The 2005 Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to both the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and its director general, Mohamed ElBaradei, “for their efforts to prevent nuclear energy from being used for military purposes and to ensure that nuclear energy for peaceful purposes is used in the safest possible way.” We congratulate the recipients and feel that, in this anniversary year of the nuclear destruction at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, this is a fitting tribute to our universal concern for the containment of nuclear weapons.

I know that our collective pride at the nomination of the Hadassah Medical Organization for this year’s prize is boundless. Our work in Hadassah’s medical facilities in Jerusalem without regard to religion, nationality or ethnic background continues in the model established by our founder, Henrietta Szold. We do this good work because a peaceful society can only exist with healthy people, and medicine is that bridge to peace. We ask that you continue to spread the word of Hadassah’s “bridge building.” Our strength is in numbers – it gives us the ability to raise money for our hospitals so our medical professionals can continue their vital mission.

Thank you for all the work you’ve done and for all the work I know you will continue to do for Hadassah!