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Message from the President

Dear Friends,

As summer in New England finally begins, we celebrate Shavuot, Hag HaBikkurim, the festival of the first fruits of the summer when, in our tradition, we also celebrate the gift of Torah.

How can we, as Hadassah members, best mark the transitions and celebratory occasions in our lives?   Our tradition uses joyous occasions as an opportunity to give Tzedakah.  Why not consider participating in the Hadassah Northeast campaign to equip and furnish a specialty neurosurgical operating room & specialty neurosurgical intensive care unit in the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Tower?  I was pleased to represent our region at the “Hands Across the Ocean” major gifts function last week; the campaign is off to a strong start.  We heard inspiring updates from Professor Tamir Ben-Hur, the chair of HMO’s department of neurology and Hadassah trained Dr. Kevin Tabb, president and CEO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.  Last year, Dr. Tabb and other Israeli trained staff proved they were prepared to treat the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. 
You can do your part on September 14 when National Hadassah has scheduled a “call out” in support of SWD Tower.

Another way to celebrate is to join your Hadassah colleagues at our national convention this July.  The region is offering registration subventions to the first dozen participants.  I am amazed at the speakers who will be addressing us including the Keynoter: digital media marketing whiz Randi Zuckerberg; extraordinary entertainer Craig Taubman; Bret Stephens, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Wall Street Journal editor; Ari Shavit, author of the highly acclaimed My Promised Land; Daniel Silva #1 New York Times best-selling author and Jamie Gangel NBC Today Show national correspondent.
The recipients of the 2014 Henrietta Szold Award are Israel Defense Forces Special First Responders Unit. Accepting on their behalf, distinguished members of the unit, Hadassah Profs. Avi Rivkind and Dan Engelhard.
And, of course, we will be celebrating a very successful conclusion to the negotiations at our premier project in Israel, the Hadassah Medical Organization. 
Come join us and learn about that and all our other activities in Israel and the United States.  Those of you who have already had Every Beat Counts, Hadassah’s Heart Health programs at your chapters will be interested to learn more and share at convention.

If your summer plans don’t allow you to join us, we will be having a convention wrap up & fun day in the beautiful Berkshires the Sunday immediately following, July 27.  And, of course, no summer is complete without Books on the Beach; we will see you in Rhode Island on August 12.  Plan your carpools!

Finally, back at home, Western New England region is planning to recognize our Chai Society members at our September meeting.  How has YOUR chapter implemented this national initiative?

We indeed have a lot to celebrate including improved health for our dear friends Henny Lewin & Carol Goodman Kaufman. I wish you and your families and Chag Sameach! 


Sue Polansky, President

Western New England Region

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