“There’s some Jew here who wants to take your child!” yelled the daycare worker on the phone to Mohammed Aguani, a Palestinian Israeli living in Jaffa. He was grateful his friend, Neta Weiner, an Israeli Jew, could pick up his son. Their beautiful friendship is told in episode 14 of The Branch podcast. Presented by Hadassah and hosted by Dina Kraft, The Branch shines a light on the stories of people living in a shared society. Together. Even though it’s complicated. You can find The Branch podcasts here.
The context for such building-bridges-to-peace stories is the meeting I attended with Israeli Consul General, Shlomi Kofman, on a snowy January day. Kofman said it’s important to know what Israelis and Palestinians are doing together and the reality is not found in the headlines. He was proud of the large number of social NGOs in Israel.
That’s when I opened my mouth because I had something to proudly contribute: that daily, at Hadassah, patients are served, regardless of race, religion, or nationality, and doctors, nurses and staff work together, Arab and Jewish, building bridges to peace through medicine. I’d add that Hadassah’s humanitarian initiatives extend well beyond the hospital doors.
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With “pride, passion, and purpose” adopted from the installation speech of our new National President, Rhoda Smolow. Read Rhoda’s speech here.
Ettie Davis, President
Jewish Community 2020 Washington State Legislative Priorities
- COMBAT ANTISEMITISM, HATE, AND DISCRIMINATION
Antisemitism and hate crimes overall have been on the rise for the last several years. We need to be vigilant to ensure the safety of our Jewish community as well as that of other communities who are targets of increasing hate.
- PROTECT AND SUPPORT IMMIGRANTS AND REFUGEES
Supporting immigrants and refugees is an issue of major concern to the Jewish community. The Jewish people have a lengthy history as immigrants, so we have an important voice in efforts to support those who have immigrated to this nation in search of a better future for the next generation.
- WORK TOWARDS RACIAL EQUITY
The stronger and more equitable our society is as a whole, the stronger the Jewish community will become through working with our coalition partners to address systemic challenges. These bills affect members of our own community as well.
- PREVENT GUN VIOLENCE
The Federation has long been a partner of the Alliance for Gun Responsibility. Based on our community’s history with this issue, we are a powerful ally in continuing to support common-sense legislation to protect our community from gun violence.
- STRENGTHEN CIVIL LIBERTIES AND MINORITY RIGHTS
Protecting civil liberties and minority rights is one of the major cornerstones of our democracy. We must do all we can to secure the same rights we hold so dear for generations to come.
- DEEPEN THE SOCIAL SAFETY NET FOR VULNERABLE INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES
Our Jewish tradition teaches that we must care for the most vulnerable members of our society. These measures to reduce homelessness and support families in need, including Jewish families, are a direct reflection of those values.
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It’s a Hadassah priority to support the Never Again Education Act. Please let Ettie know if you took action. Read more about Hadassah’s position here.
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||Hadassah has had a partnership with Jewish National Fund since 1926. Did you know JNF donated the land for Hadassah Ein Kerem?
Hadassah’s newest initiative, in partnership with Jewish National Fund (JNF-KKL), is the Hadassah Shade Tree Garden at the Eshkol Resilience Center.
Hadassah-Microsoft Team Diagnoses Parkinson’s, Raising Ethical Dilemmas
|In a recently published article in the prestigious journal Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology, Hadassah Medical Organization doctors, working with Microsoft researchers, reported they were often able to diagnose Parkinson’s disease simply from the way people seeking information about the disease typed on their computer and moved their mouse.|
Welcome to our New Members:
- Mushka Levitan
Mazel Tov to
- Janine and Rabbi Jay Rosenbaum on the marriage of their daughter, Shani Rosenbaum, to Aaron Press Taylor
Welcome Members New to our Chapter:
- Perry Blankenship
- Deborah Kaminetzky