November 2021

President’s Message

Thanksgiving ūüćĀūüćĀ¬†has always been my favorite national holiday because everyone shares what they‚Äôre grateful for.¬†¬†Growing up, I had not connected it with giving thanks during hard times.¬†¬†Yet the first Thanksgiving took place after nearly half the pilgrims died from a rough winter and year. It became a national holiday in 1863, in the middle of the Civil War, and was moved to its current date in the 1930s following the Depression.¬†¬†

It‚Äôs easy to be grateful in good times, but what about when a pandemic strikes? Or a personal crisis happens?¬†¬†According to Robert Emmons, Ph.D., a leading world scientific expert on gratitude, not only will a grateful attitude help‚ÄĒit is¬†essential. ‚ÄúIn fact, it is precisely under crisis conditions when we have the most to gain by a grateful perspective on life.¬†

         In the face of demoralization, gratitude has the power to energize. 

         In the face of brokenness, gratitude has the power to heal. 

¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†In the face of despair, gratitude has the power to bring hope.‚Ä̬†

Growing up, I didn‚Äôt realize that expressing gratitude is central to Judaism.¬†¬†Like all Jewish children I was grateful for Chanukah ūüēé: ‚ÄúThe Maccabees¬†had neither might nor strength, neither weapons nor numbers, but they had a double portion of the Jewish spirit.¬†Never believe that a handful of dedicated people can‚Äôt change the world. Inspired by faith, they can.‚ÄĚ said Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks z‚ÄĚl.¬†¬†I believe this is true about Hadassah‚Äôs beginnings, and with all your support, we still help make miracles possible. ¬†Miracles abound in a story of a grateful patient revisiting Hadassah Hospital with her mother.¬†¬†I identified with this mother because I, too, was once the mother of a 16-year old girl, far from home and suddenly in desperate need of expert medical care and the kindness of strangers.


As in the story below, being Chapter President is also my way of giving back.

Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Chanukah!

Grateful patient Jessa Perrin, her mom Bonnie Ullner, and Dr. Rifaat Safadi

Seattle Chapter Programs


Women’s Reproductive Rights, and so much ¬†more…..

Wednesday, November 10th, 6-7pm PT

Join us for an update on women’s reproductive rights as part of a larger advocacy update featuring top Hadassah advocate Karen Paikin Barall.  

Free to attend. Donations benefit the good works of Hadassah.

Register Here

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UpComing Program

Seattle Jewish Family Service’s Response to the Afghan Refugee Crisis
Thursday, December 9, 2021
7:00 – 8:00pm

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National Hadassah Programs


Join us Thursday, October 28, from 4¬†pm PT to 5¬†pm¬†PT¬†as¬†Hadassah Magazine Executive Editor Lisa Hostein¬†interviews Judy Batalion, author of the¬†New York Times¬†bestseller¬†The Light Of Days: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler’s Ghettos. Batalian’s book, our first nonfiction selection, brings to life little-known true stories of rebellion and bravery by a resourceful group of Jewish women who acted as couriers, spies, smugglers and saboteurs in the ghettos of Poland. ZOOM event.

Register here. 


 Get your 2022 Mah Jongg Card and Support Hadassah!
We are not managing card ordering locally through our Redmond Ridge Group from now on. Instead, order cards online here, or copy and print off this flyer and fill out the information and mail to PO Box in New York. Our Seattle Chapter will still get credit as long as you note that in your order.  Be sure to send orders so they are received by December 31st.
Honoring our veterans:Join the Hadassah Associates as we commemorate America’s 102nd Veterans Day with an engaging presentation to honor those who have served in the US uniformed services.¬†Hear about the history of Veterans Day, be moved by those who have served and end with a lovely service. You’ll also get an exclusive preview of the special, limited-edition Havdalah Spice Box, a beautiful, custom-made art piece you don’t want to miss out on.¬†Thursday, November 11, 5 pm PT. ¬†Click here to register.
Community Partner Event
Mexican-Jewish Cooking with PBS Star Pati Jinich
November 14 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

In this virtual chef talk and cooking demo,¬†Pati Jinich, star of PBS‚Äôs ‚ÄúPati‚Äôs Mexican Table,‚ÄĚ discusses her new cookbook, her Mexican-Jewish heritage and recipes with food writer¬†Adeena Sussman (‚ÄúSababa‚ÄĚ).

