November 2019

President’s Message

Stepping into leadership in Hadassah meant filling big shoes, but I have felt so supported by my Board and mentored by Susan Adler and Jacquie Bayley.  I hope all of you in Seattle Hadassah feel you really belong and feel welcomed at programs, where I celebrate all the new faces and the gathering of new and old friends.  I celebrate the 25—and counting—new Annual Givers. And I am very proud of Seattle Hadassah’s tradition of standing tall with other organizations in our Community.

While our lives go on far from the humanitarian crisis in Syria, Hadassah connects us to Syria, to something positive:  Hadassah pediatric cardiologists are healing the hearts of Syrian children. Read More

Hadassah connects us to the Kurds when four Kurdish doctors secretly came to Hadassah Hospital to learn emergency pediatric medicine.  After they returned home, a Hadassah doctor developed a WhatsApp group to offer Kurdish doctors 24/7 consultation. I proudly celebrate belonging to Hadassah.

Lastly, as women and Zionists, I feel we are connected more closely to Israel and outer space with Jewish American astronaut, Jessica Meir, who took an Israeli flag with her as part of the first all-female spacewalk.  Israeli President Rivlin praised her “for taking us with you”. When Jessica writes, “We hope Friday’s adventure invigorates the power of all who dare to dream!”, she reconnects us to our own Hadassah founder Henrietta Szold’s saying, “When you dream, dream big!” 

With gratitude to Hadassah, especially at Thanksgiving,

Ettie Davis, President, Seattle Hadassah

Events Calendar

Voices for Humanity Luncheon
Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Dear Hadassah Members,

Please join Susan Adler and me at our two Hadassah Tables on Wednesday, November 6th for the Holocaust Center for Humanity’s 2019 Voices for Humanity Luncheon.  With the rise in antisemitism and bias incidences, Hadassah’s policies align closely with the Holocaust Center.

Alayne Sulkin, Founder of ParentMap, will be recognized with the Voices for Humanity Award in honor of her publication’s work to highlight tolerance and Holocaust education throughout this year.  She is also a Life Member of Hadassah and a committed supporter.

Join us to celebrate Alayne and the Holocaust Center’s important work in the community.Click here to register now — and say you’re sitting with Hadassah!

Ettie Davis, President
Susan Adler, Immediate Past President
Seattle Hadassah

Register Here

‘Sababa’ Will Bring the Flavors of Israel into Your Kitchen
Thursday, November 21, 7:00pm

The Brand-new cookbook ‘Sababa’ is Chef Adeena Sussman’s story of aliyah, told through her adventures in Tel Aviv’s Shuk HaCarmel.

Hadassah joins with the SJCC and Eastside Torah Center in welcoming Adeena Sussman, providing you the opportunity to hear her in conversation, get a copy of her book, and sample several of her recipes.

Adeena is a frequent food editor in Hadassah Magazine. Get a taste of her new cookbook and sample a little of her Israeli journey.  As part of our Thrive Series, with a focus on your Nutritional Health, come and meet the author in person.

Food for this event will be under Va’ad Supervision.

Register Here

Ellen Hershkin, Hadassah’s National President
is Coming to Seattle

Friday, November 22, 6:30pm

Ellen will be speaking during Shabbat services at Temple B’nai Torah on Anti-Semitism and Zionism today. 

Sunday, November 24, 9:00am-2:00pm

Please make plans to attend a rare Hadassah leadership training opportunity in the Seattle area. Our Hadassah National President, Ellen Hershkin, will be one of the trainers! She is a great speaker and very approachable. You won’t want to miss this opportunity. When was the last time you were invited to spend time with the national president of such an important international organization in a small group setting? The training will take place in Bellevue at the Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center

There is a $36 Couvert for this event.

Register Here

Thank You for joining us for our Annual Giving Brunch!

We are truly grateful for your participation and support.

On Sunday, October 27, 2019,

we gathered to celebrate
our Keepers of the Gate and Chai Society members.


Thanks so much to our guest speakers,
Steven Hochstadt and Stephen Sass,
who shared their uplifting story of life-saving treatment at Hadassah Hospital.

Thanks also to our gracious hosts, Amy and David Fulton, for welcoming us into their stunning home!
If you haven’t already, it’s never too late
to make your own annual commitment:
Chai Society … $180 – $999 
Keeper of the Gate … $1,000+

Please consider your gift to Hadassah today!
Questions? Contact Deni Hirsh.

Membership News

Welcome New Members

  • Lynn Howell
  • Sylvia Angel
  • Hilary Benson

Welcome Members New to our Seattle Chapter

  • Linda Berg

Mazel Tov to

  • Naomi and Jon Newman on the B’not Mitzvah of their twin daughters Eliana and Adina

We Mourn the Passing of 

  • Bryan Scott Levy, son of Gary and Renee Levy
  • Lucy Sytman, wife of Alex Sytman and mother of Paul Sytman, Donna Peha and Daniel Sytman
  • Goldie Feinberg, mother of Chava Sprecher and Louis Feinberg

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

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