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Thursday, 23 February 2012

Guess who's finally a Hadassah lady???

It seems only fitting that Poppyseed and I received our Hadassah welcome packets on the first day of Adar for I have always associated the month with this American Jewish women’s volunteer organization, founded by Henrietta Szold in 1912.

It all stems from Megillat Esther Chapter 2, verse 7:

ז וַיְהִי אֹמֵן אֶת-הֲדַסָּה, הִיא אֶסְתֵּר בַּת-דֹּדוֹ–כִּי אֵין לָהּ, אָב וָאֵם; וְהַנַּעֲרָה יְפַת-תֹּאַר, וְטוֹבַת מַרְאֶה, וּבְמוֹת אָבִיהָ וְאִמָּהּ, לְקָחָהּ מָרְדֳּכַי לוֹ לְבַת

7 And he brought up Hadassah, that is, Esther, his uncle’s daughter; for she had neither father nor mother, and the maiden was of beautiful form and fair to look on; and when her father and mother were dead, Mordecai took her for his own daughter.

During the annual Megillah reading, BossGiraffe would tease the congregation: “And he brought up…Jewish Women International, formerly known as B’nai Brith WomenNational Council of Jewish WomenWomen of Reform Judaism, formerly known as the National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods…And he brought up Ha-DAAAAAAA-ssah.”

Even before I understood the particular missions of each of these women’s organizations, I knew that they had a place in our larger American Jewish story. And now, thanks to BubbeGiraffe, Poppyseed and I are life members of this worthwhile organization.

Finally…I’m a Hadassah lady!!

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Brianna Soloski permalink
    Thursday, 23 February 2012 7:01 pm

    Mazel tov!

  2. Stephen Einstein permalink
    Thursday, 23 February 2012 8:35 pm

    I don’t want any ORT ladies on my case: I also annually include ORT at this point of the Megillah reading!

    Once Adar arrives, joy abounds (Ta’anit 29a)

  3. Barbara Spack permalink
    Friday, 24 February 2012 8:01 am

    Welcome aboard! It is a sisterhood like none other–caring supportive women whose mission is to fund our project s in Israel plus develop Jewish identity in American kids and members alike.

  4. Friday, 24 February 2012 6:04 pm

    Mazel tov – they are lucky to count you as a member!!!

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