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Pennie Sessler Branden

In 1997, when I was a young Hadassah member in CT, the Region president Harriet Miller wanted me to apply for participation in a Young Leaders Mission to Israel. I told her I was not certain I would be chosen as I saw so many extraordinary women participating in Hadassahs ranks. Harriet told me I must apply to this exceptional opportunity. She believed my commitment to Hadassah and the Jewish community was the cornerstone of my being. Harriet saw this in me at a time I did not. I applied and was accepted for a Young Leaders mission in 1998.

This first trip to Israel was to be a phenomenal trip in more ways than just one. Little did I know that when I walked on to the tarmac at the Ben Gurion Airport I would be compelled to go to the ground and kiss it. This feeling was completely spontaneous and not premeditated. The journey that this trip unfolded in Israel and the personal journey I have been on ever since have changed my life. I knew at that moment on the tarmac that my work with Hadassah would continue to transform my life, and it has.

I knew that what Hadassah did and continues to do have revolutionized the world in thousands of concrete ways through our work in the Middle East and across the globe. I understood that the spirit of Hadassah, linked to the passion and energy of millions of people over the years, is the true infrastructure of Hadassah. I knew that I had come home to Hadassah and would stay at home in Hadassah. Here I am at home

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