|Local Units Celebrate the Centennial|
Hadassah New Orleans
Boulder's Past Presidents participate in Centennial Celebration
Boulder members celebrated Hadassah's 100th Birthday with champagne, chocolate, cake and Chagall. Surrounded by the beautiful art on the walls of the Boulder JCC, Hadassah members of all ages gathered to toast this milestone. Ten Presidents of Boulder Hadassah – a minyan! – were on hand as well as Liz Fox, National Board Member from Boulder.
Though most of the guests did not need reminding, current President Sharlene Kark remarked on the lifesaving work Hadassah does and how it had touched her own family. She also mentioned that Hadassah just opened the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower in Jerusalem, which will be dedicated in October at Hadassah's National Convention.
Many know about and have seen the Chagall Windows at Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem. The birthday celebration included a documentary about artist Marc Chagall as well as the story of how he connected with Hadassah.
Chicago and North Shore Chapters of Hadassah
Fourteen women from Chicago and North Shore Chapters of Hadassah traveled to Springfield on Tuesday, Feb. 21, where they received an ovation and a proclamation from the Illinois State Legislature on Hadassah's 100th anniversary. State Representative Karen May of Highland Park presented the proclamation to Hadassah Chicago Chapter President, Ruth Ann Freedman.
Hadassah National Board members, Debra Levine and Sonia Raizes were featured speakers at Houston Chapter's Chai Tea on March 18. This year the Chai Tea celebrated Hadassah's Centennial and the dedication of the state-of-the-art Sarah Wetsman Davidson Tower at Hadassah Medical Center, Ein Kerem, Jerusalem.
Houston Chapter donor Vice-Presidents Sandra Smith and Judith Krull chaired the event, which was hosted by Sheila Train. Chai Society members pledge annual donations of $360 for the Donor Campaign.
Members of Monroe's Hadassah Chapters and Mayor Richard Pucci gather around the Hadassah Way sign
Monroe Hadassah Chapter
Members of Monroe's Hadassah Chapters and Mayor Richard Pucci gather around the Hadassah Way sign, which will guide people into the Monroe Township Public Library in commemoration of the organization's centennial.
Greater Pittsburgh Chapter
Members of the Greater Pittsburgh Chapter have been taking the Centennial celebration to senior living and care facilities where other members reside. They bring residents up-to-date on Hadassah's latest activities, share memories of the organization, show a Hadassah DVD, and celebrate with a birthday cake.
President Zandra Goldberg is proud that seven women from the Greater Pittsburgh Chapter will attend Hadassah's National Convention in Jerusalem in October to see the fruits of a lifetime's commitment. She knows that she will have tears in her eyes to see "what our little role has contributed to something so big and important."
The Tucson Chapter celebrated the Centennial with a lecture by its Past President, Anne Lowe. Tucson Chapter scrapbooks dating back to the 1940s were on display. Participants in the day's program were given the opportunity to create a video about what Hadassah means to them.
San Diego Chapter
In a deeply meaningful service on the actual 100th anniversary of Hadassah, Friday, February 24, 2012, the San Diego Area celebrated a Centennial Hadassah Shabbat at Congregation Beth El in La Jolla. The service was relocated from MCAS Miramar 48 hours prior to the service, with approximately 160 people attending. Highlights of Hadassah's achievements through each decade were shared with the Congregation.
The service was a proud testimony to the realization of Henrietta Szold's vision, an American woman who founded Hadassah in 1912 to build an infrastructure for medical care in Palestine. The San Diego Area Group Presidents were honored at the service, and confirmed their steadfast commitment in carrying the Hadassah flame forward into the next 100 years.