Rhode Island

Welcome to Hadassah Rhode Island's website. 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". Note the new schedule for the Book Club - updated on 1/5/17!

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Newton Center,, Massachusetts 02459
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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 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 November 2016

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.

Books that will be discussed during 2017 were selected on January 2, 2017. 

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


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

SAVE THE DATE: Cause for Applause 2017
A Cause for Applause

Announcing our 4th Annual Cause for Applause, honoring Dr. Merry Drench to be held on May 7, 2017. This is a Hadassah Rhode Island fundraiser for Brain Cancer Research.

Showtime at The Ocean State Theater for Victor, Victoria is at 2:00. There will be a reception following the show.

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.

Download the Invitation and Registration Form here. Tickets are limited and may not be available after April 7.

Books on the Beach 2017
BOB 2017 Save the Date

Hadassah Rhode Island announces Books on the Beach 2017

The Date is Wednesday, August 9, 2017

The Place is OceanCliff in Newport, RI

This year’s authors are Joanna Rakoff, author of My Salinger Year and Alyson Richman, author of The Velvet Hours.

See details about the luncheon and the authors!

Continue to check back for online registration and updated information about the authors and the luncheon. 

From our President

Installation 2016

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Dear friends and members of Hadassah Rhode Island,

As I sit here cozy in my warm house, I am disappointed that we were not able to hold our Hadassah meeting today .  We had planned this meeting with our speaker, Hershey Rosen, whom many of you know -  and it’s too bad that the snowfall did us in!  It is always best to be cautious as we ask our members to be on the roads, right??

Our next big event is in May  - Cause for Applause, to honor the memory of Dr. Meredith Drench.  This year’s play at the Ocean State Theater on May 7 is “Victor, Victoria”.  And our annual Books on the Beach will be in August, to be held again at Oceancliff in Newport.  Please watch for more information on both of these exciting events on our Hadassah calendar!

So I did want to fill you in on some of the Hadassah Rhode Island  “ goings-on”.  From December 15 to 24, about 50 of us gift wrapped at Warwick Mall, continuing a project begun about 40 years ago by Pawtucket Hadassah.  What a wonderful and fun this event is, a great bonding among our members and friends and a great way to spread the word of Hadassah, as well as to make new friendships and rekindle some from the previous year!  Our huge thanks to Judy Silverman who coordinates this entire project!!!

Because of YOU in 2016 we...

  • Launched the Research in Service to Humanity Campaign to harness the power of scientific imagination and relieve suffering around the world. Research breakthroughs at the Hadassah Medical Organization — such as a revolutionary stem cell therapy to treat ALS patients — riveted the worldwide medical community. Results show that the therapy inhibited ALS disease progression in 87% of clinical trial patients.
  • Completed funding for the new underground surgical suite in the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower. Today, Hadassah's world-renowned surgical teams can provide victims of terror and trauma with the best care possible, safe from harm.
  • Founded and convened the Coalition for Women's Health Equity — now 21 organizations strong and growing — to advocate for women's health equity in prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and cure. Next up: the Coalition's Women's Health Summit in Washington, DC, in May 2017.
  • Expanded Defining Zionism in the 21st Century, adding live events into the lineup of Hadassah's provocative monthly speaker series, created to foster conversations around the country and deepen connections to Zionism, with 66,000 viewers online, and over 500 at live events.
  • Provided 270 Young Judaea scholarships to summer camps and Israel experiences to help ensure Jewish continuity for future generations.
  • Made possible a range of Youth Aliyah programs — from school villages to travel, from marathons to music, that give children at risk and from a variety of backgrounds a pathway to success, and a sense of sanctuary.
  • Reached more than 7 million Facebook users building support for Israel & Zionism, women's health & wellness, and research and treatment at HMO in Israel.

The results are real and, in many cases, astounding. We could not have done any of this without you. We look forward to sharing more of these successes with you throughout 2017.


Sue Mayes
Hadassah Rhode Island

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April 2017 Book Club

April 3, 2017

Books on the Square, 471 Angel St., Providence, RI

In April, Hadassah Rhode Island Book Club will be discussing "Such Good Girls", by Richard Rosen. 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.


May 2017 Book Club

May 1, 2017

Books on the Square, 471 Angel St., Providence, RI

In May, Hadassah Rhode Island Book Club will be discussing "Orphan #8", by Kim Van Alkemade 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

A Cause for Applause 2017

May 7, 2017

Ocean State Theatre, 1245 Jefferson Blvd., Warwick, RI

This year's play at The Ocean State Theatre is "Victor/Victoria." This annual fundraiser, honors Dr. Merry Drench, and will be benefiting brain cancer research. Join us at the theater for the 2:00 play. You can download a registration from the Announcement above; hard copy invitations are coming soon.


June 2017 Book Club

June 5, 2017

Books on the Square, 471 Angel St., Providence, RI

In June the Hadassah RI Book Club will be discussing "Margot: A Novel" by Jillian Cantor. 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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