December 2016 Associates Update

Hanukkah, considered a minor holiday from a theological perspective, celebrates the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem after the Greeks were defeated. So many of us have fond memories of our earliest Hanukkahs and looking forward to lighting the first candle—and to receiving gelt from beloved relatives. Hanukkah is also a time of tzedakah.

Here are some ways that you can participate in the Hanukkah miracle by giving tzedakah:

Gifts that Help Now & in the Future
As we reach this time of year, we hope you'll consider Annual Giving to ensure that Hadassah can continue its vital work of medical research, healing and education. These contributions together provide a regular, steady funding stream that allows Hadassah doctors and researchers to focus on lifesaving treatments and research. You can become a Keeper of the Gate by making an annual contribution of $1,000 or more, or a Chai Society member by donating $180 or more per year. When making payments, please use the code IM-82 for the Men's Health Initiative, currently focused on lung cancer. Your Hadassah chapter will get full fundraising credit for your donation.

Put Your Name on the Honor Roll
Add your name to our Associates' Golden Anniversary Honor Roll with a donation of $50 or more for the Men's Health Initiative. Support Men's Health by clicking here.

Create Your Own Associates Events!
Kudos to Past Associate President Jeff Richardson for organizing the 2nd Annual Hadassah Chicago North Shore Region Poker tournament. Held on October 22, the event raised about $13,000. Associates have created program templates for a variety of fundraising events, including step-by-step instructions for hosting successful events, including for Associate poker and golf tournaments, walkathons, and theater parties. You'll find these guides online at myHadassah.

A Hanukkah Bargain! Enroll now!
Want an easy gift giving option for the sons, nephews, and male friends in your life? Enroll a male of any age as a lifetime Hadassah Associate for only $212. After December 31, 2016, the fee rolls back to $250. What a wonderful Hanukkah present! 

Don't Miss Out on Your Tax Deduction
Remember that in order to obtain an income tax deduction for 2016, all contributions should be received by Hadassah by December 18th so they can be properly processed before the end of the month.

May everyone have a very celebratory Hanukkah! We look forward to working with the Associates in 2017.

Thank you for your support.

Fred Safer
President, National Committee of Hadassah Associates

Sherryl Kaufman
National Chair


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