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A Wonderful Surprise

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Joy Pollock

It was an exciting day: I was to be installed as the President of the Philadelphia Chapter, a job that I had looked forward to doing for almost 20 years.

Some of my family was present, along with all of my Hadassah sisters, and one of my best friends was the installing officer. We had eaten a delicious lunch and the installation began, and I heard the names of the other officers with their positions announced and explained. Then, my friend spoke about the Presidency, both the responsibilities and the prestige.

After these beautiful words, I was called to the podium for what I thought was my speech. Instead, my friend said that she had a special announcement: my husband had made me a Founder. My husband and I had spoken about becoming Founders, but it just did not seem to be possible.

It was hard to dream that I would attain that status in Hadassah especially with two children in college, but my husband honored me, and the work of Hadassah, by making this commitment.

That moment I was speechless, but my love for the work of Hadassah has continued with additional monetary commitments. It has been both an honor and a privilege to be part of this organization and being able to contribute to its important work for the people of Israel, for the Jewish community, and for the people of the world.


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