Hadassah recently held its 97th National Convention in Las Vegas, raising $1.5 million in two days. More than 800 members, supporters and associates came out to Vegas to celebrate, including 45 delegates from Hadassah Northeast. Sue Polansky, president of the Western New England Region, called the convention “a spirited and inspiring few days together presenting many new innovative directions for the organization. I’m excited to bring these incredible new programs back to Worcester, Springfield and other communities in Western New England.”
At the convention, Hadassah introduced several new initiatives to leaders and members, including The Uplift Project, a breast cancer awareness program; a walking challenge for heart health called Every Step Counts; eMember, an online membership initiative; and a new advocacy agenda. Guest speakers included world-renowned trauma specialist and first responder Dr. Avi Rivkind, head of the Shock Trauma Unit at HMO, Israeli journalist and author of My Promised Land Ari Shavit, the Wall Street Journal’s Bret Stephens and entrepreneur Randi Zuckerberg. Pictured here, left to right, are Western New England Hadassah delegates Sue Polansky, Nan Gold and Debbie Gold.