October 2019

President’s Message

Subject Line: We Missed you last night

Dear ____________,

I am so sorry you weren’t able to make it to the Hadassah program about the Heart.  I know you come from a distance and figured you might be arriving late.  Please let me know you’re okay.

Thanks and Shanah Tovah to you and your family,


P.S.  Mazal tov on…..

 With permission to share, anonymously, the response that broke my heart:

 “I didn’t think anyone would miss me…had a long day and was tired.  Now that I know you miss me if I’m not there, I’ll make an effort to make it.  Yes, I plan to go to the dinner (brunch).  Will make sure I sign up.  Looking forward to meeting new people.


Hadassah members do care about each other! If all Hadassah cared about was raising money for Hadassah Hospital in Israel, then I have to admit, it wouldn’t hold my enthusiastic and continuous commitment as an Annual Giver.  I might become a Life Member and feel I’m done.  However, I know Hadassah’s founder, Henrietta Szold, understood that each Hadassah member matters and needs to feel valued.  Only then, will she want to continue giving from her heart, to the stranger and those unknown patients who benefit from research and care.

Please plan to attend the Annual Giving Brunch.  Each member of Hadassah matters to us.

Looking forward to seeing you in the New Year,

Ettie Davis, President, Seattle Hadassah

Events Calendar

Please join us for our




Sunday, October 27, 2019

10:30am – 12:30pm
Kosher Brunch


At a beautiful home
on the Enatai shore of Lake Washington


Guest Speakers: Steven Hochstadt & Stephen Sass




Not yet a Chai Society Member or Keeper of the Gate?

Call (425) 467-9099, Extension 2 or click here
to learn more about becoming an Annual Giver


North Seattle Zionist Book Club
Thursday, October 17, 7:00pm

Do you like to read and discuss?  Join a Zionist Book Club—open to all— meeting one evening a month in North Seattle.  The introductory meeting is called for Thursday, October 17, at 7pm, at a home in North Seattle.Signup Here

It is helpful to read the Introduction to The Zionist Ideas by Gil Troy ahead of time.  The book can be ordered for $30, which is considered a donation to Hadassah.  Please allow 20 days for delivery. You can order the book here

Voices for Humanity Luncheon
Wednesday, November 6, 12:00am

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.
Read More and Sign Up to sit with Hadassah

Thrive: Be the CEO of your Nutritional Health
Thursday, November 21, 7:00pm

Adeena is a frequent food editor in Hadassah Magazine.

Get a taste of her new cookbook Sababa and sample a little of her Israeli journey.  As part of our Thrive Series, with the focus on your Nutritional Health, come and meet the author in person at the Stroum Jewish Community Center on Thursday evening, November 21st.  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.

Register Here

Advocacy Updates

Dear Community Leaders and Elected Representatives,

Thank you all, so much, for coming together with the Jewish Federation and other organizations at this morning’s press conference. Your dedication to combating antisemitism and your presence this morning are meaningful examples of leadership in our community.

The Jewish Community Statement and Elected and Civic Leadership Pledge are true products of collaboration and partnership which we would not have been able to achieve alone.

Please see here a link to the press release on our website. We welcome you to share as you like.

Thank you again,
Max Patashnik
Director of Government Affairs & Community Relations
The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle

Other News
Do you like to knit, crochet, needlepoint, embroider/crewel, cross-stitch or bead on a Jewish theme or Jewish object? Join a new hand-sewing group, meeting monthly on Sundays, Eastside or Seattle. It is amazing how bonded and connected you get with people you sit and stitch with on a regular basis. Interested? Questions? Contact Laureen

Recap of Thrive: Be the CEO of your Health

Dr. Sarah Speck and Ettie welcome everyone at the door

Ettie shows the “Jewish Heart” formed by the 2 lameds from “Elul” facing each other.
Membership News

Welcome Members New to Our Seattle Chapter

  • Rebekah Nathan Burdick
  • Jean Ross

Mazel Tov to

  • Donna Blankinship on having her article, “Active Security”, published in Hadassah Magazine Sept/Oct Issue.
  • Corinne and Zach Stroum on the birth of their daughter, Esther Talia Stroum, on August 13, 2019.

We Mourn the Passing of 

  • Leah Kitz, daughter of Marion Kitz and granddaughter of Paula Stern.
  • Stanley Adler, father of Michael Adler and father-in-law of Michelle Goldberg.
  • Sandra Moore, wife of Gregory Moore and sister of Valerie Epstein and Debbie Davis.
  • Diane “Didi” Liebowitz, wife of John Liebowitz.
  • Ronald Shapiro, brother of Shelly Shapiro.
  • Alan Raphael, father of Stephanie Levine.
  • Gary Becker, husband of Ruth Becker, father of Michael and David Becker and father-in-law of Susan Becker and Sara Becker.

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 Seattle@hadassah.org.

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