Welcome to Hadassah of Greater Albuquerque

Most of our notices go out only by email so please let those without email know what will be happening. All of our events are open to members, associates and guests.     


The Tuesday Luncheon Group is happy to be having our luncheons at the JCC. Lunch is catered by the Rhubarb & Elliott Deli.
If you know someone that would like to be on a list to be called please contact Sandy Hansen, 331-1456, or albuquerque@hadassah.org. Feel free to leave a message.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Place: Jewish Community Center on Wyoming Avenue
Time: 11:45 Cost: $15
Please make your reservation by responding to this email or by calling Sandy Hansen at 331-1456
Menu:Vegetarian and delicious 

 "Albuquerque Chapter past president Lisa Lenard-Cook returns to talk about the seeds of her novel DISSONANCE, being reissued by Santa Fe Writers Project in September."

Dissonance, my first novel, won the Jim Sagel Prize for the Novel while in manuscript. After its publication

by the University of New Mexico Press in 2003, it was selected as a book of the year by such diverse 

libraries as the Tucson-Pima County Public Library & the Cincinnati Public Library. In 2004, the book was both a NPR Performance Today

Summer Reading Choice & the countywide reading selection for Durango-La Plata Reads, & in 2005 it was short -listed for the PEN Southwest Book Award. Dissonance will be reissued by Santa Fe Writers Project

in Fall 2014. My second novel, Coyote Morning, waspublished by UNM Press in 2004, was selected a Southwest 

Book of the Year, & was a runner- up for the New Mexico Presswomen’s Zia Award.

The Mind of Your Story, a book about fiction writing, was published by Writers’ Digest Books in April 2008, 

& was awarded 2nd place in the NM Presswomen’s Communications Contest in the Instructional Book 



In 2009, award-winning playwright Lynn C. Miller & I formed ABQ Writers Co-op, creating community in New Mexico for writers everywhere.. We offer classes, contests, the

literary magazine bosque, salons, 

readings, & retreats. Our first book together, Find Your Story,Write Your Memoir, was published by the 

University of Wisconsin Press in May 2013. We’re offering our next master classes in writing this winter.

I’m also a faculty member at the Santa Barbara Writers ConferenceTaos Summer Writers’ Conference

at NULC-2014 in Ogden, & teach fiction writing in private classes. I take particular joy in mentoring both 

beginning & more experienced writers. And oh–I also write The Lonely Writer’s Companion for Authorlink.com.

My B.A. ,with departmental honors, is from the University of Buffalo and my M.F.A. in fiction writing is 

from Vermont College. Throughout the 1990s, I was a member of the English department faculty at

 Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. I love to hear from readers and writers, and cheerfully

(mostly) respond to queries.



“Lyrical, luminous, and pitch-perfect” (Historical Novels Review). When Anna Kramer, a Los Alamos piano teacher, inherits the journals and scores of composer Hana Weissova, she is mystified by this bequest from a woman she does not know. Hana’s music, however, soon begins to uncover forgotten emotions, while her journals, which begin in 1945 after she is released from a concentration camp, slowly reveal decades-old secrets that Anna and her family have kept buried.


 We have had a problem with people making reservations and not showing up. We DO have to pay for your lunch. I will be starting to call people who did not show up and did not cancel in 24 hours so that they have the opportunity to send a check. Family emergencies and sickness are an exception.


October - Sharon Girard, longtime Hadassah member and new to Albuquerque


November - Shlomo Karni - Problems of the Middle East


December - Chapter Party in the planning stage, Sunday


READING LIST FOR 2014 - 2015

There is a $5 fun fee for this event.

Have a great summer and happy reading!
See you all in September.
Judi Bernstein, Sally Moxley and Shari Reed


September 9, 2014. The Innocents --Francesca Segal

October 14, 2014. Outwitting History--Aaron Alansky

November 11, 2014. My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel - Ari Shavit

December 9, 2014. The Book of Jonah - Joshua Max Feldman

January 13, 2015. In the Light of What We Know--Zia Haider Rahman

February 10, 2015. In Paradise - Peter Mathieson

March 10, 2015. I Pity the Poor Immigrant - Zachary Lazar

April 14, 2014. Lady in Gold - Anne Marie O'Connor

May 12, 2015. All the Light we Cannot see - Anthony Doerr



 We are looking for someone to be our Bulletin chairperson. You can decide if you want to do a bulletin 1,2, or 3 times a year and what the content will be. This is not a board position and you would not be required to attend board meetings. Guidance given.

Please contact:
Jana Druxman- 898-4057
Jan Secunda- 319-7231
Debbie Seely- 292-4286

We need someone to become the chapter fundraising Chairperson. This is an important position as we are a fundraising organization. Hadassah provides a lot of materials and support in this position.
Please contact:
Jana Druxman- 898-4057
Jan Secunda- 319-7231
Debbie Seely- 292-4286

Bears & Blankies Mitzvah Group, Dvora Bears for the abused 

 The bear making sessions are usually on the fourth Tuesday of the month but call Gerry to make sure and to make a reservation. If you would like to attend PLEASE let Gerry know, 856-4097. If you would like to bring something for lunch please let Gerry know. If you don't call and let Gerry know then we do not know to call you when bears has to be canceled.

Bears & Blankets is a mitzvah group of Hadassah ladies who get together once a month to make bears and blankets for those children who are caught in the misery of the domestic violence that happens too often. The women meet at the home of Gerry Kipper and all materials (and lunch!) are donated. To date, the group has created approximately 70 blankets and over 180 bears.

For more information on this group hit reply or contact Fran Luftschein at 856-1526 or by email at luftschein@gmail.com.  

    If you move, change your phone number or change your email address please send a note to albuquerque@hadassah.org  and let us know.



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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