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Message from the President
Greetings my Hadassah friends!
And a hearty welcome to spring! What a long and very cold winter that was. But as always, we are rewarded by the warmer temperatures, blooming flowers, and sounds of nature that the season of spring brings to us every year. And just as the seasons cycle onward every year, so do the traditions and much-anticipated annual Hadassah events.
And so it was this year with our Donor Luncheon –renamed Giving Luncheon –on April 24 of this year. We welcomed over 80 attendees to the Kenwood Country Club where old friends met up once again, and new faces dotted the landscape.
This year we honored and celebrated our wonderful and dedicated chapter treasurer for the past 18 years – Allison Frankel. Allison has been responsible for one of the most necessary but not always the most glamorous jobs in our chapter, and she has carried it out admirably and without fail for a very long time. Thank you again Allison!
The rest of the day included a wonderful lunch (as always), a delightful vocal performance of three Gershwin tunes by one of our Hadassah Fellows and future leaders–LeeAnn Galioto (with member Clare Lee on the piano), and the announcement that our new President for the coming year will be none other than our Donor Chair, Ghita Sarembock! Ghita will be installed with other new board members at the Opening Meeting/Installation Dinner, and she and I will work closely throughout her first few months. Make plans to attend! It will most likely be on Sunday, September 21st from 5-7 pm, which worked out well for many members when we did this last year. Details to follow.
I also wanted to mention that one of our other future leaders –Pilar Samuel – who also attended the Giving Luncheon, was selected as Hadassah's Jewish Federation Volunteer of the Year and was honored, along with other community volunteers, at their annual meeting on Wednesday, May 21 at the Mayerson JCC.
The Giving Luncheon, which brought together and celebrated our long-standing members and some of our new young women, reminds me that our work in Hadassah of repairing the world – tikkun olam - is not just for us, but also for our future generations. Judaism encourages us to pass on our values to our children and grandchildren, and Hadassah is a wonderful way in which many of us choose to do this. L’dor va’dor.
Until next time,
Bonnie Juran Ullner
Cincinnati Chapter of Hadassah