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Message from the President

On repairing the world

Dear Friends, 

In these months, we are all overwhelmed by images of failed banks, home foreclosures and job losses. We are living in a complex, global environment and frequently, it is difficult to imagine how we can possibly wrap our arms around the idea of tikkun olam – repairing the world. However, it may be precisely at times such as these that we need to return to basics - doing our small part to help repair the world – an enduring concept in Hadassah and in all our lives.

Now may be the perfect time to call a friend you haven’t spoken with in months, to take the time to check on a neighbor, to call a homebound acquaintance or to visit someone who is ill. And now may also be the perfect time to consider our environment and our natural world. There are simple things: change to fluorescent light bulbs which use ¼ the electricity than conventional bulbs; use a cloth (HADASSAH!) bag for grocery shopping. Recycle paper, cans, plastics and glass. Turn off lights and appliances when not in use. Use a phosphate-free detergent to avoid polluting the waters. Plant a tree in Israel with the Jewish National Fund through Hadassah. A single tree absorbs one ton of carbon dioxide over its lifetime.

In these tumultuous times, even as the larger world is stressed, we can each take the time to acknowledge our responsibility to help in repairing our own world. Through these simple acts, each one of us can make a discernable difference. Rabbi Tarfon famously stated in Pirkei Avot, “It is not your obligation to complete the task, but neither are you free to desist from it.”

Our Lylah Pinellas chapter has responded this year to every challenge. We held a phone a thon at Nan Shane’s home and the response was inspiring. We did not get to call everyone on our mailing list in 2 hours. If you were not contacted, please consider going online and making a donation to the 100,000 donors in 100 days campaign or sending a check to our treasurer, Nancy Bomstein, 1015 Victoria Drive, Dunedin, FL 34698. 

We continue to welcome new members to our chapter who have responded to our enthusiasm and commitment. We are in the process of planning our board for next year. If you are interested in working on the board or on a single event, please send me an email or a note. If you are wondering how you can make a difference on a state level – come to Tallahassee with us and Planned Parenthood on March 31 . We will be there for one day this year to advocate for stem cell research and the issues that overlap with Hadassah and Planned Parenthood. Come with us and experience the workings of government. There is strength in numbers. Call me if you are interested.

I am pleased to announce that Elaine Wolstein will be the recipient of our Myrtle Wreath Award. This event will be held at the home of Hazel and Spencer Wolf and we are looking forward to honoring this wonderful member of our community on Sunday May 3. Invitations will be coming in the mail.

Also, I want to let you know that we have a new Young Centennial Founder – Marcia Shane. Thank you to Marcia and her husband Mike for making this generous commitment to the Hadassah College Department of Optometry. We also have a new Keeper of the Gate, Gwen Clemens. The commitment of both of these women is greatly appreciated.

Our Ima Walking group has raised over $540 and 3 women are now the proud owners of a lovely Tower pendant as a result. Come join us on Wednesdays at the Ruby Tuesday entrance to Countryside Mall. The donation is $3 per walk or $10 a month- good conversation, good exercise and a good cause! We start at 8:30am sharp, but the beauty of walking in the mall is that if you come later you can always meet up with us as we come around the bend! 

The National Board of Hadassah voted to restructure the convention in New Orleans this year. Not too many details have been published yet.   Don’t be too disappointed, though because we are having our own Region Conference right here in Pinellas at the Safety Harbor Spa. Region Conferences are like mini- conventions, so plan on joining us for inspiring speakers, educational programs and good fun on May 17 & 18.  If you have never been to conference I urge you to step out of the box and join us, even if you can only come one day. It’s a side of Hadassah most members don’t get to see and it is always enjoyable.

Do you have an idea for a program, fundraiser or event? Please join me as we begin to plan for next year. We had some really successful programs this year, but there are many of you on the membership list who I have not had the pleasure of meeting. As this first year of my Presidency winds down, I must tell you what an honor it has been to serve this chapter. The women of Lylah are inspiring, loving and dedicated. We will have exceeded our financial and membership quotas this year, which is a testament to the love we all have for Israel and for Hadassah and the work that this organization does.   I hope to be able to personally thank all of you as we finish this program year. Come celebrate with us at the Installation Dinner on May 11 at Walt’s in Dunedin (see attached flyer). 

We also are having an Associates program at the Knight’s Shooting range on April 26, $36 in advance, $50 at the door.

Don’t forget the Women’s Seder on March 24 at Congregation Beth Shalom. This program just keeps getting better every year. 

Whew! I hope you find something that sparks your interest enough to join our Hadassah Lylah community for one of these programs. In turbulent times, we each can still contribute to the repairing of the world one deed at a time.

B’ahavah,
Claire

A copy of the official registration and financial information of Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of American, Inc. and Hadassah Medical Relief Organization, Inc may be obtained from the division of consumer services by calling toll-free, within the state 1-800-HELP-FLA. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval or recommendation by the State. 



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