Hadadi - The Center For The Breast Cancer Survivor

Hadadi is an Israeli non-profit organization (no. 51-387026-1). Established in 2007, it is the organizational body responsible for establishing and running the Hadadi support center. A detailed prospectus outlining the idea and facilities of the center has been published, including financial analysis data. A pdf file of the prospectus is available upon request.

Generous initial donations in memory of Sally Ivker and from the John Hagee Ministries support our core programs. Further donations to strengthen the center's activities are vital and welcome. Anyone interested in helping, should contact Rachel Schitskovsky-Ivker at hadadi.israel@gmail.com

The founder

Rachel Schitskovsky-Ivker: Born in Jerusalem in 1965, and lived most of her life in this beautiful city. Rachel's academic education started with a B.Sc. in biology and then continued with an M.B.A. concentrating in Finance and Accounting. Both degrees were completed at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She has worked in the Ministry of Social Affairs as the Director of the Office of Municipal Budgets, and as the CFO of the Masorti (Conservative) Movement in Israel.
In 2003 while pregnant with her third child, Rachel was diagnosed with breast cancer.

The board

Hagit Miskin, M.D., director of the pediatiric hematology-oncology unit at Sha'arei Tzedek Hospital in Jerusalem. Pediatric residency and hemato-oncology fellowship at Hadassah Ein Kerem in Jerusalem. Following her fellowship she served as a senior physician in the Hemato-oncology department of the Schneider Children's Hospital in Petach Tikvah.
Eva Cialic, M.S.W. in clinical social work, specializing in therapy for children suffering post-traumatic stress. She worked with the adoption unit in the Ministry of Social Affairs for many years and currently works at Amirim-Maccabim, the center for counseling and educational guidance. She also maintains a private counseling clinic.
Galit Reichman-Maimon, director of the budgeting office for the municipal authorities in the Ministry of Social Services. She has a B.A. in economics from the Hebrew University and is currently studying for an Executive MBA at Bar Ilan University.
Michal Haas, businesswoman. She owns and operates Gilgul, boutiques for children in Jerusalem promoting local Israeli artisans. Michal has B.A. in Hebrew literature and Jewish and comparative folklore from the Hebrew University and a teaching degree from Kerem Institute in Jerusalem.
Rachelle Wiener-Steinberg, landscape architect, a founding partner in the eponymous successful landscape architecture office in Jerusalem. She holds a degree in landscape architecture from the Technion in Haifa.
Yehudit Yakobovitch, interior designer with 30 years of experience. She has worked in architecture offices and managed branches of large design firms. For the past 16 years she has maintained a private design office in Jerusalem. She also consults on application of feng shui principles.
Rachel Schitskovsky-Ivker, MBA in finance. Has worked as the director of the budgeting office for the municipal authorities in the Ministry of Social Affairs and as the CFO of the Masorti Movement in Israel.

Our Mission

The mission of the Center is to serve as a welcoming "home" for women grappling with breast cancer. The Center will furnish emotional and social support as well as provide for the psychological, physical and informational needs that arise at diagnosis, during treatment and afterwards. The Center will combine the atmosphere and accessibility needed for a supportive community with accommodation of the physical needs accompanying medical treatment.

The Name

Hadadi is a Hebrew word meaning mutual, as in mutual support or mutual understanding. There is also a level of word play involved as the name also contains the word dad, one of the words for breast.