Health Care Professional, Philanthropist, and Senator's Wife
Hadassah Freilich Lieberman has dedicated much of her life’s work to health issues, assisting nonprofit organizations, improving educational standards, and promoting international understanding. Her focus on global women’s health issues has reinforced her belief that health diplomacy is of utmost importance; and that prevention and treatment of women’s health problems builds a natural commonality. Her international focus has included microfinance projects which are improving the social status of women as they alleviate poverty.
Most recently, Mrs. Lieberman has joined Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists. As a Global Ambassador with Komen for the Cure’s Global Initiative for Breast Cancer, she works to create sustainable breast cancer outreach and education programs around the world.
Domestically, she developed an Advisory Network for Women’s Health, the Sister Network, which focused on promoting awareness and prevention of heart disease. In addition, she directed HFL & Associates, an independent consulting firm dedicated to expanding domestic and international awareness of non-profit organizations; developed a series of national conferences on health-related issues at APCO Associates; worked to link American business and industry to world class standards in mathematics and science at the National Research Council; launched an $11 million health care campaign for Pfizer Pharmaceuticals; developed a public affairs department at Hoffmann-La Roche; and worked as a research analyst at Lehman Brothers.
In addition to her professional responsibilities, Mrs. Lieberman also has devoted considerable time and energy to community service, which has included Best Friends, a youth development and character building program for teenage girls; Meridian House, a nonprofit educational institution that promotes international understanding; and the Auschwitz Jewish Center Foundation, which memorializes victims of the Holocaust. She was a member of the United States delegation to the commemoration ceremonies marking the liberation of Auschwitz and has participated in international forums on environmental and socioeconomic issues in Eastern Europe. She also has chaired the annual Ambassadors Ball, sponsored by the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Hadassah Lieberman was born in Prague, Czech Republic. She left Eastern Europe in 1949, with her family and moved to Gardner, Massachusetts where she grew up. Mrs. Lieberman graduated from Boston University with a degree in Government and Dramatics. She received a Masters degree in international relations and American government from Northeastern University.
Mrs. Lieberman is married to Senator Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut who was the Democratic vice-presidential candidate in the 2000 presidential election. They have four children and seven grandchildren.
“Hadassah Lieberman charmed the almost 900 women at our program meeting yesterday afternoon. Her pose and elegance, her warmth and humor, her sensitivity and caring knowledge about the work we do for NCJW was palpable. I know that no one will ever forget her intelligent approach to life and the problems that face us.”
“I want to thank you for suggesting Hadassah Lieberman for our Community wide Yom Hashoah Commemoration. Not only was she an inspirational speaker, but her genuine warmth and compassion to all who clamored to meet her was astonishing. She took the time to hear the survivors’ stories and have her picture taken by all that asked. What a wonderful lady.”
"It was truly an honor and a pleasure to have you as the keynote speaker at our recent UJA Federation Campaign 2001 Closing Celebration. --Elana Carr, Senior Campaign Associate, UJA Federation Your account of you and your husband's momentous journey on the campaign trail was extremely fascinating and your commitment to Judaism is truly admirable. We have received excellent feedback on the evening and much of that can be attributed to your warmth and candidness. Furthermore, I am appreciative that you made yourself available for the media and were very gracious in speaking and taking photos with attendees at the private reception prior to the main program."