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Our chapter was started in 1922 by Mrs. Rowie Rinder following a visit to the national convention of the Zionist Organization of America. When Mrs. Rinder returned to San Francisco, she gathered a group of women to promote Hadassah’s mission. With assistance from the area’s Jewish leaders, the group grew and prospered.
The Lakeside and Balboa groups, consisting of the chapter’s early leaders and founders hold joint meetings. The history and early growth can be attributed to the work and dedication of our chapter's founding members. These women continue to participate in both the chapter's fundraising mission and to teach and nurture our future leaders.
The Link, or HaKesher was started in 1987 by Liz Landers and Barbara Weinberg and today boasts over 200 members and continues to grow. Programs are held both during the day and in the evenings to accommodate the members' busy schedules.
Our newest chartered group, L’Atid, the young women’s group of the San Francisco Chapter, was started by Heather Rosnow to fill what she felt was a void for young Jewish women in the community. The initial vision of the group was to bring young women together to create lasting friendships while supporting Hadassah’s projects in Israel and throughout the world. Since being chartered in May 1999, L’Atid has done just this through its many accomplishments. Membership increases every year; the fundraising efforts through L’Atid’s major event, Sushi and Martinis, continue to raise more and more funds, mainly for Young Judaea. L’Atid also builds leaders. Whether they hold board positions or assist on committees, L’Atid women give their time to direct activities and projects that support Hadassah. The members of L’Atid are young, single and married, motivated women who volunteer their time to help move Hadassah forward while forging great friendships.
GRA Chapter Presidents with June Walker, Hadassah National Past President