Welcome to the Denver Chapter of Hadassah!



Founded in 1912, Hadassah retains the passion and timeless values of its founder, Henrietta Szold, Jewish scholar and activist, who was dedicated to Judaism, Zionism, and the American ideal.

Committed to the centrality of Israel based on the renaissance of the Jewish people in its historic homeland, Hadassah promotes the unity of the Jewish people. In Israel, Hadassah initiates and supports pace-setting health care, education and youth institutions, and land development to meet the country's changing needs.

In the United States, Hadassah enhances the quality of American and Jewish life through its education and Zionist youth programs, promotes health awareness, and provides personal enrichment and growth for its members.

Click on the each underlined text to:   

Find a Group, Visit the National Site, Member Corner & Survey, the Desert-Mountain Region Website, and E-newsletter.



Membership will remain $212 for life member. New this year is a 6 month payment plan option, available by credit card payments only.

Double Your Impact Member-get-a-Member Campaign runs January 1-December 31, 2014.

·             Anyone who gifts a life membership receives a multi-generation pin of their choice

·             Enrollment forms include choices for specific pins (2 generation, 3 generation, etc.)

·             New benefit for life members includes $100 discount off any Hadassah mission

·             New Members of the Month section on the national website. On a monthly basis we will highlight five units and a new member from each. Units will be selected monthly based on successfully recruiting new members



Click to see details fom Marcie Natan's visit to Denver!



Upcoming Open Board Meetings, Holidays and Events:


Wed. September 10th  12:15pm-1:30pm at the Virginia Village Library (at the corner of Florida and Dahlia).
Topic:   You Grew Up Where?  
Bernice Tarlie tells us about growing up in South Africa, and what the community looks like today.  Bring your lunch, we'll supply a drink and dessert. $5     RSVP to office.
September 6-7:  Regional Board Meeting in Denver, CO.




Mon. Sept. 15, 7:00pm At the home of Norma Sierota.


Come and join us as we watch the movie "Broken Wings" Amazon.com calls it "An uncommonly powerful film." Daphne is a recently widowed midwife and mother struggling to keep her family afloat after the sudden death of their beloved father. She and her four children try to cope with the abrupt mysterious death of their father even as all other aspects of their demanding lives seem to fall apart. In spite of her own dreams of pursuing a career in songwriting after a music contest, Dafna's oldest daughter Maya struggles to help her mother with the youngest children since her mother is expected to work long hours at the hospital. A sudden incident gives them a chance to heal their "broken wings" when only a miracle can save them. A miracle born of love.


Please RSVP to Marion at marionanne@ymail.com or 303-751-0234. $5 donation accepted.



Preparations for Rosh Hashanah
September 21, 1:30-3:00, Create your own Rosh Hashanah Floral Centerpieces at B'nai Havurah. Skip Jultak will provide flowers, stunning square vases, and all the supplies needed as he assists you in creating your own High Holiday table centerpiece.  This workshop is limited to 12 participants, so please call in your RSVP now.  You will go home with a beautiful addition to your holiday table. Cost is $36.00.

September 24-26:  Rosh Hashanah, no Hadassah work permitted.


October 3-5:  Yom Kippur, no Hadassah work permitted.


Upcoming Future Open Board Meetings:  Oct. 6-  "Jamie Sarche, Hadassah member will be speaking on "Jews & Tatoos - The Truth about Jewish Burial."



October 8-10:  Sukkot, no Hadassah work permitted (unless a meal/service in a sukkah).


October 11-14:  Sukkot Chol ha-Meod (in between days)- work permitted.


 December 13-15:  DMR Annual Conference in Phoenix, AZ.


December 14-24:  Chanukah, work permitted.


All members are invited to regional meetings and national convention.





We are looking for 




To help with the following events:




We are looking for a few Hadassah women to help us make Denver's 100th Anniversary special, we'd like you to help us on our planning committee. If you have exciting ideas or are just a good worker - we can use your help planning programs or researching our chapter's history. Please sign up!




Do you know many women in the Denver Chapter? Then we want you! Help us select members who will lead our chapter into the next century of the Denver Chapter. The commitment is small, the impact is BIG. There usually are only 2-3 meetings.





We will be closing our office sometime this next year. We want to be prepared for all contingencies. We want members to help us plan for this transition so we don't have any surprises afterward. If you have any type of work experience you could help us with this transition. We will probably have monthly meetings.


 Call the Hadassah office or contact one of the presidium members with questions or to sign up. We look forward to hearing from you!!!


Defining Zionism in the 21st Century:
A Monthly Online Speaker Series

Enjoy a fascinating speaker on a critical topic.

This program is part of EdConnections: Hadassah's Jewish and Zionist education series. Programs offer diverse topics of interest, both online and in units around the country.

For more information, please contact the PRAZE DIVISION at praze@hadassah.org or 212-303-8136



FREE Six-Session Lunchtime Series 

Wednesdays, August 13 through September 17, 12:00 to 1:30 pm.

Hosted by and located at Parkplace, 111 Emerson, Denver. RSVP to Jamie Sarche. 303-322-7764 or



Tours of Parkplace are available before and after each session.

