Hadassah Desert-Mountain

Includes Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, Las Vegas (Nevada), El Paso (Texas), and New Mexico

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Important dates for 2018

Desert-Mountain Region 2018 Dates

  •   Friday nights & Saturdays ~ no Hadassah work permitted except Shabbat services and other Shabbat related programs   
  •   January 22 - 24 ~ National Assembly Meeting      Los Angeles, CA
  •   February 23 - 24  ~ Hadassah Shabbat Zachor
  •   February  28 - March 1 ~ Purim, not a yomtov, Hadassah work permitted
  •   March 17 - 19 ~ DMR Symposium & Board Meeting ~Albuquerque, NM
  •   March 30 - April 1 ~ Pesach,  first days, no Hadassah work permitted
  •   April 2 - 5 ~ Interim days of Pesach – work permitted, all food must be Kosher for Passover
  •   April 6 - 7 ~ Pesach, last days, no Hadassah work permitted
  • May 15 - 17 ~ National Women’s Health & Advocacy Conference ~ Washington, DC
  • May 19 - 21 ~ Shavuot, no Hadassah work permitted
  • July  21 - 22 ~ Tish’a B’Av , no Hadassah work permitted
  • August 25 - 27 ~ DMR Board Meeting ~ Denver, CO                    
  • September 9 - 11 ~ Rosh Hashanah, no Hadassah work permitted
  • September 18 - 19 ~ Yom Kippur, no Hadassah work permitted
  • September 23 - 25 ~ Sukkot, no Hadassah work permitted unless a meal/service in a  sukkah  
  •  September 25 - 30 ~ Sukkot Chol ha-Moed (in between days) – work permitted
  •  September 30 – October 2 ~ Shmini Atzeret & Simchat Torah, no Hadassah work permitted
  • December 15 - 17 ~ DMR Annual Conference ~ Phoenix, AZ
  •  December 2 - 10 ~ Chanukah, work permitted

*NOTE: Dalight Savings Time goes into effect Sunday, March 11, 2018 Ends Sunday, November 4, 2018
This will only cause confusion for those living in, calling, or traveling to Arizona!

From our President

Barbara Raben

February 2018 Region President Message

Dear Hadassah Friends,

Just because February is the shortest month of the year doesn’t mean it’s the slowest. There’s lots going on all over our Region.
February has only 28 days in 2018, but it begins with a frightening anniversary and it ends with Hadassah’s favorite holiday – Purim. February 2, 1933 was the day of the Reichstag fire in Berlin. Germany’s government representatives met in the building, which erupted in flames overnight. The Nazis used the fire as a pretext for eliminating political opposition and curtailing civil liberties.  Jews were blamed and the methodical process of scapegoating certain minorities led inexorably to the horror of the Holocaust.

But only a few weeks later comes the joyous holiday of Purim. You have probably heard the story about how Henrietta Szold told the ladies in her study circle about her 1910 trip to Ottoman Empire controlled Palestine and about the need for a definite project for the women to tackle. Their purpose was to share “The promotion of Jewish institutions and enterprises in Palestine and the fostering of Jewish ideals.” The evening of February 24, 1912, in the vestry of Temple Emanu-El in New York City, the “Daughters of Zion” founded what would become the international organization we all belong to. Because it was the season of Purim, the ladies adopted the Hebrew name of the biblical heroine Queen Esther – Hadassah. Aruchat bat Ami (Jeremiah 8:22), the Healing of the Daughter of My People, became our motto.  One hundred six years later, as Purim begins the evening of February 28, we should all wish ourselves Yom Holedet Sameach, Happy Birthday!

February 19th is Presidents Day across America. I want to call it Past Hadassah Presidents’ Day in honor of all the women before me who have held my job as President of the Hadassah Desert-Mountain Region. Without their intelligent guidance and self-sacrifice, our Region might not have achieved what we have in the past. In fact, I want to call them our “Past Perfect Presidents” and send them all a heart-felt todah rabah, thank you, for your leadership.

