Everyone loves Hanukkah! It has
stories, heroes, good food, candles and games. It comes during winter when days
are short and cold, dull and quiet.
Although a minor festival in Israel today,
the Israeli Zionist pioneers in the 1800’s easily identified with the
Maccabees’ freedom fighters who fought the mighty Greek-Syrian Empire and
won. In the 1930’s, tours organized by the Israeli Histadrut movement
started the tradition of local youth movements hiking to the believed burial
place of the Maccabees. “The growing association of the holiday with Jewish
independence sparked other public demonstrations of Hanukkah pride, such as
giant Hanukkah menorahs—hanukkiyot—sprouting on the roofs of Synagogues
in Israel and America,” wrote editor Yadin Roman. Maccabi was the name of the
first Jewish sports club in Israel. The Maccabiah Games were created in 1928 to
commemorate the 1,800 year anniversary of the Bar Kochba rebellion. Over
the last 87 years, this “Jewish Olympics” brings Jewish athletes, young and
old, from around the globe, for a memorable, two week experience in
Israel. Americans Mark Spitz and Mitch Gaylord were two such Maccabiah
Even though the victorious Maccabees fought
in 164 BCE, it was not until 250 years later that historian Josephus wrote
about the holiday, referring to it as “The festival of lights.” Almost
600 years after the event, the Talmud spoke of the story of the miraculous jar
of oil that burned for eight days. A few centuries later, the prayer “Al
HaNissim, For All the Miracles” was added to the Hanukkah liturgy.
And today great miracles are continuing to
occur in Israel in the field of medicine at the Hadassah Medical Organization
which includes the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower in Jerusalem. A
Cypriot mother and her twin fetuses (one growing outside the womb) marking only
the second time in known medical history that babies in this condition were
delivered successfully at Hadassah. Our Hadassah surgeons were first in
the Middle East to learn how to provide innovative, hormone-delivered
radiotherapy for eradicating neuroendocrine tumors.
We will continue lifesaving treatments and
medical advancements with the help of our Hadassah donors. Hanukkah is a
perfect time to share the “gelt.” Like our heroes of old, the Maccabees, our
modern day heroes, nurses, doctors and researchers will continue to be part of
Hadassah’s modern miracles. Hag Hanukkah Sameah!
Peg Elefant, President
Hadassah Pacific Northwest Region
CHANGE IS IN THE AIR!
Change is in the air! We are closing the Seattle Chapter and
Pacific Northwest Region office in Bellevue. In doing so, we will be able to utilize expertise at the national workforce in New
York. This will enable all of us to communicate more efficiently and to enable
our volunteers to further the mission of Hadassah without getting bogged down
in clerical tasks.
This is NOT a punitive measure again the Seattle Chapter or
the Pacific Northwest Region. Closing local offices has been a national trend
for the last 2 years and is continuing as both a money saving strategy as well as
to leverage the advantages of economies of scale.
Furthermore, the timing is right. Einat Ganzarski, who has
been our most wonderful staff support for the last three years is leaving Hadassah
for a very exciting personal business opportunity. Also, our lease has ended,
giving us the opportunity to vacate the premises in good standing.
Both the Pacific Northwest Region and the Seattle Chapter
are still here to serve. Activities are continuing. Plans are being made
for 2016. For example, in January the Seattle Chapter is putting on a Games
Day. On March 6th the Pacific Northwest Region is putting on a fundraising workshop. And, on May 22, the Pacific
Northwest Region is sponsoring a financial planning workshop for women: Know
Your Worth; Own Your Future (learn more below).
Stay tuned for more exciting Hadassah activities! Questions? We’re easy to reach. Shoot us an email or
give us a call!
NEW CONTACT INFORMATION
|Hadassah Pacific Northwest Region
Peg Elefant,Region President
cell phone: 541.740-3827
3101 NW Garfield Ave.
Corvallis, OR 97330
Susan Adler, Seattle Chapter President
cell/text (at this time): 206.605.0093
140 Lakeside Avenue, Suite A, #36
Seattle, WA 98122-6538
Hadassah built Israel's first:
Ambulatory Surgery Center
ER Unit for Premature Babies
Trauma Treatment Center
Border Guard's Organs Save Man with Fatal
The death of a border
guard led to saving a man with advanced liver disease when Hadassah Medical
Center surgeons transplanted Benjamin Yaakovovich's liver and kidney into the 54-year old patient.Dr.
