The Jewish New Year is here and as in all years we wish for everyone health, happiness and peace. This could not be more true in Israel and for Israel, especially this year as it struggles for its very survival.
However, there are hopeful signs in the smaller places that are unnoticed by the newspaper headlines and Internet spotlights that go viral. One of those places is Hadassah Hospital. This is the place where you can find Muslims and Jews working together, walking together, sharing elevators or space in the cafeteria or sitting on a bench. The newest addition to Hadassah's medical complex is the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Tower. The Tower stands, throughout the region, as an oasis of premier medical care and as the symbol of a place where peace can reside.
This year the Boston Chapter, as part of Hadassah Northeast, just completed its third Walkathon at the Cleveland Circle Reservoir, with nearly 100 participants and lots of apples and water. The money raised will help to equip a neurosurgical operating room at the Tower.
We are grateful to our staff Julie Newburg, Ann Levensohn and Linda Gibbons who were instrumental throughout the process to make the Walkathon a success. We were joined by Consul Ronit Nudelman-Perl on the walk day, who offered words of welcome from the Israeli Consulate in New England and added moving words of thanks to the Boston Chapter for being an inspiration to her personally. A special thanks also to the committee, and in particular, Emily Gelbert, Lisa Conti, Shira Lewin and Judi Bornstein, who arranged for many of the items that we needed that day. Your contribution in the details made it all work.
But of course it is always the members at large who make every event a success. The individual donations and team leaders helped to raise more than $19,000. We are the women who are Hadassah and shaped the landscape of Israel with our innovative thinking. With an annual gift you can count yourself among the women who make a difference to people everywhere in healthcare, education and advocacy in the name of Hadassah.
Thank you again to everyone.
A Happy and Healthy New Year,