Hadassah’s Condescending Message

Here in Israel, not a day goes by without disturbing new reports in the Israeli media concerning the operation of Hadassah Hospital. As an example, just this morning, in the print edition of Haaretz, in a news article titled, "Palestinian medical residents at Hadassah got no pay last month" we learn that where Hadassah employees have now received their full January pay (they had previously received half), "20 medical residents from the Palestinian Authority have not been paid at all and don't know whether they'll get paid now that the hospital was granted a stay of proceedings. "The residents claim "no one had told us anything ... We're afraid the January salary may just be erased." The residents are not considered regular staff members and do not receive base salaries - only being paid for extra … [Read more...]

Hadassah: As the Hospital Files Bankruptcy, Incompetence Rules

Synagogue at Hadassah Hospital

Hadassah Hospital files for court protection Action follows credit lines being cancelled I write this as a resident of Jerusalem. I write this is a 2x surgical patient at Hadassah - one of the finest hospitals in Israel - who has nothing but good to say about the treatment and care provided by world class surgeons and a trained, caring and over-worked medical staff. And I write this because I am angry. No, I'm furious: At the "good ladies" of Hadassah WZOA who have engaged in a high-stake poker game with the Israeli government that they will surely lose. A poker game where the "pot" includes the residents of Jerusalem - my family, my friends, my colleagues and my neighbors. A poker game where day in and day out, the ladies of Hadassah are showing a callous disregard for our … [Read more...]

Our Millennial Challenge

Most Jewish organizations view Millennials as a monolithic bloc Last week eJP published an opinion piece by Benji Lovitt titled "Israel Programs: The Case for Tel Aviv." Lovitt's premise: Israel has changed over 66 years and our programs should reflect those changes. The post quickly went viral. Yesterday, Dr. Zohar Raviv - Birthright's International Vice President of Education - weighed in with a response. In reading the multitude of comments posted on Lovitt's piece, on Raviv's, and on Lovitt's facebook wall, it is apparent the two articles touched a significant nerve. And regardless of where you stand on the "more time in Tel Aviv" suggestion, a more important question is lurking underneath: are those professionals crafting programs keeping up with the times? Are they absorbing, and reacting, … [Read more...]

Is It a Camel or a Horse? Some Thoughts on “The Prime Minister’s Initiative”


They sit there in committees day after day, And they each put in a color and it comes out gray. And we all have heard the saying, which is true as well as witty, That a camel is a horse that was designed by a committee. (American comedy writer and song parodist Allan Sherman) ##### Back in November, the Prime Minister’s Office and the Ministry of Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs, in partnership with The Jewish Agency for Israel, convened a first ever strategic planning summit. The goal - "to formulate a joint plan to enhance the Jewish identity of young Jews around the world and strengthen ties between the Jewish world and Israel." Now, two months later, with planning well underway, The Jerusalem Post has taken an in-depth look at the initiative (which we encourage you to read). Additionally, … [Read more...]

Ariel Sharon’s Dream: Young Jews Should Spend 1 Year in Israel

Ariel Sharon, soldier, politician, leader, statesman, and so much more, passed away this afternoon at the age of 85. In addition to Sharon's many achievements, in our little piece of the Jewish world, Sharon will also be remembered as the champion of Masa. Sharon's vision included that young Jews spend one year of their lives in Israel. In fact, an emotional meeting on Sunday, January 1, 2006, turned out to be Sharon's last public appearance. That afternoon he met with 21 Jewish students from 12 countries who were in Israel participating on the Masa program. Prime Minister Sharon greeted the students and remarked, "We need your support, but more than anything else, we need you to come live here, in the State of Israel, the state of the Jewish people." The prime minister even sang … [Read more...]