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Coffee Talk 4-9-12

We met at 9:30 a.m. on Monday morning at the home of Renee Sandler and enjoyed a buffet of delicious kosher for Passover refreshments.  Then, we sat in the living room and Rabbi Judy Chessin, who has been the Rabbi of Temple Beth Or in Dayton since its inception in 1984, gave a fascinating talk about "Where are all the women in the Hagaddah?" Tobe Snow is Coffee Talk Chair.

Rabbi Chessin passed out handouts with several quotes from the Torah in Hebrew and English referring to important women Biblical times and discussed the history of how our Passover traditions evolved.  Many of the righteous women who saved Hebrew lives were not even Jewish!  These included the midwives who refused to kill the male Hebrew babies; Pharoah's daughter, who rescued baby Moses; and Miriam, Moses' sister, who convinced her father to remarry her mother, resulting in Moses' birth, and who later watched after baby Moses in the bulrushes of the Nile.  Because of the legend that she provided water for the Hebrews as they wandered in the wilderness for 40 years, many Jews now add Miriam's Cup (filled with water) to the Seder table.  Some also add an orange to the Seder plate, representing solidarity with Jewish gays and lesbians, who are often marginalized within the Jewish community.

Photography by Gayna Bassin.
 Ghita Sarembock, Rita Rothenberg, Rhoda Ulas, Tobe Snow, and Rabbi Judy Chessin.
Ghita Sarembock, Rita Rothenberg, Rhoda Ulas, Tobe Snow,
and Rabbi Judy Chessin.
 Bea Goodman, Debbie Fox, Paula Jarnicki, Sandy Richards and Adele Guttman.
Bea Goodman, Debbie Fox, Paula Jarnicki, Sandy Richards
and Adele Guttman.
 Gilda Schwartz enjoys some Passover goodies.
Gilda Schwartz enjoys some Passover goodies.
 Barbara Vinson, Sharon Casper (Cincinnati Chapter Co-President), Renee Sandler (hostess), Betsy Sheffler and Ellen Fox.
Barbara Vinson, Sharon Casper (Cincinnati Chapter Co-
President), Renee Sandler (hostess), Betsy Sheffler and Ellen Fox.
 Gayna Bassin and her brother, Marv Mandelbaum, who is visiting from Boston.
Gayna Bassin and her brother, Marv Mandelbaum, who is
visiting from Boston.
 Ellen Fox, Adele Gutterman, Renee Sandler and Gilda Schwartz.
Ellen Fox, Adele Gutterman, Renee Sandler and Gilda Schwartz.
 In the living room as Rabbi Chessin talks about important women in the Exodus.
In the living room as Rabbi Chessin talks about important
women in the bible.
 In the living room at Renee Sandler's home.
In the living room at Renee Sandler's home.
 Tobe Snow, Coffee Talk Chair, thanks Rabbi Chessin for her presentation and awards her with a Hadassah pin.
Tobe Snow, Coffee Talk Chair, thanks Rabbi Chessin for her
fascinating presentation and awards her with a Hadassah pin.
 Tobe Snow gave Renee Sandler a set of beautiful Shabbat candlesticks.
Tobe Snow gave Renee Sandler a set of beautiful Shabbat
candlesticks to thank her for hosting Coffee Talk.
 Sharon Casper (left) and Bobbi Handwerger (right), Cincinnati Chapter Co-Presidents, with Ghita Saraembock (center).
Sharon Casper (left) and Bobbi Handwerger (right), Cincinnati
Chapter Co-Presidents, with Ghita Saraembock (center).
 Tobe Snow, Sandy Richards and Rabbi Judy Chessin.
Tobe Snow, Sandy Richards and Rabbi Judy Chessin.
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