|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.