Hadassah is an international women’s voluntary organization with over 300,000 members. Founded in 1912 by Henrietta Szold, the Jewish organization established and operates two nonsectarian hospitals of healing, research, and teaching in Israel. Other projects include Hadassah-Israel Education Services, Youth Aliyah, Jewish National Fund, and Hadassah’s Zionist Youth Movement, Young Judaea.

The Indianapolis chapter was organized in the early 1920s. As it grew, its composition changed. In 1992, it consisted of three groups, each with its own board of directors and coordinated by the chapter board: Henrietta Szold Group, the oldest and largest; Ha’ima (the Mother), established in 1957; and P’ninat (the Pearls), which originated in 1985.  In 1991, the 40-year-old Business and Professional Group was absorbed by the other groups. Education of members and the community, voluntarism, and fundraising for its national projects are the focus of the chapter’s activities. 

The Indianapolis chapter received the “Point of Light” distinction from President George H. W. Bush in 1991 for its ongoing volunteer staffing of the Infant Developmental Play Program at Riley Hospital For Children.

The Greater Indianapolis Chapter operates as a virtual office, with assistance from its organizing committee, Hadassah Chicago-North Shore, and its national office in New York City, but it continues its volunteering activities. The chapter has a Facebook page and maintains its mailing address at the Jewish Community Center.

Revised February 2021

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