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December 2013

Hadassah Making a difference
Pacific Northwest region newsletter
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 Happy Thankgivukkah!



   A good friend once advised me to always take the
   opportunity to say thank you.


   So as I write this last letter to you as your Region
   President I want to say “Thank You”.


  Thank you for the opportunity to be your President for
  these last three and a half years, to celebrate
  Hadassah’s 100th Anniversary with you, to represent
  you at our Centennial Convention in Israel in October,
  2012 and to be your voice at our National Board Meetings and monthly conference calls with the other Region and Big Chapter Presidents.


You have given me the opportunity to increase our membership by 10% to our highest level yet, over 3000 members in the Pacific Northwest. You have supported (and continue to support) Hadassah’s building of the new Sarah Wetsman Davidson Patient Tower, where patients heal faster and staff is way more efficient. Thank you.


In your own communities you have hosted great fundraising events like Breast Cancer Exposed in Seattle, Golda Meir in Shalom Chapter/Vancouver, the Portland Chanukah Fair, Tacoma’s Donor lunch with Henrietta Szold. These really put Hadassah at the table with the other organizations in your community.  Thank you.


You can read my State of the Region given at our recent 2014 Region Installation that gives you the full story (click here).


But the most important “Thank You” is to you….our members and leaders…the ones who say “Hineni – I’m here” and who support Hadassah and the Pacific Northwest Region with your philanthropy and volunteerism and passion for this great cause of Hadassah.


To you I say my biggest Todah Rabah – Thank you– for it is you who make Hadassah what it is today…the movement that empowers women to make the world a better place.






Jacquie Bayley, Outgoing Region President




  Dear Hadassah Members, Friends, and Supporters,

  I am blessed and privileged to have the distinct honor and
  responsibility to serve the Pacific Northwest Region as
  President for the next three years. During my tenure, it is my
  intent to invigorate and unify our Region’s chapters’
  capacities to make a significant, positive impact as
  representatives of Hadassah both in our local communities as
  well as in Israel.

  Together we will ensure that the growth and health of our
  chapters is primary in our Region endeavors so that we may continue to sustain the extraordinary work of Hadassah. We will be constantly reminding ourselves that we help Hadassah save lives, one life at a time, every single day. By engaging with our local chapter and by contributing to Hadassah Medical Organization we support the dedication and work of our world class medical staff.

Hadassash medical discoveries not only serve the people of Israel, but also transcend borders. Hadassah work impacts Israel, the United States, and the entire world.

Thank you for this exciting opportunity to serve Hadassah.

Together may we all go from strength to strength,מֵחַיִל אֶל-חָיִל, today, tomorrow, and into Hadassah’s 2ndcentury.




Peg Elefant

Incoming Pacific Northwest Region President 





It was dark and blustery outside, and Husky traffic was challenging, but inside Seattle’s Talaris conference center the evening of November 9, it was warm and inviting. Over 50 Hadassah members and associates (read: husbands) gathered to cheer outgoing Pacific Northwest Region President Jacquie Bayley, and enthusiastically welcome incoming PNW President Peg Elefant.

Beginning with mingling over drinks and hors d’oevres to the soft strains of the Scott Ketron Jazz Trio, attendees then moved to their tables to witness the installation of Peg Elefant as Pacific Northwest Region President.

Outgoing President Jacquie Bayley was honored and passed the gavel on to Peg, who came with an entourage of family and friends spanning four generations. Peg spoke movingly of her mentor, Mimi Orzech, who came all the way from Corvallis for the occasion. Incoming and outgoing PNW Region Board members were thanked and acknowledged (and, yes, Tacoma, we mean you, too!).

During breaks in the program and after the honors were done, Jet City Improv—helped by a few brave audience members—kept the crowd amused and entertained with a variety of skits, from the creature with three brains, to a Kafkaesque romance inspired by stage directions from “Streetcar Named Desire.”




