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Investigation Clears Hadassah Leaders Of Funds-Misuse Allegations

Investigation Clears Hadassah Leaders Of Funds-Misuse Allegations

Both the current and immediate past presidents of Hadassah have been cleared of allegations that they used organizational assets for personal use.

A committee of the board of directors of Hadassah, together with an outside attorney, Dan Kurtz of the firm Skadden Arps, concluded that no allegation was supported by the facts, according to an Hadassah statement.

Larry Blum, Hadassah’s chief operating officer, made the allegations after being placed on a leave of absence late last year regarding an investigation into allegations he misused his corporate credit card.

“Hadassah does not need to take further action with respect to the Blum allegations,” Kurtz said in a statement.

Marcie Natan, the current Hadassah president, and her immediate precedessor, Nancy Falchuk, issued a statement saying they were “pleased with the conclusions” of the investigation and “thankful to everyone for standing by us during this time.”

Blum remains on a leave of absence while an internal staff investigation probes the allegations against him.

On April 10, Hadassah announced the appointment of a new executive director, Janice Weinman, effective June 18th. She is currently the president of a non-profit, Kids in Distressed Situations. Weinman, who is also known publicly by her married name, Janice Shorenstein, has served as chair of the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York and as executive director and CEO of the American Association of University Women, among other positions.

Hadassah will mark its centennial in October.

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