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.

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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



Upcoming Open Board Meetings, Holidays and Events:





April 14-19:  Pesach.  No Hadassah work permitted April 14-16 or April 20-22.




Marcie Natan, National President of Hadassah/the Women's Zionist Organization of America is coming to Denver!
  Local Chapters of Hadassah
are extending an invitation to the Metro Denver Jewish Community and inviting you to share our excitement as we welcome her to our city. This will be a rare opportunity to learn about Hadassah's impact in Israel and the U.S. A dynamic speaker, Ms. Natan will give us insight into current developments at the Hadassah Medical Organization in Jerusalem. There is n
o charge for the program. Light refreshments will be served.

Loving Leah (2009)

TV Movie  -  95 min  -  Drama | Romance  -  25 January 2009 (USA)
A quirky love story revolving around the unexpected wedding and unconventional married life of a 26-year-old widow and her late husband's brother, a handsome 30-year-old cardiologist. Loving Leah is a television movie that aired on CBS as a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie on January 25, 2009.    
To be shown May 19th:  Plan to be there by 6:30pm with movie promptly starting at 6:45-7pm.  Please RSVP to Marion (marionanne@ymail.com) for details and directions.




June 3-5:  Shavuot, no Hadassah work permitted.


Future Open Board Meeting Dates:

June 9 and Oct. 6-  Speakers to be announced.



Ms. Geller has entertained audiences around the world. She will be singing fun songs, toe-tapping, and hand-clapping to bring a smile to your face.
More information to follow



July 21-24:  National Convention in Las Vegas, NV.


August 4-5:  Tish'a B'av, no Hadassah work permitted.


September 6-7:  Regional Board Meeting in Denver, CO.


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


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


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.





The new officers for  the DenverChapter 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, Norma Sierota, and Rebecca Vicksman; PRAZE (Program, Advocacy, Zionism, Education) Coordinators - Selma Sladek and Anita Wenner;  Membership Coordinator, Trisha Wuensch; 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, Rebecca Vicksman, 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.

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 orselmasladek@aol.com. (Please put "baking" in the subject line).


Israel in the news...

 Report from Jerusalem: Update Tuesday, March 18, 2014

 On Friday, February 7 the Hadassah Medical Organization (HMO) filed for Section 350, which is analogous to the U.S. Chapter 11. Under the terms of Section 350, the leadership of HMO is working with court-appointed trustees to develop and begin implementation of a recovery plan. Below are the latest key developments in the recovery process:

Today, hundreds of men and women visited the Support Hadassah Hospital Tent today at the Knesset in Jerusalem. Among them were Knesset members, HWZOA senior staff and Board Members from the United States, Hadassah-Israel activists, Young Judaeans, members of Hadassah's Youth Aliyah villages Hadassah-Neurim and Meir Shfeya, medical staff, patients and friends.
Supported by past presidents Marlene Post, Bonnie Lipton and Nancy Falchuk and members of the HWZOA and HMO Board, National President Marcie Natan was interviewed by all of Israel's TV stations, as she called on the Israeli government to immediately commit to stopping the discrimination against Hadassah Hospitals and providing the same financial support to them as other Israeli medical centers.

Across the street from the Israeli Consulate in New York City, under a clear blue sky and chilling winds,over 70 Hadassah members and staff united in support of the efforts of the Hadassah Medical Organization to reach a satisfactory agreement with the Government of Israel and the unions. Chants of "I'm with Hadassah" and "What do we want? Support for Hadassah! When do we want it? NOW!" could be heard for blocks, as cars and trucks honked their horns in support of the rally.


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



Good and Welfare
Our apologies to the following whose life cycle events were inadvertently omitted from earlier versions of our E-News:
Condolences to the families of Ethel Segal, Martin Gross, Sophie Goldblum and Rose Lee Ostrow, as well as to Aileen Marcus ont he loss of her husband Marvin.
We also extend belated get well wishes to Dorothy Parris and Norma Sierota, and belated Mazel Tov to Estelle Klubock on the birth of her great-granddaughter.
In addition, we extend condolences to:
Helen Wurzel and family on the passing of their husband, father and grandfather Jules Wurzel
Ketsie and Robert Klausner, on the passing of her mother, Sonia Dunevitz
Get Well:
Lucille Maness and Eleanor Shilder
Mazel Tov:
Harriette Sklar on the occasion of her 90th birthday
The Denver Chapter of Hadassah shares the pride of our former Chapter and Regional President Fran Wolpo whose granddaughter, Dr. Sarah Grope was featured in the March 14 Intermountain Jewish News.  Dr. Grope, a pediatrician, is the first and only female Mohelet (certified to perform a Brit Milah or "Bris") in Denver. The article focuses on her skills and compassion as she performs this vital duty for the Denver Jewish Community.





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, Rebecca Vicksman - Fundraising
Selma Sladek, Anita Wenner - PRAZE

Trisha Wuensch- Membership
Bobbie Kramer- Treasurer
Shirley Greenblatt- Recording Secretary
Janet Smith- Corresponding Secretary




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