HADASSAH is joining with partners across the world for #GivingTuesday
: a day to spend our money where it will matter most, this December 3rd.

On #GivingTuesday, your act of Tzedakah to Hadassah will be matched. This year help Hadassah participate in #GivingTuesday. A new day for giving back. On Tuesday December 3, 2013, global charities, families, businesses, community centers, students and more will come together to create #GivingTuesday.




  Nation Wide Hadassah Online Auction Coming in

February, 2014



In celebration of National Heart Month


In support of Hadassah Medical Organization Cardiology and Hadassah’s Initiative on Heart Health



You can participate in more than one way! Hadassah is currently soliciting items for the auction. We are looking for a variety of items with a minimum retail value of $500.

What type of items do we need?

  • Jewelry
  • Cruises or vacations to exotic (or not so exotic) locations
  • Luxury accessories – handbags, shoes
  • Gift certificates to chain hotels, department stores or spas

Any fabulous item you can think of and procure! 

If you can donate an item or procure one, please call the Pacific NW Region office at 425 467 9099 or email Peg at pelefant@hadassah.org.

If you can’t procure an item, you can still participate in this fun and fabulous fundraiser by bidding on an auction item in February. Every Sunday through Thursday in February, a new item will go on the auction block.

More detailed information about participating in the auction will follow as the event date nears.

P.S. Do you know a good restaurant in Langley on Whidbey Island? We need a dinner certificate to go with our 4 day stay (at Stephanie and Stan Schriger's) up there for the auction. 








Community can be defined as a group of people who converge in a shared spirit of unity and cooperation. There are no physical or geographical limits to what a community consists of or what it can achieve, given the collective ingenuity and creative power of its members. Does this sound like something you would like to be a part of? 


Pacific Northwest Region of Hadassah is on the cutting edge of making this possible through our Community Action Agenda.


So what is a Community Action Agenda?

-       A vehicle to connect our Hadassah members with their own communities and an opportunity to align what is important to our members locally with what Hadassah is doing in Israel and around the world.


Why is the PNW Region introducing a Community Action Agenda?

-       Our members want to be more involved locally. The CAA is a way for them to see local results of their volunteer efforts as well as providing a different door into Hadassah for women who might not otherwise connect with us.


How did we decide on the 5 commitments of the Agenda?

-       The Hadassah Henrietta Szold founded over 100 years ago was based on the core values of K’lal Yisrael, Pikuach Nefesh, M’dor L’dor and Tikkun Olam.  The CAA takes these same values and presents them in ways that relate to current times and situations


-       Choose just one of the five actions that resonate with your chapter and make that your theme for the year.  Involve members and non-members; partner with another organization to share volunteers and other resources, plan an event that showcases the program.


 Let your creative juices flow.



The CAA is a living roadmap meant to be the basis for chapter programming over the next two-to-three years. It is the result of several intense gatherings of women from throughout the region. Please contact any of the participants for more information, suggestions and ideas on how to make the Community Action Agendaa success for your chapter.    





A big thank you to all our chapters for your successful work in helping PNW Region reach and surpass its membership goal for 2013!

As of the end of October our region was at 102% as was Tacoma Chapter whose membership was also at 102%. Kol ha kavod!!

Shalom chapter reached 101% while Bellingham, Portland, Salem and Seattle all reached their goals achieving 100%. Corvallis and Eugene are almost there, each needing just one more member! And Spokane and Anchorage are very close at 97%

Because we did so well, I am sure National will see fit to increase our goal for 2014. We won’t know that number until sometime in February. So let’s gear up and see if we can do this again next year. It’s such a satisfying feeling!

Remember PROJECT CONNECT LOCALLY and let’s try to transfer existing Hadassah members who may have recently moved into your community or have been living there for a while and have just never transferred into your Chapter. Feel free to contact me with names or for information on how to do this.

