2017 Installation Celebration for Hadassah Boston
Hadassah Boston held its 2017 Installation Celebration at Hadassah Northeast on Monday, January 9. Thank you to Hadassah Southern New England Past President Susan Shikora for officiating the ceremony. Featured in the image (left to right) are Hadassah Boston President Varda E. Farber and Susan Shikora.
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From our President
The power of Hadassah members and associates from across the country was palpable at the 2017 Hadassah National Meetings in St. Louis, MO. I once again feel privileged to have represented you - the members of Hadassah Boston.
I heard of the many incredible successes we have had this past year as well as plans for future. Hadassah National President Ellen Hershkin shared her vision while celebrating Hadassah's past. "We don't just run great hospitals, support under-served youth, focus on Jewish continuity and play a central role in the building and strengthening of the Jewish state," she said. "We are proud of our advocacy on behalf of Israel. Zionism not only fueled our role in building Israel but also our civic efforts in America."
There wasn't a dry eye in the room as we listened intently to Ilana and Adee Weismark recall their Hadassah experience. When Ilana went into labor with her first child, she and Adee made their way to the delivery room at Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem. During labor, Ilana suffered an amniotic fluid embolism, a rare (1 in 30,000 women), life threatening childbirth emergency. A team of gynecologists, midwives, and the emergency resuscitation crew worked tirelessly to save Ilana's life. The head of gynecology, stepped in as a team leader, orchestrating all the specialists who worked tirelessly on saving Ilana whose systems were shutting down.
Against all odds, Ilana and baby Kinneret survived, and both are completely well mentally and physically. Hadassah Hospital's medical expertise saved a baby, a mother and, miraculously, a family. Not only did the doctors save Ilana and the baby's life, they also managed to save the young mother's womb for future pregnancies. Adee looks at his wife and daughter, and their two younger children, and he thanks Hadassah daily for his blessings.
Ilana's story was a reminder to us that we give thanks every day and take nothing for granted. It also brought home the message of why we must support the work of Hadassah.
Hadassah's PRAZE department (Programming, Advocacy, Zionism and Education) addressed the rise of Anti-Semitism and the future of Zionism in the 21st Century. Experts shared tools and strategies to fight the recent rise in anti-Semitism.
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Another exciting development is that the National Board approved a bold new capital campaign to keep HMO a global leader in medicine by renovating Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem's iconic "round" building as part of a broader campus redevelopment plan. We have the power to engage in Hadassah's greatness and propel it forward to the next century. You can help us mobilize, by adding your support.
This newsletter highlights numerous upcoming programs. I look forward to seeing you at a Hadassah program soon! Enjoy the rest of the summer.
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President, Hadassah Boston
Varda E. Farber