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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
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.
SAVE THE DATE: Cause for Applause 2017
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
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.
Continue to check back for online registration and updated information about the authors and the luncheon.
From our President
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.”
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May 2017 Book Club
May 1, 2017
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 2017
May 7, 2017
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
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.
July 2017 Book Club
July 10, 2017
In July the Hadassah RI Book Club will be discussing "Petropolis" by Anya Ulinich. 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)