Hadassah News

There will be no Hadassah meetings for the months of August or September. However, on Saturday, October 6, we will be sponsoring the Sabbath Tisch to give Hannah Keen one final opportunity to prepare for her Bat Mitzvah. One of the main principles of Hadassah is to promote education for women, so we felt it was appropriate to provide the Tisch at this time. Do join us that day for a minyan and some delicious food afterwards.

We wish everyone a joyous holiday, and we’ll see youaround the Temple.

Nancy Rosenberg


Hadassah will not meet during the months of June & July.

We hope everyone has a delightful summer.

See you around the Temple.


Nancy Rosenberg

National Hadassah News!

Women’s health is a much-discussed topic in Washington, DC, as inexcusable maternal mortality rates and gaping disparities in preventable health issues — such as heart disease –– stubbornly remain the status quo.

That’s why on Wednesday May 16 at 10 am, you should watch the second annual Women’s Health Empowerment Summit live on Hadassah’s Facebook page. Presented by the Coalition for Women’s Health Equity (which Hadassah founded) during National Women’s Health Week, you won’t want to miss these timely discussions with trailblazers on caregiving, mental health and gender, and the importance of including women in clinical trials.

To follow up on a powerful Summit, members will spend Thursday on Capitol Hill meeting with federal legislators to discuss women’s health equity, including pending legislation.

Hadassah members will also call on Congress to:

  • Eliminate the Dickey Amendment, which prevents any CDC funding to be used toward the study of firearms or gun control, and allocate funds to this essential research (H.R. 1832)
  • Advocate supporting Holocaust education through the Never Again Education Act (H.R. 1474) and supporting the Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism Act of 2017 (H.R. 1911 | S. 1292).

If learning about the incredible people working to advance women’s health equity moves you to action, make an appointment in your home district with your federal legislator for a Day in the District. Hadassah National is here to help every step of the way, email advocacy@hadassah.org.

Upcoming Dates to Remember for May



2 Last Day of Hebrew School

4  Lag Ba-Omer Cookout

5  Saturday Service, Tisch with Rabbi & Carrie

6  Last Day of Sunday School

11  Kabbalat Shabbat with Dr. Mark Packer leading services

12  No Saturday Service

13  Mother’s Day

16 Hadassah Closing Meeting

18  Sisterhood Sabbath

19  Saturday Service

20  Temple Board Meeting

20 Yizkor Service & Blintzes

25  Kabbalat Shabbat

26  Saturday Service

Hadassah for May

Our closing meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 16 at 12 noon at Bangkok Thai Restaurant on East Main Street. Remember to bring your Tzedakah boxes. There will be a small prize for the person who has collected the most money in their box.

We hope everyone has a delightful summer, remember to use your sunscreen, and we will see you around the Temple.

Nancy Rosenberg

April Events Update!

Please RSVP to all events!

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


Three Ways to Celebrate Yom Ha’Atzmaut


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.

Hadassah News!

We hope the spring season will be in full bloom soon. The daffodils and tulips remind me of all of the bulb sales we used to do as a Hadassah fundraiser. They are a beautiful reminder of our chapter’s efforts in the past.

We are planning a brief meeting on Wednesday, April 25 at 11:00 am. Plan to stay after- wards for the Rabbi’s monthly brown bag.

Keep collecting your loose change in your Hadassah Tzadakeh boxes. We will be turning them in during our closing luncheon meeting in May.

See you around the Temple.

Nancy Rosenberg