(New York – March 15, 2007): Hadassah has received a gift of $75 million from William and Karen Davidson on behalf of Guardian Industries Corp. of Auburn Hills, Michigan, U.S.A. The contribution will be specifically used to support the new inpatient tower at Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem, Israel. In recognition of this gift, Hadassah will name the new facility the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Tower, to honor the memory of William Davidson’s mother, who was a founder of the organization’s Detroit, Michigan chapter.

“This surprise gift represents a terrific foundation for the tower campaign,” explains Marlene Post, President of Hadassah International. The new tower of healing is estimated to cost a total of $210 million.

“I was so proud,” Mrs. Post says, “that 6 of the 29 donors to the tower campaign come from Hadassah International and there are many others interested in this major project for all the people of Jerusalem, Israel, and, indeed, the world!”

To date, there have been 29 donors who have pledged $1 million or more for the Tower project. The first Hadassah International donors come from Mexico, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. Additional gifts of $1 million or more will be recognized on the cornerstone until July 2007.

Berta and Maurice Bekhor from London, England, were the very first donors to the new Tower campaign from our Hadassah International family. Berta (the aunt of Hadassah United Kingdom Chair Guilda Shamash), along with her grandson, Julius, and Mrs. Shamash, took part in the cornerstone dedication mission this month. Joyce Rabin, Hadassah Medical Organization Campaign Coordinator, spoke with great admiration about this family during the dedication:

“Indeed, when one of our colleagues from New York met with the Bekhors in London two years ago to discuss their feelings about this project, they immediately pledged a leadership gift without even seeing a rendering of the new tower. While we didn’t have very much to show them at the time, they showed us a great deal. The meeting was all about their passion, commitment, and caring concern for Hadassah and the good work it does. In making their pledge, they quietly demonstrated their concern for humanity, their love for the Jewish people, and their partnership with the State of Israel.”

In the last few years, in its efforts to maintain a tradition of medical excellence at its Ein Kerem hospital, Hadassah assessed that a new patient facility was necessary, scheduled for completion during the organization’s centennial year in 2012. The new, 14-story structure, will include 500 beds, 20 state-of-the-art operating rooms, and 50 intensive care beds. The tower will provide a huge boost to Hadassah’s capabilities in a wide range of fields, such as cardiology, telemedicine, and laparoscopic surgery, and will facilitate the use of advanced robotics and computers. In turn, these will enrich the research and teaching conducted at Hadassah.

During the dedication, Mr. Davidson noted:

“We have maintained a long-term relationship with the Hadassah Medical Organization, first on Mount Scopus and now in Ein Kerem. The power of family is truly a binding one and I feel privileged to be the third generation to support Hadassah’s goals and achievements. In 1917, Hadassah’s founder, Henrietta Szold, spent a week in my family’s home. In 1921 my grandparents purchased a parcel of land on Mount Scopus. Today I proudly follow in my forebears footsteps.

“I have been personally impressed with the quality of care the Hadassah Medical Organization consistently provides to all citizens of Israel and residents of the region, whether they are Jewish, Christian or Muslim. I am proud and gratified to know that as a result of this gift, the hospital’s infrastructure will be vastly enhanced.”

William Davidson is President and Chief Executive Officer of Guardian Industries, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of float glass and fabricated glass products for the architectural and automotive industries. In addition, Davidson is the owner of several sports teams: the Detroit (Michigan) Pistons, the Detroit Shock, and the Tampa Bay (Florida) Lightning. A major philanthropist, Davidson has been generous to a number of institutions, including the University of Michigan, which houses the William Davidson Institute within its Ross School of Business; and the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York, whose Graduate School of Jewish Education bears William Davidson’s name. He has additionally provided support to the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem and to the Israel Antiquities Authority for the creation of the Davidson Archeological Park, which includes nearly 70 meters of the Western Wall and the remains of Robinson’s Arch.