May 2022 Newsletter

President’s Message


My Mom and I —I saved this story from a year ago to share with you as we approach  Mother’s Day, May 8.  In this moving piece, Betsy Silverfine expresses her gratitude to her mother for giving her the guidance to stand up for herself and make a difference in the world. Read the full story at Thrive Global.

Betsy admits she did not always appreciate everything her mother did for her when she was a child.  Mother’s Day actually was founded by Ana Jarvis who believed that children often do not do enough to show their moms that they appreciate them while they are still alive.  The following year after her mother died, Ana convinced her own church in Philadelphia to hold a Mothers’ Day service on May 10, 1908. Ana supplied the church with white carnations, which had been her mom’s favorite flower.  After that, Ana wrote thousands of letters and held many interviews to promote a national Mother’s Day. Six years later, on May 9, 1914, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the first Mothers’ Day as a public expression of the love  and reverence for the mothers of this country.

In 1951, a new Israeli children’s newspaper, Ha’aretz Shelanu, launched its own Mother’s Day initiative.  They asked their young readers to suggest a date to honor Mothers across Israel. Many children wanted to honor the memory of Henrietta Szold, founder of Hadassah.  Although Szold had no children of her own, she was considered a mother figure who dedicated her life to advancing children’s rights. This included creating Youth Aliyah villages to rescue thousands of Jewish youth —and later orphans— from Nazi Europe. In Israel, Mother’s Day, now replaced by Family Day, is celebrated on the day that Henrietta Szold died, the 30th of Shevat, just fifteen days after Tu B’Shevat, the New Year of the Trees.

Seattle Chapter
Cutting Edge: Bringing Disaster Medicine to Israel

JOIN US —Wednesday, May 4, 2022, 6pm, PT

Please join us for this important conversation, live from Boston on Zoom, featuring Dr. Lea Sarna-Cahan: Pediatric attending physician at Hadassah Ein Kerem.


July 31, 2022

A n n u a l   G i v i n g   C e l e b r a t i o n

       A Sunday Brunch … Outdoors

With so much joy to be gathering in person this year, our celebration will focus on Youth Aliyah, one of the areas of Annual Giving.  Having a focus for your charitable giving makes it that much more meaningful.    

If you’re not yet an Annual Giver, find out more: call Ettie Davis 425-467-9099 (ext 1). Or feel free to contact Ian Merles, our very personable West Coast Annual Giving Officer, with questions or to set up a plan.  or 619-884-1475. 



The Ukraine war is now the largest refugee crisis since World War II. Hadassah Medical Organization is dispatching medical teams to meet the Ukrainians and provide assistance when they cross the border into Poland. In this episode, three Hadassah leaders discuss their medical involvement in this humanitarian mission.  
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Save the Date! May 18th (time between 9AM and 3PM to be determined one week before the event), our Region constituents of Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler’s will meet to discuss Women’s Health, US-Israel Partnerships and combatting Antisemitism. All Pacific Northwest Region Hadassah members are invited and questions will be taken by email prior to the event. 
Rep. Herrera Beultler was recently featured in a program for Hadassah’s Healing Hearts, Saving Lives: Empowering Strategies for Women. Click here to watch the video. She appears at about 38 minutes into the program but watch the whole program as it was great! 
Questions on these topics should be submitted in advance to Marcialee Gans at
If you’re interested in attending, email Susan at


Press Release | Mar 31, 2022 — Hadassah Congratulates Ambassador Lipstadt on Her Senate Confirmation

Beyond     Seattle


A celebration of the reunification of Jerusalem and our two hospitals on June 7, 1967, featuring music, special guests and more!

General session: Open to all
8:00 – 9:00 pm ET (5:00 – 6:00 pm PT)

Keepers Of The Gate session*: Open to Keepers only
Featuring an extra half hour of exclusive entertainment
7:30 – 9:00 pm ET (4:30 – 6:00 pm PT)

REGISTER HERE to reserve your complimentary tickets


Join us on Wednesday, June 15, at 7 PM ET / 4 PM PT, as Hadassah Magazine Executive Editor Lisa Hostein interviews best-selling author Rachel Barenbaum about her new novel, Atomic Anna. A time-travel story centered in the dilemmas of the atomic age, the ambitious and timely novel follows three generations of Jewish women as they attempt to prevent the Chernobyl nuclear disaster and save their own family. Exploring intergenerational trauma and Jewish identity in both the former Soviet Union and 20th century America, Atomic Anna grapples with themes of love and responsibility and the bonds between mother and daughters. No fee, REGISTER

 Health News

[Hadassah On Call] You, Me & PTSD 

What is PTSD? What causes it? How can it be treated? Three Hadassah Medical Organization experts — Prof. Omer Bonne, Dr. Inbal Reuveni, MD and Dr. Shlomo Rahmani Zwi-Ran — joined host Benyamin Cohen to talk about the complexities of diagnosing and treating post-traumatic stress disorder, better known as PTSD, in “You, Me & PTSD.”

PTSD didn’t become an official diagnosis until 1980 and initially was associated with military trauma. But it can be caused by other types of trauma including car accidents, sexual assault, domestic violence, infertility or perinatal loss and even COVID-19. And just as there are many different types of PTSD patients, there are many different treatment protocols. The specialists discuss classic PTSD symptoms, the latest treatment options and ongoing research in such areas as the effects of COVID, anxiety, depression and PTSD on pregnant women (the answer may surprise you). 

Click here to read more and listen….


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Get moving. Connect with friends online. Have fun with Hadassah.
Hugely popular with members last year, Hadassah’s dynamic health and wellness program — Every Move Counts —  is designed to help you boost your physical and mental well-being along with other Hadassah members wherever you are, and however you like.
Round One: The Power of Women Nationwide, May 17 – June 20
Round Two: Hadassah Moves Across Israel, June 27 – August 2
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Watch our video featuring members raving about how much they love Every Move Counts!
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Membership Report

We Mourn the Passing of

  • Philip Sulman, father of Lisa & Steve Weidling, Brenda & Greg Morris, Julie & Doug Myall, Linda Williams, David & Kym Sulman, Carey Fedele, Margie Orr, and Kurt Williams (z”l)
  • Shimon Ben Ami, father of David (Judy) Benami.
  • Gene Huppin, husband of Gerry Huppin, father of Beth (David Bennett) Huppin, Lisa (Bob) Low, Joel (Chris) Huppin, Amee Huppin (Michael) Sherer, Mark Huppin.
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