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Hadassah donates $5 million to Birthright Israel
Official signing held at Chicago GA

Bonnie Lipton (center), National President of Hadassah, The Women's Zionist Organization of America; Charles Bronfman (left), co-founding chairman of Birthright Israel; Rabbi Michael Melchior (right), Minister for Israeli Society and the World Jewish Communities; and Barbara Aronson (standing) with Birthright Israel.
November 21, 2000

CHICAGO—Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, officially gave $5,000,000 to Birthright Israel at the United Jewish Communities General Assembly in Chicago. At a signing ceremony, Hadassah National President Bonnie Lipton signed a contract recognizing Hadassah as a philanthropist in the Birthright Israel program. At the signing were Charles Bronfman, co-founding chairman of Birthright Israel, and Rabbi Michael Melchior, Minister for Israeli Society and the World Jewish Communities.

"As the largest women's and Zionist organization in the U.S., Hadassah is pleased to be a Birthright Israel donor. This is a vital program because our youth are not only the future of the Jewish community but of Zionism. And the best way we know how to raise committed Zionists is by allowing them to touch and be touched by the people and the land of Israel. That is why we have invested so much in Young Judaea, the strongest Zionist youth movement, and why we are investing in Birthright Israel," said Lipton. "It is our hope that other Jewish organizations will join with us so that together we can secure and fortify our Jewish heritage."

As Birthright Israel gears up to send another 10,000 Jewish college students to Israel this winter, Melchior added, "This is an investment in the future of the Jewish people."

Founded in 1912, Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America is the largest women's and largest Jewish membership organization in the United States. In Israel, it supports medical care and research, education, and youth institutions, and reforestation and parks projects. In the US, Hadassah promotes health education, social action and advocacy, volunteerism, Jewish education and research, and connections with Israel.

Birthright Israel is a unique partnership between the people of Israel through their government, United Jewish Communities representing local Jewish Federations across North America, Keren Hayesod, The Jewish Agency for Israel and these prominent philanthropic partners: S. Daniel Abraham, The Abramson Family Foundation, Andrea and Charles Bronfman, Edgar M. Bronfman Sr., Richard and Rhoda Goldman Foundation, Hadassah-The Woman's Zionist Organization of America, Ronald S. Lauder, Marc Rich, The Samberg Family, Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, Judy and Michael Steinhardt, The Wasserman Foundation, Leslie and Abigail Wexner, Karen and Gary Winnick.

For more information on Birthright Israel, call 1-888-99-ISRAEL or visit the website at .

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