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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

“This is an organization that believes you can only lead by example.” — Marcie Natan

After two and a half years of being limited to only Zoom gatherings, we are ready to get back to being with each other— in person— whenever possible.  I’ve heard a lot of you saying, “I miss seeing you” and some of you even saying, “I want to get more involved in Hadassah”.  With the Annual Giving event moved to the summer, we have the opportunity to come together outdoors for a celebration of Youth Aliyah.  No one is more excited to be with us than our keynote speaker, Marcie Natan, who currently serves as the Youth Aliyah Chair and is a Past National President of Hadassah.  She can hardly wait to tell new stories about the teens in the Youth Aliyah villages.  Beyond her passion for Youth Aliyah, I would like to help you visualize a little bit of who Marcie is with a gas mask, shovel and ice bucket.

When Marcie joined Hadassah's national board as a region president, she returned to Israel countless times. A turning point for her was in January 1991, the start of the Gulf War.  "When we landed, they handed us gas masks," Marcie recalls. She prepared to call her family to tell them she was safe. When the operator picked up, Marcie began apologizing for her poor Hebrew—but the operator interrupted her and said, "Thank you, thank you. Thank you for being here with us." Marcie remembers thinking, "I understood for the first time that being a Diaspora Jew gave me an extremely important role in helping to protect Israel." Shortly thereafter, she left her day job, spending the next two decades working full time for Hadassah.  Natan volunteered in Hadassah for 50 years prior to being elected National President.

While Hadassah gives its members—American Diaspora Jews— the opportunity to support Israel, Hadassah also supports us in so many ways. There are two instances about Marcie that readily come to mind. First, when there was that horrific school shooting in Newtown, MA, seeing Marcie plant the first trees near Beersheba, in a commemorative forest for the victims of Sandy Hook school, was a powerful healing image.  (Two hundred and thirty Hadassah members live in Newtown.)  Second, in  the summer of 2014, just before Marcie does the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, she proudly shares that back in 2011, Hadassah hospitals began medical trials on a drug that may have been the first to CURE an ALS patient. 

WATCH:   ALS Ice Bucket Challenge: National President Marcie Natan

Web Video

We are honored to have Marcie Natan join us in person on Sunday, July 31st.  Hope to see you there.

SEATTLE CHAPTER 

Are you an Annual Giver or planning to become one?
Then join us on July 31st, outdoors, in person...

REGISTER HERE BY JULY 22ND!

With the joy of gathering in person this year, our celebration will focus on Youth Aliyah, one of the areas of Annual Giving.  Having a focus for your charitable giving makes it that much more meaningful.    

If you’re not yet an Annual Giver, find out more: call Ettie Davis 425-467-9099 (ext 1). Or feel free to contact Ian Merles, our very personable West Coast Annual Giving Officer, with questions or to set up a plan. imerles@hadassah.org  or 619-884-1475. 

ADVOCACY 

Hadassah Statement in Response to Supreme Court Decision Overturning Roe v. Wade

In response to the recent decision issued by the Supreme Court of the United States in Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health overturning the precedent of Roe v. Wade, Hadassah National President Rhoda Smolow and CEO Naomi Adler today made the following statement:

“The Supreme Court’s decision is an attack on American women and their rights to health care, privacy and autonomy. Without federal protection for their rights, women across the country could now be barred from making their own health decisions under a patchwork of inconsistent state laws. Hadassah, The Women’s Zionist Organization of America, reaffirms its unwavering support for full and complete access to reproductive health services and the right to make decisions based on each woman’s religious, moral and ethical values. Hadassah will continue to fight for federal and state legislation affirming and protecting reproductive rights.”

We cannot give up — there is still so much to be done at the federal and state levels to protect reproductive freedom. You can join us in this effort by celebrating champions of choice and joining efforts in your local and state level to add your voices to the fight for reproductive health.
Here's what we're doing, and how you can take a stand with #Hadassah4Choice.

If you are joining a march or rally in your community, you can download, print and distribute signs, stickers and t-shirts to amplify your voice! Reminder: Hadassah observes Shabbat and members should not participate as representatives of the organization during that time.

Urge your legislators to work across the aisle and to create laws that will protect choice at the federal level. Speak up for women's reproductive rights and write your members of Congress today.

Moving forward, we will also be engaging in select state actions that will help protect reproductive choice or fight efforts to restrict choice in critical states across the country.

Sign up here to join Hadassah's targeted Hadassah for Choice Action List — we will send more updates and action alerts for you to stay informed on Hadassah’s efforts on this important issue!

Thank you for your support and advocacy! We know the power of women who do can heal the world. Together, we will take a stand and make our voices heard.
In addition to all these actions outlined by National, our Seattle Chapter President, Ettie Davis, highly recommends pausing and taking a couple moments to consider the thoughtful article in the July Hadassah Magazine that ends with: “This nuanced approach should serve as a model for how American law and the American public can address this complex issue.”  https://www.hadassahmagazine.org/2022/06/23/jewish-traditions-nuanced-approach-to-abortion/
Expand Collective Security in the Middle East
Members of the bipartisan Abraham Accords Caucus introduced the DEFEND ACT of 2022  to protect the US, Israel and Arab states against threats from Iran and Iranian-backed militias through integrated air and missile defense capabilities. Help advance a strong relationship between the US, Israel and allies in the Middle East that will enhance our mutual security. Click here to help!

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!

Discussion with Julia Haart of ‘My Unorthodox Life'

Join virtually on Thursday, July 14, 2022, at 7 PM ET/ 4 PM PT, when Hadassah Magazine Executive Editor Lisa Hostein interviews Julia Haart, the star of the popular Netflix reality series My Unorthodox Life and author of the new, best-selling memoir Brazen: My Unorthodox Journey from Long Sleeves to Lingerie. In her book, Haart opens up about her struggle to survive in an ultra-Orthodox world and how she left that world to start a new life.  
This event is free and open to all.  Register here:
 

MEMBERSHIP NEWS

Welcome New Members
  • Leslie Cohn
Welcome Transferring Members
  • Marlene Marks

We Mourn the Passing of

  • Ruth Levinson, mother of Linda (Alan) Freyd and David Levinson.
  • Michel Stern, husband of Bobbie Stern, father of Dana (Jay) Azose, Abby Stern (Tom Phillips) and David (Tara) Stern, grandfather of seven, brother of John z"l and Phyllis Stern, brother-in-law of Patti Newby and Eric Meltzer.
  • Irene Epstein, mother of Larry (Rosie) Epstein, Ron (Olga) Epstein & David (Lorena) Epstein.
  • Joel Amkraut, brother of Robert (Polly) Amkraut.
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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