Hadassah (huh-DAHS-uh) listen


  • n. A woman's charitable organization founded in 1912 by Henrietta Szold.

  • n. The Hebrew name for Esther.

Example Sentences

  • "Naomi Adler, CEO of Hadassah, The Women’s Zionist Organization of America, said a trauma center in Jerusalem that’s owned by the organization is treating wounded Israeli soldiers and civilians." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew


  • הדסה‎

    • Who Uses This

      • Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements


      • North America


      • The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).


  • The organization is officially called Hadassah Women's Zionist Organization of America.

    "In the State of Israel, [the organization] initiates and supports a variety of health care, education, and Zionist youth programs, including some of the biggest hospitals and medical research and education facilities in the nation. Hadassah’s American chapters support these programs." (JPS)

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