Desert-Mountain Region


Important Dates for 2020
  • Friday nights & Saturdays - no Hadassah work permitted except Shabbat Services and other Shabbat related programs
  • March 6-7 - Hadassah Shabbat Zachor
  • March 10-11 - Purim, not a yom tov, Hadassah work permitted
  • April 9-10 - Pesach, first two  day, no Hadassah work permitted
  • April 12-24 - Interim days of Pesach - work permitted, all food must be Kosher for Passover
  • April 15-16 - Pesach, last days, no Hadassah work permitted
  • April 25-27 - DMR Bpard <eetomg - Las Vegas
  • May 29-30 - Shavuot, no Hadassah work permitted
  • July 30 - Tisha B'Av, no Hadassah work permitted
  • September 11-13 - FAB 5 Regional Conference - San Diego, CA
  • September 19-20 - Rosh Hashanah, no Hadassah work permitted
  • September 28 - Yom Kippur, no Hadassah work permitted
  • October 3-4 - Sukkot, no Hadassah work permitted unless a meal/service in a Sukkah
  • October 5-9 - Sukkot Chol ha-Moed (in between days) -work permitted
  • October 10-11 - Shemini Atzeret, no Hadassah work permitted
  • October 11 - Simchat Torah, no Hadassah work permitted
  • December 5-7 - DMR Annual Conference - To Be Determined
  • December 11-18 - Chanukah, work permitted

Note: Daylight Savings Time goes into effect Sunday, March 8, 2020 and ends Sunday, November 1, 2020. THis will only cause confusion for thise living in, calling, or traveling to Arizona!

Mia Bendixsen is Named Managing Director for Hadassah Mountain Southwest
Mia Bendixsen

According to Janice Weinman, Executive Director and CEO of Hadassah, The Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Inc. (HWZOA). Mountain Southwest is a newly-created Geographic Area for Hadassah which now has a total of eight Geographic Areas.

Bendixsen is currently based in Houston, Texas and will be responsible for the management and all operations of Hadassah’s Mountain Southwest which is comprised of two regions: Desert-Mountain: 20 chapters with over 8,500 members in Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Arizona, EL Paso, Las Vegas and New Mexico; and Greater Southwest: 20 chapters with nearly 9,000 members in Texas, Oklahoma and Shreveport, LA. She will also provide guidance and strategic support to the staff and volunteer leaders to carry out and achieve their goals building upon HWZOA’s national organizational priorities, initiatives and mission. 
Weinman states, “Mia Bendixsen brings a wealth of experience, expertise and a passion for Hadassah’s mission of women’s empowerment, Zionism and providing world-class medical care to the people of Israel to Mountain Southwest. Her leadership skills, fundraising ability and innovative marketing talents will galvanize an area which has always been a powerful force for change over HWZOA’s long and venerable history. She exemplifies HWZOA’s slogan, ‘Hadassah: The Power of Women Who Do.’”
Bendixsen enthuses, “I’m honored to join the Hadassah team in Hadassah Mountain Southwest in support of HWZOA’s mission to connect and empower Jewish women to affect change, particularly in our work with younger women leaders, and the empowerment of our next generation of Hadassah members and leadership. My mother and her siblings were first-generation American. My grandmother came from the Ukraine and my grandfather from Romania. When I was a young girl, my grandmother told me stories of why our family had to flee from Odessa. These stories created a powerful impression on me. There are many issues for Jewish women, as well as for all women; many issues of oppression and inequality, which are very pressing in today’s world. These issues beg for the leadership of strong women and Hadassah has the power, with 300,000 members nationwide, to make a difference for all women. Additionally, I am impressed by the advanced medical developments coming from the Hadassah Medical Organization, as well as the culture of inclusivenes prevalent in the very large Israeli-based medical organization that can serve as an example for the entire Middle East.”
Bendixsen holds a J.D. from Boston University School of Law, a B.A. in Film and Television Production from Loyola Marymount University, and attended the George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management. Mia is an avid scuba diver, hiker, dog rescuer, traveler and writer.

