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Hadassah Marks Kansas City’s 100th anniversary

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, 2014.

Rita Shapiro, president of the Great Plains Region, spoke at the celebration telling the history of Hadassah and emphasizing the organization’s strengths today.

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