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
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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December 2018 Book Club
December 5, 2018
NOTE THE CHANGE OF DATE AND PLACE: In December, Hadassah Rhode Island Book Club will be discussing "Identical Strangers" by Elyse Schein and Paula Bernstein. 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.
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)