Once upon a time, there was a young divorcee with two small children. She had no job and very little money, so she moved her family to the area where she grew up. Alas, all her friends had relocated, so she was very much alone.
Then one day, a young woman in her neighborhood insisted on taking her to the autumn meeting of an organization comprised of other young Jewish women. It was called Hadassah, and within minutes, the young divorcee was warmly welcomed and made to feel part of the community. She was told about not only Hadassah and its projects, but also about local synagogues, nursery schools, kosher butchers
Before long, the young divorcee was given a task to do, and, as years passed, rose to the position of Chapter President. She became impassioned about Hadassah and its mission. By then, she had met her prince and remarried. He, too, was inspired by Hadassahs work and encouraged his bride to become Region President.
As Region President, our heroine became a member of Hadassahs National Board. She never forgot the friends she made in her chapter, but increased her Hadassah family by befriending women from all over the United States.
Our story doesn have an ending, happy or otherwise.
You see, I am the young woman -not so young any more - who credits Hadassah and its members for giving me a lifeline when I needed one and a purpose in promoting Tikkun Olam, making the world a better place. I am still a proud member of the National Board and will continue my efforts working for Hadassah as long as I live.
Thank you, Hadassah, and may you thrive for at least another 100 years!