We lost a great soul yesterday, Elie Wiesel, Holocaust survivor, writer, humanitarian, and Nobel Peace Prize winner. We can honor his memory, his bravery and his love of humanity with our deeds. As he once said: “There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.”
We are grateful for his generosity of spirit, his faith in humanity, and his involvement with Hadassah. Wiesel was a recipient of Hadassah’s Henrietta Szold Award, and a contributor to Hadassah Magazine.
He once said: “Hadassah is more than an organization: it’s a family – a family that loves and is loved. It loves to help those in need, the weak, and the ill, in short, those who need help. And it is a family that is loved because it does these things with as much devotion as competence. The volunteers of Hadassah know what they want to do, and they do it well.”
A loss to the Jewish community, to the world at large, Elie Weisel was a champion for the goodness within our human spirit and a staunch, outspoken advocate against all evil within society. May his memory be for a blessing.
Joyce Rabin Melissa Kaplan
Chair, Hadassah International Executive Director, Hadassah International