Meet our new Zionist Scholar-in-Residence & more engaging at-home programs

October 19, 2022

Meet our new Zionist Scholar-in-Residence & more engaging at-home programs

At a time when conversations about Zionism are more complicated — and imperative — than ever, Hadassah is pleased to announce the appointment of our new Zionist Scholar-in-Residence, Michelle Rojas-Tal. The Tel Aviv Institute recently named Rojas-Tal to "The Jewish 100" list for 2021-2022, a list of the 100 most influential activists, educators and leaders. She will assist Hadassah on both a local and national level in integrating Zionist ideas and themes into programming and events. Read more here and hear directly from Michelle at the upcoming program described below.

Women. Zionism. 2022: Navigating Multiple Identity Politics

A conversation not to be missed: Women. Zionism. 2022: Navigating Multiple Identity Politics. Join us for a remarkable discussion between two dynamic women, one Jewish-Latina and one Druze — Michelle Rojas-Tal, Hadassah Zionist scholar-in-residence, and Gadeer Kamal-Mreeh, senior envoy of the Jewish Agency for Israel to the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington — as they discuss what it means to be a Zionist woman in 2022. Thursday, October 27, 7 pm ET.

Live with Letty Cottin Pogrebin, author of Shanda: A Memoir of Shame and Secrecy

Tomorrow night! One Book, One Hadassah:Live with Letty Cottin Pogrebin, author of Shanda: A Memoir of Shame and Secrecy.Hadassah Magazine Executive Editor Lisa Hostein interviews the feminist icon, Hadassah life member, and one of the founding editors of Ms. Magazine. In her new memoir, Pogrebin reveals the fear of shame and stigma that indelibly marked her upbringing in an immigrant Jewish family in Queens, NY, capturing universal truths about families, truth-telling and the price of guilt. Thursday, October 20, 7 pm ET.

Celebrity Chef Michael Twitty, author of Koshersoul: The Faith and Food Journey of an African American Jew

Hadassah Magazine Discussion:Celebrity Chef Michael Twitty, author of Koshersoul: The Faith and Food Journey of an African American Jew. Hadassah Magazine's beloved food writer Adeena Sussman interviews Michael Twitty, author of the sensational new best seller Koshersoul, which he describes as "chicken soup for the soul of Jews of African descent, the American and global Jewish peoplehood, and the folks in between." During the talk, he'll prepare a recipe from the book and answer questions. Thursday, November 3, 6 pm ET.

Paint Pink: Art Therapy as Resilience Tool

A program for breast cancer awareness: October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and this outstanding program presented by Evolve Hadassah: The Next Generation is available to view on demand all month long. Paint Pink: Art Therapy as Resilience Tool features artist and art therapist Leah Guzman discussing the many therapeutic benefits of art therapy as well as a medical update from the Hadassah Medical Organization. Available to view via streaming throughout October. Link sent upon registration.

Hadassah On Call: Kids, Cancer & Genes

Listen, watch, share: New podcast episode of Hadassah On Call: Kids, Cancer & Genes. Veteran American-Israeli journalist, host and third-generation Hadassah member Maayan Hoffman breaks down the symptoms, causes and latest treatments related to childhood cancers with Dr. Gal Goldstein, head of the Pediatric Oncology and Hemato-Oncology Department at Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem. You can also watch the episode in video form!

  • Take an active role in democracy: With Election Day fast approaching on November 8, you should know that there is more than one way to participate in our democracy. While voting in this upcoming election is essential, Hadassah also encourages you to take that extra step and become an election worker. Read to hear from Hadassah memberswho are contributing to safe, fair and free elections, and learn about how you can join them.
  • Join the fight to protect reproductive health: In the wake of the overturning of Roe v. Wade, and without federal protections for choice, Hadassah’s work at the state level is more important than ever. Hadassah encourages you to join the Jewish Community Phone Bank and fight to protect the reproductive rights of the people of Michigan and Kentucky.
Third annual teen essay contest presented by Hadassah Magazine and jGirls+ Magazine

Engage a female teenager you know: Youth today are experiencing an unprecedented level of mental health issues in these complicated times. We want to hear about those experiences. To that end, Hadassah Magazine and jGirls+ Magazine are pleased to announce their third annual teen essay contest, which asks: "Tell us a personal story about an issue that has affected your mental health." Winner will receive a $300 educational scholarship and publication in Hadassah Magazine and jGirls+ Magazine. Click for details. Deadline: October 30.

Join the Hadassah Writers' Circle

Join the Hadassah Writers' Circle. Seeking first-person essays on what Hadassah means to you, Mentorship, Shabbat, Volunteering, Zionism, Youth Aliyah, the importance of reproductive choice, the global rise in antisemitism, HMO's cutting-edge medical care, or your Professional Council story. Other ideas are welcome. Contact


Cannabis and the law.

Cannabis and the Law.

SAVE THE DATE (details to come in future emails):

Hebrew@Hadassah 2022:
New Beginners Class. Are you ready to learn Hebrew? These 45-minute sessions are a wonderful opportunity for Hadassah members and Associates to learn Hebrew vocabulary and conversation skills and prepare for the upcoming 100th National Convention in Israel. The New Beginners Class runs from September 12 to December 19, Mondays at 2 pm ET. $25 per semester. Questions? Email

For past programs see our last Hadassah@home email or our Virtual Programming page. Follow our current Hadassah stories.

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that an annual meeting of the voting members of Hadassah, The Women's Zionist Organization of America, Inc. will be held at the David Citadel Hotel located at King David St 7, Jerusalem, Israel 9410119, on Thursday, November 17, 2022, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. IST.

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