Get to know today’s Hadassah

January 21, 2021

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When most people hear the word ‘Hadassah,’ chances are they think of a hospital in Israel. In actuality, Hadassah is so much more.

Hadassah’s mission statement describes itself as “a volunteer organization that inspires a passion for and commitment to the land, the people, and the future of Israel. Through education, advocacy, and youth development, and its support of medical care and research at Hadassah Medical Organization, Hadassah enhances the health and lives of people in Israel, the United States, and worldwide.”

For any organization to run well, all types of people are needed, and Hadassah is no exception. Hadassah needs women to plan events and women to execute those plans. Hadassah needs women who like to raise money and women who like to handle money. Hadassah needs women who are motivated by social justice and education, as well as women who just want to have fun with friends. Hadassah needs all types of women with a variety of interests and talents.

I ask area women to think about who you are and where you might fit into Hadassah.

Not everyone can make it to meetings and events, and to be honest, not everyone wants to. That doesn’t mean it’s not possible to be involved with Hadassah’s work.

Hadassah’s website, http://www.hadassah.org, makes clear how possible it is for most to find something of interest. For example, those who have an interest in women’s safety and security, gender equity in health research and healthcare, or civil and human rights, should check out the advocacy page.

The website also features a wealth of information from Defining Zionism in the 21st Century to tips on how to keep your heart healthy. Learn all about Young Judea, Youth Aliyah, and Hadassah’s amazing youth villages in Israel. Look for the link to The Branch, Hadassah’s podcast that offers a glimpse into the everyday lives of Jews and Arabs in Israel forging meaningful relationships. The podcast episodes are wonderful.

For nurse/allied health professionals, physicians, and attorneys, Hadassah has National Councils for each. (In fact, if you are a nurse/allied health professional and Hadassah member, please contact me, hadassahnfkvb@gmail.com. I’m a nurse practitioner and would love to see Hampton Roads have our own Nurses’ and Allied Health Professionals’ Council chapter.)

After learning all about Hadassah, take the next step. Attend an event or a meeting. Not a joiner? There are other ways to help. Tell friends about Hadassah. Get added to Hadassah’s email list. Like Hadassah Norfolk/Virginia Beach’s Facebook page to find out the latest news and information. And, consider gifting daughters, granddaughters, and friends a lifetime membership in Hadassah.

There really is something for everyone in Hadassah. Check out the website and find your connection. I am sure it is there.

Sharon Goretsky is organization vice president, Southern Seaboard Region. She may be reached at hadassahnfkvb@gmail.com.

- Sharon Goretsky

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