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Message from the President
Once again we are perplexed as to how the summer could have come and gone so quickly. Yet here we are again ready to begin a New Year with renewed enthusiasm for the new adventures that await us, for ourselves and our families and for Hadassah.
We have exciting plans for the upcoming months.
On November 18 the Region will join with the 7 other Metro Regions in NYC for our Centennial Symposium “What Would Henrietta Think About… Israel - Health & Medicine - Advocacy & Legal Issues - Literature” which will feature Israel Consul General Ido Aharoni, HMO Dr. Gadi Lalazar, Author Anna Funder, “Justice and the Jews” panel moderated by Rhonna Rogol, and special guest Hadassah National President Marcie Natan.
And on December 9 at the JCC in Woodbridge, we will celebrate the culmination of our Centennial year with a retrospective on all the wonderful ways we commemorated our first 100 years across the Region.
Hadassah was founded 100 years ago in 1912 before women even had the right to vote. Henrietta Szold and her friends, horrified by the poverty and sickness in Jerusalem, decided to make a difference. They succeeded by raising funds and then finding two nurses willing to travel 6,000 miles to a poor land with limited resources, bringing the beginnings of modern health care to the region, which grew into the Hadassah as we know it.
Today, the world is a very different place and American Jewish women and Hadassah have played a significant role in driving those changes, in both the U.S. and Israel.
Henrietta Szold and the generations of women who followed have shown through their leadership, organization, and results, that women have the right and ability to play much larger roles in our societies.
And while anti-Semitism has not been eradicated and mid-East peace remains elusive, Hadassah’s focus on medical diplomacy helps to bolster the real desire of Jews everywhere for peace.
This year as we usher in the New Year, 5773, on September 16, 2012, our blessings are sweeter than ever. As we move from introspection duringRosh HashanahandYom Kippur, to celebration and thanksgiving for our bounty duringSukkot, and finally to renew our study of Torah duringSimchat Torah,we add othersimchot: the continued celebration of Hadassah’s centennial in Jerusalem, as we recognize our accomplishments in the U.S and in Israel and dedicate the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Tower on October 16, 2012.
We are thrilled that 70 Connecticut Region members and Associates will travel to Jerusalem to witness the dedication in person and our fellow members here can share in the celebration via live realtime streamlining.
At this season of reflection and renewal, may you find the strength of purpose to continue the mission of the inspired actions that are Hadassah - from Jewish education to protection and nurturing of at- risk youth, from advocacy to fostering commitment to common ideals in the next generation. Your continued dedication and generosity is always an inspiration.
May we remember the challenges and causes of the past that we championed on behalf of the status of women including women’s reproductive rights and recommit ourselves to keep those rights intact.
May we be blessed to continue building bridges to peace by supporting ground-breaking research and developments in medicine, technology, and other projects that benefit people worldwide.
May we find the collective voice to speak out and advocate for civil rights and human rights whenever they are threatened, especially for the most vulnerable among us.
May we be blessed with health to continue to do our good deeds of tzedakah.
May you and your family and friends be blessed with a year of Health, Happiness, Prosperity and Peace.
L'Shanah Tovah Tikateivu.