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Message from the President
Shalom Hadassah Friends!
I am going it alone in 2014! Yes, I’ve decided not to have a Co-President this year. Don’t get me wrong… Iris Sapovits and I got along just great as Co-Presidents in 2013, and I’ve learned so much about our Chapter and how it all works. Of course, I’m still on the learning curve, and as in any position, once you think you’ve learned everything, something comes up to make you humble. Please bear with me and step up when you’re called upon as we need ready, willing and able volunteers.
Looking ahead to 2014, our Program Vice-President, Anne Freidman, has put together an extremely interesting and varied selection of monthly luncheon programs. All programs in 2014 will be on Sundays. You’ll find the dates in the “Our Events" section.
Also this year, we’ll be focused on several innovative fund raisers in order to reach our 2014 monetary goal determined by the Desert-Mountain Region through National Hadassah. Iris Sapovits, our new Fund Raising Vice-President, will have more information to share with us in the near future.
Hadassah was on-site in the Philippines after the devastating typhoon in November. Reuven Gelfond, head operating room nurse at HMO on Mount Scopus, reported that much of the surgery was urgent and included everything from C-sections to perforated intestines to fractured hips. Reuven is part of the Israeli Defense Forces medical rescue unit who built the tent city hospital where over 1,000 patients have been treated to date. Gelfond was born in Soviet Georgia and trained as a nurse under Hadassah’s program for professionals from the former Soviet Union. When asked how long he will be staying in the Philippines, his response was, “Until the end…until we have finished what we came here to do.”
The Caroline and Joseph Gruss Surgical Wing of the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Tower was recently dedicated at Hadassah Medical Organization. This wing consists of high-tech operating theatres and welcoming family rooms. Quoting Hadassah Offices in Israel, Director Audrey Shimron, speaking on behalf of Hadassah National President Marci Natan: “The partnership of your family and your generosity, me’dor le dor, from generation to generation, has provided our physicians with the most advanced tools to use their vocation to heal the sick who come to the doors of our great Medical Center.”
On October 15, 2013, Hadassah Chair Joyce Rabin welcomed three generations of the Barnett family to the dedication of the Madlyn Barnett Healing Garden which took place in the Moshe Saba Marsi Synagogue in the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower. The Healing Garden emphasizes the holistic approach to medicine a model that considers the mind, body and spirit in diagnosis and treatment. The Healing Garden provides a physical realization of our inner spirituality by offering patients, families and staff a unique connection to the natural world, so often lost in a hospital setting. The Healing Garden, located on several floors and visible from others, incorporates the four elements: earth, wind, air and fire. Focusing on the elements can be helpful when seeking the course of treatment that best addresses a patient’s problems. In the words of Maimonides: “The physician should not treat the disease, but the patient who is suffering from it.”
Tu B’Shevat, the 15th of Shevat on the Jewish calendar, (celebrated this year on Shabbat, January 16, 2014), is the day that marks the beginning of a “new year for trees. This is the season in which the earliest blooming trees in the Land of Israel emerge from their winter sleep and begin a new fruit-bearing cycle. May you all enjoy this special day.
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