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My Zionist Beginning

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Elaine Baker

As a 28-year-old, I went to my first Hadassah Meeting in a small N.J. town because my friends were going. I was given the job of Corresponding Secretary and my hands shook as I read.

Barbara Goldstein, then President of Young Judaea, spoke and said "You are involved in the survival of the Jewish People" and I felt that she was speaking to me.

I rose to be President of the Southern N.J. Region of Hadassah and continued on my upwards track as a National Major Gifts Fund Raiser, thanks to the guidance of Deborah Kaplan and Ruth Popkin. My love for Hadassah trickled down to my family.

My daughter, Susan Joseph, became President of the Morristown, N.J. Chapter and my grandson, Andrew Joseph, has a duel American/Israeli citizenship, having served in the IDF for 18 months. Following graduate work in the U.S., he plans on settling in Israel.


Granddaughter Alison is a Bible Teacher in Pennsylvania. My husband, Irvin, is an Associate, as are all male members in the immediate family. My granddaughter's husband, Matt Kirschen, served as a resident at Hadassah Hospital.

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