As I sit to write this month’s article, I am struck by the approach of two seemingly different but yet, for me, related items in the calendar.  The first is the rapid approach of Passover (no I have not finished cleaning my house yet, ugh) and the other is my first anniversary as the Executive Director of American Friends of ALYN Hospital.

At first blush, there is really nothing in common between the two.  Passover is a widely observed holiday celebrated by millions around the world.  It marks the freedom of the Hebrews from slavery in Egypt.  There are restrictions on what we can/cannot eat during the holiday.  For many, it marks the transition from winter to spring.

Yet, on deeper reflection, there are some important overlaps that come to my mind.

The first is gratitude.  During the entire holiday of Passover, but especially during the Seder, we express our appreciation to G-d for all that was done to sustain us in Egypt and, ultimately, to freeing us from captivity and the formation/foundation of the Jewish people.

Similarly, I feel tremendous gratitude to be associated with the team at ALYN Hospital.  I am grateful for the incredible work done by the doctors, therapists, social workers, nursing staff, and management who are all dedicated to providing the highest level of support possible for the children of ALYN.  Every one of the parents I met demonstrated such love and appreciation for the work being done, and for that I am deeply grateful.

Another element of Passover is celebrating the miracles that were done to secure the freedom of the Jews.  This includes the ten plagues, crossing the Red Sea, the provision of Manna, and the ultimate leading of the Jewish community to our homeland in Israel.

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Miracles are a frequent occurrence at ALYN Hospital as well.  There are countless stories of children who were told they might never walk again taking steps, children being weaned off of feeding tubes and ventilators who experience new freedom and independence, children who arrive at ALYN with severe medical conditions who return home to their families and have the opportunity to enjoy a regular childhood with play, laughter and joy.  Just this past weekend, we celebrated the miracle that even with over 300 drones and missiles fired at Israel from Iran, all the children and staff at the hospital were safe, and minimal to no harm resulted.

My final expression of gratitude is to our donors, riders, supporters, and leadership.  I am immensely grateful to all of you who help to enable the work of AFAH.  It is an honor to serve in this role.  Please reach out with any thoughts/requests regarding our work moving forward.

My best to you and your families for a Chag Kasher V’Sameach.  May we all have an amazing holiday and may we see the release of the hostages shortly.

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