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Hadassah Education Day

Rabbi Judith Chessin at Hadassah Education Day 2012.Cincinnati Chapter of Hadassah invites the community to its annual Education Day on Sunday, February 10th from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. in the Teller Student Lounge at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Rabbi Judy Chessin will lead a unique experience, "A Chocolate Seder: Chocolate Dips and Seder Tips", featuring delicious chocolate treats and little-known facts about the holiday of Passover. Tobe Snow is Programming Vice President and Bobbi Handwerger is Education Day Chair. Education Day Committee members are Bea Goodman, Karen Silverman, Gilda Schwartz, Ellen Jaffe Drake, Sandra Berg and Sandra Spitz.

Rabbi Judy Chessin is well known to local Hadassah members, having participated as a guest speaker at Hadassah Coffee Talk as well as last year’s Education Day. She has been the Rabbi of Temple Beth Or since its inception in 1984. Temple Beth Or, a member congregation of the Union for Reform Judaism, has now grown to 225 families and serves the needs of Reform Jewish families from all over the Dayton area.

Originally from Orlando, Florida, Rabbi Chessin received her undergraduate training at the University of South Florida. After studying in Jerusalem, she went on to complete her Masters of Arts in Hebrew Letters at the Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in Cincinnati, Ohio. There she received ordination as Rabbi in June of 1984 and was awarded the Morris H. Youngerman Prize for Homiletics. During her tenure at HUC-JIR, she served pulpits in Owensboro, Kentucky, and Brookhaven, Mississippi. She also directed the seminary’s Youth and College Programming for three years. She received a Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa, from HUC-JIR at its Cincinnati Graduation Ceremony on June 7, 2009 at Isaac M. Wise Temple.

Along with her duties at Temple Beth Or, Rabbi Chessin speaks extensively in Dayton area universities, churches, synagogues and organizations on topics of Jewish interest. She also serves as a mentor to rabbinic students at the Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion who are preparing for a career in the rabbinate. Additionally, she spends a several weeks each summer teaching Jewish youth at the Goldman Union Camp Institute in Zionsville, Indiana. She is currently the President of the Synagogue Forum of Greater Dayton and was honored in 2004 as a Woman of Influence by Dayton’s Y.W.C.A. Rabbi Chessin is married to Professor Michael Cook, who teaches at HUC-JIR. They have two sons, Brett and Chad.

Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, was born from the vision of one woman, Henrietta Szold, who saw a great need and wanted to help. She knew what a powerful force women can be and created Hadassah to heal the world through the education and empowerment of women. In 1912, Hadassah women laid down the foundation of the Hadassah Medical Organization and other vital health and educational projects in Israel and around the world. In 2012, Hadassah dedicated the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower in Jerusalem, a seven year, $363-million project that will help keep Israel in the forefront of global medical care and research. Hadassah Academic College offers students from throughout Israel undergraduate and graduate degrees in a variety of subjects that provide them with the skills and credentials they need to build their lives, pursue promising careers, and contribute to the economic vitality of the country. Hadassah provides its members an array of programs and activities that strengthen Jewish identity and support for Israel while providing a unique opportunity to connect socially. In celebration of its first 100 years, Life Membership, Associate and Child Membership rates are lowered to $212 (instead of $360).

Hebrew Union College is located at 3101 Clifton Avenue in Clifton. The Teller Student Lounge is located on the first floor of the HUC Faculty and Student Center. There is an admission fee of $18 per person. Please send checks to Hadassah, P.O. Box 42396, Cincinnati, OH 45242 by Thursday, February 7th. For questions or to RSVP, please contact Hadassah at (513) 821-6157 or email cincinnati@hadassah.org or Bea Goodman at (513) 489-2668 or email igoodman@cinci.rr.com.

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