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MAY 2012 News & Events
  May 25, 2012 seattle@hadassah.org





Looking forward to celebrating Hadassah's 100th Birthday with a Raquela Reunion! 
Please plan to join us on June 14th at 6:30 for drinks, appetizers and dessert at the home of Jennifer Alterman on Mercer Island. If your last name begins with A-Q please bring an appetizer to share (dairy) and if your last name begins with R-Z please bring a dessert. Suggested donation to Hadassah $18. Evite to follow! 
Please share this information with any former Raquela Hadassah members and copy me so I have their email address. This will be a fun evening to reconnect! If you have any
questions please contact Denise Coe at deniseacoe@gmail.com or 206-851-7702.

Redmond Ridge:

Belly dancing was fun, fun, fun! Lynnette Benaltabe opened her home to this wonderful, creative experience March 15th. A special thank you to Lynette and Esther Chiprut for planning this event.  Some of us even learned a belly movement or two. I did hear some complaining the next day of sore muscles from several of the ladies who attended. 

Fiddler on the Roof is coming in November to the Issaquah Village Theater and this may be another opportunity for Hadassah members to attend this play together. 

June 1st - Book Club - we will be discussing "The Fortune Teller's Kiss" by Brenda Serotte. This book is a memoir of growing up with Turkish Jews in a fortune telling, belly-dancing family. The author describes her Sephardic life, food, fear or evil eye and her struggle to walk again after polio.

June 24th - Hadassh's Life and Associate Members Brunch - come celebrate Hadassah's 100 birthday with the women and men who have joined the long, long list of individuals who have become Life or Associate Members of our organization. More information will be following.

August 9th - Hadassah "Speeding Dating" 101 - I hope I have your attention now!. Redmond Ridge Hadassah will be having a membership tea for seasoned and new members. For those of us who are "seasoned" members, start thinking about who we may invite to this program that are not members (YET) of Hadassah. Sandi Cohn, our membership chairperson, may be contacted by calling (425) 896-8244 when you have names to add to our list of invitees. More information will follow.

If you have any questions regarding any of these up-coming events, please call or email Darlene Siegel, Redmond Ridge Hadassah President, at (425) 836-4539 or  jdsiegel1@comcast.net 


Tzafona Northend:

West Sound Hadassah:

On Tuesday June 19th, we will hold a general meeting at the home of Judi Leader on Bainbridge Island. We will begin the evening with our traditional vegetarian/dairy pot luck at 6pm. The agenda for the evening will include the installation of Stephanie Warren as our new president for the group, and a kickoff for the planning of our 4th annual Mah Jongg Tournament Hadassah fund raiser, set for September 30. Marga Griesbach will remain as treasurer for another year.   For more information contact Vivian Morrison, current president at viviansm@earthlink.net.



In Memory:  








Save the Dates!


You don't want to miss out on all the fun.


~Hadassah Family BBQ (Yes! Family! Kids are welcome!)
DATE: Sunday, September 9th, 2012
TIME: 1-3pm
PLACE: Pritchard Beach Bath House (just south of Kline-Galland). The event will be indoors; playing will be outdoors!
COST: tbd. minimal. 

~Bubby's Kitchen
Sunday, April 21, 2013
TIME: Late afternoon matinee (tbd)
PLACE: Kirkland Performance Center
A fundraising event; look for details later in the year.

Stay tuned for more events to come from both the chapter and all of our groups.


Centennial  Convention -

Make Your Plans to Attend Now


    It's going to be THE CELEBRATION OF THE CENTURY - If you haven't already made your plans to attend, now is the time to do so!

 Hadassah’s Centennial Convention

October 15-18, 2012 in Jerusalem

The Pacific Northwest Region has reserved space at The Eucalyptus in Jerusalem for a no-host dinner on Monday evening, October 15th. We will enjoy a fabulous four-course meal and have an opportunity to connect with friends, families and colleagues. What a great way to begin the greatest Convention ever!  Have you registered yet? Register now at www.hadassah.org/centennial.

In response to requests we have received for Convention registration without a hotel, we are making available a program-only package. Anyone interested in this type of package can contact Ayelet Tours at www.ayelet.com or 800-237-1517. The package details are listed below.

Feel free to contact me should you have any questions.

Direct your questions to Diane Sigel at diane.sigel@hadassah.org.



• All Convention programs, touring, special events and entrance fees

• Transportation to and from all programs from one of the program hotels, which must be pre-selected and confirmed by Ayelet

• Travel in an air-conditioned bus with an English-speaking guide

• Box lunch on 10/17

• Transfers to and from Ben Gurion Airport from the assigned hotel on 10/14,15,18,19

Program package registration will take place at the Inbal Hotel on 10/14, 10/15


• Hotel and breakfast daily

• Gratuities at $45 per person, pre collected

• Dinner at one of the hotels on 10/16: you may purchase a ticket with Ayelet

• VAT for Israeli citizens


Contact Diane Sigel for more exciting information or with any other questions about the Celebration of the Century - diane.sigel@hadassah.org

A CELEBRATION OF OUR PROJECTS will be a Convention highlight on Wednesday, October 17, 2012, at Hadassah Neurim. You will have a hands-on experience and get up-close and personal with our students and staff. This event promises to be exciting, fun and memorable.  Have you registered yet? Register now at www.hadassah.org/centennial.

