At Hadassah New Zealand, it is our privilege to support the Hadassah Medical Organisation, globally renowned for its humanitarian policy of treating all patients, both within the Middle East and around the world, with high-quality compassionate care, regardless of ethnicity or religion. Transcending politics, religion, and geographical boundaries to enhance world health and wellbeing, the Hadassah Medical Centre was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.

Lady Marion Davis
Lady Marion Davis

In 2012, the Information Desk and Area on the ground floor of the new Sarah Wetsman Davidson Tower of Healing, currently under construction at Hadassah Hospital, Ein Kerem, was proudly dedicated to the memory of the late Lady Marion Davis.

In 2008, Guardian Trust, a New Zealand charitable trust, administered by a leading New Zealand wealth management and trustee company, made a very generous grant to Hadassah of US$250,000 on behalf of the Lady Marion Davis Memorial (Hospitals) Foundation trust, to be paid over 5 years.

Guardian Trust has given many grants to hospitals in New Zealand and Israel. They are one of the country’s pre-eminent provider of philanthropic services, with more charitable trusts and assets under management than any other trustee company. This gives them a long history of structuring and honouring clients’ philanthropic intentions through charitable trusts. As one of New Zealand’s foremost trustee companies, Guardian Trust specialise in asset management and protection, providing wide-ranging advice and expertise in philanthropy, estate planning and administration, financial planning, and personal and corporate trusts.




Hadassah is extremely grateful to Perpetual Guardian, as trustees of the Lady Marion Davis Hospitals Foundation Trust for generously granting funding for the Mount Scopus 3-Bed Admittance Hall donated in the name of Lady Marion Davis. The donation totalling NZ$225,225 is a 3-year grant, payable in 3 instalments from 2020 through to 2022.

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The Hadassah International New Zealand committee Auckland branch comprises Jennifer Leiman (president), Fiona Ross (treasurer), Lisa Dorushkin (secretary), and committee members Mary-Lou Stiassny, and Elaine Silverman. Our Wellington president is Sam Treister.

Please feel free to contact any committee member at any time to discuss your support or any of our projects.

We consider it our privilege to support the Hadassah Medical Organisation, globally renowned for its humanitarian policy of treating all patients, both within the Middle East and around the world, with high-quality compassionate care, regardless of ethnicity or religion.

Since April 2021 HINZ has overseas tax donee status so all donations over $5 are eligible for tax rebate.




We would love you to be a Hadassah New Zealand member – either annually or for life! Please email  to sign up!

NZ$50 per person per annum or, NZ$400 for a lifetime of wonderful Hadassah magazines! , Payment by direct debit to bank a/c number 01-0258 0149902 00 – Reference: Your Surname

Donations only are eligible for tax rebate.



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Naomi Meltzer was the 2014 winner of the Valda Knight Memorial Scholarship (VKMS). Naomi is the only Optometrist specialising in Low Vision in New Zealand.  Read more….


The Valda Knight Memorial Scholarship

Hadassah International New Zealand Inc.


Hadassah International NZ Inc. is part of an international organization of volunteers who work to support the work of Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem, Israel. Hadassah Hospital is internationally acclaimed as one of the outstanding hospitals in the world. It is at the leading edge of excellence in healing, caring, teaching and research and is at the forefront of research in many fields.

Hadassah hospital has been widely praised for its policy of practicing medicine without borders. The hospital has been a Nobel Peace Prize Nominee for its compassionate care of all patients regardless of ethnicity or religion. Both staff and patients are totally representative of all the ethnic and religious communities of the region and in that sense, the hospital is a significant organization in the search for peace through medicine.

The scholarship will provide recipients with a rich opportunity for professional development, personal growth and a chance to engage in their own comparative studies and projects.

Recipients of the travel grant will have an opportunity to visit Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem and spend a little time there while also pursuing other interests and opportunities in Israel.

The Scholarship

  1. Pre-amble

1.1 The Valda Knight Memorial Scholarship has been established in Memory of Valda Knight who was President of Hadassah International in New Zealand from 1996 until her untimely death in 2007. In those 11 years, Valda lead a small and enthusiastic Hadassah committee in New Zealand.

Their work placed this country strongly in the world network of Hadassah.

Valda Knight earned the huge respect of Hadassah workers in the United States of America and many other countries. She also became very highly regarded by staff at Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem. She made a difference. A nursing station in the magnificent new building completed in 2011 at Hadassah in Jerusalem was named after her. This scholarship has also been established in her memory.

