The Danville Chapter of Hadassah was founded in April 1918 by a group of young Jewish women who were inspired by the ideas and Ideals of Henrietta Szold, and within a few years this local chapter received a charter from the national organization. Early efforts included collecting medical instruments, baby food, and clothing to be sent to Palestine, along with fundraising efforts to support the Hadassah Medical Organization. Our members continue to be strong supporters of the good work done by Hadassah both at home and in Israel, including Youth Aliyah and Young Judaea in addition to HMO. The Danville Chapter draws members from the central part of Southside Virginia, including the communities of Martinsville and South Boston. We currently have 75 life members, although many of them now live in other geographic areas. While our small number presents certain challenges, it has also allowed for a wonderful sense of community and support among our members.
Upcoming Events and Meetings
Wrapping Up Our Hadassah Year
Mark your calendar for 5:30 p.m. on Monday, December 12th for our end of the year dinner meeting. There will be fun activities, a little learning, a report or two, and of course, delicious food! Who could ask for anything more…just your presence! A flyer with more information will be sent out soon.
Candle Lighting – A Danville Tradition
This is an opportunity for every Danville Hadassah member to participate in our beautiful candle lighting tradition! At the end of every meeting members light a Hanukkah menorah and share what is happening with their family and friends. Now, whether you can attend a meeting or not, you can light a menorah for just $18 and your contribution will be recognized in our next newsletter. Take this opportunity to support Hadassah and at the same time participate in a wonderful tradition!
Send your check, made payable to Hadassah, to Jo Ann Howard, 326 Rosemary Lane,
Danville, VA 24541 by December 9th.
Angels of Mercy Campaign
Our major fundraiser is the Angels of Mercy campaign, which has been done annually since 1950. Individuals and businesses are contacted for donations to the Hadassah Medical Organization in Israel, and a full page ad is taken out in the Thanksgiving Day edition of the local paper to thank these “Angels of Mercy.” Last year the project raised $12,852 and continues to be our most successful fundraising event.
From our President
We are all familiar with certain “buzz” words and phrases that crop up from time to time in our language. There are recent additions like “data mining” and “value-added,” but also old favorites such as “water under the bridge” and “we are what we are.” What does this have to do with Hadassah? Two of the trending phrases in the medical field are “bench to bedside” and “translational medicine,” which refer to the process whereby results in the laboratory (the “bench”) translate into diagnostic tools, medicines, procedures, and other ways to treat patients with various diseases (the “bedside”). While this may be a new concept to many of us, and even to some in the medical field, it has been standard operating procedure for the Hadassah Medical Organization, whose doctors are both researchers and clinicians. Unlike Las Vegas, what happens in HMO’s labs does not stay there but is used to inform and improve patient treatment.
Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, is publicizing this critical function of the Hadassah Medical Organization through their “Research in Service to Humanity” campaign, which highlights HMO’s long-standing record in stem cell research as well as its advocacy for gender equity in medical research. Treatment of such diseases as ALS, multiple sclerosis, and Alzheimer’s has been improved by the cutting edge research done by HMO. Hadassah advocates in both Israel and the U.S. are working to obtain the protocols and funding to ensure that medical research benefits men and women equally, thus serving all of humanity.
Would you like to be a part of this life-saving work? Consider becoming an annual giver (at the “Chai” level, it’s only $15 a month!), or simply respond to the request for a contribution elsewhere in this newsletter. Small gifts combine to have major impact! Please know that your support of Hadassah is always appreciated, and that through your support we continue to exemplify “the power of women who do.”
Martha Woody, Chapter President
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