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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

Some of us are members of a virtual club we never wanted to join:  The I Had A Miscarriage Club, which Jessica Zucker put on Instagram. For me, it happened in Southern California in 1971, a couple years before the Roe v. Wade decision.  I remember like yesterday how I refused to sign the Little Company of Mary Hospital form because the title said “Miscarriage and Abortion”. Naively, I protested there should be separate forms. When a nun came over and asked if I wanted to go home that night, I swallowed my pride and signed their form.

So strong was the code of silence around miscarriage, I thought I was the only one among all the wonderful new friends I had made, including Hadassah members.  My experience, though, opened the floodgates of sharing and support that truly sustained me.  Now, since Dobbs v. Jackson, with the real possibility of criminalizing miscarriage in some states, I wonder how many of my friends would be sharing so freely.

So much is at stake now, as stated in Slate.com, June 29, 2022: “Much of the focus on the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade has rightly been directed at the devastating harm to women with unwanted pregnancies. But the ruling also affects those who want to have a child. It gives states and potentially Congress the authority to interfere with and surveil the entire reproductive cycle, from efforts to conceive to delivery.” So, besides miscarriage, this puts at risk in vitro fertilization (IVF), genetic testing of one’s unborn child, prenatal tests, treatment of ectopic pregnancies, contraception, and more.

Until the next protest march, something you can do right now is to send a message to Congress. Ask your representative or senator to stand with us in support of the Women's Health Protection Act. If Henrietta Szold were alive, I know she’d be clicking on the underlined phrase above, too.

Grateful to be doing something for our daughters and granddaughters,

Correction:  July Newsletter
Last month’s President’s Message misstated the state in the Newtown school shooting.  It took place in Newtown, CT, not Newtown, MA.

SEATTLE CHAPTER 

S A V E    T H E    D A T E

Sunday, September 11

Seattle Hadassah and

Seattle - Be’er Sheva Sister City Association

Invite You to

“What’s Hot in Be’er Sheva”

 Come and hear what’s new in one of the most ancient cities in Israel

with a population of more than 50% under 40 years old!

Brunch at a beautiful home in Seward Park

Details to follow in emessage soon

**Covid self-testing required**

What People Are Saying about LOL Youth Aliyah Brunch 
Jacquie Bayley, our hostess, joins Marcie Natan in speaking about Youth Aliyah

 "👍👍👍 to you and your committee for organizing such a lovely lunch and inviting Marcie to come and speak to us. What a mine of information she is."—Susan Kendal
 
"I thought today's program was wonderful. Jacquie's house was the perfect location for an outdoor event and it was really nice to see people in person again. Youth Aliyah has always been one of my favorite Hadassah projects, ever since Alan and I saw it in Israel many years ago. Also, the "laugh" doctor was a nice bonus".—Ruthie Bunin
 
"I just want to say hi and to tell you, Jacquie, and the whole planning committee yasher ko'ach on the Hadassah Brunch. It was wonderful!  Reena and I had a wonderful time."—Janice Cohen

"I am sitting on the train laughing again as I remember the exercises (Carrie Horwitch on Laughter). I was surprised at how genuine the laughs became even though we started them “on command.”  A great way to begin the program.  Unfortunately Youth Aliyah hasn’t had the exposure it deserves, but with Zoom and the Ukrainian crisis, we are getting more than in the past. Your efforts to get the word out are much appreciated."—Marcie Natan

Ruth Fast at Seattle Hadassah party for her 99th birthday
When I let Seattle’s own Ruth Fast know we missed her, she wrote back, “I missed you, too…Love, Ruth”.  We cannot talk about Youth Aliyah without including Ruth Fast. Ruth credits Hadassah, and its founder, Henrietta Szold, for saving her life when she immigrated to Palestine in 1936 as a member of Youth Aliyah.  She was 15 at the time. B”H, Ruth will be celebrating her 102nd birthday here in Seattle on August 20.  

Ruth was not able to attend the event, so she sent in a donation for Youth Aliyah.  If you would like to send a donation to benefit these at-risk youngsters, you can click on: https://www.hadassah.org/donate and make a one-time donation. Thank you so much.--Ettie

ADVOCACY 

Coast to Coast, Hadassah Members Speak Out at Meetings with Legislators

Meetings with legislators are essential to advancing Hadassah’s core values: Zionism, fighting antisemitism and advancing women’s health equity. Hadassah’s Day in the District and Sit Down with a Senator programs help build relationships with representatives on both sides of the political aisle so members can advocate for policy issues that matter most.  Click here to read more...
Critical US assistance to Israel: As Congress advances spending bills for 2023, we need your help to ensure funding for important security assistance and partnerships with Israel. Write your Senators today!  Click here!
 

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..

Interview with Julia Haart, of Netflix's "My Unorthodox Life"

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 this candid and deeply personal interview, Haart opens up about her struggle to survive in an ultra-Orthodox world and how and why she left that world to start a new life. Watch the recording here.

HEALTH NEWS

From Hadassah.org

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

Out of Joint: Getting to the Root of Hip and Knee Pain: https://www.hadassah.org/episode/out-of-joint-getting-to-the-root-of-hip-and-knee-pain
An Israel First: Hadassah to Offer Proton Therapy to Cancer Patients: https://www.hadassah.org/story/an-israel-first-hadassah-to-offer-proton-therapy-to-cancer-patients
 

MEMBERSHIP NEWS

We Mourn the Passing of

  • Esther Fleisch, mother of Phyllis Levy (Lou Kotler) and Judy Silberman (Rick Silberman) and grandmother of four.
  • Edith Horn, mother of Joel Horn (Tahnia Wilson) and Ben Horn (Julie) and grandmother of four.
  • Edith Adler, mother of Alexis Adler (Benjamin Metrick) and Brock Adler (Diane Abramo) and grandmother of four.
  • Norbert Adler, father of Steve (Nance) Adler and Deborah (Tod) Harrick.
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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