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Hadassah Education Day 1-8-12

Cincinnati Chapter of Hadassah featured new facets of Queen Esther as the focus for its annual Education Day on Sunday, January 8, 2012, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC).  The program “Meet Esther: Is She Ancient Queen, Modern Woman, or Both?” began with a presentation in the David Ellenson Rare Books Room in the Klau Library building with Dan J. Rettberg, Ph.D.  Then, Rabbi Judith Chessin presented a new look at Esther as a role model for modern-day Jewish women. 

The program began in the lobby of the Klau Library on the campus of HUC.  Tobe Snow, Hadassah Director of Programming, welcomed everyone and spoke about Hadassah's role in advocating women's rights and freedom.  Everyone proceeded down to the Rare Books Room in the lower level, where Daniel J. Rettberg, Senior Associate Librarian and Rare Book and Manuscript Bibliographer at HUC, spoke.  Dan, who holds a Ph.D. in Rabbinical Literature and an M.S. in Information Studies, gave a brief and humorous history of some commentaries and interpretations on the Book of Esther. He allowed us to examine several books created in the 15th and 16th centuries, demonstrating different printing technologies and paper quality.  Tobe Snow thanked him and presented him with a Hadassah pin and certificate in thanks.

Then the group moved to the American Jewish Archives in another building on the HUC campus, where we enjoyed refreshments of assorted "Persian" delicacies, like baklava, fruit, humus, nuts and seeds.  Rabbi Judith Chessin distributed a four-page hand-out containing quotes from the Book of Esther, photos of artists' interpretations of various scenes from Esther, and a poem by Vanessa Hidary.  Calling Esther "The Original Hebrew Mamita", Rabbi Chessin pointed out some risque facts not generally covered in Sunday school.  Tobe presented her with a beautiful Hadassah charm bracelet and a certificate in thanks for her enlightening presentation.

Photography by Gayna Bassin
 People registered for the program in the lobby of the Klau Library.
People registered for the program in the lobby of the Klau Library.
 The Education Day Committee, with Rabbi Judith Chessin and Daniel J. Rettberg, Ph.D.
The Education Day Committee, with Rabbi Judith Chessin and
Daniel J. Rettberg, Ph.D.  From right: Tobe Snow, Gilda Schwartz,
Barbara Vinson and Bea Goodman, Committee members.
Not in photo: Karen Silverman.
 Daniel Rettberg, Bea Goodman and Tobe Snow.
Daniel Rettberg and Bea Goodman listen as Tobe Snow
welcomes everyone to Hadassah Education Day.
 People listen in the Klau Library lobby.
People listen in the Klau Library lobby.
 The Klau Library lobby.
The Klau Library lobby.
 Daniel Rettberg spoke to the group in the David Ellenson Rare Book Room.
Daniel Rettberg spoke to the group in the David Ellenson Rare
Book Room at HUC.
 Some of the rarest books were on display in cabinets.
Some of the rarest books were on display in cabinets.
 Daniel Rettberg held a 15th century book of commentary on the Book of Esther.
Daniel Rettberg showed us several 15th century
books of commentaries on the Book of Esther.
 Tobe Snow gave Daniel Rettberg a pin and a Hadassah certificate in thanks.
Tobe Snow gave Daniel Rettberg a pin and a Hadassah certificate
in thanks for his presentation.
Tobe Snow and Daniel Rettberg, holding the Hadassah certificate.
Tobe Snow and Daniel Rettberg, holding the Hadassah certificate.
 Everyone moved to a different building for refreshments.
Everyone moved to a different building for refreshments.
 Assorted refreshments.
Assorted refreshments and Purim masks as decorations.
 Refreshments.
The refreshments included "Persian style" delicacies like baklava,
fruits, nuts and seeds, and humus with pita bread.
 Everyone sat at the conference table to enjoy their snacks.
Everyone sat at the conference tables to enjoy their snacks.
 Tobe Snow introduced Rabbi Judith Chessin.
Tobe Snow introduced Rabbi Judith Chessin.
 Rabbi Chessin gave an informative and sometimes startling presentation.
Rabbi Chessin gave an informative and sometimes startling presentation.
 Tobe Snow presented Rabbi Chessin with a Hadassah charm bracelet and certificate in thanks.
Tobe Snow presented Rabbi Chessin with a beautiful Hadassah
charm bracelet and certificate in thanks.
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