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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.

 Alice Levitin led the Havdalah service.
Alice Levitin led the Havdalah service.
 Teri Junker, Central States Region President.
Teri Junker, Central States Region President, and Alice Levitin.
 Rachel Belenker passes the spices during the Havdalah service.
Rachel Belenker passes the spices during the Havdalah service.
 Passing the spices around during Havdalah.
Leslie Wasserstrom (right) smells the spices during Havdalah.
 Alice Levitin lit the Havdalah candle.
Alice Levitin recited the blessing for the fire.
 Everyone held hands and sang the Havdalah blessings.
Everyone held hands and sang the Havdalah blessings.
 More people singing.
 Havdalah: holding hands in a big circle.
 Havdalah
 Carol Ann Schwartz and Harriet Grail.
Carol Ann Schwartz and Harriet Grail shared their
experiences at Hadassah Centennial Celebration in Jerusalem.
 Rachel Belenker and Terri Searfos of Columbus Chapter.
Rachel Belenker, Facilities Coordinator, and Terri Searfos, Forum
Coordinator, of Columbus Chapter.
 Deb Amchin and Michelle Israel.

Deb Amchin and Michelle Israel enjoyed dessert.

 Susie Blair
Susie Blair, Facilities Coordinator, introduced Keila Naparstek after dessert.
 Keila Naparstek, social worker from Jewish Family Service in Columbus.
Keila Naparstek, a social worker from Jewish Family
Service in Columbus, spoke about offering guidance
and advocacy for our aging population.
 The audience listening to Keila.
Keila answered some questions from the audience.
 Dr. Michelle Elisburg was introduced by Charlotte Franklin-Rosenfeld.
Dr. Michelle Elisburg (left) was introduced by Charlotte Franklin-Rosenfeld.
 Dr. Michelle Elisburg
Dr. Michelle Elisburg, a pediatrician, spoke about
children's health issues.

Fall Forum Day 2

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