Hadassah Associates: A Rosh Hashanah Message
Later this month, like many of you, we will be saying Yizkor — Remembrance. Saying Yizkor is an intensely personal experience, one made even more meaningful when recited in a place where the presence of past generations is felt. Our nation and Israel have been a safe haven for us and our loved ones.
Yet for many Jews around the world peace is not easily found, it is a time of fear. Anti-Semitism is again common. A rabbi and his daughter are assaulted in Berlin. The Chief Rabbi in Lyon, France, receives death threats. Guards patrol the streets near Rome's Jewish school, searching for explosives. Circumcision is persecuted in Germany. Hezbollah officials spew hate at the Sorbonne University. And in America, we see Neo-Nazis parading in our streets, swastikas appearing at our places of worship and on community centers.
Notwithstanding, as Americans we are thankful to live in a society that supports our existence even as we celebrate and defend our Jewish institutions here in America, in Israel, and abroad.
For our families, institutions such as Hadassah are truly a sanctuary in all respects: a place where we come to be with friends and neighbors, celebrate our heritage, and feel protected. It is only by preserving and supporting our Jewish institutions that we can we secure our future and the hope for a better world for future generations. That is why you, as a matter of your heart, must do all within your means to support Hadassah and the Associates' Mission of advancing medical research, healing, and education. We as Jews strive to fulfill tikkun olam, recognizing our responsibility for a better world through acts of loving kindness, justice and mercy.
As we think about the year to come and how we can make it a better year, please think about the Associates and support our Mission.
On behalf of our families, Officers, and Board, we wish you and your loved ones, a happy, healthy, prosperous, and fulfilling new year.
President, National Committee of Hadassah Associates (NCHA)
Executive Vice President, NCHA
Associates National Chair