Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, is planning a milestone trip to Israel in October to celebrate its own banner year in 2018: 100 years for the Hadassah Medical Organization, the Henrietta Szold Hadassah-Hebrew University School of Nursing and the Hadassah department of ophthalmology.

Even before Israel became a state 70 years ago, Hadassah established a health care structure and a standard of excellence and was the first organization to bring modern medicine to the Middle East. For 100 years the Hadassah Medical Organization — now chaired by Atlantan Rachel Schonberger — has pioneered medical treatment and medical research for Israel and for the entire world.

Hadassah’s work has produced medical breakthroughs in such areas as autoimmune diseases, cancer, cardiac diseases, cell regeneration, genetic diseases and neurological diseases.

Those joining the milestone mission from Oct. 7 to 15 will celebrate Hadassah’s vision, learn about its accomplishments, see how Hadassah innovation is shaping the future and meet other Hadassah members.

The itinerary for the trip, called “From Dream to Innovation,” includes an opening reception at the Eretz Israel Museum in Tel Aviv, an evening with Israeli opinion leaders at the Peres Center for Peace, a special program with HMO-trained doctors in the Israel Defense Forces, presentations by world-renowned Hadassah researchers and a walk in the footsteps of Hadassah’s nurses through the streets of Jerusalem.

The cost of the tour, not including airfare, is $3,435, with an early-bird rate of $2,900.

There are additional tours to the Tomb of the Patriarchs and a special program for nurses.

For more information, contact Nancy Schwartz, Hadassah’s Southeast Region 2018 Celebration chair, at nshadassah2016@comcast.net.