Senior Hadassah execs trade accusations on money misuse

By GIL STERN STERN SHEFLER
February 8, 2012 10:20

 
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Senior executives at Hadassah are trading allegations of misusing the funds of the women's organization, it emerged on Wednesday.

Hadassah's chief operating officer Larry Blum sent a letter to its board members on January 12 accusing Hadassah national president Marcie Natan and former national president Nancy Falchuk of spending tens of thousands of dollars inappropriately.

Blum, who was placed on leave in November on suspicion of misusing his corporate credit card, alleged Falchuk took furniture from her office worth between $10,000 and $20,000 and charged thousands more on wine, entertainment and personal trips to Florida when she was president.

He said Natan, who took over from Falchuk last July, used funds to buy support from members by upgrading their flights to business class and extending trips to Israel.

The allegations, which were first reported by The Forward, a Jewish publication in New York, are currently under investigation by a special independent committee headed by Daniel Kurtz, a law firm exec with experience working with charities.

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