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

1320 Centre Street, Suite 205

Newton Center,, Massachusetts 02459


Photo Albums
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 in memory of Dr. Merry Drench

View photos from our Chai Luncheons      

View an array of photos from past events

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.

For the full 2017 schedule see “BOOK CLUB” under Newsletters below.


Click here for the full schedule for 2017 of books and dates

December 2017 Book Club Meeting News!

The December Book Club will meet at Temple Emanu-El to discuss Elie Wiesel's Night. Details will be posted soon.

From our President

Installation 2016

This letter from Ellen Hershkin, Hadassah National President announces a major milestone — the fundraising campaign for the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower (The Tower) is complete, pending the fulfillment of outstanding pledges.

“I know you share my excitement about the tremendous impact that The Tower will have on the well-being of the people of Israel. This ultra-modern complex, set amid the historic Judean Hills, rivals the finest hospitals and research facilities anywhere in the world. While I wish all of you would come with me to see The Tower in person, I can instead share with you some special highlights of what your generosity has allowed us to accomplish:

  • Specialized Medicine: The Tower is home to Hadassah's Neurosciences Center, the departments of Urology; Orthopedic and Vascular Surgery; Ear, Nose and Throat; Plastic Surgery; Gynecology and Cardiothoracic Surgery. Annually, Hadassah's doctors perform 900 neurosurgeries, 6,000 orthopedic procedures and more than 600 cardiothoracic operations.
  • Unparalleled Security: As a Level 1 Shock Trauma Unit, The Tower is fully prepared to handle catastrophic emergencies. HMO cares for more than 2,000 trauma patients yearly — from young soldiers wounded in combat to victims of road accidents. The underground surgical complex, consisting of five floors, fortified against conventional, chemical and biological warfare, will protect these trauma patients from further harm. The surgical complex can be rapidly converted to a fully functioning, self-sustained hospital, with the anesthesia department being able to house 400 patients.
  • Patient Comfort: With a total of 500 inpatient and 60 intensive-care beds, patient rooms feature one or two beds each. In double rooms, beds are diagonally across from one another for more privacy and to reduce transmission of infection. Every patient bed has a view of the Judean Hills, and each patient room has a daybed, enabling a relative to stay overnight.

As you can see, what we have been able to create with your support is beyond even our most ambitious dreams. But, as always, we strive to do more. However, as is the case worldwide, no hospital is ever totally complete without new equipment, state-of-the-art facilities and advanced technology that reflect changes in the delivery of medical services. Tower-specific fundraising will continue to ensure that The Tower functions optimally to provide the best care in the world.

Thank you for fulfilling the dream.”


Ellen Hershkin

National President

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November 2017 Book Club

November 6, 2017

Books on the Square, 471 Angel Street, Providence

In November the Hadassah RI Book Club will be discussing "Aimee and Jaguar" by Erica Fischer. 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.


December 2017 Book Club: Hadassah Rhode Island and Temple-Emanu-El cosponsors

December 4, 2017

Temple Emanu-El, 99 Taft St, Providence

The book for this December Meeting discussion will be Elie Wiesel's "Night". This is co-sponsored with Temple-Emanu-El.




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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