I have been a member, board member, and volunteer for Hadassah for 36 years. My exposure to the organization began when I was a young child. I attended various activities in the Brooklyn, NY Kings Highway Chapter with my beloved maternal grandmother Gussie Langer Burstein of blessed memory. I loved reading her issues of Hadassah Magazine and connecting the information there with the events and meetings that I attended with her.
Fast forward to 1977, when I got married, joined Elana Chapter of White Plains, NY. I joined as an annual member and became a board member within the first month. From there I grew into various leadership positions. I became a Third Generation Life Member, a Keeper of the Gate and eventually a Founder. I made our daughter a Fourth Generation Life Member. They used to say that everything you learned you learned about it in kindergarten. I beg to differ with that statement and substitute "learned about it in Hadassah". While I was volunteering with this wonderful education, teaching and treatment organization, it was providing me with lifelong skills which I was able to parlay into paid employment after more than 25 years of child-rearing and eldercare.
No matter what project or position I take within the organization, I am always inspired by our accomplishments. Hadassah is the family of my heart. My Hadassah friends have become part of my extended family and support network. Because of all this, I have named Hadassah as the final beneficiary of my will. I hope to work for Hadassah for another 36 years.
Hadassah is my passion. Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, SAVES LIVES, SHELTERS CHILDREN, & ENSURES OUR JEWISH LEGACY.
Shortly before International AIDS Day, a 27-year-old woman and her husband announced that she was pregnant – and that the baby was free of the HIV virus – thanks to AIDS Center at Jerusalem’s Hadassah University Medical Center.
Our Youth Aliyah programs shelter children and refugees. Just this fall we opened our kibbutzim to refugees from the fires in Northern Israel.
Young Judaea provides fabulous Israel programming for youth: Year Course is a "gap year" program for students who have just finished high school. Some credits are even transferrable! The Young Judaea summer programs are great-- my son went on a YJ summer program and hiked from the Kinnerret to the Mediterranean!
Hadassah also provides superb, pioneering leadership development for volunteers in American through online training, which has terrific carry-over to the professional world. We teach our volunteers how to develop new leaders, how to motivate volunteers, and how to cope with change, among other essential leadership skills.
Hadassah is going to be 100; Hadassah is a winner!
Hadassah is amazing. Almost 100 years old but more relevant than ever. The chapters are supported by regional and national volunteer leaders who work together to bring Jewish education, social and cultural programs to their community. The leadership training and support is phenomenal. Members are valued and appreciated. I took a small job in my group 20+ years ago and have continued to volunteer on the local, regional and national level. It's such a great feeling to know what a difference our work is making in Israel and for everyone everywhere.
Hadassah is a Zionist organization that turns dreams of health and peace into reality. It is imspiring to be a member and know that we can change and save millions of lives. It is an organization that has defined what it means to be a Jewish woman to me and my best friends are active members.
As the current National President of the Hadassah Associates, I know that Hadassah is a terrific organization. We are over 300,000 strong with great volunteers. The Associates work together, and in partnership, with the women of Hadassah. We support the efforts of Hadassah at all levels. Our stem cell research is world class.
Hadassah is a great organization. I was President of the Hadassah Associates and had a wonderful experience organizing the men to support the women of Hadassah. They run a large organization, supporting a truly advanced medical institution in Jerusalem, The Hadassah Medical Organization. Hadassah also supports the Hadassah College of Jerusalem, Youth Aliyah and the Young Judaea youth organization in the US. They are very transparent, providing full reporting on where the money goes. This is the only non-profit i know that turns over 90% of fund raising dollars to their recitpient organizations. Keep it up Hadassah.
My experience with this organization has been very positive. The national office has been candid with us and shown us how much of the funds are actually donated, and they have a good record and score in this regard. The fund-raising activities have been first rate, as the organization provides leadership training and programming ideas and resources. One comes away from a Hadassah event with not only more knowledge or understanding of an issue or subject, but also the good feeling of having contributed to a very worthwhile cause, medical advancement and services.
Nominated for a 2005 Nobel Peace Prize, Hadassah's HMO, Hadassah Medical Organization, is an oasis of peace in the Middle East, treating patients without regard to religion, race, ethnicity, or country of origin. Hadassah's advanced medical research is shared with the world; its medical teams respond to world catastrophes. Jewish and Arab doctors, nurses and medical specialists work side by side, are required to learn both Hebrew and Arabic, and treat victims of terror and terrorists, often side by side. I have been proud to be a volunteer leader of Hadassah for over 30 years and serve as Chapter President, VP Fundraising, Bulletin Editor, PR Chair, Advisor to another chapter, and sit on the Region Board. My close association with this extraordinary organization, that is also involved in education, youth institutions and land development in Israel as well as important advocacy work in the United States, has helped me fulfill my efforts towards using this portion of my life towards "tikkum olam," repair of the world. We are building for future generations both in the U.S. and Israel. Hadassah is truly extraordinary!
Hadassah is no longer my grandmother's organization. Since my first social experience in 1970,I have become a better educated and more passionate supporter of Israel.I learned how to be a leader in my community and to articulate Hadassah's message of Healing, Teaching and Research all over the country.Hadassah is the only non-profit to ever receive a Nobel Peace Prize nomination (2005).I am impressed that Hadassah's National leadership began to re-organize before the economic downturn. And I am very proud to be part of the largest building project in Israel, the 14 story Sarah Wetsman Davidson Tower at Hadassah Medical Organization in Jerusalem. It will be their 100th anniversary gift to the people of Israel. My grandmother would be proud, too.
I have been a Life Member of Hadassah for about 30 years. As we have moved around the country, Hadassah chapters have been a welcoming part of the Jewish community. The work Hadassah does here in developing leaders in women and our youth; advocating for Israel and women and children in Congress; and Jewish education; health education; pre-school groups and more is exceptional. Our work in Israel has developed two hospitals with a new clinical, state of the art tower under construction; medical and dental schools in conjunction with Hebrew University; Youth Aliyah villages now serving children at risk; Hadassah College Jerusalem growing and with new programs each year. Hadassah trains public health professionals from many other countries, and sends teams for worldwide disaster relief. Women internationally also work for Hadassah and gain so much in the process. Hadassah has helped the Israeli people since 2 nurses went to Palestine nearly one hundred years ago.