Jewish Leaders Honored at Borough Hall
(L to r) Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Bruce Balter; Borough President Marty Markowitz; Rabbi Meyer; Ms. Raskin; Gail Hammerman, President of the Brooklyn Region of Hadassah; Judy Shapiro and Steve Cohn, co-chairs of the Brooklyn Jewish Heritage Committee.
Recently several Jewish communal leaders were honored at a Salute to Israel event in Borough Hall that helped launch the Brooklyn Jewish Historical Initiative's website. The honorees were ShternieRaskin, director of the GanMenachem Kiddie Corner Preschool in Brooklyn Heights; Rabbi Jack Meyer, director of Misaskin, which helps organize funerals for needy families; and Hadassah, The Women's Zionist Organization of America for its centennial anniversary
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Nassau Region of Hadassah Walk-a-Thon for Stem Cell Research a Success
(l to r) Gilda Davis, Miriam Silverman, Eve Marrow, Sharon Tract, Sarah Tract, Brenda Korff and Cindy Katz
Sharon Tract and her daughter, Sarah.
On Sunday, May 6, the Nassau Region of Hadassah held a Walk-a-thon for Stem Cell Research. Over 400 members, family and friends of the Nassau Chapters participated in the event, which took place in different locations throughout Long Island.
Sarah Tract, a ninth grade student at Jericho High School, raised $1,500 thanks to the support of her family and friends. Through her mother, Sharon Tract, past president of the Roslyn Chapter, Sarah knows that Hadassah members have been advocates for stem cell research at the state and federal levels for more than a decade.
Monies from the walk-a-thon will help advance the research at the Hadassah Medical Organization in Israel, whose scientists are pioneers in the field.
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Nurses Honored in Connecticut Region
Deborah Broadley, Debra Kaye, Connie Cirillo Freeman
Sally Kleinman, Region OVP, Joyce Backman, Region Treasurer and Nurse Honoree, Connie Cirillo Freeman, Region President
Connecticut Region commemorated Hadassah's Centennial by honoring their Region's Nurse Volunteers at their Annual Awards Dinner on May 30. Over 75 guests, nurses and associates attended the celebration and honored 52 nurses with the Hadassah Centennial Award. Their biographies, which were presented in a PowerPoint slideshow, showed the diversity and depth of skill, training, compassion, accomplishment, and good works that their women, and one Associate, have given to the profession and to Hadassah.
In the featured presentation, Pennie Sessler Branden, National Co-Chair of the Nurses' Councils, and Deborah Broadley, a nurse practitioner, spoke beautifully and with passion about the past, present and future of nursing. The ensuing discussion showed a clear desire on the part of the nurses to meet again to address issues that affect nursing, healthcare and Hadassah.
Debra Kaye, a nurse and Region Recording Secretary, was instrumental in arranging the nurses' recognition. Sally Kleinman and Rhonna Rogol chaired the annual awards part of the event so that each chapter was publicly recognized for its unique strengths.
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Oakland Hadassah Celebrates 100th Anniversary with Song
Oakland Ruach Chapter of Hadassah
The Oakland Ruach Chapter of Hadassah sponsored a fundraiser on June 3, 2012, to celebrate Hadassah's Centennial, highlighting Yiddish, Tin Pan Alley and Broadway songs made famous by Jewish American women. The one woman show, "Voices of Jewish Women in American Theater," included 100 years of popular songs associated with Molly Picon, Sophie Tucker, Roberta Peters, Barbra Streisand and others.
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Stamford Hadassah Celebrates 100 Years
Centennial celebrations in Connecticut have been ongoing since February 24, 2012 when Hadassah turned 100. Stamford Hadassah invited the community to join them for a centennial bash at a pre-summer party at KOSH (Kosher American Bistro), which was held on Monday evening, June 4th, 2012. The participants were amazed by the extraordinary work Hadassah accomplishes both here in the United States and in Israel, as they listened to the presentation by Barbara Spack, Hadassah's National Chair of Marketing and Communications.
