Hadassah appeals to US Jews for financial support after Madoff hit

Hadassah National President Nancy Falchuk appealed to US Jews on Friday, asking for support after the philanthropic organization lost some $90 million it had invested with Bernard Madoff, who has been charged with securities fraud. In an on-line video posted at the Women's Zionist Organization of America Web site, Falchuk explains that Hadassah needs immediate financial support in order to continue its projects in Israel. "We've had to tighten our belt so much it hurts," she says in the video. "But everything we do to meet the challenge is aimed at protecting our core mission of strengthening Israel and the Jewish people."