STAND WITH 1600 HADASSAH SISTERS,  Associates and supporters to dedicate the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower at our Centennial Convention. The doors to the Tower have opened; the mezuzah is affixed to the entrance – but we aren’t done until we stand together to say shehechyanu. Have you registered yet? Register now at www.hadassah.org/centennial.


Special Pre-convention tours are now available. Please go to www.ayelet.comand click on the Centennial logo or click on the link below.

Learn about Personalized Breast Cancer Care at Hadassah Medical Center. Hear firsthand about Hadassah’s pace‐setting research and tour the new Marlene Greenebaum Multi-disciplinary Diagnostic Breast Center. Professor Tamar Peretz-Yablonski, Head of the Sharett Institute of Oncology, and Dr. Tamar Sella, Head of the Breast Imaging Center, will moderate and present in addition to other great speakers. http://www.ayelet.com/Hadassah2012/Breast_cancer_care_pre-convention.pdf

b. Get an in-depth look at the leading legal, social and policy issues facing Israeli women today.
Join together with Hadassah Physician’s and Nurses’ Councils for an important program entitled “Cultural Background and Health Care: Why is it so important to the patient and the provider”. Tour Hadassah College and hear a panel discussion on employment rights and workplace law for Israeli women. Tour the Israeli Supreme Court building and meet with Israeli Supreme Court Justices for a candid conversation about Israeli law. http://www.ayelet.com/Hadassah2012/lawyers_pre-convention.pdf

c. Nurses Tour 14-15 October 2012:
Program will focus on "Nursing at Hadassah – Yesterday, Today, & Tomorrow". This includes a tour of the Nurses’ Workroom in the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Tower, being dedicated by the Hadassah National Nurses’ Council. http://www.ayelet.com/Hadassah2012/Nurses_Council_pre-mission.pdf

A CELEBRATION OF OUR PROJECTS will be a Convention highlight on Wednesday, October 17, 2012, at Hadassah Neurim. You will have a hands-on experience and get up close and personal with our students and staff. This event promises to be exciting, fun and memorable. Have you registered yet? Register now.  

 Centennial Lock


If you missed out on the 2011 Hadassah membership deal of the century, never fear. You can still get a great deal by taking advantage of the $212 for 2012 membership campaign: Hadassah—Lock in for Life

Become a Member. Be a Supporter. 

Celebrate Hadassah’s Centennial in 2012 with a $212 lifetime enrollment and support the extraordinary work of Hadassah!

All Life/Child Life Memberships and Associate/Child Associate enrollments are $212

As a thank you for enrolling, new Life and Child Life Members will receive a crystal studded key pendant ,exclusively available to new Life Members after January 1 – December 31, 2012.

Enroll today! Contact the Seattle office at 425-467-9099 or

This offer is only valid for Life Membership enrollment during Hadassah’s Centennial year, January 1-December 31, 2012. Payment plans excluded from offer. A portion of the Life Membership/Associate enrollment fee is allocated for a subscription to Hadassah Magazine. In keeping with IRS regulations, membership dues/enrollment fees are notconsidered to be tax-deductible contributions.


New Cumulative Giving Levels


Beginning March 1, 2012 Cumulative Giving towards the Family of Founders willbegin with a new gift of $1,000 or more that comes into National.  All new gifts will be credited towards cumulative giving going forward. A gift of $1,000 or more (including Keeper of the Gate payments) that come into National Hadassah will initiate cumulative giving.

Keepers: the last five years of Keeper of the Gate giving will be credited towards Founders. 

In the case of existing Major Donors ($5,000 and above), everything will count that has been sent into National (total giving history recorded by National). 

All monies (payments) that come into National, less couvert for local events, will be counted towards that donors cumulative giving.   

March 1, 2012 through December 31, 2013 all members of the Family of Founders will continue to be recognized at their current levels: 

  • Centennial Founder     $25,000
  • Centennial Circle of Founders    $50,000
  • Society of Major Donors (SMD)    $100,000

As of January 1, 2013, allo members of the Family of Founders are expected to make an annual gift or payment on their outstanding pledge of at least $1,000.  Founders, at whatever dollar level that they achieved Founder status will always remain Founders, but will need to make a gift of at least a $1,000 to maintain the benefits that are associated iwth their level of giving. 

Beginning January 1, 2014, the entry level to the Family of Founders will increase as follows: 

  • Hadassah 2nd Century Founder    $36,000
  • Hadassah 2nd Century Circle of Founders    $72,000
  • Hadassah 2nd Century Society of Major Donors (SMD)  $120,000 

If you have any questions, feel free to email Michelle Goldberg,National Donor Services Manager, NW Region Council @ Michelle.goldberg@hadassah.orgMiss Representation

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