|Hadassah New England Office Dedication a Memorable Day |
Hadassah New England Region
Robin Shuman, Boston Chapter President, Francis Friedman WNER OVP,
Renée Tepper, Managing Director HNE, Sandra Rose NNER President,
& Leslie Zide, SNER President
Nearly 150 Hadassah Members and Associates participated in a meaningful dedication for the opening of Hadassah New England (HNE) at 200 Reservoir Street in Needham, on Sunday October 2, 2011. HNE brings the regions of Northern New England, Southern New England, Western New England and the Boston Chapter all together under one roof.
Just as the outdoor ceremony was beginning, and as Kathy Hershfield, Northeast Area Resource Chair, 'mistress' of ceremonies, began the program, the sun peeked through the clouds and shone brightly. This sign from above set the stage for a ceremony filled with reflection, hope for the future, and prayer, as we joined together as Hadassah New England.
Kathy introduced the four Presidents, Robin Shuman, Leslie Zide, Sandra Rose and Frances Friedman (standing in for Merry Drench), and recognized past leaders. Nancy Falchuk, Immediate Past National President, reminded the crowd of special past moments created by strong women who came before us. National President Marcie Natan spoke of her recollections of attempting to create one entity in the past amongst the Big Chapter and Regions. Renée Tepper, Hadassah New England's new Managing Director, addressed the crowd with enthusiasm for what is yet to come.
Rabbi Suzanne Offit, Past President of the Boston Chapter, conducted the ceremony and the hanging of the mezuzah. She spoke eloquently about our identity, which is created by our memories. She encouraged us to cherish our memories as we move forward. The Presidents then read a poem created for this day that integrated prayer, Hadassah and commitment as we begin the New Year and Hadassah's Centennial Year.
As with every good Hadassah program the day ended with a delicious dessert reception in our new office.
Photos by Tami Roberts