From our President

Renee Sidman DMR President 2020

Dear Hadassah Desert-Mountain Region Members,

I hope this email finds you and your family well during this health crisis we are enduring. 

In the Talmud, it says “Kol Yisrael Areivim Zeh Bazeh” - All of Israel (the Jewish People) are responsible for one another. Now we are called on to help our family in Israel through Hadassah Medical Organization (HMO).  We have the opportunity to ensure that our medical professionals at HMO have what they need to save precious lives.

As Israel fights COVID-19, HMO is at the forefront of the battle to treat those infected by the pandemic. Our Round Building, which has been undergoing a complete renovation over the past 1 ½ years has been transformed into a COVID-19 Hospital. Three floors have been converted into Coronavirus wards and one floor into an ICU unit in order to isolate and teat COVID patients. But, our hospital will soon run out of ICU beds.

I am personally asking each of you to make a gift by before Passover so that Hadassah Desert-Mountain Region can raise $13,500 to buy a ventilated ICU bed for our hospital. Please designate your gift as COVID-19 Appeal. PLEASE SEE THE NEWSLETTER BELOW for details!

HMO needs us, so let’s rise to the occasion and meet the challenge of purchasing at least one ICU bed for HMO.  Let’s show National that the far-flung Desert-Mountain Region can rally together to take care of one another by supporting Hadassah and the people of Israel.

Thank you for your support. With tremendous gratitude for your generosity, 

Desert-Mountain Region President

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Staying In? Keep your mind, body and values active with us!

We hope that you're managing as well as you can during this difficult period. Staying connected and active can be a tremendous source of comfort, especially when we're all spending so much time at home. We're pleased to let you know there are many ways you can stay connected with Hadassah during this unprecedented time. You can access our online speakers and programs anytime — and we'll be sharing more in the weeks ahead. These virtual programs all align with Hadassah's core values that are so important to all of us: health and wellness, support of Israel, and women's empowerment. Together, we'll keep our Hadassah connection vibrant in the coming months. • Find balance and solace: Guided Meditation with Rabbi Sheila Weinberg on "Finding Balance in a World Out of Balance" • Move your body: Online Heart Healthy Exercise Class • Listen to women making an impact: Online Magazine Discussion: "Women in Politics" • Be wowed: Meet an HMO Nurse and Midwife, Gila Zarbiv • Watch a video you'll love: The Ethical Dilemmas Faced When Working in the Middle East – From the Perspective of a Hadassah Midwife, Gila Zarbiv • Learn about HMO innovations: Hadassah On Call: New Frontiers in Medicine Podcast • Hear from HMO's coronavirus expert: Listen Now: Pandemic Specialist Offers Coronavirus Insights • Be inspired: The Branch Podcast • Join our online community and be part of the conversation: Hadassah on Facebook. Upcoming: • Register now: March 25 Online Magazine Discussion: "Struggling with Infertility."

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September 11, 2020 - September 13, 2020



  • President

    Renee Sidman

  • Organization Vice President

    Jan Klatskin

  • Secretary

    Roni Ogin

  • Treasurer

    Shawna Edwards

  • Membership Portfolio Chair

    Ann Martin

  • Philanthropy Portfolio Chair

    Barbara Marcus

  • Development Portfolio Co-Chair

    Judith Levitsky

  • Annual Giving Chair

    Della Gilson Levy

  • PRAZE Portfolio

    Sara Steinman

  • PRAZE - American Affairs

    Joy Feldman

  • Young Judea Chair

    Janet Smith

  • PRAZE - Zionist Affairs Chair

    Laura Green

  • Accountability Chair

    Joyce Gronich

  • Parlimentarian/Bylaws & Standing Rules Chair

    Carol Bernstein

  • Immediate Past DMR President - Nominating Committee Chair

    Barbara Raben

  • Meeting Coordinator

    Corinne Forti

  • Communications Portfolio Chair-Website Administrator

    Sherrie Davidson

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