Michigan Duo Fights for Holocaust Education
In Greater Detroit, Hadassah members Suzanne Lowe and Diane Brody are an advocacy power team, the spark behind their region’s successes in building support for the Never Again Education Act.
“Even though the focus of the Act is about the Holocaust, the language includes the importance of preventing genocide and bigotry against any group of people,” says Lowe.
Brody adds, “In this climate, breaking into advocacy on this bill was a perfect fit — nonpartisan and non-combative.”
The Power of Philanthropy
Innovation, inspiration and compassion are the foundation for Bob and Michelle Diener’s philanthropy philosophy. What attracted the Dieners to Hadassah was the Hadassah Medical Organization’s (HMO) innovative bench-to-bedside approach to medical research and their compassionate “bridges to peace” treatment philosophy, providing world-class medical care to everyone, regardless of race, religion or nationality.
Today, Hadassah's hospitals care for almost a million people in Israel and around the world and find the treatments to major diseases that help people worldwide,” says Michelle Diener, adding, “Together, Israel and Hadassah hold up the torch in medicine to make people’s lives better around the globe.”
Why I Love Hadassah
As a nurse, Joyce Backman loves helping people, which is why she’s proud to be a life member of Hadassah. She first became involved as a volunteer for Hadassah’s Westport Chapter in Connecticut — and 16 years later, she’s held board positions, met amazing women and had some life-changing experiences, including sending her children to Jewish summer camps and Israel.
If you ask Joyce what she finds most inspiring about Hadassah, it’s all about our healing work. “Hadassah’s focus is helping people. Its mission is my life mission,” Joyce says, adding, “When I hear about new medical advances that have come out of Hadassah, I feel proud to support Hadassah.”