Fall Forum 2012
Central States Region Fall Conference held Fall Forum on November 10-11, 2012, at the Four Points Sheraton Airport Hotel in Columbus. Registration began at 4 pm, and, at 4:30 pm, Terri Searfos led a welcoming ice-breaker in which everyone told the group, one at a time, their name, city and two good things that happened this year.
At 5:30 pm, Harriet Grail and Carol Ann Schwartz talked about the Hadassah Centennial Celebration Convention in Jerusalem in October. Harriet passed around some souvenirs from Israel, including Israeli flags and a T-shirt. Carol Ann, who led the Big Chapter Presidents' Mission, showed photos of her trip on the projector. Her tour included visits to Henrietta Szold's grave, the Knesset and Atlit, the British detention camp. The Atlit camp was a detention camp established by the authorities of the British Mandate for Palestine at the end of the 1930s in what is now Israel's northern coast, 12 miles south of Haifa. The camp was established to prevent Jewish refugees from entering Palestine. Tens of thousands of Jewish immigrants were interned at the camp, which was surrounded by barbed wire and watchtowers. The Atlit camp is now a museum of the history of Ha'apala. Atlit was declared a National Heritage Site in 1987.
Dinner was from 6 - 7 pm, followed by a Havdalah service led by Alice Levitin. At 7:30 pm, Keila Naparstek, a social worker from Jewish Family Service in Columbus, talked about "Advocating for our Parents", how to provide a safe and healthy environment for our elderly while honoring their independence. The second session began at 8:30 pm, as Dr. Michelle Elisburg spoke on "Advocating for Our Children and Grandchildren". A pediatrician, Michelle encouraged use of vaccines, breastfeeding and supporting women's rights in legislation. At 9:30 pm, everyone enjoyed refreshments and retired for the evening.
To see Day 2 of Fall Forum, click here.
Photography by Gayna Bassin, Central States Region Webmaster.