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The Hebrew Name for Hadassah Sculpture

Healthcare • Hospital Location

The Hadassah Hospital, The Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower

Ein Karem, Israel

Year 2012

The Hadassah Hospital in Ein Kerin, Israel for the new Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital tower, it was still being built. On my first visit to the site, there was no location for the sculpture to be viewed. We talked about possible sites with the staff on my visit, and a outdoor garden was mentioned, but there was no definite location to consider at that time. I had recently completed a 5 foot bronze sculpture of the Hebrew word for “One”, and left pictures of this for consideration, and then I went back to California.


Jane Jacobson, a Hadassah member from northern California chapter was traveling to Israel and went to the Hospital in Israel and met with Ron Krumer, an executive member of the staff. He said that they loved the Hebrew letter for “One”, but what they had decided was, they really wanted the Hebrew name for Hadassah in a sculpture. I knew now what the subject matter of the sculpture would be. I knew it would be free standing. I knew I would incorporate the deeper spiritual meaning of the Hebrew letters into the artwork.


The location that the sculpture was to live in was unknown. As it turned out, after the sculpture was finished and delivered to the hospital, the architect for the project chose a location for its display. I greatly appreciate the support and cooperation of the Hospital staff and the Hadassah members who worked with me to helped make the creation of this work a reality as we worked out everything that needed to be done.


Sculpture SignThe Hebrew Name HadassahThe name begins with a Hay, a letter with two parts separated by a space. This creates a path. Dalet is the open door. One who knocks on doors, asking for help, and those who respond to those needs. Samech represents Divine support and protection which aids our missions. It ends with a Hay, and the two Hay letters at the start and end create a path holding the others letters between them. The pathway is now clear, the Hospital and Organization are honored with a Divine mission, to bring care to humanity, in the form of medicine, research and teaching.

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