Hadassah

Rhode Island

Welcome to Hadassah Rhode Island's website. Check our upcoming events. IMPORTANT CHANGE: The June Book Club is now Tuesday, June 11. Save the Date - June 3 - for a Membership Meeting. Save the Date - August 6 - for Books on the Beach. Check out the books being read by our Book Club. Check our photos. Visit, Like, and Follow our Facebook page; share our posts; invite friends to our Facebook Page. Hadassah RI is part of the Hadassah Southern New England Region; check their calendar on their website for a full calendar of Regional Events.

Announcements

Book Club News
Marilyn at Book Club Meeting

Our Book Club meets on the first Monday of most months at Books on the Square in Wayland Square, Everyone is welcome to participate in these book discussions. Each month's selection is also listed under the Events section below. NOTE that  the December 2019 date and time will be determined at a later time. Other changes to the scheudle, if needed,  will be posted on this website and on Facebook.

A planning meeting to select the books for 2019 was held on January 7, 2019.

Click here for a downloadable schedule of 2019 books and meeting times.








“Grow strong, find your power through Hadassah” Membership Meeting
Youth Aliyah logo

SAVE THE DATE: Monday, June 3, for: 
“Grow strong, find your power through Hadassah”  Membership Meeting
Program on Youth Aliyah with Speaker Carol Goodman Kaufman, Youth Aliyah National Chair
Join us for a summer supper at Temple Torat Yisrael at 6:00PM.

A Ph.D. in industrial and organizational psychology and active in several community organizations, Carol has held numerous portfolios in Hadassah, including as Chair of Hadassah Academic College and of the National Programming Department. In her home chapter, she runs the community-wide program, "Get Your 'Z' On: Zionism That You Didn't Learn in Hebrew School" and the Israeli literature book club.

The Youth Aliyah villages of Meir Shfeyah, Hadassah Neurim, and Ramat Hadassah Szold provide a safety net of services – food, shelter, education and love – for children from Russia, Ukraine, Ethiopia, and from abusive and poverty-stricken homes in Israel itself. With guidance and first-rate instruction, students acquire the skills they need to succeed in modern-day Israel.

The couvert is $18 with new-this-year annual and life members welcome as guests. For registration information please contact Hadassah Rhode Island by emailing chapri@hadassah.org or Maxine@reikibysea.com.

SAVE THE DATE: Books on the Beach 2019
2019 Save the Date

Hadassah Rhode Island announces  Books on the Beach 2019 with authors Mary Morris (Gateway to the Moon) and Sally Koslow (Another Side of Paradise). 

Mary Morris' stories often deal with the tension between home and away. A historically based novel, Gateway to the Moon is the remarkable story of a remote New Mexican town coming to grips with a dark history it never imagined. This novel is a beautiful novel of shared history, a moving and memorable portrait of a family and its journey through the centuries.

In Another Side of Paradise, Sally Koslow imaginatively brings to life the shocking love affair of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Sheilah Graham in this dazzling novel of romance, celebrity, and Gatsby-esque self-creation in Old Hollywood. A Booklist reviewer wrote, “Koslow draws on primary sources to lend authenticity to this romantic yet disturbingly rough relationship in a novel that will attract high interest with its iconic subjects.”

To learn more about the authors and their books, click here for Mary Morris; and for Sally Koslow.

Our Guest Speaker will be Hadassah Past President Nancy Falchuk who will update us on Hadassah initiatives and events.

This book and author luncheon supports the Hadassah 360° Capital Campaign - a remarkable opportunity for Hadassah Medical Organization to completely reimagine the Round Building at Ein Keren.  The new Round Building will enhance 360° of Healing, 360° of Research, and 360° of Collaboration.
Check back for more information and registration links.

From our President

2019 President Sue Mayes

An excerpt from the April 18th issue of the "Forward".

