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Message from the President
I hope you have all enjoyed a wonderful summer, although our hearts and prayers have been with Israel. September is near, with its call for reflection on the year just past and hope for the coming year. As we usher out 5774, it carries with it the bitter memory of so many lost trying to defend the right of Israel to live in peace and security. We all pray that 5775 will see a lasting peace, in Israel and around the world
Rosh Hashanah is often referred to as the “birthday of the world.” Israel’s birthday in 1948 was marked by a declaration of war by all its surrounding Arab neighbors. In the following 66 years, peace has come and gone, come and gone again. Israel and Hadassah must be prepared to deal with both conflict and peace. The terrorists of Hamas in Gaza have put a terrible burden on our hospitals, where doctors and nurses must be ready to receive wounded civilians and soldiers every day.
Our ultramodern operating rooms in the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower, Hadassah’s 100th birthday gift to the people of Israel, must be completely furnished and opened so they can be the amazing places of repair and healing they are meant to be. The first 13 must be made operational together and we need $5 million to do it. You and I must do even more. Consider a Tower heart necklace for yourself or for a bat mitzvah or birthday of someone you love. At a donation of $100 each, they are the perfect gift to buy and hold for a future happy event. You can find silver Tower heart necklaces on the internet at Hadassah.org. That site will also allow you to donate to Operation Protective Edge Alert as well.
I am so proud to represent our chapter of Hadassah. Our fall activities include our Membership Luncheon on September 14 at Coronado Country Club, and the November 6 Book Review at B'nai Zion of “If You Awaken Love” by Emma Elon. I'm looking forward to seeing you at these events.
I hope 5775 is a year of peace, good health and prosperity for you and for those you love and especially for Eretz Yisrael.
L’shana tovah tikatevu.
El Paso Chapter of Hadassah