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
I was very fortunate to celebrate two major Israeli milestones in Israel this month. I was in Jerusalem during the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Israel’s capital and the reunification of Hadassah's hospitals. It was thrilling to be at Hadassah Mt. Scopus with American and Israeli Hadassah members, dignitaries, Hadassah doctors, nurses and friends to recall the miraculous events of 50 years ago.
During the Six Day War of 1967, Israel regained access to our Mount Scopus Hospital, which had been left as an isolated demilitarized enclave after Arab forces ambushed a medical convoy heading to Hadassah Hospital during the War of Independence in 1948. They killed 78 people, mostly patients, doctors, nurses and Hebrew University faculty members. Fifty years later, on June 7, 1967, Israel regained control of the entire city, putting all of Jerusalem under Jewish sovereignty for the first time in 2,000 years.
Immediately after Israel’s victory in 1967, Jerusalem Mayor Teddy Kollek spoke to then Hadassah President Charlotte Jacobson and said “If you want your hospital, come and get it!” When he handed the Hadassah Mt. Scopus Hospital key to President Charlotte Jacobson in a symbolic ceremony a few days after the end of the war, Charlotte vowed to rebuild the hospital.
Now, 50 years later, we celebrate all that Hadassah has accomplished since that day. This month, current Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat handed two keys to Hadassah president Ellen Hershkin in a ceremony reenacting the historic reunification of Jerusalem and our hospital. In his remarks, Mayor Barkat emphasized the central role Hadassah played in the development of Israel’s health care system and the continued role we play in shaping modern Jerusalem. He passionately referred to Hadassah Hospital as a “Hill of Healing” linking the future of Jerusalem to the future of Hadassah’s contributions in live science research and medical innovation.
Standing in Jerusalem in June of 2017, I was filled with pride. Our organization creates a united Jerusalem every day by treating all who need medical care regardless of their nationality or religion. Hadassah has built an island of peace in the city of peace.
I know you join me in feeling proud that our leadership and fundraising efforts make us an integral part of Hadassah’s two hospital campuses and the city of Jerusalem. Thank you for your constant dedication and contributions in making our marvelous shared journey in health care and Zionism a reality.
Have a wonderful summer!
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Varda E. Farber