Hadassah Savannah began in 1926, just 14 years after Henrietta Szold and her study group began their work in Palestine. Since that time, the chapter has continued to grow and prosper. Our members (over 400) live in and around Savannah and neighboring towns. Like many other southern cities, we have a nice mix of "southern" (natives) and "other'n" (transplants and retirees from all over the country). This brings us a different perspective since many transplants were active in other Hadassah chapters and groups across the country. We are working toward activating as many women as possible. To do this, our focus for the last 3 years has been on programming to attract existing and new members--such as Women and Health, Women and Wealth, Family Fun Day, Sukkah in the City, Tu b-shvat celebrations, and much more.
From our President
As the Savannah Chapter of Hadassah approaches 5776, we can borrow an old slogan from National Hadassah, “90 never looked so good!” The Savannah Chapter of Hadassah continues to grow and prosper. Our 400-plus members live in and around Savannah and neighboring towns. Like many other southern cities, we have a nice mix of "southern" (natives) and "other'n" (transplants and retirees from all over the country). This brings us a different perspective since many transplants were active in other Hadassah chapters and groups across the country and bring their ideas and energy with them.
Our new challenges are no different from those recorded in our minute logs from every decade since our founding almost 90 years ago in 1926: adapting our programming to fit the ever changing role of women in the home, in business and in our community and the increased demands on the modern woman’s time.
Whereas the last decade we focused on generic programs about Women and Health, Women and Wealth, and Family Fun Days with our community center and synagogues like Sukkah in the City and Hadassah Green Grocer, we are adapting again to target individual members and their desire to connect to Israel and Hadassah initiatives but who don't have the time to attend meetings and plan large events. Smaller home and restaurant gatherings on Hadassah topics relevant to today’s home maker and working woman have attracted new members and we hope will foster future leadership for the chapter to keep us vital. Summer's Spot-On healthy skin campaign and October again will bring a Save the Ta-Tas art auction and a spring Hadassah Presents fundraiser. This year we will promote more online connections in order to increase our visibility among younger audiences and encourage them to explore Hadassah and the good work we do.
Hadassah Savannah President
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