Sept. 3, 2014     

Laura Harter, Care Manager, Jewish Family Service

There Are No Magic Words

Sept. 10, 2014    

Sarah Golombek, Elder law and Probate Attorney, The Law Office of Sarah L. Golombek, LLC

Estate Planning Made Easy: Accomplishing your Goals and Avoiding Family Disputes at Your Death

Sept. 17, 2014    

Donna Morrish, Psychotherapist

Love Prevails Beyond the Veil: Stories from the Beyond







The new officers for  the Denver Chapter of Hadassah

were  installed

on Dec. 19, 2013


Marlene Siegel served as installing officer. The following were installed: Presidium - Shelly Cohen, Mara Shapiro, and Frieda Sands; Fundraising Coordinators - Sandy Schiff, and Norma Sierota; PRAZE (Program, Advocacy, Zionism, Education) Coordinators - Selma Sladek and Anita Wenner;  Membership Coordinator, Ann Martin; Recording Secretary - Shirley Greenblatt; Corresponding Secretary - Janet Smith; Treasurer - Bobbie Kramer. Estelle Klubock was acknowledged for

25 years of service on the chapter board.   


Mazel Tov to our new leaders!! 

Left to right:SelmaSladek, Sandy Schiff, Norma Sierota, Frieda Sands, Mara Shapiro, Anita Wenner, Shirley Greenblatt, Shelly Cohen.

Not pictured: Bobbie Kramer, Janet Smith, Trisha Wuensch.



The Desert Mountain Region (DMR) of Hadassah held its winter conference inTucson, AZ,  December 14-16, to elect and install the officers for 2014. Cathy Olswing of Tucsonwas installed as president. There were very exciting and stimulating presentations about  new programs that are available from National Hadassah and how to motivate members. Every Beat Counts is the new heart healthy program from National.


Three members from Denver Chapter were installed at the convention. 

 Anita Wenner - Regional PRAZE Coordinator

Ann Martin - Regional Membership Coordinator

Dafna Michaelson Jenet - Regional Communication - IT Convention Coordinator


Ann & Anita


Mazel Tov to these three outstanding women who will represent Denver Chapter on the DMR Board.


The installation was followed by a tasty banquet and party. Outgoing regional president Fredi Brown of Scottsdale was roasted in a funny skit.


Norma Sierota, Trisha Wuensch, and Mara Shapiro also attended from the Denver Chapter.



The Denver Chapter is proud to have won two Regional Awards, for Membership and for the Newletter/E-News. Congratulations!!



 Ongoing Book and Study Groups

Evening Groups

Book Group discusses books with either Jewish content or Jewish author. Meets every other month year round at the  home of one of the participant's. Meet for dinner around 6pm and then go to a member's home for discussion. Contact Marion Wulfsohn at 303-751-0234 or marionanne@ymail.com.


Torah Chai Study Groupfacilitated by Ellyn Hutt. Meets once a month on Thursday evenings, 7:30pm,at a participant's home. Cost for the year is $72.00 given to Ellyn. $10 per session for drop-ins. Contact Kathi Newman at 303-333-4554 or kathi_newman@yahoo.com.

Daytime Groups

Al Gagalim (Training Wheels) Hadassah program for 2 ½ to 4½ year olds (in partnership with B'Nai Havurah) meets the 2ndSunday of the month. Each child must be accompanied by an adult (parent or grandparent). Call Anita Wenner for info, 303-770-2396.

 The FACILITATORS for the AL GALGALIM program are:

 FREDIE HALVORSEN:  Facilitator from theDenverChapter and a Life Member

JENNIFER WEINER:  Facilitator from B'nai Havurah and a Life Member of theDenver Chapter 

 Participants in our Al Galgalim program are:

Transfer-In Life Members:  FlorenceDollin, Carol Plotkin


New Life Member:  Naomi Kirshner

Thank you to Life Members Risa Friedman (Denver) and Joanne Scarbeary (LEA) for facilitating our Al Galgalim (Training Wheels) class for 3-5 year olds.


Book Group meets 1:30 in the second Tuesday of each month at a member's home. Call Brenda Banker for info, 303-427-3302

Sabras and Sabers meets the 3rdWednesday on each month at 10 am   at a member's home. Each member selects and presents material related to Judaism. Call Lorraine Katz for info, 303-771-0773. 

Study group 29 discusses current events. Meets the 1stand 3rdTuesday of month from 1-3pm at a member's home. Call Ruth Schorsch for info, 303-322-9645. 

Learn Hebrew - TheHadassah Way!

Iv'rit L'Hadassah meets weekly going thru Hadassah's own book on how to speak and read Hebrew.  If you are interested in joining our group, please contact Mara at 303-722-8832.