KOSH partnered with Hadassah to honor Hadassah's founder and launch a new menu item, "The Henrietta Szold." Members and guests tried KOSH's delicious food, including the new dinner item, knowing that a percentage of the evening's proceeds were donated by KOSH to benefit Hadassah.
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(L to r) Netanel Draiblate of Lansdale, Pa., concertmaster with the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra; honoree Anna E. Greenberg of Annapolis; and featured speaker Sandra Goldstein of Potomac.
Annapolis Chapter of Hadassah
On March 30, the Annapolis Chapter of Hadassah celebrated the centennial anniversary of Hadassah with a luncheon honoring Anna E. Greenberg. She was recognized with Centennial certificates from the Region and National Boards for her vision, leadership, achievements, dedication and service to Hadassah. National Board Member Sandra Goldstein was the featured speaker. Netanel Draiblate, the concertmaster with the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, presented a short program of violin music.
Greater Cleveland Chapter Chapter of Hadassah
Even though the Greater Cleveland Chapter no longer has an official office, the members continue to be dedicated to the ideals of Hadassah. On Sunday, May 20, the chapter hosted a celebratory Centennial Birthday brunch to honor the accomplishments of Hadassah and present the Centennial Award to life member, Roz Abraham. At that time, Roz described Hadassah as "an integral part of my life. Hadassah and my love of Israel go hand-in-hand. I am so proud of the medical breakthroughs occurring at the Hadassah Medical Center and the superb quality of care given to each patient."
As part of the Centennial Birthday celebration, artifacts from the Cleveland Jewish Archives at the Western Reserve Historical Society, along with some memorabilia from the national Hadassah office were exhibited. Included in this was a letter written in 1914 by Dr. I.J. Biskind to Henrietta Szold, along with her reply in 1916. Dr. Biskind became the second president of the Cleveland Chapter. There was also a copy of a memoir written by former Clevelander Rae Landy, one of the first nurses who went to Israel to serve in a medical capacity.
Teri Junker, President of the Central States Region of Hadassah, was the special guest speaker. Violinist and Hadassah Associate Greg Berlin provided the musical entertainment.
Plymouth, MA Chapter
On March 22, 2012, fourteen enthusiastic women from the Plymouth, MA Chapter, along with Traveling Henrietta, had a wonderful time celebrating Hadassah's centennial birthday.
The group gathered for hors d'oeuvres and played a great ice-breaker game. Each person drew a card, which specified a time period (a year up to a decade). She briefly shared with the rest of the group what had been going on in her life at that time. Then she read from the card some details of what was happening with Hadassah during that same time period. It was a wonderful way to learn more about Hadassah's history and achievements, as well as hear about their friends' histories and what details they found most important in their own lives.
Following a delicious pot-luck dinner and socializing, they gathered for a meaningful Torch lighting ceremony (see below). All the women participated in the ceremony by pairing up and each reading one of the lines. While they enjoyed a special birthday cake with a Centennial Torch, they played a Hadassah trivia game, which included information about Hadassah and the Plymouth Chapter. What a wonderful, fun celebration, with everyone learning more about Hadassah and about each other! Each woman left with a Hadassah goodie-bag containing some Hadassah literature, a Hadassah pencil, a Hadassah candy bar, and a renewed sense of camaraderie and dedication to this wonderful organization.
"Partners with Israel for Life" is indeed an apt motto for Hadassah's Centennial Year Celebration. Over the course of 100 years, we have created and maintained hospitals and a health care system through the Hadassah Medical Organization, saved and educated Israel's children through Youth Aliyah and Hadassah College, planted trees, built dams and reservoirs with the Jewish National Fund, and brought our own children closer to Israel through Young Judea.
We honored this 100-year partnership by lighting symbolic torches on Mt. Herzl. The light of those torches is with us as we light our own, here today.
This torch symbolizes all that we share; from member to member, leader to leader, mother to child, and generation to generation.
We light this torch
- to symbolize the healing and the loving, peaceful light that Hadassah brings to Israel.
- to symbolize the illumination Hadassah sheds on America.
- to symbolize the vital life force Hadassah brings to the people of the world.
- to symbolize friendship between women and friendship among nations.
- to symbolize the family that is Hadassah.
