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.
Hadassah Open Meeting – Our next Chapter Open Meeting will be Thursday, December 7th at 10:30am. Reply to this email or contact SharonHox@aol.com if you would like to attend and receive the location information. At these meetings our Chapter discusses programming, fundraising, and Hadassah news. Come sometime – help us plan programs that are interesting to you. You don’t need to be a Board member, and we won’t coerce you into volunteering for anything. Promise!
Chanukah in the Square – Sunday, December 17th, 4-6pm
Our annual Chanukah in the Square will feature fun, food, candle lighting, music and more.
Join Jewish Charleston for this celebration and visit our Hadassah booth where kids can decorate wearable dreidels. Want to help? Just show up, roll up your sleeves, and prepare for smiles.
Hadassah and KKBE Sisterhood Program – Wednesday, Jan 17th, 7pm at KKBE
Rosh Chodesh celebrates the full moon that starts each month. This January we begin the month of Sh’Vat and the Torah portion is "Bo/בא" or "Come" in Hebrew. Despite the name of the Torah portion - about coming - the story is actually about the 10 plagues, and ends with the Jews leaving Egypt. Why is it that we call the Torah portion "Come" when we are going?
On January 17th, we will not be studying Torah, but we will learn about Rosh Chodesh and why it is customarily seen as a women’s holiday. We will have a short service, and, everyone will have a chance to hold a Torah. Special bonus – Israeli folk dancing. Of course, there will be beverages and nibbles.
Please come with your friends. It’s a terrific opportunity to learn, to laugh, and to dance.
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
From Your Writer/Editor – Sharon Hox
Where oh where is the Chanukah music? Thanksgiving is over and for those of us who do not have Sirius radio in our cars, and Charleston is certainly deprived of diverse radio stations, the “holiday” music is driving me nuts! And driving while nuts is not recommended.
Help may be on the way, from an interesting sector. Did you read the great article Hadassah Magazine about PJ Library (available in Charleston courtesy of Jewish Federation of Charleston). I have recently learned that PJ Library is expanding and will soon offer a 7x24 Jewish kids radio station. Go to www.pjlibraryradio.com for more information.
If you haven’t read the article, PJ Library sends free, award-winning books that celebrate Jewish values and culture to families with children 6 months through 8 years old. Sign up on PJLibrary.org. Kids ages 9-11 can join PJ Our Way™ to choose their own free chapter books! Kids in both age groups? Sign up for both!
To learn more about PJ Library, contact Sharyn Bluestein at email@example.com
Chanukah is not just about music. Actually, it’s hardly about music…but it is a celebration of a victory and the sustaining of our traditions.
Whichever way you spell it, Happy Chanukah-Hanukkah to everyone
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