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Message from the President
Greetings my Hadassah friends. It is with a heavy heart that I write this message to you, both because it will be my last as the Cincinnati Chapter President and also because of the troubling situation in our beloved Israel as I write. G-d willing, things will be much calmer in Israel by the time you are reading this.
On a more uplifting note, the Hadassah National Convention in Las Vegas in July was a wonderful experience for all seven of the Cincinnati chapter members who attended, and it served to “Inspire, Imagine and Ignite…the Passion, the Possibilities and the Spark” as it was intended to do! We spent two and a half jam-packed days learning about the impact of Hadassah, the philanthropic power of women, and ways to counter the delegitimization of Israel, among other topics. We heard from Florida congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, a lifetime Hadassah member, Prof. Tamar Peretz, MD, interim HMO director general, news correspondent Jamie Gangel and her husband author Daniel Silva, and of course, our fabulous President Marcie Natan.
The last night’s banquet, when Marcie announced a Hadassah Solidarity mission to Israel, as other groups were leaving or cancelling, and which included a spontaneous round of in-person, text, and online donations to help the casualties of Operation Protective Edge, was met by applause, tears, singing, and dancing, and an overall sense of “connectedness” among all of the attendees at the convention.
As I mentioned at the start, my Presidency of the Cincinnati Chapter ends September 21, when I pass the torch to Ghita Sarembock at the Installation/Opening Meeting event. Let me just say that serving as President of the chapter these past two years has been one of the greatest experiences of my life. It is something I never expected in my wildest dreams, and arose out of a sense of wanting to “give back” after Hadassah Hospital staff members miraculously saved my daughter Jessa’s life. (She, by the way, is now 21, living in Portland, Oregon, attending college, and flourishing, due in large measure because of all of you.)
I feel that as President, I have made inroads toward the goal I set when I took over, of attracting new, younger members to our chapter who will carry on the extraordinary work that we do. And for me personally, this experience turned out to be such a gift, in that I was able to do something meaningful within our Jewish community and world, an achievement I didn’t ever realize I wanted to accomplish until I was already in the thick of it! So thank you for giving me this opportunity to realize a dream I didn’t even know I had, and for allowing me to represent you as your President these last two years.
Lastly, I want to thank my wonderful Board and committee chairs and members for the exemplary work that they do, which is year-round and often behind the scenes but is so crucial to what we do and who we are as an organization. I also want to express my appreciation to Paula Jarnicki and Tobe Snow for taking me out to lunch 2 ½ years ago, and truly surprising and shocking me by asking me to be the next President.
I feel tremendous gratitude towards Carol Ann Schwartz and Teri Junker for their continual guidance and leadership. And finally, I want to thank and wish well our incoming President Ghita Sarembock, an amazing woman and dear friend, who is already bringing new ideas and new energy to the chapter, and to whom I will offer my assistance in any way possible once she takes over the helm of the Cincinnati chapter.
My best regards to all of you and an early Shana Tova,
Bonnie Juran Ullner
Cincinnati Chapter of Hadassah