December 2018

President’s Message

Light one candle for all the money the Gala raised for research
    With thanks to all the volunteers,
Light one candle for the Salon Series,
    So popular it lasted throughout the year,
Light one candle for Hadassah’s leadership
    Launching the Women’s Health Equity Coalition,
And light one candle for the wisdom to know
    That through medicine we build bridges to peace
Hadassah-style: regardless of race, religion or nationality.

Don’t let the light go out!
It’s lasted for over 100 years,
Don’t let the light go out!
Let it shine through the 12 Tribes in the Chagall windows.

Light one candle for every Hadassah member to get involved
    In the upcoming year,
Come to our 2019 Program Task Force kick-off January 8.
Light one candle for every young woman you connect
    To Miri and Corinne, co-Sparks of the new Young Women’s Group,
Light one candle and laugh out loud with comic Cathy Ladman,
    On Sunday night, December 9, at the new SeaJAM Festival at SJCC, Hadassah’s community partner.  
    For more details, click here and use the promotional code SEAJAM15 to receive 15% off.
Light one candle as you mark your calendar for Sunday, January 13,
    For the Installation of Hadassah’s 2019 Board.

Susan Adler, President   Ettie Davis, President Elect
Gala Review

What People Are Saying About the Gala – From Passion to Action

“Incredible!  When Tana pinned her daughter as a new generation, I felt hope for our future. During the patient testimonial, I had shivers. My energy for Hadassah was renewed with each speaker.  This was a standout gala and I’m excited already for what the next year will bring for our region.
“Mazel tov to all for the hard work you undertook to create such a meaningful and successful event.” —Corinne Stroum

“I had a wonderful time. Met some great people and felt like I was a part of something greater.”— Mark Light

“Hadassah is propelling forward with a great new generation of women”— Naomi Newman

Advocacy Update

Between the waves of grief following the anti-Semitic murders in Pittsburg and the rising tide of anxiety as we watch the attack on southern Israel from our diaspora homes, it would be easy to succumb to the undertow of negativity—to find ourselves awash in anger, fear, heartbreak, or hopelessness. But darkness is not the whole story; it never is. I don’t mean to suggest that what happened in Pittsburg isn’t our American Jewish nightmare, or that we should not fear for the safety of our loved ones in Eretz Israel. Indeed, Jews across the nation have gathered in synagogue meetings to discuss “hardening” the security of our places of worship, and many are reaching for their phones to check on friends and family in cities including Ashkelon and Sderot. Washington’s Jewish community is no different. We assemble to discuss the security budgets of our sanctuaries, exchange FaceTime messages with loved ones sleeping in bomb shelters. Yet even among these moments, there are reasons for optimism. Read More

Upcoming Events

Seattle Hadassah is proud to be a community sponsor for this inaugural event.

Join us Sun, Dec 9, 7:30pm | 6:30pm happy hour (cash bar) $25|$20
Use the promotional code: SEAJAM15 to receive 15% off your tickets. Buy your tickets here

Stand up for funny Jewish women and laugh out loud with Cathy Ladman at the closing night of our new SeaJAM festival. Ladman is a veteran standup and actress. She’s been on “The Tonight Show” nine times, written for TV sitcoms, and appeared in “Charlie Wilson’s War,” “Mad Men,” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” and most recently, “Modern Family.” 

Membership News

Welcome New Hadassah Members

  • Lora Martini
  • Michelle Bayley

Welcome Hadassah Members, New to the Seattle Chapter

  • Susan Orbach
  • Lynn Weiland

Mazel Tov to

  • Elijah Kochin and Team Israel on winning the EurOpen 2018 Schools Debate championship. Elijah’s grandmother is Seattle Hadassah Treasurer, Rochelle Kochin.  Elijah’s mother, Anna Kochin, is a medical social worker at Hadassah Mount Scopus. Elijah coached Team Israel, which competed in Stuttgart, Germany, with 36 teams from around the world.  

Do you have news of family events to share with us? We are happy to include announcements about weddings, bar and bat mitzvahs, birthdays, births, and passings in the Membership News section of our monthly newsletter. Please send notices to Tributes to Hadassah can be made online here.

Can you Help? Volunteers Needed!

Seattle Hadassah is looking for help with a variety of projects, some ongoing, some one-time jobs. There are many ways to get involved and tasks of all sizes. If you have a couple of hours on your hands, volunteering with Seattle Hadassah is a great way to connect with other Jewish women, support the work of Hadassah Medical Organization, and show your support for Israel. Check out our volunteer opportunities below. Click the links below for additional details.


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