All too often tragedy strikes a little too close to home for many of us. I know I speak for all of you — Hadassah’s members and supporters — when I say that our hearts go out to all those directly and indirectly affected by the tragic loss of life at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL. We pray for those injured, physically and emotionally, and for Hadassah VP Merna Shapiro and her family who live in Parkland, FL and are thankfully safe. Merna’s grandchildren, who were in lockdown at the school next door, came out shaken but ok.
It will be a very long time before this small town awakens from this nightmare. We long for the day when the slaughter of innocent lives is only a lesson in a history book, but we cannot just sit back and remain quiet over the 18 school shootings, that have occurred since January. We must speak out.
Last week, Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Inc. observed the yahrzeit of our founder, Henrietta Szold z”l. She was always deeply committed to advocacy as are we, which is why we frequent the halls of Congress and meet with legislators regularly to protect the values this organization was founded upon.
The value of all human lives is central to our mission as a women’s Zionist organization. Keep our children safe and support Hadassah’s efforts to legislate for stronger gun control legislation. Get involved in contacting congressional legislators both by writing and in person—join your local chapter for a Day in the District because every voice counts. To get involved, CLICK HERE!
For more information about Hadassah’s advocacy opportunities, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We are the power of women who advocate and together we will strengthen one another and build a better world for all.
With sadness and hope for the future,
Ellen Hershkin (signature)