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Message from the President

Chanukah and Hadassah's Miracles

Stephanie Z Bonder

As we approach Chanukah, it is traditional to focus on the miracle of the oil lasting for eight days. We talk about how the Maccabees overcame adversity by defeating the Syrian Greeks and we remember that even in times of crisis, the ancient Israelites remained strong. But there is even more we need to remember. Chanukah truly focuses on the rededication of the Temple after the desecration of our holiest place. Every day, we, the women of Hadassah rededicate ourselves to the mission of "aruchat bat ami" or "healing the soul of our people." When we talk to other people about Hadassah, we share stories of the miracles our doctors make happen every day when they save lives or develop therapies that will cure diseases. We talk about our Youth Aliyah Villages raising children at risk into citizens of Israel who will give back to the community and Israeli society. We proudly remind our members of our partnership with the JNF and how we continue to plant trees in the desert to make the desert bloom. We focus on the achievements of our students at Hadassah College Jerusalem and the career paths they follow and lead which will build the economy of Israel. We continue to embrace the future by providing scholarships for our teens to participate in Young Judaea programs and have a highly competitive scholarship for young women to receive full tuition to a summer Israel teen tour. With all these accomplishments, we the members of Hadassah rededicate ourselves daily to raising money in order to continue our incredible projects. Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, has worked tirelessly to become as efficient as possible. We are also becoming more transparent in our fundraising and we are so proud to have been named as the number three charity in the nation by Charity Navigator. (Charity Navigator ranked over 7000 charities.)

I value every member I meet. I have been fortunate to have visited a number of chapters in our Region since I became president six months ago. It is my goal to get to every chapter as my term continues. You, the women of the Northern NJ Region make me so proud every day I represent you as your president. Please join us at our upcoming region events. On January 11, we will hold our Board of Directors meeting, with our Region Installation and portfolio clinics at the JCC in West Orange, NJ. On April 19th, we will hold our annual Education Day, also at the JCC in West Orange. On April 26th we will hold a Big Gifts Event in Fort Lee - details will be forthcoming. On April 30 we are planning an Associates Event that will be open to the community in which Mike Kelly, journalist and author of "The Bus on Jaffa Road" will speak, along with Stephen Flatow, father of a terror victim and Israel advocate. This event will be held at Temple B'nai Abraham in Livingston, NJ. More events are being planned each month and we will let you know as soon as the details are finalized.

To close, I wish you all a happy, and healthy Chanukah. May we all go from strength to strength.

B'Shalom,

Stephanie

Stephanie Z Bonder
President
Northern New Jersey Region of Hadassah



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