I hope you all had a happy “Thanksgivikuh.” We won’t see that again in our lifetime. And I wish you all a happy and healthy 2014.

Again, kol ha kavod and thank you,

Talby Gelb

PNW Region Membership




Last month, 60 fabulous women turned out for  Hadassah + ART!  This special evening, held at Winston Wachter Fine Art, was designed as an outreach event for prospective Hadassah members. Guests were treated to a presentation on the rich and vibrant legacy of Marc Chagall. Mimi Sternberg, educator for the Microsoft Art Collection, showcased Chagall's contributions to the Jewish people, in particular, his renowned windows at Hadassah'sEin Kerem Hospital

Co-chaired by Tamar Boden and Naomi Newman, the energy in the gallery was palpable. "Our goal is to bring great women together, to meet and mingle, and to learn something unique about Hadassah as it relates to Israel and Jewish values. We are interested in exceptional women to help Hadassah flourish in the decades to come."

This was the first in a three-part series of Hadassah + events slated this year. Upcoming programs include: Hadassah + Cuisine and Hadassah + Wellness. Watch for those event dates - you won't want to miss them! Thanks.












This past October, Pacific Northwest Hadassah was fortunate to have Michael Ostroff, National Hadassah’s Chief Development Officer, visit our Region. He started with a visit to Portland where we met with a potential Hadassah donor. Michael was able to share all the fantastic things that Hadassah has been doing:


    • Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower
    • Youth Aliyah Villages (Neurim, Meir Shfeya and Ramat Hadassah Szold)
    • New Hadassah Fellows Program in the US


We also had the opportunity to meet with Julie Diamond and Gail Mandel, two of the professional staff members of the Oregon Jewish Community Foundation. It was a great opportunity to share with them all about Hadassah and opportunities that their donors can participate in.

We wanted to share the uniqueness of the Pacific Northwest with Michael. From Portland, we drove back to Seattle for additional meetings.

For the next two days Michael was busy visiting community members and contributors in Seattle and Bellingham.  So now Michael really has a feel for who we are in the Pacific Northwest!  And his visit has already born fruit!

Michelle Goldberg




 Have you ever been on a Hadassah Mission? This coming spring, Hadassah is planning a Hadassah Mission to Poland. The dates are March 29 – April 4, 2014.

  • Visit the old Jewish Quarter of Krakow
  • Experience the Warsaw Ghetto and the remarkable new Holocaust museum there
  • Bearwitness at Majdanek with Youth Aliyah students, Auschwitz and Birkenau
  • Travel to Piatrokow with a child survivor
  • Meet Youth Aliyah students when we intersect with the Youth Aliyah Poland Heritage Mission.

Check out the attached flyer for all the trip details HERE.

If you are interested in registering, here is the link for the trip. There will only be one bus for this Mission so when it fills up, registration will close.




    $15 a month can change a life !

It can buy:

  •  a manicure or extend a helping hand to the most vulnerable
  •  a movie ticket or a preview of future medical miracles
  • a pizza delivery or food and shelter for children at risk

Your $15 a month can make an Impact on medical care and research in Israel and around the world, on youth at home and in Israel, and American women and men who care passionately about Israel and the Jewish community.  

When you are a member of Chai Society, Hadassah can count on you, month after month, year after year. It is your commitment that makes the difference. 

We make it easy. We will automatically charge your monthly gift of $15 to your credit card, or you can double your impact with $30 a month gift at the Silver Chai level. If you prefer, you can make one annual payment of $180 or $360. These contributions enable you to help save a life, to be part of something big, something vital.

If you are already a Chai Society member, you will be offered the opportunity to automate your payments and choose where you want to make your ImpactMake the choice that touches your heart.

