah Hospital told The Jerusalem Post on Sunday that the TriNetX network platform promises to optimize the nature and efficiency of clinical research and medical discoveries. It will, he says, prove beneficial for both Hadassah’s patients and medical staff because Hadassah will gain access to large quantities of data from other hospitals and medical companies.

Learn more about TriNetX by reading the full article in The Jerusalem Post.


A MODERN STATE WITHIN A STATE: A TALE OF TWO PEOPLE

Hadassah Hospital is recognised internationally for its state-of-the-art medical care. It is also home to more than 50% of all hospital-based research in Israel, eclipsing all other hospitals combined.

A lesser-known aspect of Hadassah is the social impact that results from the interaction between professional staff from different backgrounds. While this is consistent with the philosophy of Hadassah – which insists on providing the best possible medical and therapeutic care regardless of a person’s background – it’s only in recent years that the engagement between Jewish, Christian and Muslim staff, be they Israelis or Palestinians, has been widely acknowledged.

Hadassah Hospital is quite literally a modern state within a state: people from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds living and working together for a common outcome.

An example is Víctor Kukali, a nurse from Bethlehem. In order for him to be able to work at Hadassah in Jerusalem, the Israeli Ministry of Health offers him a work permit once a year. He says that when he got to know Jewish doctors who worked in his region, he wanted to work in Israel because conditions are better than in the Palestinian Territories and it allowed him to improve and extend his professional skills. Dr. Merhav, a transplantation specialist who works alongside Victor Kukali says…

“That doesn’t mean that there aren’t issues the hospital has to deal with. Currently, Arab-Muslim society doesn’t have the infrastructure or education necessary for the treatment of their people, so they benefit from what Israel can provide through hospitals like Hadassah.

Nevertheless, this is a two-sided achievement because bridges to understanding can only be built with the support and understanding of the Palestinians who are involved in the medical care and professional work that is made possible at Hadassah.” Nurse Kukali and Dr Merhav are examples of two highly-skilled people who work together for the betterment of their patients. As far as possible, all other issues are left at the front door of the hospital, which has fostered its empowering philosophy for well over a century.

Ron Finkel AM, President of Hadassah Australia, says…

“This close engagement has withstood the test of time. Even in the worst days, from the siege of Jerusalem during the War of Independence to the Intifadas of the late 1980s and the early 2000s, Hadassah has been an island of calm in a sea of chaos.”