She was born Hadassah Freilich in Prague, Czechoslovakia. (a past report erroneously stated she was born in a refugee camp.) Her parents were both Holocaust survivors. Her father was Samuel Freilich, a lawyer and rabbi from Munkács, in the Carpathian Ruthenia (now Mukachevo in Ukraine). Her mother, Ella (Wieder) Freilich, had survived both Auschwitz and Dachau. Hadassah was named for her maternal grandmother, who died at Auschwitz. Samuel Freilich brought his family to the United States, in 1949, settling in Gardner, Massachusetts, where he was the rabbi of Congregation Ohave Shalom.
Hadassah Lieberman received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government and Dramatics from Boston University in 1970, as well as an MA in International Relations from Northeastern University the following year. She was a research analyst at Lehman Brothers, a director of Policy, Planning, and Communications at Pfizer, and a senior program officer at the National Research Council. She worked on health issues, assisting nonprofit organizations, improving educational standards, and promoting international understanding. She has served on several national nonprofit councils and boards. Lieberman continues to be vocal on many issues, which includes improving women's health, reducing hurdles faced by immigrants, and the challenge of caring for aging parents.
She worked for the lobbying company APCO Associates, which serves many pharmaceutical and health care corporations, as well as four major drug companies. In March 2005, Lieberman was hired by Hill & Knowlton as "senior counselor" in the firm's "health care and pharmaceuticals practice". Her work with the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries led to controversy over her involvement with the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation.
She was actively involved in her husband's vice presidential campaign in 2000, making campaign stops nationwide, including Chicago's Taste of Polonia over the Labor Day Weekend, where she appeared along with Tipper Gore and Dick Cheney.(dead link)
|Wife of the Democratic Vice-Presidential Nominee