Career and Family.
My husband, Bob, and I just celebrated our 36th anniversary. We have one grown son, who is a software engineer. I worked for 40 years as a clinical social worker, part-time once my son was born. I retired a year ago.
I am also an artist. I paint with acrylics and show my work locally, in library shows, coffee shops, a couple of local churches, a bank, etc. I’ve painted over 200 portraits of children -- all the children I worked with as a child therapist, my neighbors, nieces, nephews and more. I’ve given all those paintings to the children in them. I also paint some scenery and am experimenting with abstraction. My website is www.judibabcockpaintings.com
How did you get involved with Hadassah?
I have been a member of the Shawsheen Valley Chapter of Hadassah Northern New England since 1985. My mother was a Hadassah member in Great Neck, NY, and president of her chapter at North Shore Towers in Little Neck for many years. She made me a life member. I met some of the Hadassah members of Shawsheen Valley shortly after moving to Bedford, MA, and then joined. Initially, I was probably most interested in getting to know other women in my new town.
What is it about Hadassah that resonates with you?
I am proudest of the cutting-edge medical research done at Hadassah, including research on treating ALS, cystic fibrosis, heart stents, stem cell therapy and more. I am also proud of how their medical staff seem to respond quickly and help out after typhoons, hurricanes and other disasters strike all over the world.
Share something you would like people to know about you.
I have held various positions on the board of Shawsheen Valley, including being the membership chairperson and being a co-president for four years. I have been chairing the book group of the chapter for many years. Everyone in the chapter, or any chapter, is welcome to join the book group for any meeting. We meet about once every 6 to 8 weeks for a potluck Sunday brunch in each other’s homes. It is informal, fun, and a good way to get to know each other better.
Previous Members of the Month
"Her grandmother made her a life member at birth."
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Los Angeles, CA
"She gives much of her energy to repairing the world."
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"Hadassah has taught me to be a stronger advocate for Israel, Zionism and Jewish values."
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"Sarrah works with a technology start-up company, building global strategic partnerships."
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"Rather than just an organization, Hadassah is like family."
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"I chose Hadassah because its main focus is Israel."
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"She finds it incredibly important to give back to the community she was raised in."
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Las Vegas, NV
“Board certified pediatrician passionate about Hadassah.”
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“I owe much to Hadassah, including meeting my husband.”
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Paula M. Schiff
Walnut Creek, CA
"Along with my wonderful Hadassah members, I have presented three Israel advocacy programs."
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"Melissa founded the “Leorah” chapter."
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Maxine, Rochelle and Alana Schube
"Our goal in coming forward with our story is to show that breast cancer doesn’t care how old you are."
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Martha Jo Katz
"For 18 years she worked a model."
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"I love being part of a group where I feel a true kinship to the other members."
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San Diego, CA
“From the beginning, I have been impressed that Hadassah is almost completely volunteer driven.”
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“I love that Hadassah is this amazing organization for Israel, about Israel, in Israel.”
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Vernon Hills, IL
"After losing her vision, Keeley developed a line of hair fragrances."
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"Katie hopes one day to help her daughter become a Young Woman of Hadassah."
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"Holly has spent most of her career doing communications and PR for nonprofit groups."
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“Hadassah supports everything I feel strongly about.”
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