We share a profound love for the Jewish people, and Israel. We share a commitment to women and believe in women’s strength—and our own. We are excited to showcase and honor these members—Women Who DO.
Tell us a little about yourself.
I grew up in Long Island, and moved from NYC to Houston for career advancement over 30 years ago. I retired from a career in consumer marketing, and in 2014 founded a prepared food rescue organization called Second Servings of Houston. My husband, Martin, and I have one son, Matthew, who is 24.
How did you get involved with Hadassah?
In 2005, I was a guest at Hadassah's “Women of Courage” luncheon, where a cancer survivor and neighborhood friend was the guest speaker. After learning about the organization’s outstanding work, a friend encouraged me to join her Hadassah group so I could meet other Jewish women, since I didn’t know many in Houston at the time. I really enjoyed the enlightening programs and camaraderie at the monthly meetings, and wanted to play an active role. Although Second Servings has cut into my ability to be as active as I once did, I still try to attend every meeting and assist whenever I can.
What is it about Hadassah that resonates with you?
Hadassah strikes me as an oasis of peace in an otherwise turbulent Middle East. Diversity reigns and medical research and breakthroughs abound that can potentially help people around the world.
Share something you would like people to know about you
My very first food rescue was from the Hadassah “Women of Courage” luncheon in February 2013. I still get goose bumps thinking about how the audience broke into thunderous applause, when the host announced that the surplus food from the event was being donated to feed people in need. I knew at that moment that I wasn’t the only person who hated seeing good food go to waste. I had no idea how far it would go.
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