Welcome to Hadassah Rhode Island's website. Enjoy the newly posted photos from our Chai Luncehon, which was held on November 11, 2018. Check our upcoming events. Check out the books being read by our Book Club. Visit and Like our Facebook page; share our posts. Hadassah RI is part of the Hadassah Southern New England Region; check their calendar on their website for a full calendar of Regional Events.
Our Photos capture the many engaging, fun, and instructive events of Hadassah Rhode Island!
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 November 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.
A planning meeting to select the books for 2018 was held on February 5, 2018.
The books for 2019 will be decided at the January 2019 Planning Meeting. Everyone is invited to attend; please bring the names of 2 books as your suggestions.
From our President
Old-New Land, Old-New Building
(Adapted from a message from Hadassah President, Ellen Hershkin)
Modern Israel is not a newly formed or newly conceived nation. It represents a return and a renaissance. Sometimes new is best, sometimes renovation is the answer—and sometimes you can have both.
Six years ago, Hadassah dedicated the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower, the state-of-the-art surgical and inpatient center at Hadassah Hospital at Ein Kerem. The tower was needed because the former anchor of the campus was more than 50 years old.
Occupancy now exceeds 100% and we look again to that same round building—inside of which so many Israelis came into the world, and so many were healed. It is ready for a renovation that was impossible while it still functioned as the Hadassah Medical Organization’s nerve center, a renewal that will put its facilities on par with those of the adjacent tower.
We have launched our 360° of Healing/Full Circle Campaign, a $91.2-million capital project to bring the round building into the 21st century.
At HMO, extraordinary effort and superlative care never stop—not for nightfall, Shabbat or holidays; not for construction, financial crises or war. Like the sentinels on Jerusalem’s watchtowers, our hospitals function 24/7, 365 days a year. Inside, the astonishing is routine and, as an old Israeli saying goes, “the impossible takes a little longer.”
And, adapting from another of President Hershkin’s emails, - We in Hadassah can “Keep spreading the light, long after the last Hanukkah candle is lit.”
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Gift Wrapping at the Mall
December 16, 2018 - December 24, 2018Warwick Mall
It is time for our annual Gift Wrapping at the Mall! This is a Rhode Island Hadassah holiday service activity, a fundraiser for the chapter, and a fun social activity for participants. If interested in helping, contact information is below.
January 2019 Book Club Planning Meeting
January 7, 2019
This Book Club Meeting is a planning meeting, where the books for the coming year are decided. Everyone is welcome. Please bring 2 ideas or, if you cannot attend, email choices to the name below.
February 2019 Book Club
February 4, 2019
In February, Hadassah Rhode Island Book Club will be discussing "Lioness: Golda Meir and the Nation of Israel," by Francine Klagsbrun 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.
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.
Vice President: Membership
Betty Ann Israelit
Vice President: Program
Vice President: Organization
Corresponding Secretary (and Card and Certificate Chair)