For more information about joining Chai Society or other annual giving opportunities, contact:

Michelle Goldberg michelle.goldberg@hadassah.org or

Diane Sigel diane.sigel@hadassah.org 

or go to www.hadassah.org/chaisociety






Hadassah Nurse In Charge of IDF Operating Theater in Philippines
(Speaking on the phone) from a small village in the Philippines "We are a light in the darkness of this poor, badly damaged region," said Reuven Gelfond, head operating room nurse at Hadassah Hospital, Mt. Scopus. Read more



The Portland Chapter of Hadassah and MJCC kicked off the holiday shopping with the annual Portland Chapter of Hadassah (been doing it over 20+ years!) Chanukah Gift Fair on Sunday, Nov. 17, at the Mittleman Jewish Community Center. More than 50 vendors, including many talented local artisans, selling their wares, with everything from sipping vinegars to jewelry to Judaica where available for the community shopping pleasure!





We had such a successful event when Marcie Natan visited. With Hanukkah coming so early we took November off and planned for the annual Joint Luncheon at our Temple. 

This year our speaker will be Laura Fry, the Curator of American Western at the Tacoma Art Museum.  She is new to Tacoma and will oversee the construction of a new wing to house the Haub collection of American Western art.

Upcoming events will include making “no sew” blankets to donate to homeless children. We hope to coordinate an event with women from our Chabad center. For more information contact Karen Bloustine at kbloustine@gmail.com.



The Spokane Chapter of Hadassah will sponsor a Hanukkah party on Wednesday December 4. This is a great opportunity for Jewish women and their families in the greater Spokane area to come together and celebrate the Festival of Lights.

This year the party will be held at Temple Beth Shalom, and includes families from both the Conservative synagogue, Temple Beth Shalom, and the Reform congregation, Temple Emanu-El, as well as unaffiliated members. We will also be collecting winter wear such as hats, gloves, scarves, and socks for children in need.

For more information contact Sue Glass at suegrn@msn.com.




Hadassah Greeting Cards


Hadassah's greeting cards are a great way to keep in touch with friends and family. When purchasing these beautiful cards remember that you are helping to support Hadassah's important work while purchasing something you always need! 

Cards are available in the following categories: 


Birthday, Get Well, Mazel Tov/Congratulations, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Thank You, Sympathy, Wedding & Anniversary, New Baby, Thinking of You/Well Wishes, and Holiday


Please contact your local Chapter to order cards, If you are not near a Chapter of Hadassah, please call the Regional Office at 425.467.9099 or email Einat at eganzarski@hadassah.org and we will be happy to mail the cards to you with a small charge for postage. CARDS ARE 4 FOR $10 OR $3 EACH.

Click here for all available greeting cards



Simcha & Memorial Tributes

Beautiful greeting cards and certificates are a wonderful way to mark a milestone, celebrate a special occasion, honor or pay tribute to the memory of a loved one, or simply serve as an expression of friendship. Let Hadassah mail beautiful tributes and certificates to remember special people and occasions! All proceeds support Hadassah programs and projects.

Please contact your local Chapter to order a Tribute card or certificate or order online at http://www.hadassah.org/site/c.keJNIWOvElH/b.6554699/k.31F8/Certificates_Tributes__eCards.htm by using the donate button on the upper right of the Hadassah website homepage. 

Take a look at our beautiful tribute cards & certificates here 

Note: Your Chapter may not have every card and certificate. It will, however, have something appropriate for any event.



Plant a tree in Israel


Planting trees in Israel is another way to honor your friends and remember loved ones. A one tree certificate is $18.00. You can now order a three tree certificate for $36.00.  Check online for other options, including five trees for $72.00 or a circle of 10 trees for $100.00. Click HERE for details.



Yahrzeit Candle - Remember Your Loved Ones 


Hadassah has made it possible to have Kaddish recited for your loved ones at the beautiful Fannie and Maxwell Abbell Synagogue located in the Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center at Ein Kerem, Jerusalem.


The designated Yahrzeit date will be observed in perpetuity, and  the Kaddish prayer will echo within sanctified walls, beneath the magnificent stained glass windows by Marc Chagall.






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