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Spring Forum 2012

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Central States Region of Hadassah held its annual Spring Forum on April 28-29, 2012 at the Embassy Suites Columbus Airport.  Most of  the delegates from chapters in Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and West Virginia arrived in Columbus, Ohio, for the 4 pm Region Introductions and Region Board Meeting.  Tobe Snow, Spring Forum Chair, welcomed everyone and conducted an ice-breaker game in which everyone had to describe themselves, Hadassah and their favorite thing using a word starting with the first letter of their first name.  Many of the results were humorous and inspiring!

Teri Junker, Central States Region President, opened the Board meeting with a State of the Region address.  Paula Jarnicki, Recording Secretary, reviewed the minutes from the last Board meeting, Amy Perlman, Region Treasurer, gave her report, and Merry Lynne Lincove gave an update on the Centennial Convention in October in Israel.  There will be a Central States Region dinner at the Grill House on the Monday night of the Convention.  Then, Renee Sandler spoke about how Hadassah is aligning its Program year with the Fiscal year, starting from June 1, 2012 to December 31, 2013.  After that, all Program and Fiscal years will be January 1 - December 31.   Phyllis Berlas and Renee Resnik spoke about the new Strategic Alignment Plan and  Carol Ann Schwartz gave the Nominating Committee report.  Finally, Teri Junker explained the new Annual Plan and the Development Division Helpline.  The meeting was adjourned at 5:30 pm, and delegates enjoyed a free Happy Hour until 6 pm.

At 6 pm, Tobe Snow welcomed Dale Marcus, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist from Wichitaw, KA, who led a Personal Growth seminar, "Remember the Past, Embrace the Present and Look to the Future", dealing with the changes and challenges of being a Jewish woman leader in the 21st Century. 
Famous Women Leaders from the PastAs a surprise treat, four famous Jewish American leaders from the past arrived in the persons of Chief Justice Ruth Ginsberg (Paula Jarnicki), Sophie Tucker (Carol Ann Schwartz),  Betty Friedan (Merry Lynne Lincove) and Evalyn Block (Bela Abzug), to talk about how they advocated for women's rights and needs.

Left to right:
Chief Justice Ruth Ginsberg (Paula Jarnicki), Sophie Tucker (Carol Ann Schwartz),  Betty Friedan (Merry Lynne Lincove) and  Bela Abzug (Evalyn Block).
Janyce Katz-Glazman, attorney, spoke about Women's Health Advocacy.After dinner, Janyce Katz-Glazman, an attorney who is active on many different Boards, spoke about "Women's Health Advocacy and Legislation".  Concentrating mostly about legislation in Ohio, she stressed that women must get involved and be active advocates and support political candidates who share their views and values.
At 9:15 pm, there was a Havdallah service featuring "A Renewal of the Soul" led by Dale Marcus, followed by a healing Mi Sheberach service led by Merry Lynne Lincove.
Havdallah service.
The Havdallah service.
 Singing the Havdallah prayers.
We stood in a circle and sang the Havdallah prayers.
 Passing the spices around the room.
We blessed the wine and passed around sweet spices.
 The Havdallah candle, wine and spices.
Liz Morley held the Havdallah candle.
 Merry Lynne Lincove led the Mi Sheberach prayer.
Merry Lynne Lincove, left, led the Mi Sheberach prayer.
 Happy 100th Birthday Hadassah on a beautifully decorated sheet cake.
We celebrated Hadassah's 100th Birthday with a beautifully decorated sheet cake, brownies, cookies and some special gluten-free treats.
 We sang Happy Birthday to Hadassah.
We sang Happy Birthday to Hadassah.
 Teri Junker, Region President, blew out the candles.
Teri Junker, Region President, blew out the candles.
 Teri Junker, Region President, welcomed everyone to the second day of the Forum.
Teri Junker, Region President, wished everyone
a good night.
 The Famous Women Leaders of the Past with Henrietta Szold, the founder of Hadassah.
The Famous Women Leaders of the Past posed
with Henrietta Szold, the founder of Hadassah.
See more photos on Spring Forum: Sunday, April 29, 2012

Photography by Gayna Bassin, Central States Region Webmaster

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