Welcome to Charleston! Whatever the reason you are interested in our wonderful community, know that you’ve made a superb choice. The Jewish Community has been a major Charleston asset for more than 250 years. Hadassah is proud to be part of the Charleston community, and is extremely proud to have so much local support. Our Chapter was founded in 1921, just nine years after Hadassah was officially founded. Our geographic reach is the South Carolina Tri-County area encompassing Charleston, Dorchester and Berkeley counties. As one of the country’s earliest and busiest port cities, Charleston has a long and strong history within the Jewish Community. With Reform, Conservative, Orthodox and Chabad congregations, we are extremely proud of the diversity of our Hadassah members. As of 2015, our chapter currently has more than 500 members and more than 70 Associates.
As promised, our popular “beat the heat” summer game day is on the calendar for August 13th.
Please join Hadassah and the Sisterhood of Synagogue Emanu-El for a chance to play your favorite games and win door prizes.
The day, with lunch and one door prize ticket, is yours for $25. (Additional door prize tickets can be purchased on site.) Favorite games in the past have included Mah Jong, Canasta, Scrabble, and Rumikub.
Bring your own game set (and if you have a playing table, please bring that as well. We have loads of chairs).
Help us plan lunch by sending your RSVP and check for $25 payable to Hadassah to Sandi Archambault at 4004 Alpheretta Court, Charleston SC 29414. You can pay at the door (cash or check only) but let us get a good headcount.
Ilene Turbow Honored
Co-President Ilene Turbow was honored at the Charleston Jewish Woman Who Makes a Difference in March.
Pictured, from L to R: Eileen Chepenik, former Chapter President made the presentation to Ilene Turbow.
Join Hadassah’s Chai Society!
SAVE LIVES. $15 a month. 12 months a year.
When you are a member of Chai Society, Hadassah can count on you, month after month, year after year. It is your commitment that makes the difference.
We make it easy. We will automatically charge your monthly gift of $15 to your credit card, or double your impact with $30 a month at the Silver Chai level. If you prefer, you can make one annual payment of $180 to $360. These contributions enable you to help save a life, to be part of something big, something vital.
For more information, contact Sharon Hox at 843-259-1710 or SharonHox@aol.com
Funds for Breastpump Campaign
In Search Of … Final Funds for Breastpump Campaign
The Charleston Chapter set a goal to raise funds to buy a medical grade breastpump for the Women’s & Children’s Wing of Hadassah Hospital. We’ve still got some way to go to meet our goal. Please help. Your tax deductible donation can save lives. Please go online at www.Hadassah.org or send a check to Ruth Oser, Chatper Treasurer, 4 Hobonny Lane, Charleston 29407.
Programs are constructed to meet the needs and interests of different segments of our Hadassah community. A women’s study group called “Women-to-Women” meets monthly, and is going into its twelfth year. This program invariably stimulates thought among the group members and has proven to be a great way to introduce new and prospective members to our Chapter.
The Charleston chapter generally holds program meetings bi-monthly from September through June, open meetings more often than that, and special events and activities sprinkled across the year.
From our President
This coming Sunday is Mother’s Day, and as I ponder the meaning of “mother” I was drawn to look up the relationship between Mother and Matriarch. According to Merriam Webster: matriarch is a woman who rules or dominates a family, group, or state; specifically: a mother who is head and ruler of her family and descendants. Mother is defined as a female parent OR a woman in authority; specifically: the superior of a religious community of women. [We’ll let this last thought go in the interest of keeping your interest...but it does raise a good discussion vs a vs matriarch.]
Naturally, our Jewish heads think of the four matriarchs when we hear that word, starting, of course, with Sarah. So – on the occasion of Mother’s Day, would you have considered the touchingly intimate, often something sentimental, messages to a “mom” appropriate for Sarah?
I think not, at least in my case. When I think of my Mom (OBM) I know there’s a heaven, because that’s where she must be, smiling down at me when I am happy; laughing frequently because that was her nature; and kvelling when I truly make a difference for my family, friends, community, and in the pursuit of my personal Judaism. When I think of Sarah, the Matriarch, who spoke directly to God; who gave “orders” to Abraham; who through God’s intervention became a mother at the ripe old age of 90.....I am intimidated and while I would not deny her a role as a maternal figure, I would not be comfortable even intellectually cozying up to her as I would to my mom.
Whatever your thoughts, and whether you play the many roles of daughter, granddaughter, mother, grandmother, etc. I hope you enjoy refreshing your knowledge of our first matriarch in the story below (see May Newsletter).
HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY FROM HADASSAH
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