In honor of all these things, and along with Hadassah chapters all over the country, we have lit this Centennial Torch celebrating the 100th birthday of Hadassah.
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Nassau Region's Attorneys' and Judges' Chapter of Hadassah
Deborah Kaminetzky, a Cedarhurst lawyer has been named "Woman of the Year" by Yashar, the Attorneys' and Judges' Chapter of Hadassah. The award was presented at the Nassau Region Conference at the Long Island Marriott in Uniondale on May 16. Deborah is a life member of Hadassah and serves on the board and as social secretary of Yashar. She has been involved in the past year with coordinating programs and attracting new members to the chapter.
"I am honored to be receiving the 'Woman Of The Year' award from Yashar Hadassah," she said. "The chapter has programming on topics of both legal and Jewish interest with judges and lawyers working together on programming, membership and fundraising for a great cause."
Arlington-Lexington Chapter of Hadassah
The Arlington-Lexington Chapter of Hadassah held its Spring Affair at the end of April. Participants enjoyed craft beer and classic music from the sixties, seventies and eighties while supporting the Pediatric Intensive Care unit of the Mother and Child Center at Hadassah Hospital, Ein Kerem.
Bayonne-Jersey City Chapter of Hadassah
The Bayonne-Jersey City Chapter of Hadassah held its annual donor dinner for members, associates and guests at the Bayonne Jewish Community Center. Barbara B. Spack, Hadassah's National Chair of Marketing and Communication, was the guest speaker.
Boston Chapter celebrated Art with Hadassah at its 9th annual ticketed arts and crafts auction at the home of one of its members. Each participant was guaranteed a unique work of art from a local artisan. The collection included items of jewelry, woven scarves, quilts, bags, stationery, pottery, and photography. The attendees were also given the opportunity to purchase a pink ribbon for $5 in honor or in memory of someone who has faced breast or ovarian cancer. A special board of ribbons was on display on the night of the event. The proceeds of the evening benefited breast and ovarian cancer research at Hadassah Hospital.
A cocktail and dessert reception was held on May 9 to honor Boston's Keepers of the Gate at the home of one of their members. Dr. Sig Karasch, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Attending Physician at Boston Medical Center Pediatric Trauma Unit was the guest speaker. Dr. Karasch spent time at Hadassah Mount Scopus as part of a team dealing with pediatric trauma.
Charleston West Virginia Chapter
The Charleston West Virginia Chapter helped commemorate the 100th anniversary of Hadassah at a lecture at the Culture Center featuring the internationally respected psychoanalyst Dr. Leon Wurmser, a former professor at West Virginia University. Using scriptures, ancient Hebrew texts, and psychiatric scholarship he presented his topic "Monotheism: One God, Many Questions," which dealt with the belief in the existence of one God in human history. A reception was held in the Great Hall immediately following the program, which was also sponsored by the Federated Jewish Charities of Charleston with support from the West Virginia Humanities Council.
Cincinnati Chapter of Hadassah
Members of the community were invited to attend the Cincinnati Chapter of Hadassah's Coffee Talk/Decaf Café on Monday, May 14. Special guest speaker, Judge Heather Stein Russell, a life member of Hadassah, spoke on "Hadassah and Hamilton County: Healing, Helping and Empowering Women." She demonstrated how the Hamilton County criminal justice system and Hadassah share a similar history in recognizing treatment issues unique to women and how these two institutions have developed programs to help women locally, nationally and in Israel.
Northern New Jersey Region
Northern New Jersey Region celebrated the 100th Anniversary of the founding of Hadassah at a gala reception at Temple Beth Am Yisrael in Springfield, on Thursday, May 10. Outgoing Region President Karen Goldman of Montclair passed the gavel to her successor, Loren Roth of North Caldwell. Region officers were also installed. Past and present Region and Chapter Presidents received special recognition. Proceeds benefited the new Sarah Wetsman Davidson Tower at Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem. Hadassah National Secretary Ellen Hershkin served as guest speaker at the event.
