May 2019

President’s Message

Did you know that in Israel, Mother’s Day (now renamed Family Day) is celebrated on the date of Henrietta Szold’s yahrzeit, Rosh Hodesh Adar? Though Henrietta was not a biological mother, she was called “Ima” by thousands of rescued children she met on the Mediterranean shore, to whom she provided personalized care, advice and love.
Henrietta had the heart of a social worker even though she had no formal training. When she moved to pre-state Israel, Henrietta headed the social welfare department for the Jewish Agency and organized the program of child rescue called Youth Aliyah. Since 1934, Hadassah has led in the fight to educate and nurture at-risk youth, graduating over 300,000 from eighty lands. Today, the Youth Aliyah villages of Meir Shfeyah, Hadassah Neurim and Ramat Hadassah Szold provide a safety net of services—food, shelter, education and love—for children from Russia, Ukraine, Ethiopia and from abusive and poverty-stricken homes in Israel itself.
Hadassah is more than a hospital. Youth Aliyah is just one initiative, along with other options like Medical Research, Nurses Program and Hadassah Medical Organization that each of us can designate to support as our own Annual Giving choice. In the future, I will be highlighting these other initiatives to spread the word about Annual Giving. Please save the dateOctober 27, for our Annual Giving Celebration.
Happy Mother’s Day!

Ettie Davis, President, Seattle Hadassah

Events Calendar

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Wednesday, May 1, 6:30-8:00PM, Zionist Book Club

Join us for the next  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 May 1, 15, 29, and June 12.

Monday, May 6, 2019 at 6:30 pm
Thrive: Be the CEO of Your Finance Health

Please join Seattle Hadassah and EVOLVE for an eye-opening dialogue about being the CEO of your life. The focus will be on mastering your financial health with EVOLVE chair, Miri Azose Tilson, Financial Adviser of Morgan Stanley and Sarah J. Schmitt, CPA, MST, Owner of Schmitt & Co CPA PLLC.

Sunday, June 2, 1:00-4:00 pm
The Forever Letter Writing Workshop

How can we better understand ourselves; make ourselves known to the people we love, deepen and uplift our relationships and heal what may be broken between us? We can write forever letters. Forever letters share our wisdom and personal stories; express our love and gratitude; accept responsibility for misunderstandings and hurts; ask for forgiveness and forgive.
  • Explore the transformational power of forever letters
  • Engage in active listening
  • Reflect on what matters to us most
  • Identify ways to speak and write to be heard
  • Gain insight into ourselves and our relationships
  • Begin to craft a forever letter

Save the Date


From Action to Hope, A Celebration of Annual Giving

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Last year’s Gala, From Passion To Action, was an amazing event!
Thanks again to Ettie Davis for chairing the Gala
And to all the committee members who tirelessly worked to make it a huge success!
There’s no Gala this year, but we do have a wonderful event planned to celebrate everyone who makes the commitment at one of our Annual Giving levels:

Chai Society … $180 – $999
Keepers of the Gate … $1,000+

Please consider your gift to Hadassah today & plan to join us on October 27th!

Questions? Contact Deni Hirsh

Advocacy Updates

Spring has sprung and the ladies of Seattle Hadassah and Hadassah Pacific Northwest have been hard at work, pursuing advocacy efforts at both the state and federal levels. As a result of these efforts, we are happy to share news of TWO BIG ADVOCACY WINS.

Multi-Chapter Participation in Lobby Day

As in years prior, members of Hadassah joined with the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle to participate in Jewish Community Lobby Day. This year, however, members of Seattle Hadassah were joined in Olympia by Tacoma Hadassah President, Barbara Aqua – making Lobby Day a multi-chapter endeavor! Barbara, along with Seattle Hadassah President, Ettie DavisImmediate Past President, Susan Adler and Fundraising Chair Deni Hirsh, joined representatives from the Federation and members of the broader Jewish community in asking our state legislators to support quality Holocaust education, protect immigrants and refugees, prevent gun violence and support vulnerable families. We are over-the-moon elated to see Hadassah’s participation in Lobby Day grow to a multi-chapter activity and we look forward to building on this success in years to come.

Hadassah Officers seated, left to right, Barbara Aqua, President, Tacoma Hadassah; Deni Hirsh, Fundraising VP, Seattle Hadassah; and Susan Adler, Immediate Past President, Seattle Hadassah. Standing on the far right, Ettie Davis, Seattle Hadassah President
Tacoma Hadassah President Barbara Aqua, second from left, at the 2019 Jewish Community Lobby Day in Olympia.
Members of the Pacific Northwest Jewish Community on the steps of the Capitol Building during Lobby Day 2019.

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Membership News

Welcome to our New Members

  • Ana Dvoredsky
  • Jodi Gradinger-Wes

Mazel Tov to:

  • Beryl and Gary Cohen on the marriage of their son, Daniel, to Gitty Wilhelm of Jerusalem.  The wedding took place in Jerusalem.
  • Miri Tilson, who was selected to participate in the Wexner Heritage Leadership Development Program.

We Mourn the loss of

  • Hadassah Life Member, Edith Rosencrantz, sister of Ruth Fast.
  • Fanchon Rosen, mother of Adam Rosen and mother-in-law of  Wendy Rosen.

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

Last Chance to GiveBig 2019

GiveBIG 2019 ends May 8th

Seattle Hadassah is raising funds for a very important campaign
360 Degrees of Healing
Hadassah’s new vision for the Round Building!
Each donation gets us a degree closer to increasing the number of patients served, ensuring a higher level of patient care, renovating operating rooms, expanding treatment offerings, allowing for upgrades to combine research and clinical services and much more.
So, please, visit and
GiveBIG … as BIG as you can … on or before May 8th!

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