September 2021

President’s Message
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President’s Message

On behalf of Seattle Hadassah, I am wishing each one of you and your families a Sweet New Year, filled with health, happiness and peace.  As a member, you can proudly support Hadassah for building bridges to peace through medicine, providing world-class care to people of all faiths and backgrounds and employing staff representing that diversity.  Did you know Hadassah also builds bridges to peace through education? In Israel, Youth Aliyah continues to successfully educate at-risk youngsters. Here in the US, Hadassah was a leader in getting the Never Again Education Act through Congress and passed into law so American children can learn the truth about the Holocaust.

Girls and boys attending UNRWA schools in the Jalazone Palestine refugee camp in the West Bank wave during a break in their lessons. © 2018 UNRWA                                                                   Photo by Marwan Baghdadi.

Sadly, generations of Palestinian children have been receiving an education that helps perpetuate antisemitism. Over half a million Palestinian students in schools run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) are learning from a curricula which encourages violence, rejects peace and demonizes both Israel and the Jewish people. Hadassah is leading the effort to secure legislators’ signatures on a bipartisan letter, urging UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to protect children from dangerous lessons of hatred and baseless antisemitism.
Take action here. As we start the New Year, please join me in clicking the link so you can advocate for the bipartisan Peace and Tolerance in Palestinian Education Act.  When trying out the link, it was necessary to return to the Contact Information page and click on Submit to reset and be able to send letters to all three legislators. Thank you for making a difference.  Don’t miss the upcoming program October 7th to learn smart strategies to respond to antisemitism.

L’ Shanah Tovah Tikatevu,

Event’s Calendar

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.

Happening TODAY

The eye-opening article in the September Hadassah Magazine: “A Rallying Cry for Menstrual Justice” inspired one of our members to offer to organize Seattle’s own Period Project.  WOW! The article also mentions a book discussion on Anita Diamant’s new book, Period. End of Sentence.” happening TODAY, Tuesday, September 14 at 4pm PT. Complimentary.  If this time doesn’t work for you, sign up still so you’ll get a link to the recording. See below:

Hadassah Magazine Discussion: Their popular virtual series continues:  Live with Anita Diamant: From ‘The Red Tent’ to Menstrual Activism.  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.  Hadassah Magazine Executive Editor Lisa Hostein will interview best-selling author and journalist Anita Diamant, whose most recent book, ‘Period. End of Sentence’  explores the cultural taboos and perceived shame surrounding menstruation – and champions an emerging generation of activists advocating for solutions. Tuesday, September 14th, 4pm PT.


Membership Report

Mazel Tov:

  • Congratulations to Cindy Garbell on the marriage of her daughter Chelsea Garbell to Paul von Chamier in New York. 🎉
  • Mazel Tov to Miriam Krisher on her marriage to Jeff Marinelli.  Miriam is the daughter of Linda (our Newsletter Editor) and Efrem Krisher. 
  • Mazel Tov to Talby and Bob Gelb on the birth of their new grandson, Leo Elliott Gelb.  Leo is the son of Aaron and Stephanie Gelb.

We Mourn the Passing of:

  • Susan Jaffee, wife of Harris Jaffee and mother of Mara, Rachel, Miriam, and Sarah. Sue was an active member of Seattle Hadassah, holding a range of leadership positions and giving generously of her time, most recently as a member of the current Seattle Hadassah Board. In keeping with her devotion to the work of Hadassah, Sue requested donations in her memory be made to a small number of organizations, including Hadassah.