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Review for Hadassah The Womens Zionist Organization Of America, New York, NY, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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Role:  Board Member