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Falafel Friday: This Friday at 6:00 pm-Israel Independence Day
Spartanburg Earth Day: Celebration at Unitarian Universalist Church, Saturday, April 21
Sunday Speaker Series: Sunday, April 22 with David Alvis:
“Michelangelo’s David and the Politics of the Chosen People”
Sisterhood Board Meeting: Sunday, April 22 at 12:00
Hadassah Meeting: Wednesday, April 25 at 11:00
Rabbi’s Brown Bag Lunch: Wednesday, April 25 at 12:00
Kabbalat Shabbat: Friday, April 27 beginning at 5:30 with refreshments.
Saturday Service: April 28 at 9:30 am
Sunday School: Sunday, April 29 beginning at 9:20 with Hebrew
Yom Ha’Atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day, begins April 18. This year, we’re celebrating the 70th anniversary of statehood and the vision of Zionist women like Henrietta Szold and Rose Halprin, who played powerful roles in building support for Israel and the creation of the Jewish state.
Three Ways to Celebrate Yom Ha’Atzmaut
- As part of our celebration, Hadassah will host a special Yom Ha’Atzmaut Seder led by Dr. Etti Serok of the World Zionist Organization. Join us online on Facebook Live at 11:00 am (ET) — and learn about the Zionist Seder plate, Hadassah’s contributions to building and helping the State of Israel flourish, and more.
- To commemorate this major milestone, Hadassah is asking you to share with us a word (or two) that embodies what you love most about Israel. Email us your words, and you might just see yourself on our social media. Happy Yom Ha’Atzmaut!
- In honor of Israel’s 70th birthday, consider hosting a Zionist salon. Bring together friends, decorate with blue-and-white flags, eat some hummus, shakshuka or other Israeli foods and use author-historian Gil Troy’s The Zionist Ideas: Visions for the Jewish Homeland—Then, Now, Tomorrow — featuring excerpts from Hadassah Zionists past and present. Our customized Hadassah study guide (coming soon!) gives you everything you need to host a lively conversation and make your celebration meaningful. These salons are a great way to introduce potential members to Hadassah’s special kind of Zionism.
There will not be a Hadassah meeting in March.
We would like to encourage everyone to attend Saturday morning services on March 17 beginning at 9:30. We will be hosting a tisch in honor of Hadassah that day with good food and fellowship.
There will be no meeting during the month of March.
Passover is almost here and we hope everyone has a joyous Pesach as we celebrate this spring festival of freedom.
See you around the Temple
2 Purim Dinner
3 Saturday Service
4 Sunday School
7 Hebrew School
9 7:30 Service
10 Saturday Service
11 Sunday School
14 Breakfast Schmooze
14 Hebrew School
16 Kabbalat Shabbat
17 Saturday Service-Haddasah Tisch
17 Movie Night
18 Sunday School Speaker-TBA
18 Temple Board Meeting
21 Rabbi’s Brown Bag Lunch
21 Hebrew School
23 Soup & Salad
24 Saturday Service
25 Sunday School-Model Seder
25 Sisterhood General Meeting
28 Hebrew School
30 Erev Passover-NO Service
31 Passover Day 1-9:30 Service
All too often tragedy strikes a little too close to home for many of us. I know I speak for all of you — Hadassah’s members and supporters — when I say that our hearts go out to all those directly and indirectly affected by the tragic loss of life at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL. We pray for those injured, physically and emotionally, and for Hadassah VP Merna Shapiro and her family who live in Parkland, FL and are thankfully safe. Merna’s grandchildren, who were in lockdown at the school next door, came out shaken but ok.
It will be a very long time before this small town awakens from this nightmare. We long for the day when the slaughter of innocent lives is only a lesson in a history book, but we cannot just sit back and remain quiet over the 18 school shootings, that have occurred since January. We must speak out.
Last week, Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Inc. observed the yahrzeit of our founder, Henrietta Szold z”l. She was always deeply committed to advocacy as are we, which is why we frequent the halls of Congress and meet with legislators regularly to protect the values this organization was founded upon.
The value of all human lives is central to our mission as a women’s Zionist organization. Keep our children safe and support Hadassah’s efforts to legislate for stronger gun control legislation. Get involved in contacting congressional legislators both by writing and in person—join your local chapter for a Day in the District because every voice counts. To get involved, CLICK HERE!
For more information about Hadassah’s advocacy opportunities, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We are the power of women who advocate and together we will strengthen one another and build a better world for all.
With sadness and hope for the future,
Ellen Hershkin (signature)
Hadassah National Board passes two Policy Statements:
A Nursing Policy Statement, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Henrietta Szold Hadassah-Hebrew University School of Nursing. The statement honors the nursing profession and reaffirms support to enhance nursing education and promote supportive workplace policies. The full Nursing Policy Statement can be read on Hadassah’s website. Join our October 2018 Mission to Israel and select the Nursing Track.
Hadassah joins with countless women seeking accountability and change for victims of sexual harassment and assault. We reaffirm and expand our previous policy statement to include sexual harassment and assault in the workplace, and include actionable steps that can be taken to mitigate some of the systemic ways that women remain vulnerable. The full Sexual Harassment and Assault Policy Statement can be read on Hadassah’s website.To gain deeper understanding on how sexual harassment negatively impacts women’s health, attend our Women’s Health and Advocacy Conference May 15-17 in Washington D.C.