Hadassah to support hospital and honor a Living Treasure

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By Bonnie Gordon

The Los Alamos Chapter of Hadassah is helping to bring improved medical care to Israel, while at the same time honoring Los Alamos Living Treasure Jacob “Jay” Wechsler.

Wechsler will be honored at the First Annual Israel Independence Day Celebration Dinner held at 5:30 p.m. April 17 at De Colores Restaurant.

The event is open to the public. Tickets are $36 per person.

Contact Carmen Rodriguez at 505-992-1416 for more information.

Donations collected at the event will go toward the construction of The Sarah Wetsman Davidson Tower at Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem.

The tower, to be dedicated in 2012, will unite advanced medical technologies with a profound spirit of healing.

 It will be a 14-story structure with 500 beds, 20 operating rooms, a 50-bed ICU and the ultra-modern Heart Institute.

Guest speaker, incoming Desert-Mountain Region President Fredi Brown, will discuss the project in detail.

Donations to the campaign for the medical tower will be given in honor of Wechsler and his late wife, Carol.

Wechsler served the congregation of the Los Alamos Jewish Center as lay leader in the congregation’s formative years.

He also helped obtain the land on Canyon Road, which houses the Center.

Wechsler’s love of skiing led him to volunteer at the ski hill after his 1944 arrival in Los Alamos.

He helped establish the facility and has served for many years as a ski instructor.

Wechsler’s community service spans the town’s history.

President of the Los Alamos Medical Center Board, Wechsler has also been a Kiwanis member for many years. He helped found the first Building and Loan Association as well as Los Alamos National Bank.

He is known throughout northern New Mexico for his dedicated efforts on behalf of economic development.

In 1912, Henrietta Szold founded Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America.

Since its inception, Hadassah has been devoted to Judaism, Zionism and American ideals.

As the largest volunteer organization and the largest women’s organization in America, Hadassah is committed to strengthening the unity of the Jewish people.

In Israel, the organization accomplishes this through progressive healthcare, education, youth institutions, volunteerism and land reclamation.

The local chapter of Hadassah is an especially active one and has raised thousands of dollars over the years to benefit the goals of the national organization.