  • The underlying purpose of the scholarship is to provide a New Zealand Health sector worker or student with a special opportunity for professional development and growth and personal enrichment. The scholarship provides for a visit to Israel where awardees will be expected to arrange a program and/or conference to suit their own interests. The successful applicant will be responsible for organizing a minimum 2-3 day visit to Hadassah and liaising with appropriate people there. Some assistance with this part of the program will be provided. The program will also provide an opportunity for the recipient to see something of the life, the history, the scenery and the institutions of Israel.


  1. The Award.

2.1 The award is bi-annual as funds permit. It provides an opportunity for a New Zealander to spend a period of up to 3 weeks or longer in Israel. The length of the stay is negotiable and will vary according to the interests of the successful applicant. A student awardee will need to stay longer if doing an elective in Israel.

The award provides for a return economy class airfare from New Zealand to Israel and a maximum grant of $NZ1500 towards living expenses in Israel.

2.2 While key people at Hadassah Hospital will be made aware of the successful applicant’s visit, the applicant will be solely responsible for arranging their own time and program at Hadassah as well as all other conferences and visits in Israel.

2.3 The Scholarship will be administered by a special subcommittee of Hadassah International in New Zealand. This Committee will be known as the Hadassah Scholarship Grants Committee (HSGC)


  1. Who is eligible to apply?

3.1 Any New Zealander who is currently either employed in the Health Sector or who is a student studying at Medical School or allied health sector institution. The Grants Committee takes a wide interpretation of this employment or study. It includes all those involved in dispensing health care and includes those who write or report about it.


  1. Awardees obligations.

4.1 The award is primarily designed to enrich the health/medical experience of the successful applicant.

4.2 On returning to New Zealand applicants will be required to furnish a short report on their experiences to the Grants Committee.

  • The awardee will be expected to write an article for medical publication, (print or online) in New Zealand and provide an article for publication by Hadassah NZ in appropriate channels.
  • The awardee should also write an article for their own organization’s/university’s journal or paper.
  • The awardee will be asked to speak about his/her experiences at a local meeting of Hadassah International in New Zealand and may also be invited to speak to other groups both within and outside the Jewish Community.
  • The Grants Committee hopes that scholarship awardees will address a meeting of their own association or organization on their return to New Zealand.


  1. The application process.

Applications should be completed on the official application form which can be downloaded from the New Zealand webpage on the Hadassah International Website (Where we are)

Applications close on 31 March 2020. Interviewing of shortlisted applicants may be necessary. Any such interviews will be conducted by members of the Grants Committee

The successful applicant will be advised within six weeks of this and will be expected to take up the scholarship within 12 months of that advice.

A hard copy of your application should be emailed to:


The Chair

Scholarship Grants Committee


Notes for all applicants:

  1. New Zealander: means any person with citizenship or residency in this country. Evidence of either must be provided. (photocopies not originals)
  2. Employed in the health sector means anyone who is currently employed in a health-related job. Evidence of this employment must be appended to each application.
  3. Student means anyone currently studying at a University Medical School or other health sector degree or diploma-granting tertiary institution.
  4. Applicants must include one character reference and the name of a referee in support of their application.


Notes for the successful applicant:

  1. The successful applicant will be expected to liaise with the Grants committee regarding their program in Israel including their time at Hadassah.
  2. Some assistance may be available in making other visits while in Israel but the bulk of the program of study remains the responsibility of the applicant.


A final reminder:

The closing date for this annual award is: March 31, 2020

Covid-19 update: The VKM scholarship application deadline has now been extended without a set date due to uncertainty caused by Covid19. We apologise to all applicants. The scholarship Committee will reconvene later in the year when international conditions are clearer. 


The Application Form can be downloaded from The Valda Knight Memorial Scholarship Application Form 2020.

The Valda Knight Memorial Scholarship






Providing assistance for the Jewish Community during and beyond the Coronavirus Pandemic

Various Jewish organisations in Auckland have teamed up to establish a group named NEW ZEALAND JEWISH COMMUNITY ASSISTANCE (NZJCA) to help anyone who needs it through community volunteers. To see more information  please click here



HADASSAH INTERNATIONAL NEW ZEALAND  is now a member of the Auckland chapter of the New Zealand Jewish Council. To find out more about NZJC, please click here.


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