I started reading Melinda Gates’s new book, The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World. Early on in her book, I took the following question to heart: “What do you know now in a deeper way than you knew it before?” Having just returned from the 99th Hadassah Convention, “Mission Possible”, I knew before the convention I wanted to be part of Hadassah to feel connected to Israel, Jewish values and to take on a leadership role.
In my post-convention reflections, all that nice teacher-talk voice inside me seemed trite. I learned that without the power—the deep power of emotion, passion, and heart—I wouldn’t get very far. Over and over, the Hadassah Convention deepened my passion for this amazing organization. Two stories stood out. There was the story of how fifteen years ago, Hadassah member Katie Edelstein, from Bellingham, donated her kidney to a Long Island member, Belle Simon, someone who was a virtual stranger except for being a Hadassah member. With the two friends together on stage, Katie modestly explained, “I did it because I learned from Hadassah that I can make a difference.” Inspired by Katie’s story, I invited her to join us at the 99th Birthday Celebration for Ruth Fast on August 25th. I am hopeful Katie will be able to join us.
Another story that deepened my passion for Hadassah’s mission was shared by Hadassah member, Bari Weiss. Bari grew up in Tree of Life Synagogue and happens to be a young and powerful writer for the New York Times. I know combating anti-Semitism is a Hadassah priority, so when Weiss told it like it is—“Jews are in hiding in America, hiding their Jewishness”— she had me listening from deep in my heart. Her response: “The most profound and transformative way to fight anti-Semitism is by doing Jewish…we need to feel like we are a part of the Jewish story.” Hadassah offers us that opportunity. Look for Bari Weiss’s book, How To Fight anti-Semitism, coming out in September. Also in September, you don’t want to miss our program on the heart—it could save your life.
Ettie Davis, President, Seattle Hadassah
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Welcome New Members
- Ilyse Rosenberg
Welcome Members New to Our Seattle Chapter
- Alice Adell
- Sophie Amster
- Shelly Shapiro
- Jane Shore
- Florence Begun
- Samantha Schwarz
We Mourn the Passing of
- Marvin Negrin, Associate Hadassah member, husband of Saralyn Negrin and father of Julie, Andy and Rick Negrin and Laura Haleva
- Bev Blum, wife of Peter Blum, mother of Steven Blum and sister of Susan Goldsmith Benyowitz
- Laz Lazarus, son of Patty Lazarus, Jonathan Lazarus and brother of Jake and Micah
- Leonard Goldberg, husband of Dolly Goldberg and father of Ken, Jerry and Michelle, National Hadassah Board Member
- Myra Franklin, mother of Jon, Benci and Seth Franklin
- Berlette Tice, mother of Larry Tice and mother-in-law of Hadassah member Carol Tice
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