Southern New Jersey
Southern New Jersey's spring conference and education symposium was held on May 6 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Monroe. Incoming Hadassah College President Dr. Bertold Fridlender was the guest speaker. He explained that for the first time, the European Union will fund an Israeli institution to lead a multi-national scientific initiative. The partners in the project, which will make use of indigenous plant life in countries in the Mediterranean Sea basin to create a variety of cosmetics, medications, and food, make up a diverse coalition. The project will be part of the curriculum of the biotechnology department at Hadassah College, which he pointed out, was the first academic institution in Israel to offer a degree in biotechnology.
More than 150 participants listened to Dr. Fridlender explain that it was especially meaningful for him to talk about the project for the first time publicly in New Jersey. "Rutgers is my second academic institution after [Hadassah] College, and New Jersey is my second home," said the Chilean-born Fridlender, who has been a visiting professor at Rutgers since 2008 while also serving as chair of the Hadassah College Biotechnology program for the last eight years.
Part of the day was also devoted to a diverse panel discussion exploring the many facets of Jewish identity.
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Advocacy - Influentials at Home
(use the picture from the JTA) Pictured (l to r): Joyce Laiter, Paula Kaplan, Shelli Keeny, Sheila Levinsky, and Bonnie Kallen with Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick
Hadassah of Greater Philadelphia
Recently members of Hadassah of Greater Philadelphia met with U.S. Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick, (R-PA), who represents Bucks County and a part of Northeast Philadelphia, as part of the Influentials at Home program. This program encourages constituents to meet with their State and National representatives in order to inform them about the work of Hadassah and discuss issues that are of concern to us both in Israel and the United States.
Congressman Fitzpatrick was respectful, genial and welcoming, as well as knowledgeable of Hadassah's goals. The women, who were his constituents, briefed him on some of Hadassah's specific concerns and accomplishments. He realized that they are educated on the issues and are involved, active voters. The conversation was warm and personal, resulting in Congressman Fitzpatrick's offer to attend any Hadassah meeting to keep the members aware of what is happening in Washington and the world.
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Noar of Newburgh Chapter
Recently the Noar of Newburgh Chapter of Hadassah hosted a special showing of the film "Song of Life" by Tony Lycourissis. This film tells the story of the Jewish community on Zakynthos, a small island in the Ionian Sea, from the mid-15th century to the present day, including the uplifting story of the survival of the Jews during the Nazi occupation there. When the Nazis demanded a list of the island's Jews, the Mayor and the Bishop of the island made a decision that stood as an inspiring bit of light amid the darkness. Following the film, Mimica Tsezna-Hyman, of Newburgh, a member of the "American Friends of the Jewish Museum of Greece" that provided the film, shared stories about her parents and grandparents who fled and were sheltered during the Nazi occupation in Greece. Her daughter, Sabrina, presented a song she wrote, which addresses the issue of bullying and was inspired by what took place in Greece.
North Shore's Henrietta Szold Hadassah
North Shore's Henrietta Szold Hadassah held a program on Holocaust Remembrance Day at a member's home in Long Grove. Author Marty Brounstein discussed the book "Two Among the Righteous Few," a story about a Catholic couple in the Netherlands who risked their lives to save two dozen Jews during World War II.
The Roselle-Cranford Chapter of Hadassah and the Sisterhood of Temple Beth-El Mekor Chayim held their annual program commemorating the Holocaust at the Temple in Cranford NJ on Sunday April 22. Children from the Terezin Concentration Camp were memorialized. Members of both organizations read poems written by the children while they were confined at this camp. A candle lighting ceremony was conducted in memory of those who perished.
Shalom Hadassah and Congregation Sons of Israel Sisterhood of Peabody, MA co-sponsored a celebration of Yiddish heritage. A dairy supper was served, followed by a "Potpourri of Yiddish Shtick." Marcia Kestenbaum served as the emcee.
Recently, the Stamford Jewish Community Center in partnership with Stamford Hospital, First County Bank and the Stamford Chapter of Hadassah hosted a women's health and wellness fair. The free event, "Women Living Healthy in 2012" was open to the community. This is the second year for the event that focuses on women ages 25-60 offering health screenings, fitness classes, food demonstrations, panel discussions and presentations.
Enid Shapiro, Health Professionals' Council Co-chair, addressed the group.
