Rhode Island

Welcome to Hadassah Rhode Island's website. PLEASE NOTE the Save The Date Announcements for our 8th Annual Books on the Beach and the 2018 Cause for Applause! 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".

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 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.

Please note, however, the March Meeting will be at the Holocaust Education Center at the Dwares JCC on Elmgrove Avenue, Providence.

A planning meeting to select the books for 2018 was held on February 5, 2018.

Click here for a (downloadable) full schedule of books and authors for 2018.

SAVE THE DATE! Books on the Beach August 7, 2018
BOB Banner

Our Eighth Annual Summer Fundraiser

Authors and Luncheon by the beach

Hope to see you!!

SAVE THE DATE: Cause for Applause 2018
A Cause for Applause

Announcing our 5th Annual Cause for Applause, honoring Dr. Merry Drench to be held on May 6, 2018. This is a Hadassah Rhode Island fundraiser for Brain Cancer Research.

Showtime for a special screening of “Funny Girl” is at 2:00.

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.

Registration will be posted soon. Check back for updates.

From our President

Installation 2016

Fighting Anti-Semitism

A Hadassah Response

A message from Hadassah National President, Ellen Hershkin in response to the August 11-12, “Unite the Right” rally. The White Supremacists and neo-Nazis march, initially intended to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, quickly turned violent, ultimately ending in three fatalities and many injuries.

“We condemn in the strongest possible terms the violence and hateful rhetoric of the “Unite the Right” rally. This outward display of racism and prejudice has no place in our society.

Some protesters chanted “Jews will not replace us” while marching with Nazi flags. As the members of Hadassah, we cannot help but have special understanding of the dangers of bigotry for all people.

We applaud the bipartisan condemnation of domestic terrorism by elected officials, especially those who pointedly acknowledged the dangerous neo-Nazi and white supremacist ideologies behind the event.

The events of this past weekend shed light on a shocking level of hatred that is alive in our country.

We join with other Jewish, interfaith, and secular organizations condemning neo-Nazism and white supremacy. We urge Hadassah members to speak out in the face of hatred.

As the largest women’s Zionist organization in America, we say loudly, and clearly—we do not tolerate this heinous type of hatred in America, or anywhere in the world.”


The following has also been taken from a longer statement on the Hadassah website.

"...Together, we must hold our leaders accountable, and ensure that there is no doubt about the unacceptability of moral equivalency. Please join us in taking a stand.


Engage with members of your community and have meaningful conversations about the rise in anti-Semitism, Nazism, white supremacy and bigotry.

Reach out to organizations of other faiths and backgrounds to build coalitions against hatred in your community.

Urge your elected officials to condemn violence and hatred, calling out the dangerous Nazi and white supremacist ideologies behind them, and developing a plan of action. Take action via the Hadassah National Action Center.

Explore and get involved in educational efforts or security briefings in your area through local schools, community centers, houses of worship and other organizations.

Stay up to date on Hadassah's advocacy opportunities by registering for Hadassah's Advocacy Alerts and Updates.

Speak out on social media. Share Hadassah's graphics, posts and statements on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. #StopTheHate

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February 2018 Book Club

February 5, 2018

Books on the Square, 471 Angel Street, Providence

This year the Book Club Planning Meeting has been postponed due to heating issues to February; at that time the Book Club will decide which books to read and discuss during the coming year. Participants are asked to make 2 suggestions. Snowbirds are asked to email their suggestions before the meeting. All are welcome to participate in this Book Club. The meeting begins at 7:00PM.

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Chai Luncheon 2018: A Jewish Perspective on Immigration

March 4, 2018

Wethersfield Commons Clubhouse, 1 Williamsburg Dr, Warwick, RI

Lisa Fishbayn Joffe, the Shulamit Reinharz Director of Hadassah Brandeis Institute, will present "You Shall Not Oppress the Stranger" at this year's Chai Luncheon. Beginning at "Chai" Noon, this is a dairy pot-luck luncheon. Donations should be in Chai increments. Reservations are due by February 9 and forms can be found on the back of mailed invitations.


March 2018 Book Club

March 5, 2018

Sandra Bornstein Holocaust Center in the JCC

The March Meeting of the Book Club will be held at The Holocaust Education Center at the JCC at 7:00PM. All are welcome to attend. The discussion will be on the book "American Pastoral", by Philip Roth.


April 2018 Book Club

April 2, 2018

Books on the Square, 471 Angell St, Providence, RI

In April, Hadassah Rhode Island Book Club will be discussing "The Family Carnovsky" by I. J. Singer. 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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