October 2021

President’s Message

The situation got even sorrier without Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg z”l.  It’s been a year since we lost her on September 18, 2020, and  she would be stunned by the Supreme Court decision not to overturn #SB8, a Texas bill that bans abortions after six weeks and does not exempt cases of rape or incest.  The Justice knew Hadassah has, and always will stand for women’s reproductive rights, and empowering women with the knowledge to make critical health decisions for themselves and their families.

With the rallying cry, “We must challenge it—the attack on our reproductive rights will not be tolerated!”,  Women’s Marches were organized in Washington DC and across the country for October 2, two days before the Supreme Court reconvenes for the October term.  Now all of us need to fight back.  Please join me in urging your legislators to pass the Women’s Health Protection Act.  Spread the word on social media.  Let your friends and family know why reproductive rights is so important to you. Add our Women’s Rights Are Human Rights frame to your Facebook profile picture.

Urgent! Take action: Hadassah has and always will stand for women’s reproductive rights and empowering women with the knowledge to make critical health decisions for themselves and their families. We must respond by urgently passing the Women’s Health Protection Act — removing barriers to care and defending the right to choose. Visit our National Action Center page today and fill out a form to contact your legislators and support women’s health and reproductive rights.

Pursuing Justice Together,

L’ Shanah Tovah Tikatevu,

Seattle Chapter Programs

Let’s Get the Tools:  

Smart Strategies When Responding to Antisemitism

Thursday, October 7, 2021      7:00 – 8:00pm

                                                    Randy Kessler                                                                                                               Susan Glicksberg

We are all impacted by antisemitic comments whether in person or online, whether spoken out loud or written on the page.  Untruthful!  Upsetting! Uncomfortable!  How to respond?  And what about when it’s our children or grandchildren who are personally confronted by hurtful antisemitic remarks?  What if Israel’s right to exist is in question?  We need tools to know how to respond to make a positive difference.  This is such an important topic that we are choosing to make it the kick-off event for the New Year.

We are excited to invite you to a Zoom event, where Susan Glicksberg,
National Grassroots Advocacy Co-chair and the Pacific Northwest Region Education and Advocacy Chair for Hadassah, will be talking to Randy Kessler, Northwest Executive Director of
StandWithUs, an international nonprofit organization that supports Israel through education and fights antisemitism. Randy is also a Hadassah Associate.

Time allowed for Q & A.

Click here to register.


Wednesday, November 10, 6pm PT, Zoom event      

Women’s Reproductive Rights and so much more…

Top Hadassah Advocate to Speak


National Hadassah Program



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. 

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’s “Pati’s Mexican Table,” discusses her new cookbook, her Mexican-Jewish heritage and recipes with food writer Adeena Sussman (“Sababa”).

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’s flair for mashups and her own Mexican twists on beloved Jewish foods.  As she told the Jerusalem Post, different cultures can connect through food: “I want my kids to have ties to Mexico because I was born there and much of my family is there…but at the same time I have a strong Jewish identity. I began making Shabbat meals when my kids started to go to school… I serve the matza balls in chicken broth flavored with sautéed onions, garlic, jalapeno peppers, mushrooms, and fresh coriander.”  

From her new cookbook, “Treasures of the Mexican Table,” Jinich shares Mexican-Jewish recipes and discusses “what it’s like to be a Yiddishe mama Mexicana,” to quote moderator and food writer Adeena Sussman (“Sababa”).  

$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.

Community Survey JCRC

Every year, the Jewish Federation advocates in Olympia on behalf of our local Jewish agencies and the Jewish community. Through the Federation’s Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC), they lobby to combat hate crimes and antisemitism, uphold civil liberties and human rights, protect immigrant families in need, and support many other critical issues.  Please take a few minutes to fill out the Policy Priorities Survey by October 31st. Your answers will be critical in shaping the Federation’s 2022 legislative agenda and will ensure your voice is heard in our state’s Capitol!

Membership Report

Welcome Transferring Members

  • Helen Oppenheim

We Mourn the Passing of

  • Neal Libster, brother-in-law of JoAnn Hornsten
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