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Education Day 3-30-14

Cincinnati Chapter of Hadassah invites the community to its annual Education Day on Sunday, March 30, 2014 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at Hebrew Union College, 3101 Clifton Avenue, in the Teller Lounge. Rabbi Judy Chessin will lead us in "Celebrating Different Passover Seder Traditions", including a delicious Seder featuring Ashkenazic and Sephardic dishes and little-known facts about the differences in Passover Seder traditions and Passover observance in the Ashkenazic and Sephardic communities. Bobbi Handwerger and Bea Goodman are Education Day Co-Chairs.

Rabbi Judy Chessin is well known to local Hadassah members, having been guest speaker at Hadassah Coffee Talk as well as the last two years’ Education Days. Originally from Orlando, Florida, Rabbi Chessin received her undergraduate training at the University of South Florida. After studying in Jerusalem, she went on to complete her Masters of Arts in Hebrew Letters at the Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in Cincinnati, Ohio. There she received ordination as Rabbi in June of 1984 and was awarded the Morris H. Youngerman Prize for Homiletics. During her tenure at HUC-JIR, she served pulpits in Owensboro, Kentucky, and Brookhaven, Mississippi. Chessin also directed the seminary’s Youth and College Programming for three years. In 2007, she received a Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa, from HUC-JIR at its Cincinnati Graduation ceremony on June 7, 2009 at Isaac M. Wise Temple.

Rabbi Chessin also studied graduate level psychology at the University of Cincinnati, and worked as a caseworker at both the University of Cincinnati’s Walk-in Clinic and Jewish Family Service of Cincinnati. From 1984-1985 she received pastoral counseling training and supervision at the Pastoral Counseling Center at Miami Valley Hospital.

In 1984 she was asked to guide 35 South Dayton families to create a Reform Jewish synagogue in the Centerville area. Together they created Temple Beth Or (a member congregation of the Union for Reform Judaism) which has now grown to 225 families and serves the needs of Reform Jewish families from all over the Dayton area.

Along with her duties at Temple Beth Or, Rabbi Chessin speaks extensively in Dayton area universities, churches, synagogues and organizations on topics of Jewish interest. She also serves as a mentor to rabbinic students at the Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion who are preparing for a career in the rabbinate. Additionally, she spends a several weeks each summer teaching Jewish youth at the Goldman Union Camp Institute in Zionsville, Indiana. She is currently the President of the Synagogue Forum of Greater Dayton and was honored in 2004 as a Woman of Influence by Dayton’s Y.W.C.A. Rabbi Chessin is married to Professor Michael Cook, who teaches at the Hebrew Union College. Together they have two grown sons: Brett and Chad Chessin.

Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, was born from the vision of one woman, Henrietta Szold, who saw a great need and wanted to help. She knew what a powerful force women can be and created Hadassah to heal the world through the education and empowerment of women. In 1912, Hadassah women laid down the foundation of the Hadassah Medical Organization and other vital projects in Israel and around the world. Hadassah members still meet, make new friends, have fun, discuss and learn. Cincinnati Chapter is full of vibrant, intelligent women who look forward to continuing Henrietta Szold's vision of making a difference for centuries to come. In celebration of its first 100 years, Life Membership, Associate and Child Membership rates are lowered this year to $212 (instead of $360).

$18 fee to attend.  If you would like to share a favorite Passover recipe at this event, please email it to cincinnati@hadassah.org or mail by March 26 to Sharon Casper, 7820 Ivygate Lane, Cincinnati, OH 45242.  She will print out multiple copies for everyone.

To RSVP, please contact Hadassah at (513) 821-6157 or email cincinnati@hadassah.org, or contact Bea Goodman at (513) 489-2668 or email igoodman@cinci.rr.com.

Rabbi Judith A. Chessin, Rabbi at Temple Beth Or in Dayton, Ohio.
Rabbi Judith A. Chessin, Rabbi at
Temple Beth Or in Dayton, Ohio.

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