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Newton Resident Elected To Hadassah Foundation Board

Suzanne Offit, Rabbi, Staff Chaplain at Hebrew SeniorLife., elected to first two-year term
NEW YORK – The Hadassah Foundation, which seeks to augment the work of Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, by improving the status, health and well-being of women and girls in the United States and Israel, elected new members to its board of directors and reelected current members, announced Nancy Falchuk, National President of Hadassah, and Carol M. Joseph, Foundation Board Chair.  Board members were elected to serve two-year terms that began January 1 and will end on December 31, 2012.

Suzanne Offit is Rabbi and Staff Chaplain at Hebrew SeniorLife, a multi-site, integrated system of housing, healthcare and medical research serving the elderly throughout the greater Boston area.

Offit served as Boston Chapter President from 1997 to 2000 and is a fourth-generation Life Member of Hadassah.

“I am honored and excited to reestablish my working connection with Hadassah in this meaningful way,” Offit said.  “I welcome this opportunity to combine many of my interests: actively engaging in the mission of Hadassah, supporting women and girls in the U.S. and Israel through microfinance, and assisting in the mending of brokenness in our culture.  I am looking forward to working with this extraordinary group of dedicated women.”

At the age of 40, Offit entered Rabbinical School at Hebrew College in Newton.  After completing the six-year, full-time intensive program, which included her earning a master’s degree in Jewish Studies, she was ordained in 2009.  She then completed a one-year residency in pastoral care training with a specialty in Jewish geriatric chaplaincy. Offit is interested in theology, palliative care and Jewish end of life issues.

Offit serves on the boards of Hebrew College, Gann Academy in Waltham, and ZaggoCare, a healthcare management education organization.  She and husband Andy are the parents of three sons, Adam, David and Yoni. 

The Hadassah Foundation Board of Directors is comprised of 18 women, including members of the National Board of Hadassah, other members of Hadassah and representatives from the Jewish community at large.  

The Hadassah Foundation is dedicated to refocusing the priorities of the Jewish community through funding innovative and creative projects that serve women and girls from diverse cultural groups within Israel and the Jewish community in the United States.  The foundation is a philanthropic pioneer in the fields of economic security for low-income Israeli women and leadership and self-esteem programs for adolescent Jewish girls in the United States.  Since 2000, the Hadassah Foundation has awarded more than $5 million in grants to nearly 60 nonprofit organizations.

“The members of the Hadassah Foundation Board are extraordinary women who have demonstrated a unique commitment to progress for women and girls, either in their professional work or in their philanthropic efforts,” Joseph said.  “It is the combination of their diverse backgrounds and experiences that ultimately allows the foundation to carry out its crucial work in the realm of social change from a perspective rooted in Jewish values.”

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