For ten seasons, Jinich has cooked her heart out on her James Beard Award-winning, Emmy-nominated TV series. The Mexican-Jewish chef, cooking teacher, food writer and mom devotes each episode to the evolution of authentic Mexican food and Mexico’s rich history and culture.
On a few rare occasions,¬†Jinich¬†focuses on her Jewish heritage, her family‚Äôs flair for mashups and her own Mexican twists on beloved Jewish foods.¬†¬†As she told the¬†Jerusalem Post, different cultures can connect through food: ‚ÄúI want my kids to have ties to Mexico because I was born there and much of my family is there‚Ķbut at the same time I have a strong Jewish identity. I began making Shabbat meals when my kids started to go to school‚Ķ I serve the matza balls in chicken broth flavored with saut√©ed onions, garlic, jalapeno peppers, mushrooms,¬†and fresh coriander.‚Ä̬†¬†

From her new cookbook,¬†‚ÄúTreasures of the Mexican Table,‚Ä̬†Jinich¬†shares Mexican-Jewish recipes and discusses ‚Äúwhat it‚Äôs like to be a¬†Yiddishe¬†mama Mexicana,‚ÄĚ to quote moderator and food writer¬†Adeena¬†Sussman (‚ÄúSababa‚ÄĚ). ¬†

$5*-10 talk | $30-35 talk + cookbook (includes free ticket + shipping) 
*Discount for J members, students, seniors 65+ and Program Partner patrons.

***Hadassah Members use Promo Code: PATICOOKS

Click here to get tickets.

Zoom link emailed one (1) hour before the program start time. Books shipped after November 23 publication date (US only).
Ticket sales close one hour before the event.


Chapter Program Bonus

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Our October kick-off program¬† ‚ÄúSmart Strategies When Responding to Antisemitism‚ÄĚ, has generated something more to think about. Our speaker, Randy Kessler, was kind enough to offer additional resources as was our moderator, Susan Glicksberg.¬† An unexpected delightful bonus from Randy, a Hadassah Associate, is the booklet, ‚ÄúThe Story of Hadassah‚ÄĚ.

Antisemitism Here & Now by¬†Deborah Lipstadt and¬†How to Fight Antisemitism by¬†Bari Weiss cover contemporary antisemitism.¬†Israel’s History¬†by David Brog covers the history of Israel with a focus on how the most contentious issues developed.
Winning A Debate With An Israel-Hater: How to Effectively Challenge Anti-Israel Extremists in Your Neighborhood by Michael Harris provides specific techniques for messaging, accompanied by a good dose of humor.
Catch 67 by Micah Goodman is also an excellent read on why the left and the right in Israel are both correct, and an analysis of why solving this conflict is so difficult.
StandWithUs also has booklets available at  We have Israel booklets on top (I like the Answers to Tough Questions one) and ones on antisemitism at bottom. We even made a booklet to tell the story of Hadassah!

Israel 101 –¬†A long video – two hours and nine minutes – but worth it. Presented by one of StandWithUs’ most popular educators, Charlotte Korchak.¬†
Why the Jews? Rabbi Ken Spiro goes over the reasons typically given for antisemitism and then provides his view.
A six-minute video by Rabbi Sacks on the connection between, antisemitism, anti-Zionism, Judaism and Israel:
StandWithUsTV has videos on nearly every aspect of Israel and Jewish history at
JewishUnpacked has lots of great explainer videos as well at

Plus the following article:
To Fight Antisemitism, Be A Proud Jew by Bari Weiss:

Membership Report

Mazel Tov

  • Mazal tov to Beryl and Gary Cohen on the birth of their first grandson, Shmuel Elazar, in Israel.¬†

We Mourn the Passing of

  • Lawrence Kranseler, father of Kenneth Kranseler and father-in-law of Lisa Kranseler
Tributes to Hadassah can be made online here

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