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[huh-dah-suh, hah-] /həˈdɑ sə, hɑ-/
a benevolent organization of Jewish women founded in New York City in 1912 by Henrietta Szold and concerned chiefly with bettering medical and educational facilities in Israel, forwarding Zionist activities in the U.S., and promoting world peace.
< Hebrew hădassāh literally, myrtle, the Hebrew name of Queen Esther; see Esther 2:7 Unabridged
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Hadassah in the Bible

myrtle, the Jewish name of Esther (q.v.), Esther 2:7.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Encyclopedia Article for Hadassah

American religious organization dedicated to preserving and promoting Jewish social and religious values in the United States and to strengthening ties between U.S. and Israeli Jewish communities

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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