I joined Jr. Hadassah in 1930, at the age of 16.
My friend Marcia Simon had recently lost her mother, who was a very committed Hadassah member. We named the group in honor of Anna Simon. My own mother, Rebecca Hoffing, also a Hadassah Life member, had always lamented how other people had a homeland, but the Jews did not, so this gave me an opportunity to participate in an organization that could help make that dream a reality.
I am proud to say we are a five generation life member family. My mother, sister, daughters, granddaughters, and great granddaughters, as well as my late husband, and grandson are Hadassah Associates. This great organization has always been an important part of my life, as well as that of my family, and I have formed many lifelong friendships. Unfortunately most of those friends have passed on, and I now live in a retirement community where there is not a Hadassah group available, but I have so many fond memories and realize that my mother's dream has become a reality.