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Spring 2014

Join us for a trip to Historic St. Francisville April 29th. Contact De'Anna Ernst to R.S.V.P. at 225-926-7389 or email at BatonRougeHadassah@gmail.com

Finally it is spring! Hopefully we have seen the last of cold weather and we can thaw out and enjoy time to watch things blossom.  Our Louise Newman Memorial Heart Health forum in February was well attended and we would like to thank our guest speakers, Dr. Brian Swirsky of Baton Rouge Cardiology, Cindy Hodges of Get Heart Fit Wellness Company and Cynthia Jenkins of Woman’s Wellness Fitness Center.  Their hearts were really in the right place for Hadassah.Our Book Discussion Group met at Karen Ceppos house and discussed “The Storyteller” by Jodi Picoult, facilitated by Marilyn Martell.  Thank you to both Karen for graciously hosting the group, and Marilyn for leading such a lively discussion.

With so much going on in our little community between Purim to Passover I wanted to remind you of the things the Baton Rouge Chapter is up to as well:

  • Join us for our Game Night at Beth Shalom Synagogue, Sunday March 30th at 7:00 p.m. Contact De'Anna Ernst at 225-926-7389 or email at BatonRougeHadassah@gmail.com
  • Southern Region Spring Conference April 5-6 Enjoy Fabulous Programing:

    Saturday Reception for All Founders, Saturday Reception for All Keepers of the Gate, Wonderful Banquet Saturday Night, Woman of the Year Awards, “Women of Influence” Performance Starring our own Talented Southern Region Members!, Havdalah Service, Sunday Breakfast, Southern Region Board Meeting, Sheila Derman, National Board, Speaks on Advocacy “Breaking the Glass Ceiling” Panel of Star Speakers, Delicious Luncheon, Shlichot Panel: “Influential Women of Israel Today”, Chapter of the Year Awards, Door Prizes Enjoy Outstanding Speakers: Miriam Waltzer, Retired Judge, Louisiana 4th Circuit Court of Appeals; Rachel Schonberger, MD Hadassah National Board Super South Resource Chair; Shirley Zeitlin, Owner/CEO Zeitlin & Co., Realtors Nashville, TN; Professor Amy-Jill Levine Vanderbilt University Divinity School; Sheila Derman Hadassah National Board PRAZE Advocacy Chair; “Influential Women of Israel Today” will be presented by Nashville’s Shlicha, Hadar Moskovitz and Chattanooga’s Shlicha, Hadas Peled. More information can be found on the Southern Region Website: www.Haddash.org/Southern

  • Save the Date! April 29th. Join the Baton Rouge Hadassah Chapter for a road trip to historical St. Francisville. Enjoy a Docent guided tour of the St. Francisville Museum, Temple Sinai and Hebrew Rest Cemetery, learn how the Jewish connection helped found the community, and end with a dutch treat dine-in at the Magnolia Cafe. Contact De'Anna Ernst at Hadassah Baton Rouge to R.S.V.P. 225-926-7389 email: BatonRougeHadassah@gmail.com

  • The Next Book Discussion will be in May. Suggested selections for the next Book are:
    • “The Sisters Weis” by Naomi Regan
    • “Shadow of the Swastika: A Girl Comes of Age in Nazi German” by Rebecca Malone
    • “The Aleppo Codex: A True Story of Obsession, Faith, and the Pursuit of an Ancient Bible” by Matti Freidman
    • “Not I” by Joachim Fest
    • “My Promised Land: The Triumph and the Tragedy of Israel” by Ari Shavit

    Send your vote to De'Anna Ernst at the Chapter email: BatonRougeHadassah@gmail.com subject line “Book Discussion Selection” We are also looking for a Host and a Facilitator for each Book Discussion. If you are willing and able to do either, contact De’Anna Ernst.

In our local community I want to encourage everyone to try and attend Eva Kor’s “The Triumph of the Human Spirit: From Auschwitz to Forgivness” sponsored by The LSU Life Course and Aging Center with the LSU School of Social Work is hosting.Thursday March 20th at 7:00 p.m. at the C.B. Pennington, Jr. Building and Conference Center Auditorium 6400 Perkins Rd. Baton Rouge, La 70808 The event is free, but you must register as seating is limited. Register for Eva Kor Here

For those who want to see what is up on the Hadassah National level, might I suggest these activities:

  • Last chance to sign the Hadassah petition to the Government of Israel in support of HMO. Our goal is 10,000 signatures; we have over 8000 to date. The petition closes Thursday, March 13.You can e-sign the petition at: E-Sign Petition Here.

  • Hadassah, in conjunction with 
the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute (HBI) 

presents: Virtual Conversations - A Book & Author Experience “Jerusalem Maiden: A Novel
” by Talia Carner. Monday, April 28, 2014, 7:30-8:30pm Eastern Time Talia Carner will be discussing her book, where she presents the story of Esther Kaminisky, who knows that her duty is to marry young and produce many sons to help hasten the Messiah's arrival. When her French teacher discovers her talent for drawing, Esther wonders if God has a special destiny for her as an artist, not a mother. As the years pass, Esther sacrifices her desire for painting and devotes herself to God's path as a “Jerusalem Maiden.” When her beliefs clash with her surging passions, Esther must confront questions of faith, destiny and God and herself. Join the Conversation by signing up here: Join The Conversation Here.

  • 2014 CONVENTION NEWS Las Vegas, July 21-23, 2014, Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino You won't want to miss these special guest speakers:
    Bret Stephens, Pulitzer Prize-winning Wall Street Journal editor


    • Ari Shavit, author of the highly acclaimed My Promised Land (Be ready! See a review and buy the book here)
    • Daniel Silva #1 New York Times best-selling author
    • Jamie Gangel NBC Today Show national correspondent
    • Just announced: 
Recipients of the 2014 Henrietta Szold Award: Israel Defense Forces Special First Responders Unit. Accepting on their behalf, distinguished members of the unit, Hadassah Profs. Avi Rivkind and Dan Engelhard

    To receive registration details, go to: Register for Convention Information Here

I hope everyone gets to dust off their groggers, eat lots of Hamentaschen and join us along the way for one of our many activities.

Please stay involved and Thanks again for all you do for Hadassah,

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