In the beginning of April, the Boston Chapter Health Professional Councils sponsored a program entitled "Health Care from the Inside/Out: Two Sisters, Two Perspectives" with over 80 Hadassah members and health professionals attending. Following a delicious breakfast, the group heard Suzanne Salamon, M.D. of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and her sister, Julie Salamon, author, exchange professional experiences which informed and delighted those present. The program was followed by a lively discussion and was financially successful. Nurses and social workers received continuing education credits for the morning.
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The Knoxville Chapter sponsored "Hats, Hemlines and Hadassah," for high tea and Silk Purse fashions, on Sunday, April 15.
Henrietta Szold Hadassah of North Shore
Henrietta Szold Hadassah of North Shore sponsored a fashion show luncheon "The Magic of Hadassah" at the end of April at the Hyatt Deerfield.
Boston Chapter Chai Society
The Boston Chapter Chai Society Brunch was held on Sunday, April 29th at a member's home. Incoming Chapter President, Ellen Zarrow-Nissenbaum, was the guest speaker. Her topic, "Exploring Jewish Buenos Aires" highlighted her recent trip to Argentina. All Chai Society members were invited to the festive brunch. New members received a Chai Society pin designed by Israeli artist, Yossi Steinberg. The Chai Society is a giving opportunity designed for Boston Chapter members to annually support Hadassah.
Hadassah North Shore Chapter
Hadassah North Shore Chapter recently held its annual Book & Author Luncheon at the Highland Park Country Club. The guest author was Goldie Goldbloom, a Northwestern University professor who has written "The Paperbark Shoe." The event benefited stem cell research at Hadassah Hospital.
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Home Sweet Hadassah
Canton (Ohio) Chapter
The Canton (Ohio) Chapter celebrated Home Sweet Hadassah by sponsoring a Women's Seder. Many multi-generation families attended including Rossetta Wilkof and Susan Wilkof, Past President of Central States Region (pictured)
Henrietta Szold Group in Buffalo Grove
Henrietta Szold Group in Buffalo Grove celebrated Hadassah's 100 years with a special candle lighting ceremony to honor the initiative taken by Henrietta Szold. The members enjoyed playing games and were treated to a delicious birthday cake and grab bag.
Nashoba Valley Hadassah
Members and supporters of Nashoba Valley Hadassah celebrated Hadassah's 100th birthday at the Main Street Café in Groton. They enjoyed Ashkenazi, Sephardic, and Klezmer music as well as savored the Café's special menu of Israeli and Jewish foods.
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Spring Centennial Celebrations
Philadelphia Electric Company celebrated Hadassah's 100th Anniversary by displaying the lights at the top of the building on April 28 and 29, 2012.
Happy Hundredth Hadassah, Greater Philadelphia's spring gala and fundraiser, was held on Sunday April 29 at the Marriott Hotel, with 300 people in attendance. Multi-generations of Philadelphia women and men came together to celebrate Hadassah's efforts on behalf of Israel. The event featured raffles, a silent auction and a special performance by The Israeli Scouts. At the brunch, 23 women from throughout the area received Hadassah's prestigious Myrtle Wreath Award. The award is given to members chosen by their groups who exemplify the Hadassah ideals of commitment, leadership and philanthropy. Roz Holberg, President of Hadassah of Greater Philadelphia stated, "We are thrilled to take the opportunity presented by our Centennial to share with the Philadelphia community that Hadassah is an organization with active and committed members. Our organization is a powerhouse creating significant advances in healthcare, education, caring for at-risk youth and sharing our Jewish heritage. We are proud of what we accomplish and hope the region will take note of our incredible network of devoted and philanthropic women."
Arlington-Lexington Chapter of Hadassah
The Arlington-Lexington Chapter of Hadassah held its Spring Affair on April 28, 2012, supporting the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit of the Mother and Child Center of Hadassah Hospital, Ein Kerem, Jerusalem. The Kickbacks supplied the music of the 1960s, 70s, and 80s while participants were able to sample and learn about craft beers. A silent auction was also part of the festivities.
