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Josie Kivort

The year was 1975. My husband and I were on our first trip to Israel with a Hadassah Mission.

I had been involved in my chapter since joining in 1963, watched many films about Hadassah Hospital and its other projects and had held a few positions on the Board.

I had grown up in a Zionist family in Boston and I was more than excited about being in Israel for the first time. I soon learned that others on our bus were not as involved or knowledgeable about Hadassah. Even our guide! That became even clearer as the bus wound its way down the road to the Hospital in Ein Kerem.

The amazing sight of the Hospital, with its signature round building, came into view and suddenly I was crying; overwhelmed by the reality of being there. I stood up, took the mike from the guide and, surprising myself, I told the story of the building of this hospital, the round structure and how everyone is treated equally regardless of ethnic background.

Well that did it! Hadassah had me for life. I went on to become president of my Chapter, president of the Upper New York State Region and a member of the National Board.

My first trip to Israel changed my life and connected me for life to Hadassah!

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