Hadar Merhav, head of Hadassah’s Transplantation Unit, together with Dr. Abe El
Halaila and Dr. Ram Elazari, performed the complicated 10-hour surgery. “The
recipient was suffering from fatal liver disease and had lost the use of his
kidneys as a result," relates Dr. Merhav. "In the last month, his
condition deteriorated. I’m pleased that the complex surgery went well
and that the organs have been accepted and are working smoothly. The
transplanted organs saved his life."
Benjamin Yaakovovich z"l
a Hadassah LIFE member from Corvallis, Oregon just had a double lung transplant
at the University of Washington. Oregon used to do lung transplants but
no longer does them although they do transplant other organs. When Oregon
stopped performing lung transplants, the national organization known as UNOS
(United Network for Organ Sharing) designated California as the recipient of
Oregon donor lungs instead of sending them to the Pacific Northwest section of
the country. However, like Carmel, most lung transplant patients in
Oregon get their transplants at the U.W. Medical Center. Carmel’s mother,
Susan Aronson, also a Hadassah LIFE has started a letter writing campaign to
UNOS and would appreciate as many Oregonians as possible (or anyone with
connections to Oregon or the Pacific Northwest) to write a letter encouraging
UNOS to reconsider this allocation. Please consider writing this letter
for all the others who await lung transplants. Here’s the address:
for Organ Sharing
700 N.th St.
Richmond, VA 23219
PORTLAND HADASSAH: ON A ROLL!
Congratulations to Portland Hadassah for
raising $35,000 for Hadassah Medical Organization on November 8 at a brunch
with Dr. David Zangen, Director of Pediatric Endocrinology at Hadassah. A
plaque specifically naming and honoring the Portland Hadassah Chapter
will be put up in the new Sarah Wetsman Davidson Tower! It is not too late for
you to add your support Portland’s wonderful gift to Hadassah! Just click
http://www.hadassah.org , click the
turquoise “Donate” button at the top right of the screen, and be sure to
indicate Portland for “Chapter to receive credit.”
We had a lovely brunch with 30 enthusiastic
people at Jake's Grill, downtown Portland. Thanks to all who attended in support
of Portland Hadassah! Thanks to our many contributors. Thanks to Diana
Lindemann and Harriett Zeitlin for helping Region President, Peg
Elefant, pull off a delightful event. Thanks to Nadene Goldfoot, you can
read more about this event as well as a detailed account of Dr. Zangen's
extraordinary work! Just click: http://jewishfactsfromportland.blogspot.com/2015/11/hadassah-in-portland-explains-latest.html
SHALOM CHAPTER UPDATE
The Vancouver Shalom Chapter
has had a very busy fall. Our morning groups: Book Club, Sit & Schmooze,
and Study Group are back in full swing. In September we held an Ice Cream
Social for prospective, new and “old” members. A guided tour of the Oregon
Holocaust Memorial was led by a Hadassah Life member and took place in October.
In addition, we held a CPR class taught
by a paramedic of the Northwest Region Training Center. All events were well
attended and enjoyed by all.
We are looking forward to our annual Chanukkah
SEATTLE HADASSAH: SUCCESSFUL GALA!
to Seattle Hadassah for a very successful November 8th gala with Dr.
Zangen. Over 250 people attended and $217,000 was reported to be raised.
TACOMA CHAPTER UPDATE
Chapter sponsored a Bunco party for current and prospective members of Hadassah
on Sunday, November 8, 2015. Sixteen
smiling faces enjoyed playing Bunco, sipping wine/noshing, bidding on a Silent
Auction and raffle prizes, and listening to what Hadassah is and does. One prospective member was gifted with a free
annual membership. Fundraising outcome? Yes, with several hundred dollars being forwarded
Left to right:Jani Doctor, Jeri Hurst, Marlene Matola and Kerry Geffen is in the background.
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MAKE YOUR IMPACT NOW!
2015 is coming to an end, but there stillis time to save lives with a year-end fift.
When you donate to Hadassah, it has a powerful effect.
YOU can make broken lives whole and keep crucial medical research moving forward.
YOU empower women to become advocates and activists who can transform our worl.
YOU put Jewish values into action
Make your gift today:
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