Henrietta Szold’s legacy included many wonderful bits of wisdom and in her typical fashion she has graciously supplied us with words to carry us into the future when she said:"In the life of the spirit there is no ending that is not a beginning." February 23, 2013 may have marked the official ending of Hadassah's first century of extraordinary work…

                                        but, February 24, 2013 marked

                                          the beginning of our next


How true is this concept of endings and beginnings in our tradition! Just as we hardly take a breath when we joyously complete the cycle of Torah readings on Simchat Torah and immediately joyously start again from the beginning –Bereshit- Hadassah follows the tradition as we, the armies of Hadassah volunteers, our doctors, nurses, and researchers all joyously welcome this beginning with eager anticipation for the new directions, and exciting innovative ideas this milestone offers. Our Youth Aliyah children are beginning their new lives. Our Young Judaean kids are beginning their new adventures. Even new saplings are beginning to sprout. All welcoming Hadassah’s Second Century.

We have joyously celebrated this milestone year, along with Hadassah members around the world, holding Centennial galas, Purim feasts, Home Sweet Hadassah gatherings, special Hadassah Magazine commemorative Centennial issue, Centennial torch relays, viewings ofArt@Hadassah, special education events, commemorative Centennial book:Thin Threads: Real Stories of Hadassah Life Changing Moments. 

We have taken Traveling Henrietta to the far reaches of the globe, gifted our loved ones with Centennial bricks, Centennial certificates, lock and key necklaces and much, more.   

One hundred of our members came to Washington DC for a special day of high level briefings on the Hill. We met at a special Shabbat at Temple Emanu-el in New York City and in local communities. We’ve welcomed over 60,0000 new Centennial life members and Associates, growing to be over 330,000 members, Associates and supporters. What a spectacular Centennial year celebration when nearly 2,000 members and Associates gathered in Jerusalem for the Centennial Convention and dedication of the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower, our gift to the people of Israel and the world….

Yes, our Centennial year is at its end, and our Second Century begins immediately with YOU! Who are we:  many first generation holders of this legacy, so many holders of this legacy passed on to us by our mothers, grandmothers and for some of us great grandmothers?  What fires up our passions to work for this cause, to call ourselves Zionists, supporters of Israel and Jewish values? 

Today, we enjoy the fruits planted by Hadassah’s founders. We celebrate our first 100 years and now we begin the future. In the words of our National President, Marci Natan, as she closed the Centennial Convention, a heartfelt wish for us all: “There is no limit to what we can do. As they say in Hebrew, halavi (ah-li-vie)– it means a wish or to wish, and our wish for Hadassah is that we be able to continue to provide for the youth of this country, for the next 100 years. Halavi.”

Release your inner Henrietta. Come on -  

Hadassah’s Second Century has begun!


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