Rhode Island

Welcome to Hadassah Rhode Island's website. Save the Date - November 3 - Chai Luncheon. Check out the books being read by our Book Club. NOTE: The book for October has changed. Check our recently - updated photos. Visit, Like, and Follow our Facebook page; share our posts; invite friends to our Facebook Page. Hadassah RI is part of the Hadassah Southern New England Region; check their calendar on their website for a full calendar of Regional Events.


Photo Albums
Hadassah RI

Our Photos capture the many engaging, fun, and instructive events of Hadassah Rhode Island!

View our newest Books on the Beach 2019 album:  Updated August 2019

View Photos from a Tu B’Shevat Seder

View photos from Books on the Beach 2018

View photos from Books on the Beach 2017

View photos from Books on the Beach 2016

View photos from our annual “Cause for Applause”  Updated June 2019
a fundraiser for Brain Cancer Research at Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem

View photos from our Chai Luncheons  

View photos from The Region’s "Unsung Heroes" Event (2019)– Karen Asher from Rhode Island was one of the honorees

View an array of photos from past events  Updated June 2019

Book Club News
Marilyn at Book Club Meeting

Our Book Club meets on the first Monday of most months at Books on the Square in Wayland Square, Everyone is welcome to participate in these book discussions. Each month's selection is also listed under the Events section below. NOTE that  the December 2019 date and time will be determined at a later time. Other changes to the scheudle, if needed,  will be posted on this website and on Facebook.

A planning meeting to select the books for 2019 was held on January 7, 2019.

Click here for a downloadable schedule of 2019 books and meeting times.

From our President

2019 President Sue Mayes

Renee Kaminitz and I, Sue Mayes, traveled together on a recent Hadassah  Yom HaAtzmaut  mission to Israel. One of our travel
companions, Sandy Volpe, wrote this article for her chapter (Tziporah Long Beach, New York) bulletin.  Sandy’s thoughts mirror many of the feelings that Renee and I experienced so with her permission, we would like to share this article about our Hadassah mission.

Sue Mayes, President

Rhode Island


                                            Sandy Volpe


How do I describe a miracle? A piece of land, the size of New Jersey, which was barren desert for thousands of years has been transformed into a thriving, modern, technologically advanced, world class country. Let’s not forget that they are surrounded by countries that want nothing more than to wipe them off of the face of the earth. It is indeed a miracle that they exist.

Israel takes everything seriously. They cannot afford not to. We arrived for Memorial Day. At 11 AM a siren went off across the country. The country stilled and memorial services began. Every family has lost someone or knows someone that was lost in the defense of this land. They do not forget those who gave their lives so Israel could exist. This solemn day is followed by Yom HaAtzmaut – Independence Day. Let the festivities begin.

The Israelis are very grateful for Hadassah. As I went through passport control, I was asked my reason for visiting Israel. I told the man I was on a Hadassah mission. His face lit up with a big grin and he said, “Hadassah!! Welcome.” Everywhere we went Hadassah was the magical word. We were thanked for all we do, we were told stories of individual encounters with Hadassah and we were even given discounts in stores. I was so proud of what Hadassah has accomplished. I don’t think I need to tell you that our hospitals are at the forefront of Medical Advances. We are equipped with all the latest equipment, our research is incredible and our doors are open to all. When we went to see the Chagall windows, I was shown the book with my Mother’s name in it. What a moving moment. Yahrzeit is said for both my parents under these magnificent stained glass windows.

We drove along the Lebanese border and were shown remnants of the rockets that had been bombarding Israel. We met some of the soldiers on border patrol. Every child spends time in the army after High School. These children quickly become responsible adults, prepared for a successful future in this country. They literally give their lives over to the protection of Israel. At one Kibbutz we when down to see their bomb shelter which is a necessary part of their lives.

There is so much more to this outstanding trip. We traveled back in time to our ancient civilizations. We met with a Muslim Israeli citizen who writes for the Jerusalem Post. We met with an Ethiopian member of the Knesset. We listened to the story of a holocaust survivor. We had lunch with a Druze family in their home.

I was affected by everything I saw and heard. It’s no wonder I came home with pride in my heritage, and happy that in this tumultuous world filled with antisemitism that there is a safe haven for those of us not living in the holy land. I implore you to “keep the faith” and to get more involved with Hadassah so we can continue Tikun Olam and helping Israel to flourish.

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December 2019 Book Club


In December Hadassah Rhode Island Book Club will be discussing "Sons and Soldiers", by Bruce Henderson The Book Club meets at 7:00. New members are always welcome. Books can be bought at Books on the Square at a 10% discount. DATE AND VENUE WILL BE DETERMINED


September 2019 Book Club

September 9, 2019

Books on the Square, 471 Angell St, Providence, RI

In September, Hadassah Rhode Island Book Club will be discussing "The Inextinguishable Symphony", by Martin Goldsmith . The Book Club meets at 7:00. New members are always welcome. Books can be bought at Books on the Square at a 10% discount.


October 2019 Book Club

October 7, 2019

Books on the Square, 471 Angell St, Providence, RI

In October, Hadassah Rhode Island Book Club will be discussing "Lilac Girls", by Martha Hall Kelly. The Book Club meets at 7:00. New members are always welcome. Books can be bought at Books on the Square at a 10% discount. NOTE THAT THIS BOOK IS CHANGED SINCE THE PUBLICATION OF THE COMPLETE 2019-2020 LIST

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"Chai" Luncheon 2019

November 3, 2019

Temple Sinai, 30 Hagen Avenue, Cranston, RI

Hadassah Rhode Island's Chai Luncheon is a dairy pot luck event, beginning at "Chai" Noon. PLEASE CHECK BACK FOR DETAILED INFORMATION




The Rhode Island chapter sponsors an Evening Book Club, which meets throughout the year, at Books on the Square at 7:00 PM, usually on the first Monday of each month. Books are selected at the January meeting. See separate events for each month's selection. Books on the Square offers a discount of 10% for Book Club members.




  • President

    Sue Mayes

  • Vice President: Philanthropy

    Betty Ann Israelit

  • Vice President: Program

    Leah Ross-Coke

  • Vice President: Membership

    Maxine Bornstein

  • Vice President: Organization

    Lorraine Rappoport

  • Treasurer

    Judy Schoenfeld

  • Treasurer

    Donna Podrat

  • Records Administrator

    Judy Silverman

  • Card and Certificate Chair

    Beth Bark

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