|Hadassah Marks Kansas City’s 100th anniversary|
The Mittelman family,
featuring four generations of Hadassah life members, is among those that were
honored at Hadassah’s Centennial Celebration on Nov. 10. The honorees are Kerry
Kuluva (from left), Sara Mittelman, Marie Koffman and Paige Kuluva in front.
One hundred years ago Henrietta Szold came to Kansas
City, just a year after she founded Hadassah, met with friends and helped
organize a local chapter. On November 10th the members of the
Greater Kansas City Chapter of Hadassah gathered at Hallbrook Country Club to
celebrate 100 years of helping others throughout the world.
At the celebration, women who have been members for
50-plus years — Marge Adler, Ede Bratt, Rosie Lerner, Regina Pachter and Beth
Smith — were recognized. Families consisting of three, four and five generations
of Hadassah members also were honored.
The four values that motivated Szold to establish
Hadassah, according to Marian Kaplan, president of the Greater Kansas City
Chapter, still guide the organization today: Pikuach Nefesh — We must value
life, one life at a time; Klal Yisrael — We must embrace that we are one; Tikkun Olam —We have a duty to repair
the world; and M’Dor L’Dor — We must teach the next generation to care for each
other and the world.
“These four traditional values have been part of our
organization from the very start,” said Kaplan, who has been a member for 20
years and will complete her two-and-a-half-year term as president on Dec. 31,
Rita Shapiro, president of the Great Plains Region, spoke
at the celebration telling the history of Hadassah and emphasizing the
organization’s strengths today.