Ruth and Shelly Weinstein spent most of their adult lives in Wilmington, Delaware, but made aliyah to Jerusalem about six years ago to be near two of their children and many of their grandchildren. They have been Hadassah supporters for as long as they can remember.
"Ruthie's mother was always very, very involved with Israel and Hadassah," Shelly explains. "That's right," Ruth agrees. "It really preceded the state of Israel. She was involved with Junior Hadassah as a young bride, and throughout her life she remained involved. She was on the regional board." But, Ruth admits, while she and Shelly were always supportive of Hadassah's mission and causes, they weren't nearly as active in the organization as her mother.
Impressed By Care
But then something in Israel motivated Ruth. It wasn't the land; it wasn't the culture. It was an accident, one that left her with a serious injury—she needed a large skin graft on her leg, which was performed by Hadassah Medical Organization (HMO).
"I had a wonderful surgeon and wonderful care," Ruth says. Not only that, Shelly adds, but their time in the hospital drove home the enormous potential of the Jewish state. "Whether Christian or Arab or Arab-Israeli or Jewish or Haredi or whatever," Shelly exclaims, "in the hospital, there are no barriers. It's an example of democracy and equality—and an example of what could really be in the entire Israeli community, if everyone gave it the opportunity."
Giving Back—And Receiving
A retired tax attorney, Shelly has long been aware of the benefits of charitable gift annuities, in which a donor makes a gift of cash or securities and receives regular, fixed payments in return for the rest of her/his life. So when the Weinsteins decided to make a meaningful contribution to Hadassah, it was a no-brainer.
"We've done gift annuities for the last few years, and hopefully can continue to in the years to come," Shelly says. "Israel is the one place a Jewish person can go to freely practice and enjoy all the culture and heritage we're privileged to be a part of, and Hadassah is one of its major institutions."
Nothing made that clearer to the Weinsteins than their experience at HMO. Says Shelly: "This is a very satisfying and comforting contribution to make."
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