Rhode Island

Welcome to Hadassah Rhode Island's website. PLEASE NOTE changes in the Book Club Schedule Please visit our Facebook page for more photos, videos, event reminders, and "conversation". On Facebook, help us spread the word about Hadassah RI events by "liking" posts and "sharing".

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Newton Center,, Massachusetts 02459
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1320 Centre Street, Suite 205

Newton Center,, Massachusetts 02459


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Hadassah RI

Our Photos capture the many engaging, fun, and instructive events of Hadassah Rhode Island!

View our newest photos from Books on the Beach 2017 Updated August 2017

View photos from Books on the Beach 2016

View photos from Books on the Beach 2015

View photos from our annual “Cause for Applause”  a fundraiser for the Dr. Merry Drench scholarship at Hadassah Academic College in Jerusalem.

View photos from our Chai Luncheons   Updated March 2018

View an array of photos from past events  Updated January 2018

Book Club News

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.

Please note, however, the March Meeting will be at the Holocaust Education Center at the Dwares JCC on Elmgrove Avenue, Providence.

A planning meeting to select the books for 2018 was held on February 5, 2018.

Click here for a (downloadable) full schedule of books and authors for 2018.

SAVE THE DATE! Books on the Beach August 7, 2018
2018 BOB Save the Date Poster

Our Eighth Annual Summer Fundraiser

Luncheon will be by the beach at OceanCliff in Newport, RI

We welcome authors Rachel Kadish and Tova Mirvis

Rachel Kadish will introduce us to her book, “The Weight of Ink”, winner of a 2017 National Jewish Book Award. St in London in the 1660s and the early twenty-first century, this is the interwoven tale of two women of remarkable intellect.

Tova Mirvis will speak about her book, “The Book of Separation” a memoir of a woman who leaves her faith and her marriage and sets out to navigate the terrifying, liberating terrain of a newly mapless world.

Hope to see you!!


SAVE THE DATE: Cause for Applause 2018
A Cause for Applause

Announcing our 5th Annual Cause for Applause, honoring Dr. Merry Drench.

This is a Hadassah Rhode Island fundraiser for Brain Cancer Research.

This year we will be have a special screening of “Funny Girl” at Temple Torat Yisrael on Sunday, May 6, at 2:00. A desert reception will follow the screening. Registration Is $36.00.

This will be a great gift for Mother’s Day. Bring your mother, grandmother, daughter, granddaughter, aunts, nieces, etc. for a wonderful afternoon!

Merry Drench was an author and a popular lecturer in Physical Therapy and Behavioral Sciences. She was known for her sharp wit and great sense of humor and brought these same gifts to her decades of service and devotion to Hadassah.  She was a Past President of the Western New England Region and of Hadassah Rhode Island.

Merry lost her battle with brain cancer in May 2013. Her love of musical theater makes this fundraiser a perfect way to “applaud” Merry for the wonderful person that she was.

Since the 2003 opening of the Leslie and Michael Gaffin Molecular Neuro-Oncology Laboratory at Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem, researchers have been focused on developing advanced diagnostic tests for brain tumors. Recent lab tests show that the same drugs successfully used for prostate cancer are also efficient in killing brain tumor cells, a finding that may change the treatment of brain tumors and bring new hope to patients.

Look for your invitation and registration in the mail.

From our President

Installation 2016

Hadassah, The Power Of Women For Israel


Recent events show that Israel—our Jewish homeland—continues to need our support, our commitment, and our devotion. Hadassah’s policy efforts support Israel’s security, a future of peace in the Middle East and stronger US-Israel relations. Hadassah also advocates for the rights of Jewish people around the world and promotes the centrality of Israel in Jewish life, in order to foster partnerships between Israel, Hadassah, and the American Jewish community.   

Hadassah Rhode Island continues to thrive, but we need your support to keep this happening.  We have several fundraising events planned and hope that you will be able to join us at them to show your support.

On Sunday, March 4 at “Chai Noon, our Chai Luncheon, a dairy pot luck luncheon was held at the Wethersfield Commons clubhouse in Warwick, RI. Our speaker this year was Lisa Fishayn-Joffe, the Director of Hadassah Brandeis Institute, who spoke on the Jewish Perspective on Immigration.

Chai Society members were also honored at this event; they are friends of Hadassah who have pledged a minimum contribution of $180 each year to Hadassah. 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.

And at Cause for Applause - Sunday, May 6 at 2 PM there will be a special screening of the classic Funny Girl, in memory of Dr. Meredith Drench.  Proceeds for this screening will go to brain cancer research at Hadassah Hospital.

We hope that you will plan to join us at these events and help to support the work of Hadassah.  And please also mark your calendar for Tuesday, August 7 for the 8th annual Books on the Beach!

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April 2018 Book Club

April 2, 2018

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

In April, Hadassah Rhode Island Book Club will be discussing "The Family Carnovsky" by I. J. Singer. 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.

A Cause for Applause

Cause for Applause 2018

May 6, 2018

Temple Torat Yisrael, 1251 Middle Road, East Greenwich, RI

Just in time for Mother's Day! In Memory of Merry Drench, Hadassah RI invites you to a special screening of "Funny Girl" at 2:00PM at Temple Torat Yisrael. A dessert reception follows the screening. All proceeds benefit Brain Cancer Research at Hadassah Hospital. Registrations are in the mail! Please return by April 23, 2018.


May 2018 Book Club

May 7, 2018

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

In May, Hadassah Rhode Island Book Club will be discussing "Heretics" by Leonardo Padura. 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.


June 2018 Book Club

June 4, 2018

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

In June, Hadassah Rhode Island Book Club will be discussing "The Book of Separation", by Tova Mirvis. Tova will also be one of our authors at the 2018 Books on the Beach luncheon in August.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.




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.



  • President

    Sue Mayes

  • Vice President: Membership

    Betty Ann Israelit

  • VicePresident: Fundraising

    Judy Silverman

  • Vice President: Program

    Leah Ross-Coke

  • Vice President: Organization

    Maxine Wolfson

  • Treasurer

    Judy Schoenfeld

  • Corresponding Secretary (and Card and Certificate Chair)

    Beth Bark

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