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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

Growing up in the ’50’s, you weren’t supposed to talk about the “C” word.  At Seattle’s Madrona Elementary School, we didn’t have a counselor on-site (or even part-time) to help us deal with our feelings.  I was part of a group of naive 9-year old little girls, who didn’t know what to make of the mysterious death of our friend Maddie’s (not her real name) mother. We had been growing up believing in such childhood chants as “Step on a crack, break your mother’s back”.  Not knowing any better, my group of girlfriends, who always played together at recess, did something awful.  Out of fear that if we continued to play with Maddie, our mothers might also die from cancer, we excluded her.  All these years it haunted me. I knew I had to meet up with Maddie and ask her forgiveness.  Sadly, it took years and years of Yom Kippurs until I mustered up the courage to make amends.

This is the backstory to my response the other day when someone, who’s just getting involved in Hadassah, commented:   “You’re really into Hadassah, aren’t you?”.  Unequivocally, I realized at that moment that Hadassah, more than any other organization, has given me the strength I needed to feel empowered as a woman. I needed to arm myself  with factual information to be the best version of myself.  Looking back to our last event before the pandemic, I purposely wanted it entitled  “Breast Cancer Awareness for All of Us.” By having programs like “Breast Cancer Awareness”, we can hopefully empower ourselves and our children  with up to date knowledge about this and other diseases. 

Like you, I am so proud to be part of the solution:  The Hadassah Medical Organization is at the forefront of breast cancer research, responsible for several major advances in the global medical community's understanding of the disease, pioneering new treatments and helping survivors live longer and stronger: https://www.hadassah.org/story/saving-more-breast-cancer-patients-with-new-perspectives-and-paradigms.

Going into the New Year, you can count on the Seattle Chapter continuing to have engaging up-to-date programs on cancer along with other vital issues. 

Shanah Tovah to you and your family. May it be a year filled with good health and happiness, and my favorite C-word:  compassion, aka rachamim.

SEATTLE CHAPTER 

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ADVOCACY 

Wednesday, September 21, 2022, 1 pm EST / 10am PST -- Access Israel: “Made in Israel” Climate Change Innovations program. Join us for a discussion about climate change, Israeli solutions and Israeli conservation
Access Israel: Israel Innovates to "Conserve, Protect and Defend" the Earth
Moderated by Journalist Abigail Klein Leichman with invited Speakers Josef (Yossi) Abramowitz, a co-founder of the solar energy industry in the State of Israel and Viktoria Kanar, CEO of Re-Fresh Global. 
Click below to Register:
National/Ticketing/Access Israel: Israel Innovates to "Conserve, Protect and Defend" the Earth | Hadassah Event (convio.net)

Hadassah Endorses Congressional Resolution to Memorialize 1972 Munich Massacre of Israeli Olympic Team Members and German Police Officer

NEW YORK, NY – To mark the 50th anniversary of the kidnapping and slaughter of eleven members of the Israeli Olympic team and others by a Palestinian terrorist group at the 1972 Munich Olympics, Hadassah has endorsed Congressional Resolution 1292, put forward by Representatives Brad Sherman, Burgess Owens and Shontel Brown, calling for a minute of silence at every Olympic Games going forward. Read more.....

Are You Ready to Vote in November?

Civic engagement is central to Hadassah’s commitment to effect change, from promoting voting and an informed citizenry to corresponding and meeting directly with elected officials.

2022 is a critical election year. Remember: your vote counts and has the power to make a difference! This November, read more...

Click to read about various efforts of the National Action Center
 

BEYOND SEATTLE

We're thrilled to invite you to join us for Hadassah's 100th National Convention: Together in Israel: Our Pride. Our Purpose. It will take place November 14-17, 2022 (provided health regulations allow). This is our first convention in Israel in a decade and our best lineup yet! Share your Hadassah pride and purpose and leave inspired to continue your support for Hadassah and for Israel. Every Region is selecting a “Convention Ambassador,” who will be the Region’s liaison to the National Convention team. They will work with the Region President to determine if the Region will reserve a block of rooms at one of 10 possible hotels and be kept up to date about all the plans having to do with our 100th National Convention!

VIDEO: Watch, screen and share this Sneak Peak at Convention!
Healing for the New Year: Hadassah Magazine Discussion: Loss, Grief, Healing — The Journey. How can we move from profound sorrow to meaningful healing? Executive Editor Lisa Hostein moderates a powerful discussion in advance of a new Jewish year with panelists Kathryn Schulz, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Lost & Found; Rebecca Soffer, CEO and co-founder of the influential resource Modern Loss; and Hope Edelman, author of The AfterGrief. Thursday, September 8, 7 pm ET, 4pm PT, Click here
LEARN HEBREW WEEKLY SERIES Hebrew@Hadassah 2022: Registration is still Open! The second semester of our weekly classes runs July 11 - December 19, a continuation of our existing classes that new students are welcome to join. These 45-minute sessions are a wonderful opportunity for Hadassah members and Associates to practice Hebrew vocabulary and conversation skills and prepare for the upcoming 100th National Convention in Israel. Classes are $36 per semester. Mondays: Beginner (3pm ET, 12n PT) or Intermediate (4pm ET, 1pm PT).  For those not ready for the other two classes, try the 45-minute New Beginners Class starting September 12 on Mondays at 2 pm ET, 11am PT Cost is $25 per semester. Questions? Email ZionistEd@hadassah.org..

HEALTH NEWS

From Hadassah.org, Women in Medicine: Hadassah National President Rhoda Smolow (in red) with guests at the August 9 event.

News You Can Use Stories of interest from inside Hadassah and around the world

Hadassah President Convenes "Women Talking Medicine"
Sneeze, Itch, Cough: How Allergies Interrupt Our Lives 
Hadassah Gynecological Oncologist Reminds Women to Pay Attention to Their Bodies
Hadassah Pulmonologist Shares Multiple Interests With HMO Chair

CONGRATULATIONS SEATTLE CHAPTER!

MEMBERSHIP NEWS

Welcome New Members
  • Andree Brooks

We Mourn the Passing of

  • Dr. Jack Reiter, father of Ilyse (Greg) Wagner, Jodi (Vince) Ready and Scott Reiter (Rachel Weintraub) and grandfather of eight.
  • Bob Center, husband of Pamela Center, father of Judi Marshall, Mike Center and Ruth Davis.
  • Lillian Levy, mother of Michael (Cheri) Levy, Steven (Karen) Levy, Gaye (Sheldon) Ayon, grandmother of five and great-grandmother of ten.
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

OUR LEADERSHIP

President: Ettie Davis
Facilitator: Julie Chivo
Membership VP: Gillian Witus
Membership Outreach VP: Adena Levi
Treasurer and Communications: Cindy Garbell
Program VP's: Beryl Cohen
Recording Secretary: Judy Edelstein
Corresponding Secretary: Deborah Kaplan Clancy
JCRC Representative: Marci Nemhauser
Member at Large: Open
Immediate Past President: Susan Adler
Advisor: Jacquie Bayley
Beersheva Point Person: Open
Redmond Ridge Point Persons: Esther Caplan & Susan Pass
Newsletter Editor: Linda Krisher

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