December 2020

President’s Message

“The proper response, as Hanukkah teaches, is not to curse the darkness but to light a candle.” –Rabbi Irving Greenberg

Light one candle for the breadth of our programs held throughout 2020:
  From #MeToo—If I’m Not Safe, No Body Is,
    To Breast Cancer Awareness for All,
  From going Virtual with a Happy Hour— being together on Zoom!
    To Insight on Your Eyes with the most artistic Power Point,

  From Two Moms and their Teen Daughters sharing deep feelings,
    To One Book, One Hadassah for two National & Local Discussions
  From Let’s Talk Movies, especially Hadassah-sponsored “Mrs. G”
    To The Big ZZZs a sleep specialist sharing we’re not alone,

  From Going to Mt Scopus for a Holistic Approach to Hospice Care,
    To Leah Gladstein Cooks Just in Time for Rosh Hashanah,
  From Rising Anti-Semitism with savvy Regina Sassoon Friedland,
    To “The Rescuer”—How Judy Feld Carr Helped Save Syrian Jews,

  From Meeting Sigal Gavish, new Director, Israeli American Council,
    To welcoming Sigal on Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 7:00pm.

Don’t let the light go out,
  You can help make 2021 a year of meaningful—and fun—programs.
  Do you have a topic or speaker that might be of interest to a lot of 
        Hadassah members?  How does it connect with Hadassah?
  Email ideas to: by December 15.
Light one candle for all our members who have joined us virtually,
  You inspire others to participate until we can meet in person again.

Light one candle to honor Debbie Robinson for her compassionate notes,
  We’ll miss you as Corresponding Secretary and wish you the best.

Light one candle to honor Deni Hirsh for her Fundraising & Advocacy work,
  Though you’ve moved to Wyoming, we want to stay in touch with you.

Light one candle for our Board Members, Newsletter,
  We deeply value your volunteer time commitment to Seattle Hadassah.

Light one candle for Beryl Cohen and Caryn Gold, Virtual Gala Co-chairs,
  We are humbled by your embracing a big job with passion & creativity.
               Save the date:  Sunday, April 18, 2021 at 7:00 pm
     “Hearts of Healthcare—Honoring Our Nurses Near and Far”.

Don’t let the light go out,
  Remember Beryl and Caryn are volunteers like the rest of us.
  They need our help in identifying local nurses on the form below.

Wishing each one of you a Happy and Healthy Hanukkah,

Ettie Davis, President

Events Calendar

A Virtual Evening with Sigal Gavish
Tuesday, December 8, 7:00pm

We are looking forward to having Sigal Gavish speak to us, representing the Israeli American Council. Hadassah was represented at the 2019 IAC National Summit by Dr. Zeev Rotstein, the Director General of Hadassah Medical Organization along with Dr. Janice Weinman, Executive Director and CEO of Hadassah.

At the age of 14, Sigal’s great-grandmother had an arranged marriage in Georgia, Russia.  Her great-grandmother was only 19 when she lost her two infants to illness and watched as her husband was murdered. Her mother-in-law, wanting her to have a beautiful, new life, paid for passage on a ship to Israel, for both of them. 

Register Here

Anti-Gloom Zoom Get-Together
Wednesday, December 30, 7:00pm

Reconnect with old friends and meet new friends

The Ultimate Meet & Greet—it doesn’t matter if you live North, South, East or West of Seattle
Join us and be seen! 

Register Here

Other News

Honoring our Nurses

Seattle Hadassah wants to recognize local nurses making a difference. Do you know of someone you want to recognize? 

Let us know

Get your 2021 Mah Jongg Card and Support Hadassah

Thank goodness for Mah Jongg in 2020!  Many of you have enjoyed online games and outdoor games.  For those that haven’t been able to play, we know you will be back at it soon.  Thank you for supporting Seattle Chapter Hadassah when you purchase your cards. 

Ordering Information


Membership News

Welcome New Members:

  • Penny Berger

Mazel Tov to:

  • Rabbi Jay and Janine Rosenbaum on the birth of a grandson, Nathan William.  Proud parents are Dave Rosenbaum and Miri Cypers.

We Mourn the Passing of:

  • Neil Schneider, husband of Sari Schneider and father of Ruth Raskind, Deborah Lurie and Rachel Schwartz  
  • Sylvia Brown, mother of Francine Kam
  • Henry Boyar, husband of Laura-Lee Fineman Karp
  • Leah Zallman, daughter-in-law of Dina Tanners