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Helen Tomsky

Growing up in Minneapolis, Minnesota. in the 1940s I became aware of Hadassah, Jewish National Fund and Young Judaea.

I helped fill metal boxes with small coins that were sent to help in Palestine. I found new friends in YJ and attended a local convention.

I heard two aunts speak about what they were doing as Hadassah presidents. For special occasions we planted trees and later bought Israel Bonds. All of this helped me connect to the future homeland of Israel. In the early 1950s I joined Hadassah and then became a life member.

Wherever we lived I joined a chapter and took part in the meetings, and conventions. On my first trip to Israel 35 years ago I was amazed to see the Chagall windows in the hospital chapel.

That was surely a highlight of the long awaited trip. My sister and mother both Hadassah members helped to raise funds by making aprons with their group. As I began knitting children booties and caps, I decided to start saving some to take to Israel on my next trip there. Eight years ago with a bag of 35 pairs of colorful baby booties I was taken to Ein Kerem by a niece who works there at the hospital. In the maternity section I was welcomed and shown some of the new babies. I was allowed to visit some new mothers and hand them a pair of booties.

That for me was a connection to Hadassah that I shall never forget. I was so proud to be a "giving member" of Hadassah. It was certainly a major link to this wonderful group.

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