Central States Region
Pictured (l to r): Renee Sandler, President of Central States Region Teri Junker, Amy Perlman, Bobbie Signer, Jan Shulman
Donor Chair: Ghita Sarembock as Henrietta Szold
Merrimack Valley Chapter of Hadassah
The Merrimack Valley Chapter of Hadassah held its Centennial Donor Dinner at the end of at Temple Emanuel in Andover to celebrate Hadassah's centennial year. Dr. Ronen Beeri, a cardiologist at Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center, Ein-Kerem, was the keynote speaker. Dr. Beeri is a visiting scientist at Harvard Medical School. Boutiques, dinner and dessert preceded Dr. Beeri's presentation.
New Orleans Hadassah
New Orleans Hadassah's "Shining Star" brunch and style show was held at the end of April at the home of one of its members in Metairie. Marcie Natan, Hadassah's National President, was the guest speaker at this event celebrating Hadassah's first 100 years. Hadassah members modeled new spring fashions from Dillard's Department Store and the University of New Orleans Allstars Jazz Band provided the music.
St. Petersburg Chapter
St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster presented a proclamation on the steps of City Hall to St. Petersburg Chapter President Susan Kagan with other members present. The proclamation recognized Hadassah's achievements in health care, cutting-edge medical research, education and youth programs. It also proclaimed March 25, 2012 as Hadassah Day in St. Petersburg when the chapter was holding its Centennial Gala Event.
President of the Cincinnati Chapter, Susan Kagan, Laurie Reiskind, Livia Wein and Aaron, Rhoda Ross, Lea Davis, Harriet Johnston, Marilyn LeVine, and Adele Morris. National Board Member Patricia Levinson is holding the Hadassah sign.
The Cincinnati Chapter celebrated Hadassah's Centennial and the Chapter's 90th anniversary at its annual donor event on March 22, which coincided with Home Sweet Hadassah. As part of the celebration the Chapter honored its 90-year-old members.
Charleston (West Virginia) Chapter
Members of the Charleston (West Virginia) Chapter celebrated Hadassah's Centennial at Governor Tomblin's mansion, where a Proclamation was issued.
Wilmington (Delaware) Chapter
The Wilmington (Delaware) Chapter held a big birthday party on March 25 to honor Hadassah's Centennial, and the entire community was invited. Special guest speakers included Ann Eisenberg, President of the Southern Seaboard Region of Hadassah, and the Region's Vice President Sara Jacobs, as well as National Board Member, Dr. Sandra Alfonsi.
Southern New Jersey Region
A century after the founding of Hadassah, the Southern New Jersey Region proved the organization's message has transcended the decades. At the Region's annual Myrtle Wreath Luncheon on March 25, more than 300 women gathered to celebrate the successes of all those years, particularly the last one, which saw a 24 percent increase in membership. Calling the membership figures "something to be proud of," Region President Sue Beller said, "We have surpassed our fund-raising goals and have brought in capable leaders to take us into the next century." The region raised $1.1 million — almost $3 million if bequests are included — for Hadassah projects and the new Sarah Wetsman Davidson Tower at Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem. As part of the celebration each chapter had its "centennial stars" recognized. A facsimile of the Scroll of Esther created to celebrate Hadassah's 90th anniversary in 2002 was passed among families with members spanning generations.
Hadassah New England
Hadassah New England celebrated its Centennial at Fenway Park recently with over 300 people participating. Joining in the celebration were Hadassah's National Past President Nancy Falchuk, AJC Boston Director, Robert Leikind and ADL New England Director, Derrek Shulman. "It is exciting to open our Centennial ceremonies in New England, celebrating two historic birthdays of two iconic institutions that have stood the test of time," said Kathy Hershfield, Chair of Hadassah New England. "Fenway Park is considered to be one of the best-known sports venues in the world, and we are proud to celebrate one hundred years of promoting health, education, advocacy and empowering women at this prestigious New England icon".
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Hadassah Chapters Celebrate a Women’s Seder
DuPage-Will Hadassah offered its members and women in the community the opportunity to attend a women's Seder at Congregation Beth Shalom in Naperville. About 50 women representing three generations attended the girls-only event.
