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Why is Hadassah so important to me?
I am a Holocaust survivor and I was a member of the Resistance during World War II; I was never in a camp.
After the war I was so upset and influenced by all that had happened that I decided I did not want to have anything to do any more with Judaism and being Jewish. I married a non-Jewish man. We had four children who were raised Catholic.
We lived many years overseas in under-developed countries far away from relatives and friends. It was easy to try to forget.
Then we returned to live in the US. I realized how much I missed not being part of a Jewish community.
A friend asked me to join Hadassah. This was exactly what I needed at that time, to be back among Jewish women. I felt at home. I became very active and I loved being part of the organization.
The Yahrzeit program helped to overcome my last hesitation. I joined a congregation and have been back "home" to Israel ever since.
Hadassah has been and still is an important part of my life. I am so grateful.