Hadassah execs accused of money misuse

COO Larry Blum accuses current and former Hadassah national presidents of inappropriately using funds.

By GIL STERN STERN SHEFLER
February 8, 2012 10:41
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Marcie Natan and Nancy Falchuk.

Hadassah presidents Marcie Natan and Nancy Falchuk 390. (photo credit: Hadassah / Facebook)

 
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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.

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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, are under investigation by a special independent committee headed by Daniel Kurtz, a law-firm executive with experience working with charities.

A Hadassah representative told The Jerusalem Post Wednesday that the organization was not commenting on the allegations.

However, another spokesman for Hadassah was quoted by the Forward as saying investigations of alleged malfeasance by Natan and Falchuk, as well as by Blum, were ongoing.

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“No conclusions have been reached,” a statement from Hadassah read. “Until there is a final resolution, Mr. Blum is on administrative leave.”

The Zionist group, which turns 100 this year, said it welcomed scrutiny of its conduct, and that the reviewing process protected its interests.

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