Elaine Beyer of Naperville, a founding member of the local chapter, said that holding a women's Seder is consistent with the organization's mission to promote Jewish values. Women from Hadassah led the service, which followed a special feminine version of the Hagaddah. In addition to the traditional prayers, the Seder also recognized the female heroines in the story of Passover.
Hadassah members prepared the meal, which included traditional as well as nontraditional food. After the service, Diane Toby of Naperville led the women in Israeli dance.
Hadassah Chapter in Indian Land
The Hadassah Chapter in Indian Land celebrated a women's Seder where one hundred women gathered, danced with tambourines, shared a meal and celebrated a Jewish tradition they acknowledged has long been focused on men. The number in attendance was symbolic of the 100th anniversary of Hadassah.
The women's Seder celebrated the story of Miriam, the prophetess, and recognized trailblazing Jewish women throughout history. Many women reflected that the readings and songs expressed that women have a voice and have been instrumental in Jewish history.
One of the members was especially touched by a segment of the Seder when women were asked to introduce each other with their Hebrew names and their mothers' names.
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Hadassah Leadership Development: “Mini-Boot Camp Training”
Hadassah of Greater Philadelphia
Batya Warshawsky (l), President of Sabra Group and Mindy Oppenheimer, Leadership Development Chair, with Traveling Henrietta and some training materials.
Mindy Oppenheimer, Leadership Development Chair of Hadassah of Greater Philadelphia, recently facilitated a leadership skills training "Mini-Boot Camp" at Old York Road Temple Beth Am to address what leaders can do to build and reinforce their volunteer core. She emphasized that every leader can use a new trick or two when it comes to keeping her group and events running smoothly. This training was open to all emerging and returning leaders, and had participants from the Newtown and Rebecca Gratz Groups. Chapter President Roz Holberg delivered a brief "State of the Projects" address, which included an update from the Mid-Winter National Board meetings on what's happening now, both here and overseas. Batya Warshowsky, President of Sabra Hadassah, focused on conflict management and resolution, with an emphasis on skill development in active listening and interpersonal problem solving. Prior to the event, workshop participants were asked to complete a brief survey on their leadership experience and areas of interests. Informational handout materials were available after the event.
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Home Sweet Hadassah
On March 22 Hadassah celebrated its 100th birthday coast to coast in small gatherings throughout the country.
Mary Linda Schwarzbart and Barbara Leeds share their experiencesas Past Presidents.
Knoxvill and Oak Ridge Chapters
The Knoxville and Oak Ridge Chapters met at the home of Marcia and Moshe Shloush. They celebrated with food and stories of Hadassah from past presidents, associates, and members. Moshe Shloush shared that as an IDF soldier he patrolled Beit Hadassah to keep it safe. Jeff Gubitz shared his first memories of Hadassah as a young child traveling with his mother collecting for JNF. Mary Evars Goan reminisced about her term as president when Hadassah was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Bonnie Boring spoke of her passion for Hadassah and the work we do. Cindy Pasi shared the excitement of going to Israel this October as we gift the new Sarah Wetsman Davidson Tower to Israel. ;She encouraged others to join her for this once-in-a-lifetime trip. The Knoxville Chapter received Proclamations in honor of Hadassah's anniversary from the City of Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero and Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett. These were read to the gathering by past presidents Mary Linda Schwarzbart and Barbara Leeds. The evening ended with all sharing a toast to Hadassah for the past and looking forward to our next 100 years.
Shalom Tamid Group of Hadassah of Greater Philadelphia
Shalom Tamid Group of Hadassah of Greater Philadelphia met to reminisce about the activities and events that they have participated in over the past 34 years. They chartered in 1978, just after Sadat visited Jerusalem and so it was significant that they named their group Shalom Tamid, meaning Peace Everlasting. The members brought pictures and keepsakes (like the invitation to its Bat Mitzvah celebration) to share with each other. They agreed that Hadassah has been such a strong influence in their lives and those of their children and grandchildren. Fourteen members of this small group will be attending National Convention in Jerusalem and look forward to seeing the projects for which they have raised funds, as well as to share in the dedication of the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower.
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