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Woman of Valor 2011


 Our 2011 Woman of Valor Luncheon was an elegant affair.   

From Florida Jewish Journal: Celebrating 'Women of Valor'
By Shani McManus
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Five young girls carrying roses followed behind Hadassah medical clown Dudi Barashi and 26 of 27 honorees in a musical procession to the stage that opened Hadassah's "Women of Valor" gala event on Sunday at Boca Raton's Broken Sound Country Club.

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           On Sunday, February 6th, I had the pleasure of attending the Atlantic Region of Hadassah’s Women of Valor luncheon. The theme of this year’s luncheon was, “Thank Heaven for Little Girls.” This resonated with me because, as a third generation lifetime Hadassah member, I feel dedicated to carrying out the work that my grandma and her chapter members have put so much of their time and effort into.            

The luncheon contained surprise after surprise. On a personal level, I was proud that numerous women came up to me and told me about all the accomplishments my grandma had achieved in Hadassah. Grandma, I could not have felt more proud and lucky to be your granddaughter at those moments!   My pride expanded outward to the women of the Florida Atlantic Region when I heard of the work that they were being honored for.  Hadassah is a volunteer organization, and so I was amazed at the amount of dedication these women have put in.  One Woman of Valor had put away a dollar a day in order to become a lifetime member of Hadassah.  The love that she has for Hadassah could be felt in all the members of the room.

            Growing up in Young Judaea—Hadassah’s Zionist youth movement—I have constantly been aware of all that Hadassah has done. While on Young Judaea’s Year Course, I visited the Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem.  We met with one of the medical clowns, one of whom was also present at the luncheon. However, it was not until I attended Women of Valor that I realized what a warm community Hadassah creates.  Women who would otherwise not have been connected have created lifelong friendships because of the work they have done together.  It is this strong friendship that makes me proud to be a “Little Girl” of Hadassah. I am excited for my own future involvement and to continue the legacy that my grandma has begun. 



L to R: Executive VP Joan Baron, Co-Chair Lesley Schneider, Chair Chellee Siegel, Speaker Ellen Hershkin, FAR President Carol Weiss, Organizational VP Marge Rosin, and Cindy Schwartz





Chair Chellee Siegel, with Elaine Ellish 



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