Deet Lewis - A True Shomeret

Deet Lewis first joined Hashomer Hatzair when she was just 9 and a half years old. Her name hasn't always been Deet, however. When she first arrived to the moadon on Chicago's main Jewish street to the Hashomer Hatzair Ken, the madrich asked her her hebrew name. She said, "Yhidis". He immediately said that that was Yiddish, not Hebrew, and that her name was "Y'hudit" and then he said: "We'll call you Dit, and you'll come Friday night and bring 10 cents.  Now you're a member of Hashomer HaTzair."

"I was 9-1/2  then and stayed in the T'nuah, and married a chaver of Hashomer Hatzair.  We left Kibbutz Nachshon after having my firstborn there at 21. Both my kids were also chaverim in the T'nuah and the one born in Israel lives in Sderot. Hashomer Hatzair had the biggest effect on me in my whole life." - Deet Lewis, 85 year old Shomeret. 
Deet has lived a very shomeric life full of "Hagshama" and the values of tikkun olam. We were so inspired when we came across an article highlighting her achievements after she decided to move to Guatemala.

"A psychological counselor, massage therapist and award-winning grassroots fundraiser, Deet doesn’t own a mansion or even a house. She doesn’t have a servant. At 70, she still rides her bicycle to the outdoor market to buy groceries and attracts friends young enough to be her grandchildren."

Read the full article of how Deet has lived her life giving and helping others here, written by Janet Bien.  

We want to express our heartfelt gratitude to Deet for being an exemplary member of the Hashomer Hatzair community and for showing us what it means to live a Shomeric life. Your dedication and commitment to this way of life have inspired us all, and we are honored to have you as a part of our community. As we approach our 100th year anniversary, we look forward to celebrating you and all the shomrim/ot who have embodied the spirit of Shomer and have made a positive impact on our community.

Thank you for everything you do, and here's to 100 more years of Hashomer Hatzair influence around the world! 

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