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The Southern Region of Hadassah’s beginning is twofold. The Southern Region as we know it today (the states we represent) was reorganized and began in February of 1938. This is the date we use as our beginning. However, the first Southern Region was formed November 29, 1926 and consisted of 13 chapters in five states: Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Florida and Louisiana. With the growth of so many chapters during the next 12 years, the need to reorganize was apparent. The first conference of the reorganized Southern Region was held in Birmingham, AL in February 1938. Our Region and groups now consists of chapters in Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, parts of Louisiana, Alabama and the panhandle of Florida.

The first president in 1938, we think, was Selma Marcus from Montgomery, AL. However, reports also show she was president in 1935 under the old Southern Region. History records also show that Jennie Winer from Chattanooga was the first Southern Region president in 1926. (Attached is the list of Southern Region presidents beginning with the reorganization.)

At one time the Southern Region had almost 7,000 members. Our numbers have dwindled due in part to chapters in smaller southern communities closing. However, in recent years we have seen the formation of new chapters and groups in our Region. Our Region Board is constantly evaluating our organizational structure so that we can provide the best possible service to our chapters.

The history of the Southern Region has been compiled by past Southern Region President, Freda Brode, with some of the information obtained from the National Hadassah archives. Many of the older Southern Region scrapbooks are in her possession. If anyone has additional information about the early history in the 30’s and 40’s they would like to share, contact Freda at 1-800-801-5587.

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While we come from a wide spectrum of Jewish observance, Hadassah abides
by the laws of kashrut and we hold no events on the Sabbath or Holy Days.


2006 -2009
2003 – 2006
2000 – 2003
1997 – 2000
1994 – 1997
1991 – 1994
1988 – 1991
1986 – 1988
1984 – 1986
1981 – 1984
1978 – 1981
1975 – 1978
1972 – 1975
1969 – 1972
1966 – 1969
1964 – 1966
1962 – 1964
1960 – 1962
1958 – 1960
1956 – 1958
1953 – 1956
1950 – 1953
1948 – 1950
1945 – 1948
1945 – 1948
1943 – 1944
1941 – 1943
– 1941
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Mrs. Dana Waxler (Richard), Chatanooga, TN & Lookout Mountain, GA
Mrs. Edria Ragosin (David), Nashville, TN
Sue Moye (Gary), Montgomery & Marietta, GA
Mrs. Bettye Berlin (Neal), Memphis
Mrs. Roselle Ungar (Stanley), New Orleans
Mrs. Debi Shendelman (Thomas Riddick), Birmingham – Dunwoody, GA
Bobbie Limor (Alex), Nashville
Mrs. Barbara Pailet (Kenneth), New Orleans
Mrs. Freda Brode (Marvin), Memphis
Mrs. Avis Weintraub (Sam), Memphis
Mrs. Mira Kimmelman (Max), Oak Ridge
Mrs. Claudia Kaplan, Memphis
Mrs. Esther Shendelman ( George), Memphis
Mrs. Sylvia Silver (Leo), Knoxville
Mrs. Shirley Blumberg (Robert), Oak Ridge
Mrs. Bea Bozof (Robert), Memphis
*Mrs. Goldie Walter (Abe), Memphis
*Mrs. Gertrude Friedman (Leo), Birmingham
Mrs. Doris Linnick (Jacob), Mobile
*Mrs. Adele Gordon (Eli), New Orleans
Mrs. Josie Burson (Leo), Memphis
Mrs. Ada Abelman (Ralph), Chattanooga
*Mrs. Mary Corkland (Jacob), Knoxville
*Mrs. Daisy Aronoff (Abe), Clarksdale
*Mrs. Lil Franklin (Sam), Memphis
*Mrs. A. L. Levin, New Orleans
*Mrs. Wolfe Lefkoff, Chattanooga
*Mrs. Fanny Tarshis, Memphis (Mrs. Perry Sewell)
Mrs. Bluma Polmer (Nathan), New Orleans
Mrs. Hanna Kirshner (William), Nashville
Mrs. Abe Effron, Chattanooga
Mrs. Selma (Sanford) Marcus, Montgomery

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