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