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.
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.
Monday, April 24, 2017 – 10:30am – Hadassah Open Meeting
Most months the Charleston Chapter holds an Open Meeting – primarily discussion by the Board and interested persons in what’s happening in Hadassah, program planning for our Chapter, fundraising progress, and more. YOU ARE INVITED. The meeting will be at Sandi Archambault’s home in West Ashley. If you would like to attend, please send an email to SharonHox@aol.com and we’ll be sure to send you an agenda and address details.
Other Events Around Charleston --
Wednesday, April 19 – Women of the Wall – 7:30pm at KKBE
Sunday April 23 - Yom Hashoah 2017 Holocaust Remembrance Program –
3pm – Reading of the names and Memorial Service at the Holocaust Memorial, Marion Square
3:45pm – Silent march to Charleston Museum
4:30pm – Keynote Speaker Arlette Levy Baker at Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting Street
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.
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.
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.
From our President
From Your Writer/Editor – Sharon Hox
Chag Sameach. Pesach approaches. Seems kind of odd to wish a Happy Holiday (the literal translation of Chag Sameach) for a commemoration of our history of slavery in Egypt. But Pesach is about deliverance. It’s about leaving Egypt through God’s intervention and by our own strength of will, purpose and belief. We never believed we’d be wandering the desert for 40 years, but the promised land was finally ours. Fast forward many thousands of years and we find ourselves enjoying a renaissance of the promised land – Israel.
As members of Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, we all support Zion – Israel – in our own ways. Some of us are actively involved in Chapter leadership. Others support our local programs. Still more are contributors, donating to Hadassah’s projects and research. We value and appreciate all of you and everything you do. But there’s one arena where, without exercising your checkbook or dedicating time you can make a huge contribution – through advocacy.
Hadassah’s National Action Center sends out time sensitive issues that matter – with pre-formatted letters to our elected officials. An email just came across my desk about three issues that are important to me….and I’m confident at least one will be important to you:
Urge Congress to Support Victims of Palestinian Terror
Protect Foreign Aid & Medical Research Funding -- Proposed budget cuts are targeting two top Hadassah priorities: foreign aid to Israel and National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding for medical research. This includes some foreign aid grants allocated directly to Hadassah Medical Organization (HMO) for the purchase and shipment of essential equipment. Medical research—in the US and at HMO—powers scientific innovation, prevents disease, and saves lives.
There are two letters to representatives; one supporting Foreign Aid to Israel and HMO; the other the protect medical research funding.
Your letters make a difference. Your calls to Congress and over 6,400 messages in support of women's health coverage made an impact! Hadassah remains committed to women's health equity and a quality, affordable, and equitable health care system for all. Thanks for taking action. That's the power of women who advocate!
I urge you to join Hadassah’s Advocacy network. Go to www.hadassah.org/advocate to learn more about Hadassah’s positions on Domestic Advocacy, Israeli and International Advocacy, and opt in to receive their emails.
Thank you – and may you have a joyous and meaningful Passover!
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