The Unit was set up to combat the intolerable health conditions of postwar Palestine and to create permanent health and welfare programs.
From the beginning, it established a principle that it would serve all with equal care, regardless of race, creed, ethnicity or nationality.
Hadassah fundraises for community programs and health initiatives in Israel, including the Hadassah Medical Center, a leading research hospital in Israel renowned for its inclusion of and treatment for all religions and races in Jerusalem.
Hadassah transferred administration of this hospital to the Tel Aviv municipality in 1931.
1923: Hadassah instituted a school lunch program to teach nutrition and serve healthy meals to children and teenagers in Palestine.
During the Arab riots of 1920, Hadassah nurses cared for the wounded on both sides.
Henrietta Szold also moved to Jerusalem that year to develop community health and preventive care programs.
In 2014, National President Marcie Natan was named one of The Jerusalem Post's "Top 50 Most Influential Jews." At a meeting at Temple Emanu-El in New York City on February 24, 1912, Henrietta Szold together with other Zionist women, proposed to the Daughters of Zion study circle that they expand their purpose and embrace proactive work to help meet the health needs of Palestine's people.