Friday, February 24, 2012

Happy Bithday Hadassah!!!

Today is my hebrew name sake's Birthday. My hebrew name is Hadassah, and the town I live in, Myrtle Beach. Hadassah means Myrtle. Is that coincidence? Or g-d trying to tell me something? Who knows...... Anyway, back to my post.....

When you think of Hadassah, what comes to mind? First, you think of a strong Jewish women's presence? Jewish Feminist and reform, thanks to Hadassah all of these things are possible.

Then, in the same breath,  do you think, Henrietta Szold? Hadassah Hospital? Hadassah the Jewish Women's Organization?

The year is 1912, after returning from Palestine with her mother to New York City. Seeing the terrible conditions in Palestine. The poor section, not just Jewish, but Muslim and Christian.

  Henrietta, and her small study group at Temple Emanu-el in New York City,  formed a women's zionist group.  On Febuary 24, 1912,  the holiday Purim, Hadassah was born.

This small group of Jewish ladies devoted their lives to promote, better social  conditions, and healthcare, and Jewish values,and ideas, in Palestine.

In the year 1913,  a philanthropist offered Hadassah funding to send two nurses to Palestine. To bring medical supplies, and medical care to Palestine. Rose Kaplan and Rachel Landy -- sailed with the Strausses on January 18. In March 1913 they opened an office in a rented Jerusalem house identified by a Hebrew and English sign that read "American Daughters of Zion, Nurses Settlement, Hadassah They saw 5000 patients that year.

Since then, Hadassah has been responsible in establishing Hadassah Medical Center, in Israel.. It is one of the most respected hospitals for medical research.  It is also responsible for educating women to advocate social issues, political issues, and medical issues..    To teach Jewish living through Jewish education, and programs to the Jewish people of the United States, and Israel.  Thank you Hadassah for being here.

I am very proud to be a Hadassah member. I just moved to Myrtle Beach at the time I moved here there was not a Hadassah chapter. I did not know a sole in town, from a small town in  New Jersey, Thinking nothing will happen in a small Jewish community

.  Me, and my big mouth wanted to start something. I did not know anyone in town. Thinking no one will be interested in a southern tourist small town, in South Carolina.

 I called the number on the website. Lo, and behold a few people came forward, they wanted to start a Hadassah group. Not realizing anything would happen. Lo... Behold a few people wanted one here as much as I did. We started a steering committee.

 The rest is history. But, now we have 65 members. I am not as active any more because of school. But, look what can happen if you want something bad enough.


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