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Message from the President
President’s message December 2014
I can’t believe this year is almost over – where does the time go? I guess the old saying “time flies when you are having fun” really did apply to me as your president of the Houston Chapter of Hadassah this past year. I have had a wonderful time attending outstanding group meetings, fundraising events, conferences, our national convention, and connecting with some amazing people all along the way! This is our last News and Views for 2014 and it is full of exciting events completing this year and going into 2015.
This month don’t miss our Big Gift’s event on December 11th when Stuart Greenberg will tell the miraculous story of his medical treatment at the Hadassah hospital in Israel.
Our new 2015 Houston Chapter Board will be installed on January 11, 2015, and I am confident they will be inspired to great success in the coming year. It will be my honor to serve as your Chapter president for another year.
Several of us just returned from the Greater SW region conference in Austin with the theme “Plug in and Recharge with Hadassah”. We all came away motivated to take on the future of Hadassah and all the new changes ahead in 2015. We were informed of the new brand coming out after the first of the year, learned how Mah Jong has roots in our Torah by Rabbi/Cantor Robbi Sherwin, and were inspired by stories from Barbara Goldstein and an IDF/Hadassah trained physician both from Israel.
December is a month where we celebrate a holiday that seeks to counteract the darkness. The daylight hours are much shorter at this time of year. The holiday of Hanukkah is called the “Festival of Lights.” The length of the holiday is due to the fact that when Judah and the Maccabees captured the Temple in Jerusalem it was a miraculous small amount of oil that burned for eight days.
Remember in this season of darkness that Hadassah Medical Organization (HMO) stands as a beacon throughout the world, a beacon of coexistence and healing and hope. If you are thinking of a Hanukkah gift for the person who has everything, I ask you to consider a gift to Hadassah in their name. It is as easy as going to our website and making a few clicks, mailing in a donation, or stopping by our office on Beechnut.
Did you know the Hebrew word for dreidel is sevivon, which, in Yiddish, means "to turn around"? Dreidels have four Hebrew letters on them, and they stand for the saying, Nes gadol haya sham, meaning “A great miracle occurred there.” In Israel, instead of the fourth letter shin, there is a peh, which means the saying is Nes gadol haya po — “A great miracle occurred here.” In our time, Hadassah is a great miracle.
I wish you a very happy Hanukkah. May your jelly doughnuts be yummy and your latkes be just the way you love them. May you enjoy the season of darkness with the lights of your life. May Hadassah with all its miracles be a bright light in all of our lives!