SPRINGFIELD – The Greater Springfield Chapter of Hadassah has announced that Sue Polansky of Longmeadow will be installed as president of the Western New England Region of Hadassah on Sunday, May 6 at Temple Beth El, 979 Dickinson St., Springfield from 9:30 a.m. – noon.
In addition to Sue Polansky, the following women will be installed on the Board of the Western New England Region: Corrie Trattner of Longmeadow—Recording Secretary; Janet Hodos of Greenfield—Corresponding Secretary; Susan Frisch Lehrer of the Berkshire Hills Chapter— Organization Vice President; and Nan Gold of Worcester—Treasurer.
The purpose of the regional chapter is to service the local Hadassah chapters, to help facilitate collaboration between nearby chapters, and to provide training workshops on topics ranging from fundraising, education, revenue sharing, etc.
“I would like to reach out to new Hadassah members, find out what their interests are, and learn what it would take to develop a new generation of Zionists,” Polansky said. “I also believe that the local chapters should work with other organizations to build a stronger Jewish community.”
Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, is a volunteer women’s organization whose members are motivated and inspired to strengthen their partnership with Israel, ensure Jewish continuity, and realize their potential as a dynamic force in American society. In Israel, Hadassah initiates and supports pace-setting health care, education and youth institutions, and land development to meet the country’s changing needs. In the U.S. Hadassah enhances the quality of American and Jewish life through its education and Zionist youth programs, promotes health awareness, social action and advocacy, volunteerism, and connections with Israel. Hadassah is the largest women’s, largest Zionist and largest Jewish membership organization in the U.S., with over 350,000 members nationally.
On March 26, the first patients moved into the brand-new, state-of-the-art Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower in Jerusalem, which will replace Hadassah University Medical Center’s Ein Karem. This $363 million hospital is a 100th birthday gift to Jerusalem from the Hadassah Women’s Zionist Organization of America. Thousands of Hadassah volunteers across the U.S. worked to raise funds for this project.
The May 6 event in Springfield is a fundraiser for the Greater Springfield Chapter. An authentic Israeli breakfast will be served; dietary laws will be observed. The couvert is $36 per person. For more information, contact Susan Goldman at firstname.lastname@example.org or (413) 567-7474.