As we enter the 5770th year of the Jewish people and the solemnity of the High Holiday season, I find it especially meaningful this year to reflect on the events of the past and contemplate the months ahead. We have all endured a long and difficult year filled with anxiety and concern. Yet, looking back, I take strength from your love of Israel and of Hadassah.
In hospitals, as we know, work goes on around the clock. At the Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem these days, this applies not only to patient care, but also to the construction of the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Tower. It’s impossible to overstate the welling sense of excitement and accomplishment ones gets looking out at the rising Tower, day or night.
With the support, sponsorship, and artistry of internationally renowned Luxury Brands, Hadassah Switzerland conceived and hosted a luxury auction, featuring designer apples, as well as luxury watches, exclusive skincare products, couture handbags, and original paintings and sculptures, raising 75,000 Swiss Francs for the renovation of the Pediatrics Department at Hadassah Hospital-Mount Scopus.
With a culturally multifaceted and historically intriguing city as the added attraction, Young Hadassah International (YHI) hosted a Weekend in Berlin 2009, bringing together dynamic, young professionals from 10 countries in support of Jerusalem’s Hadassah Medical Organization.
For me, Hadassah represents one of the most important peace projects,” says Prince Alexander Schaumburg-Lippe of Germany, who visited the Hadassah Medical Center In mid-September.
The United Kingdom’s Conservative Friends of Israel and Labor Friends of Israel both experienced a comprehensive visit to the Hadassah Medical Center this September, where they were briefed about the Israeli health care system, healing and research at Hadassah, and our Medical Center’s pivotal role as a bridge to peace through medicine.
During a trip to Israel celebrating two granddaughter’s Bat Mitzvahs, Latin American B’nai Brith President, Leon Birbragher (left) of Colombia, visited Hadassah Hospital-Ein Kerem and met with its director, Dr. Yuval Weiss. Dr. Weiss briefed Mr. Birbragher, a biochemist, on Hadassah’s leading role in research, including its pioneering work with embryonic stem cells. He is pictured here with Ron Krumer, Director of External Relations for the Hadassah Medical Center, who orchestrated the visit and accompanied him during his tour. Mr. Birbragher found a common denominator for the things he witnessed at Hadassah, explains Mr. Krumer: “preparedness”—for terror, mass casualty events, the next 50 years of hospitalization, and for technology.
Mr. Birbragher’s visit was initiated and facilitated by Ethel Fainstein, Hadassah International Director for Latin America.
Hannah Shabathai, Hadassah’s Main Representative to the United Nations in Geneva, addressed the 12th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council on September 29, showcasing the Hadassah Medical Center as an oasis of peace.
A collaborative medical venture in pediatric community health care between Royal Children’s Hospital of Melbourne and the Hadassah Medical Center has been launched under the umbrella of AUSiMED---the bilateral initiative established by Hadassah Australia. A pediatric fellow from Israel is slated to begin an academic exchange at the beginning of 2010.
Hadassah Germany Board Member Regine Sixt, founder of the Regine Sixt Children’s Aid Association and co-owner with her husband of the Sixt Group, the largest international car rental and leasing company, placed an advertisement in her company magazine, inviting people to “dry little one’s tears in Hadassah.” How? By donating to her foundation in support of pediatrics at Hadassah Hospital-Mount Scopus.