During Shabbat morning services on this coming Saturday, February 25, we will be celebrating the 100th birthday of Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America. Barbara and Bob Bashevkin will be donating flowers to decorate the bimah in honor of the occasion, and will be speaking briefly about the organization.
Bob will talk about his experiences (both serious and humorous) as a surgical patient at Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem last spring, and Barbara will focus on the history and mission of Hadassah, which is the largest women’s, largest Zionist, and largest Jewish membership organization in the United States.
Among its many accomplishments, Hadassah created the network that became the foundation of modern Israel’s healthcare system. Its hospitals treat a million patients a year, Jewish, Christian and Muslim, both from within Israel and from the Palestinian territories (including Gaza) and other nearby countries, and its medical research and trauma care are known worldwide. Among Hadassah’s other activities are a technical college, programs for Children at Risk, and Young Judaea programs.
Please join us to celebrate Hadassah’s 100th birthday, a major milestone in Jewish life, and also to celebrate the weekly joy of Shabbat, a day of rest and rejuvenation for our hearts and souls.