Finally, here’s a Jewish factoid for you. Remember the Maine? Well, the USS Maine was sunk in Havana Harbor on February 15, 1898. Many Jewish sailors aboard perished. The ship’s Executive Officer was Adolph Matrix, a Jew, who later became a Vice Admiral in the U.S. Navy. Now you’ll never forget the Maine.
I hope to see each and every one of you at our Region Meeting in March in Albuquerque.

Barbara Raben
President, Hadassah Desert-Mountain

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Albuquerque, New Mexico

March 17-18th, Albuquerque NM The Power to Learn * The Power to Inform The Power to Inspire * The Power to Advocate. Get involved and make Hadassah the best we can be. Hadassah Conferences are fun and educational. We have subventions available to help defray the costs. Contact your chapter president for more information.

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Mazel Tov to our Desert-Mountain Region Subvention Winners

It is my pleasure to let you all know that three women from our Region will be going on the October Mission to Israel. Thanks to the subvention money that was in our Annual Plan, and half a land package earned through the Missions Department, three women will be going to Israel for the first time. I am sure that the Region, and their Chapters, will reap the rewards of these women being on the trip. I am so excited that I will be on the trip too, and I’m looking forward to taking lots of pictures to post on Facebook, so you can see, and feel a part of, this special Mission. The three women are Alyshia Klein, President of Greater Salt Lake City Chapter, Stephany Yoabov, Hadassah Southern Nevada, and Ellen Burke, Hadassah Desert-Mountain OVP. I am also so pleased to let you know that Terre Foreman, President of HVOS, will be receiving subvention to go to the Health Summit in May, in Washington, DC. I am hoping that Terre will come back from the Summit ready to report on everything she saw and learned. The Chapters were all asked to have money in their Annual Plan to give some subvention to any women going on these trips. I hope the Chapters will now be able to reach out to these women and offer them some subvention. If anyone else in the Region is interested in either trip, please let me know. While the Region has designated its subvention funds, the Chapters may still have money available if anyone would like to go to the Health Summit or to Israel. If you have not registered for the March Meeting in Albuquerque, please do it now! We are planning some great breakout sessions that I hope will give you lots of information to share with your Chapters. See you in Albuquerque! Barbara


  • President

    Barbara Raben

  • Organization Vice-President

    Ellen Burke

  • Area VP/Advisor Denver Greater Salt Lake

    Corinne Forti

  • Area VP/Advisor Montana

    Dafna Michaelson Jenet

  • Area VP/Advisor Greater Albuquerque, Southern Arizona

    Carolynn Katz

  • Area VP/Advisor Southern Nevada, Los Alamos, Santa Fe

    Jan Klatskin

  • Area VP/Advisor HVOS Colorado Springs, Boulder

    Randi Lampert

  • Area VP/Advisor N. Colorado, Wyoming

    Kate Raphael

  • Area VP/Advisor Devorah, Shalom, Tikvah West Valley

    Anita Wenner

  • Area VP/Advisor El Paso, Las Cruces, L.E.A.

    Judy Neigoff

  • Secretary

    Roni Ogin

  • Treasurer

    Renee Sidman

  • Leadership Council: Immediate Past President/Nominating Chair

    Cathy Olswing

  • Leadership Council

    Haidi Appel

  • Leadership Council

    Fredi Brown

  • Leadership Council

    Leona Cohen

  • Rochelle Edelman

  • Leadership Council

    Liz Fox

  • Leadership Council

    Dale Marcus

  • Leadership Council

    Kacy Spivack

  • Portfolio Chair Coordinator

    Sheilah Wagner

  • Communications Portfolio Chair

    Sherrie Davidson

  • Development Portfolio Chair

    Sue Ritter

  • Membership Portfolio Chair

    Ann Martin

  • Parlimentarian/Bylaws Chair

    Carol Bernstein

  • PRAZE Portfolio Chair

    Joyce Gronich

  • Meeting Coordinator

    Adele Smith

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