HOSTS NEEDED FOR HADASSAH MOVIE NIGHT Hadassah is looking for women to host a movie night in their home. We need a place that can handle between 15 - 20. Interested? Please call Marion Wulfsohn, 303-751-0234 



 Greeting Cards & Certificates  

The Denver Chapter office maintains a varied selection of cards and certificates which may be purchased in support of the good works of Hadassah. The cards include themes for birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, new babies, get-well, sympathy/condolence, thinking of you, and Mazel Tov, Chanukah  greetings and more - something for every occasion. Cards are available for $2.50 each or 5 for $10. Certificates are available at every level of giving from $10-$50. To order, please call the office at 303-321-7430.


For Hadassah

Store and restaurant gift cards: Another fundraiser of the Denver Chapter is to sell store cards, the same ones you may see at the grocery store. We can order over 300 different cards for restaurants, department stores, or speciality shops, travel, etc. When you order your cards through us, you write the check to Hadassah and we make a percent on each card sold. The percent that is made by us is considered a donation to Hadassah. Call the office if you wish to see a list of what cards are available. We order cards once a week and they take a about a week for delivery.  To order, please call the office at 303-321-7430. 



Water Bottles 

Hadassah is selling T-shirt-shaped, collapsible water bottles! Keep cool and hydrated with these BPA-free, FDA approved red water bottles sporting the Hadassah logo! The bottles have an attached carabineer, fold flat for easy storage, are washable (dishwasher safe) and refillable, and an eco-friendly solution to the waste generated by discarded plastic bottles. Support Hadassah and help the environment. Bottles are available for only $5 and may be purchased at the Hadassah office.

Open Your Heart
with a tax deductible $100 donation and receive a beautiful sterling silver open heart pendant and 18" chain.





Proceeds go to support the completion of the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower and count towards your chapter's Tower fundraising goal.

 Hadassah, The Women's Zionist Organization of America, Inc.
50 West 58th Street, New York, NY 10019



Denver Chapter recipes...


Here is an opportunity to  share the excitement of having the National Hadassah President visit our community and to show off your culinary expertise!   
 We are putting out a call for baked goods that we can feature at our reception honoring Marcie Natan. Are you rugelach the best ever? Is your high altitude banana cake superb? Your Florentine cookies delicate like none others? Are your Macaroons to die for? Contact Selma Sladek and let her know you'll volunteer to bake something!  720-493-1989 or selmasladek@aol.com. (Please put "baking" in the subject line).


Israel in the news...


Hadassah.org/HMOUpdate for update information about the Hospital.



Good and Welfare
Fredie Halvorsen and family on the passing of their husband, father, and grandfather Rich Halvorsen.




Hadassah respects all levels of Jewish observance.  No Hadassah events or business (including emails and phone calls), should be done on Shabbat or Jewish holidays unless the events are celebrating the holiday.  All food served should either be Dairy or Parve.  If meat is served, it must be KOSHER and dietary rules followed.


The Denver Chapter is looking for members who would like to do a 10-15 minute presentation at one of our Open Board Meetings on a topic that is near to your heart.  If this is you, please e-mail shelly@ix.netcom.com if you are interested.




The Denver Chapter is trying to reduce the costs of printing and mailing. If you have email, we ask that you to continue to subscribe to our E-NEWS. The Denver Chapter print bulletin is mailed quarterly only to those who do not receive email.  Bulletin Editor Judith Levitsky and E-NEWS/BLAST editor Barbara Zimmerman coordinate to provide  you with the same information. In addition, those of you on email receive monthly E-BLASTS of our upcoming and ongoing activities.  


Please contact the office with any changes to your email address. Please be sure that your email accepts Constant Contact. Otherwise, these E-NEWS and E-BLASTS may end up in your spam filter!


If you have not been receiving our E-News or E-Blasts, please contact E-NEWS editor Barbara Zimmerman  barbzim1@mindspring.com and she will send you a copy.




Website Links:

Hadassah National www.hadassah.org

Denver Hadassah www.denver.hadassah.org

Desert-Mountain Region www.desertmountain.hadassah.org


Executive Committee

Shelly Cohen, Frieda Sands, Mara Shapiro -  Presidium
Sandy Schiff, Norma Sierota - Fundraising
Selma Sladek, Anita Wenner - PRAZE

Ann Martin- Membership
Bobbie Kramer- Treasurer
Shirley Greenblatt- Recording Secretary
Janet Smith- Corresponding Secretary




Featured Pages

National News

  • Israeli Hero Treated at Hadassah's Hospital on Mount Scopus
  • Israeli Prison Service Officer Ariel Twitto was on his way to pick up his children from nursery school camp after accompanying a prisoner to court when he and fellow officer, Elad Biton, heard someone shouting "Piguah!" (terror attack!).
  • Hadassah-Neurim Provides Refuge for Border Kibbutz
  • For the last three weeks, Mali Yehoshafat and her four children have found refuge at Hadassah-Neurim. 125 kibbutz members—including all the children in this border agricultural commune are living in Hadassah’s Youth Village, near Netanya.
  • Urge Congress to Affirm Support for Israel
  • Israel once again finds itself in a time of crisis, forced to take military action to defend its citizens from indiscriminate rocket and mortar fire. Urge Congress to affirm its unwavering, bipartisan support for Israel’s sovereignty and security, and pass the United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act!

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