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A Message from Our President
Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won't come in. -Alan Alda, actor and director
It is once again Elul, the Jewish month leading up to Rosh Hashanah. This year, in particular, Elul has very special meaning for me. My daughter’s wedding is in a few short weeks, right before Rosh Hashanah, and I am beyond excited. I could not be happier with her choice for a husband and look forward to welcoming him and his family into our family.
For those of you who have planned a wedding, your own or your child’s, this is a time of great joy, but also has opportunities for stress and conflict. What should be the best of times is fraught with so many details, many of which are mundane, and others involving decisions that require major negotiating skills. If those involved in planning a wedding come to the table with a set of assumptions that do not match the assumptions of the others involved in the planning, a happy event can be turned into a nightmare. Who in the world would want that scenario at a time that is supposed to be one of life’s sweetest moments?
Let’s be very careful with what we assume, and how our expectations are colored with our assumptions. Looking at the world with an open mind and heart, putting aside our assumptions, opens us up to unlimited possibilities. We can more effectively listen to what others are saying, and think about new ideas without them bouncing off our assumptions.
As I reflect during Elul on the year that has just passed, I marvel at how many of my assumptions about what Hadassah is and what it represents have been wiped away and the light has shown through. Among them, I have learned how our grassroots efforts are encouraged by National Hadassah, and how National Hadassah has embraced some very forward thinking programming, educational, and fundraising ideas that I wouldn’t have thought possible.
Last year one of our members approached me with an idea for a family event called Touch A Truck Family Festival Benefitting Heart Health. My assumptions about Hadassah immediately put up a roadblock to my considering this as an appropriate event for us to host. It took an effort for me to drop my assumptions and listen with an open mind to the benefits for the community and for Hadassah. Touch A Truck on September 7th is giving us an opportunity to educate families about heart health, a major objective of Hadassah nationwide. We are bringing multi-generational families together for Grandparents Day in a way that is sure to be fun for all. We are raising money for heart health programs in Israel and the U.S., part of the mission of Hadassah. Now we are just days away from what is already a successful fundraiser for us, and has become a highly anticipated event by Hadassah and the community. I can’t wait to be there and hope you will be there, too!
Keep your eye out for information about another novel and worthy Hadassah event taking place in early 2015 where many of your assumptions about Hadassah programming may be put to the test.
As we usher in the new year of 5775, may each of us learn to look beyond our assumptions and find a more open way to view others and our world. Wishing each of you a sweet year, a year of peace and joy.
August 2014 President's Message