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Savannah chapter newsletter  January 2013

The Savannah Chapter of Hadassah began in 1926, just 14 years after Henrietta Szold and her study group began their work in Palestine. Since that time, the chapter has continued to grow and prosper.  Our members (over 400) live in and around Savannah and neighboring towns.  Like many other southern cities, we have a nice mix of "southern" (natives) and "other'n" (transplants and retirees from all over the country). This brings us a different perspective since many transplants were active in other Hadassah chapters and groups across the country. We are working toward activating as many women as possible. To do this, our focus for the last 3 years has been on programming to attract existing and new members--such as Women and Health, Women and Wealth, Family Fun Day, Sukkah in the City, Tu b-shvat celebrations, and much more.

This year, we have enthused our members with highlights from Hadassah's 100th Anniversary Celebration in Israel at two different meetings--Yelena Chernyak (Chapter President) and Carol Greenberg brought photos, stories and gifts to share the excitement of this once in a lifetime event.  We did a second meeting with pictures of convention along with a "What's Cooking with Hadassah" program featuring holiday cooking demonstrations. Following that, we did a successful Sukkah in the City with 6 sukkahs in different locations at different times of the day with wonderful guest speakers. Our 2-part Women and Health programs were conducted by Stepanie Johnson from the JEA on fitness activities as we age and one by Peter Brodhead of Brighter Day on healthy living--food and supplements. Attendees were treated to healty snacks and drinks. 

Beginning 2013, we participated with the JEA in hosting a Tu b'shvat Family Fun Day that provided healthy snacks, a PJ Library reading, and crafts of worm farming and planting seeds.  Jenn Rich, new Hadassah Life Member and JEA Community Director, planned the day and Hadassah was there with our Green Grocer (healthy snacks) and general volunteering--reading, helping with planting, etc.  You will note in the pictures that we wore our red t-shirts from National Convention.  We have decided this year to make Hadassah visible in the community and at many JEA functions (particularly those involving our help), we ask our volunteers to wear a Hadassah t-shirt and their Hadassah pins.

We are now looking forward to a kosher wine tasting program that we are co-sponsoring with the JEA and then on to our annual Hadassah Presents--our major fundraiser.  

Our biggest challenge is to find and foster future leadership for the chapter to keep us a vital part of Hadassah.

To learn more about our activities, please read our January 2013 newsletter.  For more information, contact Jean Weitz, Savannah Chapter President at

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