The heroine of Passover is Pharaoh’s daughter Batya, who defies her father’s decree and rescues baby Moses from the Nile, adopting him as her own son. Batya is the embodiment of a brave visionary, and a woman of valor.

Many generations later, the daughter of a Baltimore rabbi, Henrietta Szold, spent much of her early career at the Jewish Publication Society. As an eminent scholar, editor and translator, she brought Jewish ideas and history – including Batya’s story — to American audiences. That work was just the beginning of the legendary impact she would make by founding Hadassah in 1912, which led to the creation of the medical infrastructure for the State of Israel.

Henrietta Szold, and the nascent board of the new Hadassah, had a bold vision that began, like so many great, transformative enterprises, with a small first step and a big risk.

They would combat the horrific health and sanitary conditions in then-Palestine by sending trained nurses to set up a health station. This idea quickly became a reality — and so much more — thanks to early philanthropic support from Lina and Nathan Straus, the department store magnate. As Hadassah’s impact grew, so did Szold’s plans. Among the many individuals who stepped up to support this vision was Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis, who made a personal donation of $10,000 to help Hadassah’s successful anti-malaria efforts — one of many personal donations he would make over the years

Since then, Hadassah has played a huge role in uniting American Jewish women around practical Zionism as a force for healing, and an Israel that advances the health and well-being of all of its people. Today, this mission still unites 300,000-plus Hadassah members and supporters, including women and men. 

As women’s vision and leadership grows, so does their impact.  As women’s vision and leadership becomes more visible across sectors in American life, their impact grows across the board, often lighting a path forward for nonprofits, social impact investing and ventures that benefit society.

Sue Mayes, President

Hadassah
Rhode Island

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Events

Books

May 2019 Book Club

May 6, 2019

Books on the Square, 471 Angell St, Providence, RI

In May, Hadassah Rhode Island Book Club will be discussing "The World Without You" by Joshua Henkin. The Book Club meets at 7:00. New members are always welcome. Books can be bought at Books on the Square at a 10% discount

Youth Aliyah logo

“Grow strong, find your power through Hadassah” Membership Meeting

June 3, 2019

Temple Torat Yisrael

Program on Youth Aliyah with Speaker Carol Goodman Kaufman, Youth Aliyah National Chair. Carol has held numerous portfolios in Hadassah, including as Chair of Hadassah Academic College and of the National Programming Department. Join us for a summer supper. The couvert is $18 with new-this-year annual and life members welcome as guests.

Books

June 2019 Book Club

June 11, 2019

Books on the Square, 471 Angell St, Providence, RI

In June, Hadassah Rhode Island Book Club will be discussing "The Hilltop," by Assaf Gavron.The Book Club meets at 7:00. New members are always welcome. Books can be bought at Books on the Square at a 10% discount. NOTE THE DAY AND DATE CHANGE.

Books

July 2019 Book Club

July 1, 2019

Books on the Square, 471 Angell St, Providence, RI

In July Hadassah Rhode Island Book Club will be discussing "Promised Land," by Martin Fletcher . The Book Club meets at 7:00. New members are always welcome. Books can be bought at Books on the Square at a 10% discount

Groups

Books

EVENING BOOK CLUB

The Rhode Island chapter sponsors an Evening Book Club, which meets throughout the year, at Books on the Square at 7:00 PM, usually on the first Monday of each month. Books are selected at the January meeting. See separate events for each month's selection. Books on the Square offers a discount of 10% for Book Club members.

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Leadership

  • President

    Sue Mayes

  • Vice President: Philanthropy

    Betty Ann Israelit

  • Vice President: Program

    Leah Ross-Coke

  • Vice President: Membership

    Maxine Bornstein

  • Vice President: Organization

    Lorraine Rappoport

  • Treasurer

    Judy Schoenfeld

  • Treasurer

    Donna Podrat

  • Records Administrator

    Judy Silverman

  • Card and Certificate Chair

    Beth Bark

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