2014 National Convention – Las Vegas, Nevada
It was a time of joy and of tears, of learning and of sharing, of celebrating and of mourning. It was a place of rallying, and of hearing and accepting our call to action.
We were together as Hamas-launched rockets rained down on Israel and IDF forces entered Gaza to stop the rocket attacks, and destroy tunnels into Israel and their arsenal of weapons. The FAA shut down flights in and out of Israel. Calls for a truce were being turned down by Hamas. Hadassah Medical Center was receiving injured soldiers airlifted out of Gaza. Hadassah helped move people out of harm’s way to our Youth Aliyah villages. We were getting up-to-date information from informed sources. Our love for Israel and our concern for the people of Israel was palpable.
Convention delegates received expert advice and guidance from a variety of notable speakers to prepare us to act in a positive way to support the mission of Hadassah. We passed policy statements on issues such as combatting human trafficking and supporting affordable childcare and women’s health initiatives, and we learned how to counteract anti-Semitism, misinformation, and attempts at the deligitimization of Israel.
One of the most poignant events of Convention was listening to the story of a young girl who was a patient at Hadassah Medical Center, being treated for cancer. After watching the video of her treatment and return to good health, we were introduced to her in person. We all witnessed her Bat Mitzvah ceremony in our midst, watching a healthy, vibrant, Israeli young woman chanting from the Torah. There was not a dry eye in the room.
Greater Atlanta Hadassah was honored with a Health and Wellness Honorable Mention Award for our Women’s Heart Health Forum in 2013. We all cheered as our chapter was announced and were so proud of being recognized for our efforts.
Generous contributions were pledged. Many Members and Associates stood in line at microphones to impart to everyone their heartfelt reasons for giving and to announce their gifts. Others were able to text their messages and gifts on their smart phones, which were shown on a screen for everyone there. This added much excitement as we raised essential dollars for Hadassah’s Readiness Campaign, for equipping and furnishing the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower and other important needs.
We were charged with spreading all our new-found knowledge and information far and wide to our Members, Associates, and Supporters and the general community. During Convention, the Las Vegas community held a rally in support of Israel and 3 busloads of our delegates lent their support at the rally. Meanwhile, back in Atlanta, Hadassah members joined with the Greater Atlanta community at the Atlanta Stands with Israel rally on July 23. Hadassah’s support of Israel is strong and does not waver. Paula Zucker, Greater Atlanta’s Organization Vice President spoke to the crowd of over 2000 people to give an important update on how Hadassah was ready with appropriate action during this time of crisis, and how Hadassah equally treats all people in need.
Immediately following National Convention, a Hadassah delegation, led by President Marcie Natan, left for Israel to reassure our Israeli sisters and brothers that we will stand by them. Am Yisrael Chai.
If you speak with any of the 20 members of the Greater Atlanta delegation to National Convention, you will hear many different stories. There were so many choices of workshops and sessions, and we spread out so that we could each bring something important to our membership. You will hear more over the next weeks and months as we put our new knowledge into action.
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