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Message from the President

Dear Friends,

Teri Junker, new Central States Region PresidentThank you for visiting the Hadassah Central States Region homepage. I am the newly installed region president, Teri Junker, from Cincinnati, Ohio. For those of you I have not yet had the privilege to meet, let me introduce myself to you.

I am past president of the Cincinnati Chapter and my mother and I were the only mother-daughter duo to be president of the chapter. I have served on the region board as Executive Vice President, Organizational Vice President, Region Service Coordinator, and Conference Chair. I work full time in my family’s manufacturing business and am married to Kevin, for 24 years. Our children are Justin, 21 and Gabrielle, 18.

I want you to know that I have assembled an incredible group of women on our region board. They hail from Grand Rapids, Lansing, Ann Arbor, Lexington, Cincinnati, Columbus and Bluefield/Princeton to name a few chapters. We stand ready to assist you.

The local landscape of Hadassah is undergoing transformation, our once fruitful chapters are now becoming smaller entities and that’s totally acceptable. Each of our units has permission to adapt their organizational structure to allow for a new model that will work within their community. We are a sisterhood of determined women who will offer support and encouragement to each other. During a time of cutbacks, we will work more at collaborating by pooling our resources to achieve Hadassah’s goals.

Our challenge is not all that different from that of our ancestors. Hadassah is making a journey into the future. We need to move wisely and expeditiously. So what will we pack – knowing that our future depends upon it?

I suggest that our best and most worthy possessions are the four values found in our mission statement:
  • Zionism – our commitment to a national home for the Jewish people
  • Peoplehood – our commitment to Klal Yisrael, the connection and well-being of Jews around the world
  • Tikkun Olam – our commitment to repairing the world
  • Briut – our commitment to the health and well being of our people and the people of Israel

I know that volunteers are the only human beings on the face of this earth who reflect the world’s compassion, unselfishness, caring, patience and need to just plain care for one another. And quite frankly, I love working with you women. You are the most dedicated and brilliant group of peers anyone could ask for. Together we will work toward Hadassah’s centennial. As I surround myself with the talent that so many of you bring to the table, I know that together we will continue to help Hadassah bloom and grow from strength to strength.


Teri Junker
President, Central States Region of Hadassah

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