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Hadassah Lieberman (born Hadassah Freilich in the refugee camp of Prague, Czechoslovakia, on Mar. 28, 1948) is the wife of United States Senator Joseph Lieberman (ID - CT).

She is the daughter of Rabbi Samuel Freilich, a Holocaust survivor from Munkács, Carpathian Ruthenia (now Mukachevo, part of Ukraine and predecessor Ukrainian SSR since 1945, 1939-45 by Hungary of Axis powers), who died in 1993, and Ella Wieder Freilich, also a Holocaust survivor who died on August 6, 2004.

Her mother had been imprisoned in Auschwitz and Dachau. Her father, a lawyer and rabbi, escaped from a slave-labor battalion on a march from the Russian front. Her maternal grandmother, Esther, after whom she is named (Hadassah is the Hebrew translation), died in the crematorium at Auschwitz.[1]

She and her parents moved to the United States in 1949 settling into a life of relative American comfort in Gardner, Massachusetts where her father was the rabbi at Congregation Ohave Shalom. Hadassah says her parents instilled in her the importance of a sense of gratitude and purpose in life.

She obtained a BA in Government and Dramatics from Boston University in 1970, and an MA in International Relations from Northeastern University in 1971. She worked as a Research Analyst at Lehman Brothers (1971-72), as Director of Policy, Planning, and Communications at Pfizer (1982-85), and as a Senior Program Officer at the National Research Council (1990-93).

Hadassah spent her career working on health issues, assisting non-profit organizations, improving educational standards, and promoting international understanding. She is also devoted to community service, having served on several national nonprofit councils and boards. She continues to be a voice on many important issues facing the nation, such as improving women's health, reducing hurdles faced by immigrants as they strive for the middle class, and the challenge of caring for aging parents.[2]

Hadassah was also a member of Parent's Music Resource Center. An opinion piece by Rolling Stone stated that she "is an active proponent of the V-Chip and [has served] on the board of the PTC."[3]

Hadassah has also worked for the lobbying company, APCO Associates, that had many pharmaceutical and healthcare corporations among its clients, as well as four major drug companies such as Pfizer. In March 2005, Hadassah was hired by Hill & Knowlton as "senior counselor" in the firm's "health care and pharmaceuticals practice." Hadassah's work with the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries has led to controversy pertaining to her involvement with the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation.

Mrs. Lieberman was actively involved in her husband's vice-presidential campaign in 2000, making campaign stops nationwide such as at Chicago's Taste of Polonia over Labor Day Weekend where she appeared along with Tipper Gore and Dick Cheney [4][5].

With her first husband, Rabbi Gordon Tucker, she has a son, Ethan, and with Senator Lieberman she has a daughter, Hana.

Hadassah Lieberman also served as Chairman of the Ambassador's Ball for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and as Honorary Board Member for Society for Women's Health Research.

She co-wrote the book "An Amazing Adventure: Joe and Hadassah's Personal Notes on the 2000 Campaign" with Senator Lieberman.

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