April 2019

President’s Message

My latest Hadassah Magazine arrived! For all those years before the internet, when I was a member but too busy to get involved in Hadassah activities, that magazine— continuously recognized for its high literary standards— was all that connected me with Hadassah. Today, if you only have time to read one article in the current March/April edition, I encourage you to turn to page 12 and read “Women’s Work: Resisting Anti-Jewish Hate/Standing on the shoulders of queens, poets, and activists”.

Besides reading about Hadassah’s ongoing position against anti-Semitism, you will find out why in 1948, then Hadassah national president, Rose Halprin, ordered the construction of the Round Building, the cornerstone of a new hospital in Jerusalem at Ein Kerem, completed in 1961.

For more than a century, the Hadassah Medical Organization has defined health care in Israel. Our hospitals have been bringing compassion, healing and advanced medical care to all of Jerusalem and Israel—regardless of race, ethnicity or nationality. DAYENU. However since 1960, as the population of Jerusalem has tripled, the medical demands on Hadassah Ein Kerem have also grown exponentially. To support this growth and the Jerusalem Gateway Project—bringing over 40,000 people to the area—Hadassah has completely reimagined the iconic Round Building, the hospital’s original inpatient center.

To come full circle, I also invite you to look at the half-page ad for 360 Degrees of Healing on page 9, “Hadassah Hospitals: Where Hope & Healing Meet”. I am filled with pride as these words from Hadassah patients resonate in my head, “I owe my life to Hadassah doctors and this hospital.”

360 Degrees of Healing, Hadassah’s new vision for the Round Building, will: increase the number of patients served each year, ensure a higher level of patient care, renovate 17 operating rooms, expand treatment offerings, allow for upgrades to combine research and clinical services, and more.

To watch the video for the 360 Degrees of Healing Campaign, click here. I hope you will join me in a commitment to healing. Read on and you’ll learn how you can make an exciting 360 Degree difference.

A sweet Pesach to all,

Ettie Davis, President, Seattle Hadassah

You Sustain Us

We all want our Financial Health to Thrive and we all want Hadassah’s life-saving and life-enhancing work — in Israel, the United States and the world — to Thrive. How to manage it?

Annual Giving! We can each choose a comfortable level on a planned monthly basis or, optionally, once a year, to help sustain Hadassah and ourselves!

Choices include: Chai Society, starting at $15.00 per month, to Keeper of the Gate, starting at $83.33 per month.

Events Calendar

Wednesday, April 3, 6:30-8:00PM, Zionist Book Club

Join us for the second meeting of the Zionist Book Club as we continue discussions on The Zionist Ideas: Visions for the Jewish Homeland – Then, Now, Tomorrow by McGill University Professor Gil Troy.

Professor Troy’s book examines Zionism through six lenses, each corresponding to a school of Zionist thought: Political, Revisionist, Labor, Religious, Cultural and Diaspora.

This book will be discussed on March 6, April 3, May 1, 15, 29, and June 12.

Signup  Here

Sunday, April 7, 2019 2:45-4:30PM, The Light of Hope

Two Seattle Hadassah members—Janice Kaplan-Klein and Ellen Rose Kret—are sponsoring a powerful drama, “The Light of Hope”, which focuses on the inspired work of a young Red Cross nurse, Elizabeth Eidenbenz, who saved mothers and babies during the Holocaust.  All of us in Hadassah can appreciate her can-do spirit: “Where there is great suffering, you don’t ask questions. You help.”

For more information about this film and to purchase your ticket click here.

Sunday, April 7, 7:30-9:00PM, Shoelaces

A heartwarming story of a complicated relationship between the special-needs adult son of an aging father, who abandoned him as a child because of his disability. When his ex-wife is killed in a traffic accident, it falls to Reuven (Dov Glickman, SHTISEL), a cranky sixty-something Jerusalem garage owner, to take care of his grieving, special-needs son Gadi (Nevo Kimchi, FOOTNOTE), now in his thirties. When Reuven’s kidneys start to fail, Gadi feels he finally has the chance to do something meaningful by donating one of his own. This complicated relationship explores society’s attitude toward those who are differently abled with sensitivity, the goal of director Jacob Goldwasser, himself the father of a special-needs son.
For more information about this film and to purchase your ticket click here
Membership News

Welcome to our New Members

  • Carol Ginsberg
  • Joanne Ansolis
  • Robin Kroll

Welcome Transferring Members

  • Elinore Bucholtz

Mazel Tov

  • Pat Pawelak-Kort on the Installation of her daughter, Rabbi Rachel Kort

We Mourn the Passing of

  • Hilde Zadek, sister of Ruth Fast

Tributes to Hadassah can be made online here.

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 Seattle@hadassah.org.

Give Big

Have you heard? GiveBIG is BACK! In case you’re not familiar with it, GiveBIG is an online giving event to raise funds for nonprofit organizations headquartered in or with a service location in Washington State. GiveBIG 2019 runs April 23 – May 8, and we’re excited to announce that Seattle Hadassah will be participating to raise funds and awareness for 360 Degrees of Healing — Hadassah’s new vision for the Round Building! Each donation will get us a degree closer to increasing the number of patients served, ensuring a higher level of patient care, renovating 17 operating rooms, expanding treatment offerings, allowing for upgrades to combine research and clinical services, and more.

So, please, GiveBIG … as BIG as you can … from April 23rd through May 8th!


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